Thinking Outside The Box

This is the sixth volume in a unique series that combines the work of promising college students with essays by distinguished scholars. In “The Magico-Medicinal Ethos of Wine and Song in the Homeric Hymn to Dionysos,” Linda Ardito of Dowling College explores symbolic dimensions of this ancient work. The Greek god Dionysos functions as the archetype of the magico-medicinal ethos of wine and song. Both thematically and in terms of performance, the Hymn reaches a point of extreme emotional tension that, in turn, becomes a basis for the goal of “sweet song,” or harmony.

In “Observing Ritual ‘Propriety (Li)’ as Focusing the ‘Familiar’ in the Affairs of the Day,” Roger Ames of the University of Hawaii seeks to disentangle the Chinese notion of li (ritual propriety) from a series of Western misconceptions. Freed from these sources of misunderstanding, li provides explanatory insight into distinctive features of classical Chinese thinking and living. It is singular as the continuous narrative of this specific person and plural as the many consummate events that make up the business of the day: a personal and public discourse through which one constitutes and reveals oneself as a unique individual. Li is at once cognitive and aesthetic, moral and religious, physical and spiritual.

The extraordinary essays by Professors Ardito and Ames were delivered as keynote presentations at Oneonta’s Sixth Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Rounding out the volume are equally impressive contributions from students at Belmont University, Colgate University, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Haverford College, Pennsylvania State University, Simmons College, Suffolk University, University of Toronto, and Towson University.

President's Awards honor student presentations which most clearly exemplify the standards and ideals of the conference. For 2001, these awards were presented to (alphabetic order):

Christopher LaBarbera (Dartmouth College)
Justin C. Maaia (Suffolk University)
Adrian M. Viens (University of Toronto)
Nate Zuckerman (Haverford College)

Ninash Foundation East-West Awards honor student presentations that exhibit special expertise and insight in Asian and Comparative Philosophy. For 2001, these awards were presented to (alphabetic order):

Erin Cline (Belmont University)
Justin C. Maaia (Suffolk University)
David Tulkin (Denison University)

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