Events and Announcements

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.


July 5, 2008

Today's Los Angeles Times "Column One" feature is about "Philosophy Talk," a radio talk show hosted by Stanford University's Ken Taylor and John Perry.  You can listen to the show at

April 17, 2008

See this L.A. Times article. Then go back to Hume, Wittgenstein, and lots of other philosophical treatments of this issue!

January 23, 2008

We've just received word of a new undergraduate journal, the California Undergraduate Philosophy Review. The journal, created to provide a forum for the best undergraduate philosophy work in the state of California, currently has its home at California State University, Fresno. Works from all California undergraduate students, in all fields of philosophy and religious studies, are welcome. Please use the flyer attached to post or pass on to students.

Instructions for authors are available on the website, Papers accepted by the journal will appear online first at our website and later in the year, in hard copy. Additional information and announcements will be posted at the website.

November 26, 2007

Saturday's L.A. Times has an in-depth article on course podcasts from UC Berkeley. They report extensively on Hubert Dreyfus's podcasts and its popularity in the general public.



October 29, 2007

"Colonialism: A Philosophical Profile"

Olufemi Taiwo

Professor of Philosophy

Director of Global African Studies

Seattle University

October 31, 2007

1230 - 2 pm

Lower Herrick

Pizza Lunch Served!!

July 16, 2007

Professor Homiak is the department chair for 2007-2008.


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