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Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Department of Philosophy at Occidental College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship. In collaboration with faculty in the department, the Fellow will aim to develop courses that enhance

undergraduate research, especially for underrepresented and first-generation students, and foster collaboration with community institutions. An interest in, and ability to implement, innovative uses of digital technology will also be valued.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in philosophy by the start date of August 1, 2016. (AOS) and (AOC) are both open, but the responsibilities of the Fellow include:

·  Teaching four courses per year over a two-year appointment, including:

  • Introduction to Philosophy;
  • Two of the following - Philosophy of ArtPhilosophy of RaceEnvironmental EthicsGlobal JusticeFeminism, or Contemporary Moral Philosophy;
  • A new research-focused first year seminar that employs digital approaches to knowledge production or sharing, and builds partnerships with community organizations.

·  Mentoring and supervising one or two students per year conducting summer research projects and up to one student per semester serving as “education-in-action” facilitators attached to the Fellows’ courses.

·  Participating in two Center for Digital Liberal Arts Summer Institutes that support course and assignment development.

·  Participating in two year-round faculty development workshops with other Fellows, faculty, and the Center for Community Based Learning.

·  Maintaining an active research program.

Occidental College offers a unique combination of a rigorous academic program, small size, and diverse student body, located among the natural and cultural resources of Los Angeles. The College, and the Department of Philosophy, value creativity, academic accomplishment, and civic engagement, and aim to realize an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts in the context of a close-knit community of excellent teacher-scholars and engaged students. Occidental College is an equal opportunity employer. Underrepresented philosophers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of interest that addresses preparation for the responsibilities listed above
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, which also includes ideas about: 1) how to develop research-based coursework for diverse 1st and 2nd-year undergraduate students at a liberal arts college; 2) how one’s scholarly interests could be enhanced by partnership with LA-based community organizations; and 3) how to foster digital scholarship in the context of a liberal arts college.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

For Submissions and More Information Contact:

Department Coordinators/Department Chairs of Mellon Post-Doc Humanities Programs:

Patricia Micciche, Administrative Manager, email:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will be rolling. For full consideration, please submit your materials by December 15.



October 8, 2015


The Philosophy Department is hosting speaker Foad Dizadji-Bahmani of CSULA and the Beginning of the Year Party.


October 5, 2009

We just received this announcement: We are pleased to announce that the Claremont Colleges shall be hosting the 12th Southern California Philosophy Conference 9:30am-6:15pm on Saturday, 7 November, 2009. Registration is free and open to students, faculty, postdocs and independent scholars interested in philosophy. Located in the city of Claremont, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the Claremont Colleges is a consortium of seven institutions: Claremont Graduate Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. More than 20 speakers in many areas of philosophy will be presenting, representing more than 15 Southern California colleges and universities. Details, including the invited program of invited speakers can be found at: http://mugwump.pitzer.... Read More

September 29, 2009

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August 14, 2009


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August 14, 2009

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March 18, 2009

Philosophy Spring Semester Colloquium "Is a Pacifist State Incoherent?" Professor Alan Tomhave Department of Philosophy, Occidental College Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:30 p.m. - Fowler 202 States are typically assumed to enforce dictates through the use of force. If we take pacifism to be roughly the claim that the use of violence is morally impermissible, and add the claim that all force is violence, we are left with the claim that the idea of a pacifist state is incoherent. This talk will make the case that the pacifist state is not incoherent. In making this case, we will try to clarify some minimal notion of what the state is and consider a couple of different ways to think about anarchism, as well as clarifying the rough characterization of pacifism offered here. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Made possible by the Remsen Bird Fund Philosophy Department Occidental College

November 10, 2008

The Cognitive Science Program & Philosophy Department Present Julie Yoo Cognitive Science Program - Occidental College Some Modern Approaches to the Modern Problem of Mind-Body Interaction
Today’s problem of mind-body interaction is quite different from the traditional version of the problem that first confronted philosophers in the 16th century. Philosophers in the 16th century were mystified by how the body, a physical system, could causally interact with a non-physical mind. Today’s philosophers no longer think that the mind is a non-physical entity, but there is still a deep problem about how to explain how our thoughts causally influence our actions. In this talk, Prof Yoo will introduce and explain the modern version of the mind-body problem, and will lay out some of the more promising approaches to solving it. Fowler 112, Wednesday, November 19th, 5:00pm Refreshments will be served. EVERYONE IS WELCOME...


  • Phone: (323) 259-2792
  • Location: Swan Hall