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  • A Great Fit at University of Arizona

    Chris Howard ’08 wrote recently with an update on his progress toward the Ph.D. at University of Arizona. He’s visited or presented work at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Sheffield, UC-Boulder, and the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. [Click for more]

    IMG_8613 copyChris Howard '08 wrote recently with an update on his progress toward the Ph.D. at University of Arizona.  He's visited or presented work at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Sheffield, UC-Boulder, and the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association.  In addition, he designed and taught his own course on Neuroethics and has a handful of articles submitted journals.  Of his dissertation, now underway, he writes:

    I’m defending a ‘fittingness-first’ view of normativity, according to which the normative relation of fittingness (the relation in which an attitude or response stands to an object when the object merits or is worthy of that response) is normatively basic, and all other normative properties and relations can be analyzed in terms of this relation. I draw out the implications of my analysis of normativity in terms of the fittingness relation for first-order normative ethics and epistemology and for current debates in the moral responsibility literature.

    Good luck, Chris!  And keep us posted as those articles get published.

  • A Metaphilosophical Collaboration

    Prentice Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Kendrick, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College and Wheaton alumna, Jessica Gordon-Roth ’04, have co-written an essay on the importance of including female philosophers in courses in the history of philosophy. [Click for more]

    Prentice Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Kendrick, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College and Wheaton alumna, Jessica Gordon-Roth '04, have co-written an essay on the importance of including female philosophers in courses in the history of philosophy. The article "Including Early Modern Women Writers in Survey Courses: A Call to Action" will appear in the journal Metaphilosophy Vol. 46, No. 3 (July 2015), an issue devoted to the philosophy of the early modern period.photo (46)

  • Kant and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    What Kant says about sex and marriage is often pilloried. But on November 19, Professor Christopher Arroyo of Providence College argued in his paper, “Can Kant Teach Us Anything in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate?” that Kant offers insights and arguments that could be deployed in defenses of same-sex marriage.

    What Kant says about sex and marriage is often pilloried.  But on November 19, Professor Christopher Arroyo of Providence College argued in his paper, "Can Kant Teach Us Anything in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate?" that Kant offers insights and arguments that could be deployed in defenses of same-sex marriage.  Professor Arroyo's talk was second in the Philosophy Department Colloquium Series.  Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 12.27.42 PM

  • Why the Air Force Academy needs Connections

    A recent article in the Atlantic argues that Air Force Cadets need to balance their concentration in STEM fields with the study of the humanities and social sciences.

    “Solti and others at the Academy see a background in the humanities as a way to understand complex, interdisciplinary relationships between seemingly disparate entities.”

    A recent article in the Atlantic argues that Air Force Cadets need to balance their concentration in STEM fields with the study of the humanities and social sciences.

    "Solti and others at the Academy see a background in the humanities as a way to understand complex, interdisciplinary relationships between seemingly disparate entities. When military decision-makers consider possible tactics to approach a situation, they have to consider the people and relationships that decision may affect, even if those results aren’t immediately obvious."

    The title of the article, "Why Air Force Cadets Need to Study Philosophy," is misleading.  It is not just philosophy, but the interdisciplinary study found in Connections, that improves the cadets' ability to make good decisions.

  • Justice and National Happiness

    Professors Jennifer Wilson Mulnix (UMass-Dartmouth) and Michael J. Mulnix (Salem State) gave the first lecture in the Philosophy Department Colloquium series on Wednesday, November 5. “Justice and National Happiness” explored the promise and challenges of conceptualizing political justice when conceiving the aim as gross national happiness.

    IMG_3596Professors Jennifer Wilson Mulnix (UMass-Dartmouth) and Michael J. Mulnix (Salem State) gave the first lecture in the Philosophy Department Colloquium series on Wednesday, November 5.  "Justice and National Happiness" explored the promise and challenges of conceptualizing political justice when conceiving the aim as gross national happiness.  The next speaker will be Professor Christopher Arroyo (Providence College) who will present "Can Kant Teach Us Anything in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate?" on November 19 at 5 pm.

  • Sara Rosenblum seeks workplace equality

    Sara Rosenblum, Philosophy major in the class of 2014, interned last summer at the Coalition of Labor Union Women in Washington, DC.  Her work and experiences there were recently profiled in the Wheaton Quarterly.  Click here to learn more.

    Sara Rosenblum, Philosophy major in the class of 2014, interned last summer at the Coalition of Labor Union Women in Washington, DC.  Her work and experiences there were recently profiled in the Wheaton Quarterly.  Sara Rosenblum QuarterlyClick here to learn more.

  • The Philosophy Club discusses Hate Crime legislation

    The Philosophy Club met on Thursday, March 21st with invited guest, Stephen Mathis, Associate Professor of Philosophy.  Prof. Mathis presented his recent research on hate crimes legislation.           

    The Philosophy Club met on Thursday, March 21st with invited guest, Stephen Mathis, Associate Professor of Philosophy.  Prof. Mathis presented his recent research on hate crimes legislation.   photo 1

     

     

     

     

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  • Eli Flies High

    Philosophy alum, Eli Mazzola ’09, is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of the Wheaton Quarterly. He talks about his pursuit of extreme sports, including BASE jumping, and he credits Aristotle as an inspiration. [Click to read more]

    Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 11.21.34 AMPhilosophy alum, Eli Mazzola '09, is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of the Wheaton Quarterly.  He talks about his pursuit of extreme sports, including BASE jumping, and he credits Aristotle as an inspiration.   In Ancient Greek Philosophy (Phil 203), “[t]here was a great debate about the Greek term eudaimonia, essentially meaning ‘the good life,’ and how that was achieved,” Mazzola says. “According to Aristotle, humans achieve this through excellence in our highest capacity: reason. That resonated with me, and I always joke that I have to rationalize my life every day as a semi-professional ski bum.”

  • The Philosophy Club discusses The Matrix

    On Thursday, February 20th, members of the Philosophy Club met to discuss the philosophical themes of the film, The Matrix. They were joined by Professor John Partridge, author of “Plato’s Cave and The Matrix.”

     

    On Thursday, February 20th, members of the Philosophy Club met to discuss the philosophical themes of the film, The Matrix.  They were joined by Professor John Partridge, author of "Plato's Cave and The Matrix."  Students interested in participating in Philosophy Club activities should look for the club's Facebook page or contact its President, Angus MacDonald (macdonald_bruce@wheatoncollege.edu
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  • Poetry, Philosophy, and Baseball

    Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States and author of “The Night Game,” among other poems, talks with Stephen Mathis, Associate Professor of Philosophy and contributor to The Red Sox and Philosophy, among other works of philosophy, shortly before the start of Game 1 of the World Series.

    Pinsky and Mathis at WS game 1Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States and author of "The Night Game," among other poems, talks with Stephen Mathis, Associate Professor of Philosophy and contributor to The Red Sox and Philosophy, among other works of philosophy, shortly before the start of Game 1 of the World Series.  The Red Sox would win the game, 8-1, and clinch the series in six games.