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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. Hough to give an invited talk at Kyoto University
Posted on 25 May 2017 | 7:48 am
Prof. Hough will be giving an invited talk at Kyoto University on May 17, 2017. The topic is “Nietzsche on Consciousness: Epiphenomenalism, Genealogy and Archaeology,” and it is part of the Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (CAPE) lecture series.
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Prof. Coseru to give an invited talk at Kyoto University
Posted on 25 May 2017 | 7:46 am
Prof. Coseru will be giving an invited talk at Kyoto University on May 17, 2017. The topic is “Consciousness and Causation” and it is part of the Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (CAPE) lecture series.
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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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