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  • Kant and the Ethics of Marketing

    Michael Smith, PhD, will present “Kant and the Ethics of Marketing,” on Tuesday, 10 November in Knapton 214. This our second Deemer Forum speaker of the semester. Many students know Professor Smith from his teaching of Epistemology, Modern Philosophy, and Introduction to Philosophy in recent years. Accordingly, there will be a brief reception at 6 pm with refreshments, followed by the talk at 6:15.

    Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 9.08.13 AMMichael Smith, PhD, will present "Kant and the Ethics of Marketing," on Tuesday, 10 November in Knapton 214.  This our second Deemer Forum speaker of the semester.  Many students know Professor Smith from his teaching of Epistemology, Modern Philosophy, and Introduction to Philosophy in recent years.  Accordingly, there will be a brief reception at 6 pm with refreshments, followed by the talk at 6:15. 

    The Ethics and the Professions presentations are supported by The Deemer Forum, the purpose of which is to encourage discussion and reflection on the importance of ethics as an essential ingredient in the code of professional conduct for a wide range of careers.

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  • Ethical Dilemmas Arising in Medical Practice

    On Tuesday, 20 October Clay Merchant, MD, MPH, ScD made the first of this year’s Ethics and the Professions presentations to philosophy and pre-health students: “Ethical Dilemmas Arising in Medical Practice.” Dr. Merchant engaged students for nearly two hours in discussion about an ethical predicament facing third year medical student. The presentation brought home the point that medical professionals are called on to make extra-scientific and moral decisions.

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    On Tuesday, 20 October Clay Merchant, MD, MPH, ScD made the first of this year's Ethics and the Professions presentations to philosophy and pre-health students: "Ethical Dilemmas Arising in Medical Practice." Dr. Merchant engaged students for nearly two hours in discussion about an ethical predicament facing third year medical student. The presentation brought home the point that medical professionals are called on to make extra-scientific and moral decisions.
    The Ethics and the Professions presentations are supported by The Deemer Forum, the purpose of which is to encourage discussion and reflection on the importance of ethics as an essential ingredient in the code of professional conduct for a wide range of careers.

  • Two New Articles on Berkeley

    Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick published two recent articles: Berkeley’s Bermuda Project and The Ladies Library,” in Berkeley Revisited: Moral, Social and Political Philosophy, edited by Sébastien Charles (Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment, 2015); and The ‘Empty Amusement’ of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation,” Berkeley Studies, 25, July, 2014.

    Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick published two recent articles: Berkeley's Bermuda Project and The Ladies Library," in Berkeley Revisited: Moral, Social and Political Philosophy, edited by Sébastien Charles (Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment, 2015); and The 'Empty Amusement' of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation," Berkeley Studies, 25, July, 2014.

  • What it means to be good

    The Philosophy Club will have its first meeting to discuss the question, “What does it mean to be good?” Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting on Wednesday, September 9th, from 6-7 pm in the Cole Room in the Library.

    The Philosophy Club will have its first meeting to discuss the question, "What does it mean to be good?" Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting on Wednesday, September 9th, from 6-7 pm in the Cole Room in the Library.

  • Meeting Miranda Fricker, author of Epistemic Injustice

    Students enrolled in the Senior Seminar in Spring 2015 heard Miranda Fricker defend her ideas at a conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, on April 27th. Students had already read her work, Epistemic Injustice: Power & the Ethics of Knowing, along with José Medina’s Epistemology of Resistance, and were working on their final papers for the course.

    Students enrolled in the Senior Seminar in Spring 2015 heard Miranda Fricker defend her ideas at a conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, on April 27th. Students had already read her work, Epistemic Injustice: Power & the Ethics of Knowing, along with José Medina's Epistemology of Resistance, and were working on their final papers for the course.

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    Professor Fricker also read a paper entitled "Explaining Forgiveness." In between the two sessions of the conference, students enjoyed lunch together.

    Senior Sem at lunch

    We also conducted a class meeting in a UMass Boston Philosophy seminar room. Several students gave their presentations and got valuable feedback from their peers.

    Senior Sem in seminar room

    Professor Partridge and the students in Phil 401 are grateful for the support of the Arts in the City fund to make this thrilling field trip possible.

  • Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 8.27.45 AM This Is What We Look Like

    Jessica Gordon-Roth, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Lehman and Wheaton alumna ’03, has started a campaign to “change the way we think about women and work.” The tumblr page she and her friend, a pediatric anesthesiologist, started be found by clicking the headline.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 8.27.45 AMJessica Gordon-Roth, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Lehman and Wheaton alumna '03, has started a campaign to "change the way we think about women and work."  The tumblr page she and her friend, a pediatric anesthesiologist, started be found by clicking the links below.

     

    To see Jess's page, go to http://thisiswhatwelooklikecampaign.tumblr.com/.  Want to be a part of the campaign?  Order your "This is what a philosopher looks like" t-shirt and submit a photograph.

  • The Epistemology of Debunking Arguments

    The Philosophy Department hosted the final colloquium of the semester on Thursday, Mar. 26, 5-6:30, Knapton 214. Carry Osborne, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois (and Wheaton alumnus, ’11) gave a talk entitled “The Epistemology of Debunking Arguments.” 

    The Philosophy Department hosted the final colloquium of the semester on Thursday, Mar. 26, 5-6:30, Knapton 214. Carry Osborne, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois (and Wheaton alumnus, '11) gave a talk entitled "The Epistemology of Debunking Arguments." IMG_4439

  • Professor Kendrick's Prize-winning Essay on Berkeley

    Professor Kendrick’s essay, “The ‘Empty Amusement’ of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation,” has won the Colin and Ailsa Turbayne International Berkeley Essay Prize. The prize is awarded every two years by the philosophy department at the University of Rochester, where Professor Colin Turbayne, a Berkeley scholar and well-loved teacher, spent most of his career. A copy of Professor Kendrick’s essay will be sent to the Library Study Center at Whitehall, Berkeley’s 18th century home near Newport, Rhode Island. The award comes with a $2,000 prize.

    Professor Kendrick's essay, “The ‘Empty Amusement’ of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation,” has won the Colin and Ailsa Turbayne International Berkeley Essay Prize. The prize is awarded every two years by the philosophy department at the University of Rochester, where Professor Colin Turbayne, a Berkeley scholar and well-loved teacher, spent most of his career. A copy of Professor Kendrick's essay will be sent to the Library Study Center at Whitehall, Berkeley's 18th century home near Newport, Rhode Island. The award comes with a $2,000 prize.

  • Does Happiness Make For a Good Life?

    Several Wheaton philosophers pondered this question recently at Brown University, where Daniel Haybron gave a talk with that question as its title on Friday, March 6th. Professors Celada and Partridge, as well as retired Professor Roz Ladd, also attended his talk on Saturday, March 7th, entitled “Measures of Well-Being for Policy: What Do We Want?”

    Several Wheaton philosophers pondered this question recently at Brown University, where Daniel Haybron gave a talk with that question as its title on Friday, March 6th.  Professors Celada and Partridge, as well as retired Professor Roz Ladd, also attended his talk on Saturday, March 7th, entitled "Measures of Well-Being for Policy: What Do We Want?"  The talks were sponsored by Brown's Ethical Inquiry program.  IMG_4409

  • Flash Seminar on Consent

    Associate Professor Stephen Mathis offered a Flash Seminar sponsored by the Education Council of SGA last Wednesday, March 4th.  It was entitled “Comparing Affirmative Consent in Sexual Misconduct Policy to Consent in Contract Law.”

    Associate Professor Stephen Mathis offered a Flash Seminar sponsored by the Education Council of SGA last Wednesday, March 4th.  It was entitled "Comparing Affirmative Consent in Sexual Misconduct Policy to Consent in Contract Law."