Philosophy

Events and Announcements

March 22, 2011

How Imagination Gives Rise To Knowledge

(or, “Elementary, My Dear Watson, Elementary”)

Amy Kind

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

5:15 pm - Fowler Halll 202

Refreshments served - Everyone welcome!

sponsored by Remsen Bird

Abstract:  Although philosophers have long looked to imagination to play a central role in the justification of our modal beliefs, it has also long been thought that outside of the domain of modal epistemology the imagination has no important epistemic role to play.  In the words of Brian O’Shaughnessy, it is “outside the cognitive circuit.”  This paper aims to defend the imagination against this charge... Read More

March 17, 2011

You're invited -  Thursday March 24 from 12-1 - to the Oxy Philosophy "open house" in Sycamore Glen. Come by, grab a bite to eat (catering by Spitz), meet (or better-get-to-know) the philosophy faculty, and learn more about majoring or minoring in philosophy! All are welcome - students interested in taking philosophy courses during the next academic year, as well as those interested in majoring or minoring in philosophy, are especially encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, or would like to know more about philosophy at Oxy but are unable to make the event, please feel free to contact Prof. Clair Morrissey at cmorrissey@oxy.edu.

March 16, 2011

The Lauter Prize in Philosophy: established in 2010, in honor of Herman A. Lauter, Professor of Philosophy from 1963-1991, presented annually to the author of the best essay submitted in a philosophy class.  Papers may be from any level philosophy class and should be submitted to the department chair by April 10th.  The decision will be made by the Philosophy Department faculty as a whole.  Students may win the award more than once.  The award will be announced at the end of the spring semester and will include a cash prize of $200. Submit your paper!

October 24, 2010

Occidental College Philosophy Department presents

What is Genocide and Why is it so bad?

Prof. Abed will argue that genocide is a violent process tied in complex ways to war, military occupation, colonization, and nation-state consolidation. According to this view, “ethnic cleansing” and cultural assimilation can be genocidal policies. Although Genocide is not the worst of the international crimes, the Holocaust is morally distinctive. Professor Mohammed Abed California State University, Los Angeles Thursday, October 28th 4:30 to 6:30 Fowler 202 Everyone is invited Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Remsen Bird Fund

October 5, 2010

A 'grande dame of philosophy', she pioneered virtue ethics. more >>> New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/us/10foot.html?_r=1&hpw

September 29, 2010

Kwame Anthony Appiah - Library Foundation of Los Angeles. The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

Appiah, a leading philosopher and a professor at Princeton University, demonstrates that honor is the driving force in the struggle against man’s inhumanity to man.

at the Los Angeles Central Library, Thursday, October 7th, at 7 pm.

September 28, 2010

The Lauter Prize in Philosophy: established in 2010, in honor of Herman A. Lauter, Professor of Philosophy from 1963-1991, presented annually to the author of the best essay submitted in a philosophy class.  Papers may be from any level philosophy class and should be submitted to the department chair by April 10th.  The decision will be made by the Philosophy Department faculty as a whole.  Students may win the award more than once.  The award will be announced at the end of the spring semester and will include a cash prize of $200. Submit your paper!

May 23, 2010

Sitting With Marina - by Arthur C. Danto

("Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, and was the art critic for The Nation from 1984 to 2009. He is the author of several books on analytical philosophy and the philosophy of art; and winner of the the National Book Critics Prize for Criticism in 1990, as well as Le Prix Philosophie for “The Madonna of the Future.”)

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