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  • 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.  

    Draft C enthusiasm

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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