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  • Screen Shot 2012-09-21 at 4.17.01 PM Finding Plato in a Bomb Shelter

    Elana Weiner ’11 recently visited Wheaton and shared this update. “It’s wonderful to be a Philosopher in the desert! After graduation, I decided to spend five months living and studying permaculture on Kibbutz Lotan in the Arava desert of southern Israel. The kibbutz’s library happened to be located in one of the bomb shelters.” See more after the jump.

    Elana Weiner '11 recently visited Wheaton and shared this update.  "It's wonderful to be a Philosopher in the desert! After graduation, I decided to spend five months living and studying permaculture on Kibbutz Lotan in the Arava desert of southern Israel. The kibbutz's library happened to be located in one of the bomb shelters. One day while looking through the books, I found Plato. It's funny how he pops up everywhere. Finding Plato was exactly what I needed. There is nothing like reading the Apology in the backdrop of the Edom Mountains, with sand under your feet, and surrounded by the immediacy of nature."

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Call for Papers: Undergrad Philosophy Conference

    The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will host the third Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on March 8-9, 2013 at Marist College. Undergraduates are encouraged to submit papers on any topic in philosophy. The keynote address will be given by Alfred Mele. Papers of no more than 3,000 words are due by December 15, 2012. See more after the jump.

    The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will host the third Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on March 8-9, 2013 at Marist College. Undergraduates are encouraged to submit papers on any topic in philosophy.  The keynote address will be given by Alfred Mele. He is the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, and the director of the Big Questions on Free Will, a four year project on free will funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Florida State University.

    Please send papers of no more than 3,000 words by December 15, 2012. We prefer that papers be sent electronically by attachment in PDF or MS Word format to james.snyder@marist.edu. The conference program will be announced in January.
  • Philosophy Majors rock the GRE

    Among all undergraduate majors, philosophy majors get the highest scores on the Verbal and Analytical Reasoning parts of the GRE. Among Humanities majors, philosophers get the highest scores on the Quantitative part. (See more after the jump)

    Among all undergraduate majors, philosophy majors get the highest scores on the Verbal and Analytical Reasoning parts of the GRE.  Among Humanities majors, philosophers get the highest scores on the Quantitative part.

    Graphic produced by Ty Fagan, Visiting Instructor at Elmhurst College, using information from the Educational Testing Service

    http://philosophy.elmhurst.edu/FacultyStaff/TylerFagan.aspx

    http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_guide_table4.pdf

  • Congratulations, Jessica Gordon-Roth, PhD!

    The Philosophy Department is proud to congratulate Jessica Gordon-Roth ’04 on completing the requirements for a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Jess defended her doctoral dissertation, “Locke on Substance, Mode, and Personal Identity,” on August 24 before a committee comprised of Prof. John Whipple (UIC) and Prof. Margaret Atherton (UW, […]

    The Philosophy Department is proud to congratulate Jessica Gordon-Roth '04 on completing the requirements for a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Jess defended her doctoral dissertation, "Locke on Substance, Mode, and Personal Identity," on August 24 before a committee comprised of Prof. John Whipple (UIC) and Prof. Margaret Atherton (UW, Milwaukee), among others.  Jess is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.  Way to go, Dr. Gordon-Roth!

  • Getting to Philosophy

    There’s a game you can play called “Getting to Philosophy.”  Go to any wikipedia article.  Then click on the first link in the text not in parenthesis or italics.  Repeat this process with each successive wikipedia article until you end up at the wikipedia entry for Philosophy.  There’s even a wikipedia page discussing it.

    There's a game you can play called "Getting to Philosophy."  Go to any wikipedia article.  Then click on the first link in the text not in parenthesis or italics.  Repeat this process with each successive wikipedia article until you end up at the wikipedia entry for Philosophy.  There's even a wikipedia page discussing it.

  • Prof. Kendrick and Bishop Berkeley

    Prentice Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick gave a keynote address – “Turning Savage Americans into Indian Scholars: Berkeley’s Bermuda Project” – at the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy held at Harvard University, May 18-20. She presented her paper “Berkeley and The Ladies Library” at the International Berkeley Conference in Montreal, June 1-4.   […]

    Prentice Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick gave a keynote address – “Turning Savage Americans into Indian Scholars: Berkeley’s Bermuda Project” – at the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy held at Harvard University, May 18-20. She presented her paper “Berkeley and The Ladies Library” at the International Berkeley Conference in Montreal, June 1-4.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Senior Seminar Celebration

    Students in Prof. Mathis’ Senior Seminar joined the Philosophy faculty on Wednesday, May 16th for refreshments and conversation. After working hard all semester on Christine Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity, the students got to meet the Harvard University philosopher herself on May 4th in an “author meets critics” session.

    Students in Prof. Mathis' Senior Seminar joined the Philosophy faculty on Wednesday, May 16th for refreshments and conversation.  After working hard all semester on Christine Korsgaard's Sources of Normativity, the students got to meet the Harvard University philosopher herself on May 4th in an "author meets critics" session.  This day, by contrast, was a time enjoy tasty food, have informal conversation, and  to take in the serenity of the Austin House during an otherwise hectic "Senior Week."  Pictured here are Haley Gallant, Mary Howell, Kenny Monroe, Tyler Poloquin, Topher Speth, Aidan Kestigian, and Angelica Sullam--just seven of the 17 Philosophy majors in Wheaton's Class of 2012.

  • Phil 207 Students Visit George Berkeley's House

    Students from Professor Kendrick’s Modern Philosophy course visited Whitehall, George Berkeley’s house, in Middletown, RI, on Friday, April 27.

    Students from Professor Kendrick's Modern Philosophy course visited Whitehall, George Berkeley's house, in Middletown, RI, on Friday, April 27. Berkeley spent the years 1729-31 living in Rhode Island while he made preparations for a college he planned to found in Bermuda. Students enjoyed peering into closets and other spaces in the house in  hopes of finding a long-forgotten Berkeley manuscript!

  • Phil 329 students attend Nietzsche talk at UMass Boston

    Students in Professor Partridge’s 19th C. Continental Philosophy Course attended a talk by Daniel Conway of Texas A&M University on April 24th, 2012 hosted by the Philosophy and Political Science Departments at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “How the Story Ends: Reading Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality” offered a provocative interpretation of GM III:27.

    Students in Professor Partridge's 19th C. Continental Philosophy Course attended a talk by Daniel Conway of Texas A&M University on April 24th, 2012 hosted by the Philosophy and Political Science Departments at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  "How the Story Ends: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality" offered a provocative interpretation of GM III:27.  Conway argued that Nietzsche "campaigns to cultivate a target audience possessed of virtues that are not typically associated with his philosophy: receptivity, submission, and hospitality.  The possession of these virtues not only qualifies his target audience to bring Christian morality to a timely close, but also accounts for the hopefulness that informs his vision of an extra-moral, post-theistic future for humankind."

  • Professor Kendrick gives lunchtime talk on 4/26

    William and Elsie Prentice Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Kendrick, will present recent research at a Faculty Lunch Talk on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room. Her talk is entitled, “George Berkeley and The Ladies Library.”

    William and Elsie Prentice Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Kendrick, will present recent research at a Faculty Lunch Talk on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room. Her talk is entitled, "George Berkeley and The Ladies Library."
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