Superdeep #16: “ChatGPT and We” (with Tim Fitz (turnitin)) | Feb 1, 10:30am

IB 2050 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Having heard much from chatty AI lately, let us humans do some talking again. Join us for a Superdeep conversation on how “ChatGPT and We” might carry on together. We’ll be joined by philosophers, computer scientists, and others from DKU, as well as special guest Tim Fitz (turnitin).

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy (or computer science) is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

For DKU faculty this will be the first of a possible double-feature that day, being followed by CTL’s T&L at lunch meeting on “AI-assisted teaching and learning” (12:00pm, IB 2050).

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Superdeep #15: “Relational Egalitarianism & Economic Liberty” (Jiyuan Sun) | Dec 1, 6:30pm

IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Join us for our next  Superdeep session, in which Jiyuan (Dmitry) Sun (E&L Philosophy ’23) will tells us what the deal is with “Relational Egalitarianism & Economic Liberty”.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Superdeep #14: ”Knowing One’s Dreams” (Weifan Mo) | Thu, Nov 17, 6:30pm

IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Join us for Superdeep #14, in which Weifan (Michelle) Mo (E&L Philosophy ’23) will awaken us to the difficulties of “Knowing One’s Dreams”.

The event is first in a series of collaborations between Superdeep and the DKU-Wuhan University Houtu Research project Unforgotten Dreams/哲学视野中的梦境.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop or Houtu Unforgotten Dreams, contact Nathan Hauthaler. For more information on the workshop see also https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/.

Superdeep #13: ”The Question ‘Why?’ & Descriptions of Action” (DongKun Lyu) | Thu, Nov 3, 6:30pm

IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Join us for our next – lucky #13 – Superdeep session, in which DongKun Lyu (’25) will finally answer “The Question ‘Why?’ & Descriptions of Action”.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Superdeep #12: “Anscombe on Basic Action: Doubts about Doubts” (Nathan Hauthaler) | Mon, Oct 10, 6:30pm

Mon, Oct 10, 12:30 pm CET / 6:30 pm BST
IB 2026 /  IES Rm 2.5 (2nd Fl)
Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Join us for our next Superdeep meeting, in which Nathan Hauthaler (AH | Philosophy) will cast on “Anscombe on Basic Action: Doubts about Doubts”.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Superdeep #11: “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought” (Rasoul Namazi) | Thu, Sept 22, 6:30pm

Thu, Sept 22, 6:30 pm
IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Superdeep is starting into the new academic year on a superhigh note, with Rasoul Namazi (Assistant Professor of Political Theory) sharing with us work from his monograph on “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Student Report: Superdeep #9 “Benjamin’s Aura and NFT”

Benjamin’s Aura and NFT Presented by Tian Leiyuan
Reported by Zishuo Wu

Treat from the event, photographed by Zishuo Wu

This was the last Superdeep meeting in this session. TIAN Leiyuan, presenter of this workshop, brought her audience two delicious pizzas, making the atmosphere in the meeting room marvelous and enjoyable.

To begin, Prof. Nathan Hauthaler introduced the host, TIAN Leiyuan, (image below). Leiyuan is junior majoring in media arts who is also involved in a lot of work in philosophy. In this presentation of “Benjamin’s Aura and NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens),” she shared one of her research projects connecting philosophy in media arts.

 

Speaker, Leiyuan Tian, presenting.

First, Leiyuan introduced what NFT arts look like by showing the audience two esteemed NFT artworks. The first one was The Five Fears by the Aeforia collection, a 3D image with peculiar sound effects. The second was Every Day: The first 5000 days (1981).

NFT was described by Leiyuan as a type of unique, indivisible, and indestructible digital verification of purchase recorded on blockchains. Why did NFT emerge? Leiyuan said it offered a way to acknowledge the ownership of reproducible pieces, allowing them to be associated with digital art. Continue reading “Student Report: Superdeep #9 “Benjamin’s Aura and NFT””

Student Report: Superdeep #7 “Discrimination and the Metaverse” 

Superdeep #7: “Discrimination & the Metaverse”
Presented by Wei Yi

Reported by Jiahe Yang (class of 2025)

On Mar 4th, 2022, Professor Nathan Hauthaler invited Wei Yi to present the seventh Superdeep workshop. Wei Yi, a senior majoring in data science, gave the presentation about his signature work project themed “Discrimination & the Metaverse”.

The introduction of this workshop states, “both real and virtual worlds are Superdeep.” Bias and discrimination could take place in the virtual space apart from the real world. As the opposite of egalitarianism, there is no uniform definition of discrimination. According to Yi, discrimination is a differentiated treatment toward different cohorts due to the prejudice derived from stereotypes and subjective hatred and will incurs losses to the victims. He pointed out that the extent of losses ranges widely. On the scale of severity, he listed verbal aggression, physical abuse, social exclusion, even genocide as manifestations of discrimination. Thus, the losses could also vary on a different scale, from heartbreaking to life-threatening.

Continue reading “Student Report: Superdeep #7 “Discrimination and the Metaverse” “

Superdeep #10: “The Acquisition of Practical Knowledge” (Jiyuan Sun) | Wed, Mar 30, 6:30pm

Wed, Mar 30, 6:30 pm
IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Superdeep is where we practice – but this week also learn about – “The Acquisition of Practical Knowledge”: this Wednesday, with & from Jiyuan Sun (’24, E&L Philosophy).

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting. (Due to current restrictions in-person attendance will have to be very limited—thank you for understanding.)

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Superdeep #9: “Benjamin’s Aura & NFT” (Tian Leiyuan) | Fri, Mar 11, 6:30pm

Fri, Mar 11, 6:30 pm
IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Even the blockchain can be Superdeep, as our final meeting this session will show: Tian Leiyuan (‘23, Media Arts) will discuss with us her work on “Benjamin’s Aura and NFT”.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy (or law) is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.