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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is an exciting and challenging discipline because it focuses on some of the deepest and most intractable questions humans face:  Is there any objective standard of moral rightness?  Does God exist?  Do humans have free will?  The methods philosophers use to tackle these questions – imaginative “thought experiments” and rigorous analysis of arguments – help students to build skills that are essential to a liberal arts education.  The department has an accomplished faculty that is dedicated to undergraduate teaching.  We offer a comprehensive major as well as wide range of introductory courses that allow non-majors to explore philosophy.

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Department News

Prof. Hettinger presenting at the “Convergence & Divergence Between Animal & Environmental Ethics” conference in Montreal
Posted on 11 May 2017 | 1:21 pm
Prof. Emeritus Ned Hettinger is presenting an invited paper on “Naturalness, Wild Animal Suffering, and Palmer on Laissez-Faire” for a conference on “Convergence and Divergence between Animal and Environmental Ethics” in Montreal, May 17-19, 2017.
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Prof. Hough to give an invited talk at Seoul National University
Posted on 8 May 2017 | 10:00 pm
Prof. Hough will be giving an invited talk at Seoul National University on May 12, 2017. The topic is “Kierkegaard’s Concept of the Self, and the Debt of Heidegger and Sartre.”
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Prof. Coseru to lecture at Seoul National University
Posted on 8 May 2017 | 9:54 pm
Prof. Coseru will be visiting the Philosophy Department at Seoul National University, May 7-12, 2017, to deliver three invited lectures on topics in Buddhist and Cross-cultural Philosophy of Mind. The topics are “Consciousness and Causal Emergence: Challenges to Physicalism,” “Consciousness, Naturalism, and the Problem of Self-Knowledge,” and “Free Will and Moral Responsibility: Agent-neutral Consequentialism and the Bodhisattva […]
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Prof. Boyle presenting at the Early Modern – St. Louis Conference
Posted on 8 May 2017 | 11:37 am
Deborah Boyle will be presenting her paper “Mary Shepherd and the Abstract Self” at the Early Modern – St. Louis conference on April 20.
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