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  • 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.

  • Friendship, Philosophy, and Finland

    Prentice Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick presented two papers in October in Helsinki, Finland: “Activity and Passivity in Mary Astell’s Theory of Friendship” at the conference on Women, Truth, and Action, and “Rules for the Dissolution of a Friendship: Aristotle and Wollstonecraft on Marriage and Virtue Friendship” at the University of Helsinki’s History of Philosophy […]

    Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 1.08.53 PMPrentice Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick presented two papers in October in Helsinki, Finland: “Activity and Passivity in Mary Astell’s Theory of Friendship” at the conference on Women, Truth, and Action, and “Rules for the Dissolution of a Friendship: Aristotle and Wollstonecraft on Marriage and Virtue Friendship” at the University of Helsinki’s History of Philosophy Research Seminar.

  • "The Importance of Being Subtle"

    Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow, Alex King, shared her work on the aesthetic category of subtlety at the most recent Faculty Lunch Talk at Wheaton on Thursday, October 17th. “We praise art for all kinds of things–for being beautiful, striking, insightful, and not least of all, we praise it for being subtle. But what is subtlety?” [click for more]

    Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow, Alex King, shared her work on the aesthetic category of subtlety at the most recent Faculty Lunch Talk at Wheaton on Thursday, October 17th.  "We praise art for all kinds of things--for being beautiful, striking, insightful, and not least of all, we praise it for being subtle.  But what is subtlety?  How do we identify it, and why should it be valuable?"  Alex presented some answers to these questions, and offered some thoughts about why subtleties outside of the artistic sphere might be valuable too. photo

  • Philosophy Talk & Dinner on Tuesday, October 1st

    The Department is proud to present “Locke on Persons,” a talk on personal identity by Prof. Jessica Gordon-Roth ’03, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, at 5 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, in Meneely 301. Join us afterward for dinner in the Faculty Dining Hall. [Click for how to RSVP for the dinner]

    The Department is proud to present "Locke on Persons," a talk on personal identity by Prof. Jessica Gordon-Roth '03, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, at 5 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, in Meneely 301.  Join us afterward for dinner in the Faculty Dining Hall. Please RSVP for the 6:15 PM dinner by emailing Professor Kendrick by Thursday, September 25. Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa (Kappa of Massachusetts) and the Department of Philosophy.W&LFacultyPhoto

  • Prof. Kendrick, Resident Scholar at Whitehall

    Prof. Kendrick spent two weeks as the resident scholar at Whitehall Museum House, George Berkeley’s Rhode Island residence 1729-1732. She wrapped up her visit by giving a talk on The Ladies Library, a collection of works on women’s education that Berkeley compiled and published in 1714. 

    Prof. Kendrick spent two weeks as the resident scholar at Whitehall Museum House, George Berkeley's Rhode Island residence 1729-1732. She wrapped up her visit by giving a talk on The Ladies Library, a collection of works on women's education that Berkeley compiled and published in 1714. 4rthPhilosophersReception-4

  • Jared Cohen Morgan Kennedy Convocation 2013 Honors Convocation Prize Winners

    Two Philosophy majors learned that they won departmental prizes at Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 2nd. Jared Cohen (far left) won the Holcombe Austin Prize and Morgan Kennedy (middle) won the Tanya Richards Sicard Prize. Professor Mathis won the chance to pose with them in this picture.

    Two Philosophy majors learned that they won departmental prizes at Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 2nd.  Jared Cohen (far left) won the Holcombe Austin Prize and Morgan Kennedy (middle) won the Tanya Richards Sicard Prize.  Professor Mathis won the chance to pose with them in this picture.  Be sure to congratulate these members of the class of 2013.