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  • 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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  • Justifying Academic Honor Codes

    Stephen Mathis presented a paper at the 36th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium on April 6.  His paper, “Justifying Academic Honor Codes,” was one of several on the general theme of the conference: Honor and Ethics.

    Stephen Mathis presented a paper at the 36th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium on April 6.  His paper, "Justifying Academic Honor Codes," was one of several on the general theme of the conference: Honor and Ethics.

  • Wheaton's Best Buds & Philosophy Department

    Stephen Mathis and John Partridge played on the Faculty/Staff Softball Team on Tuesday, April 3.  The team turned in a valiant but losing effort against its opponent, Wheaton Best Buds.    The game was a fundraiser by Best Buds and supported the efforts of The Arc in Bristol County.

    Stephen Mathis and John Partridge played on the Faculty/Staff Softball Team on Tuesday, April 3.  The team turned in a valiant but losing effort against its opponent, Wheaton Best Buds. 

     

    The game was a fundraiser by Best Buds and supported the efforts of The Arc in Bristol County.

  • Flash Seminar on Friendship

    Can you be friends with your cat? How about your dog? How many kinds of friendship are there, and what’s the difference between them? Professor Kendrick will give a Flash Seminar on Friendship on Thursday, Mar. 29 4-5 pm.

    Can you be friends with your cat? How about your dog? How many kinds of friendship are there, and what's the difference between them? Professor Kendrick will give a Flash Seminar on Friendship on Thursday, Mar. 29 4-5 pm.

  • Philosophy Open House on Thurs. 3/29

    The Philosophy Department welcomes students to the annual Open House on Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm in the Knapton Atrium.  This is a time for Philosophy faculty and students to meet new or prospective majors and minors–or anyone interested in Philosophy. 

    The Philosophy Department welcomes students to the annual Open House on Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm in the Knapton Atrium.  This is a time for Philosophy faculty and students to meet new or prospective majors and minors--or anyone interested in Philosophy. 

  • "A Picture Holds Us Captive"

    The Philosophy Department was pleased to invite recent alum, Robert Carry Osborne ’11, to give a lunchtime talk on March 23.  Carry is enrolled in the PhD program at U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  The talk was entitled “‘A Picture Holds Us Captive’: Tracing the Genealogy and Diagnosing the Ills of a Philosophical Anxiety.”  

    The Philosophy Department was pleased to invite recent alum, Robert Carry Osborne '11, to give a lunchtime talk on March 23.  Carry is enrolled in the PhD program at U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  The talk was entitled "'A Picture Holds Us Captive': Tracing the Genealogy and Diagnosing the Ills of a Philosophical Anxiety."  

  • Philosophy and The Hunger Games

    Several students joined Philosophy Club Co-President, Haley Gallant ’12, and Philosophy Department Chair, Professor Partridge, to discuss The Hunger Games on March 7th. 

    Several students joined Philosophy Club Co-President, Haley Gallant '12, and Philosophy Department Chair, Professor Partridge, to discuss The Hunger Games on March 7th.