Every semester, the Philosophy Department at Colby College sponsors an informal faculty-student reading group for philosophers and friends to meet, eat, and philosophize. Although the Robert E. Reuman Reading Group was officially established in 1998, its roots go much further back in the Department’s history to Professor Reuman who regularly organized and hosted similar groups. Bob Reuman was an extraordinary professor of philosophy, combining intellectual profundity and moral integrity with intellectual integrity and moral profundity. The Reuman Reading Group was established by his colleagues, students, prison-mates*, and friends as fitting and lasting reminder of what can be so special about philosophy at a residential liberal arts college.In recent years, typical Reuman Groups have included between 12 and 18 students, and between 3 and 7 faculty members – including faculty from other academic departments, philosophers from other colleges, and even faculty on sabbatical! But perhaps that shouldn’t be much of a surprise because our once a week dinners feature the compelling attractions of jovial camaraderie and lively, free-wheeling philosophical conversation (sometimes even staying on topic).* Bob Reuman was sentenced to a year and a day (making him officially a felon) in a federal penitentiary for refusing to register for the peace-time draft. The draft board could not understand how the captain of a college football team and the president of his fraternity could be, on purely philosophical grounds, a genuine conscientious objector. For full memorial minutes for Bob Reuman, a eulogy can be read here.

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What We’re Reading Now:

“How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer” – Sarah Bakewell

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, considered by many to be the first truly modern individual. He wrote free-roaming explorations of his thoughts and experience, unlike anything written before. More than four hundred years later, Montaigne’s honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come to him in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment —and in search of themselves. Just as they will to this spirited and singular biography.


What We’ve Read in the Past:

Nathanson
moralfool_1
wehaveneverbeenmodern
theheartofwhatmatters
thestructureofscientific
thereallyhardproblem
moralclarity
mortal-questions
achievingourcountry
theatrocityparadigm
world-hypotheses-study-in-evidence-stephen-pepper-paperback-cover-art
erosinplato
experimentsinethics
truthaguide
classicasianphilosophy
intuition_pumps_and_other_tools_for_thinking_by_daniel_c_dennett
oneworld
moral-imagination
theethicsofidentity
thesimpsons
Justice for Hedgehogs