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  • Doing Things With Philosophy

    Philosopher Helen De Cruz profiles people with philosophy degrees who work outside of academia. It’s fascinating to see how they translate their philosophical skills to a variety of non-academic fields. One of them says that philosophy helps you slow the mind down in order to notice “glitches,” which is valuable in abstract reasoning and in entrepreneurship. (Click to read more.)

    Philosopher Helen De Cruz profiles people with philosophy degrees who work outside of academia.  It's fascinating to see how they translate their philosophical skills to a variety of non-academic fields.  One of them says that philosophy helps you slow the mind down in order to notice "glitches," which is valuable in abstract reasoning and in entrepreneurship.  Richard Price writes that:

    One of the most important skills in philosophy, in my opinion, is the ability to slow one’s mind down when going through trains of thought, and notice little glitches: transitions between points that feel odd. When you notice one of those, you want to zoom in on it, and you may find that something unusual is going on. When coming up with ideas for new products, it is a similar process. As we go about our daily lives, we navigate obstacles, and unconsciously adapt our behaviour around them. What you want to do is to slow your mind down, and notice little glitches in daily life. These glitches may be indications that there is an obstacle which could be removed. In philosophy, one is looking for glitches in a train of abstract reasoning; in entrepreneurship one is looking for glitches in a chain of practical activity.

  • Mark Cuban says: "Study Philosophy"

    In a recent interview, Mark Cuban stressed the value of “creative thinking.” He believes that there will soon be less demand for computer programming and engineering majors. His advice? Study philosophy or modern language.

    In a recent interview, Mark Cuban stressed the value of "creative thinking."  He believes that there will soon be less demand for computer programming and engineering majors.  His advice?  Study philosophy or modern language.

  • Wollstonecraft on Marriage

    Prof. Nancy Kendrick writes “Wollstonecraft on Marriage as Virtue Friendship” for a new book on Mary Wollstonecraft.

    Prof. Nancy Kendrick recently published an article, entitled “Wollstonecraft on Marriage as Virtue Friendship”, in the book The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft.

    “Wollstonecraft’s assertion... that marriage is friendship has led some commentators to conclude that amorous love has no place in her conception of marriage,” Prof. Kendrick states in the article, which discusses the complexities and complications of Wollstonecraft’s view of the relationship between marriage and moral friendship.

  • What is the value of Philosophy?

    Recently Robert Audi said this: “I see philosophy as having a unique and essential role in education, in strengthening democracy, and in advancing human knowledge.” Click for more.

    Recently Robert Audi said this: “I see philosophy as having a unique and essential role in education, in strengthening democracy, and in advancing human knowledge. We have distinctive ways of approaching reasoning, definition, explanation, and theory building. We frame and appraise moral positions in ways no other discipline does. We examine worldviews in a unique and systematic way. As teachers, we require critical writing and practice in formulating and solving intellectual problems. We teach the appraisal of arguments, introduce standards of evidence important in any field whatever, and heighten a student’s capacity to articulate their own world views. There is no realm of human existence we do not explore, no difficult question we are afraid to face, no serious idea we will not consider. Philosophy is essential for the education of citizens, uniquely rewarding for anyone who cares about ideas, and a distinctive contributor to the growth of knowledge..."

    Robert Audi is the John O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame and the chair of the APA Development Committee.  He shared these remarks in a solicitation letter to members of the American Philosophical Association.  

  • The Locke Workshop

    Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick presented a paper at the Locke Workshop at the City University of New York Graduate Center. While there, she visited the Morgan Library with other presenters to see two first editions of Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding, including a handwritten manuscript (Draft C) of the Essay made in 1685. [Click to learn more.]

    Draft C Of Power

    Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick recently presented a paper at the Locke Workshop at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  While there, she visited the Morgan Library with other presenters to see two first editions of Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, as well as a handwritten manuscript (Draft C) of the Essay made in 1685. The conference, which took place on April 7-9, 2016, was organized by Jessica Gordon-Roth '04, currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College and soon to join the Philosophy Department at University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  

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  • Teaching Philosophy in Tutorials

    Professor Stephen Mathis has used tutorials to teach philosophy for some time. Earlier this month, Joe Nelson ’14, joined him at a conference in Chicago to discuss the power of tutorials. [Click to read more.]


    Professor Stephen Mathis has used tutorials to teach philosophy for some time. Earlier this month, Joe Nelson '14, joined him at a conference in Chicago to discuss the power of tutorials. Their presentation was entitled “Using Tutorials to Teach (Upper-Level) Undergraduates to Read (Advanced) Philosophy" and it took place on Friday, March 4 at the Central Division Meetings of the American Philosophy Association in Chicago. They were part of a session hosted by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy entitled "Teaching Students How to Read Philosophy." Joe is now an MA candidate in Philosophy at American University.

  • "The Philosopher As Artist"

    Professor Raphael Sassower will present “The Philosopher as Artist: A Hyphenated Life” on Monday, March 7th at 5 pm in the Holman Room in Mary Lyon. Professor Sassower is the author of 18 books and many more articles and is Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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    Professor Raphael Sassower will present "The Philosopher as Artist: A Hyphenated Life" on Monday, March 7th at 5 pm in the Holman Room in Mary Lyon. Professor Sassower is the author of 18 books and many more articles and is Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

  • 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.