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February 20, 2018

Join the Philosophy Department in welcoming Elizabeth Foreman dicsussing "The Ethics of Eating".

Conversations in food ethics often concern sustainability, the ethics of killing, and the ethics of food production; in this talk, I focus instead on the ethics of eating.  I explore how we understand the importance of eating, as well as how we should understand it, including how to weigh the need to eat against other needs (and the needs of others). I argue that it is a tragedy of human life that to live one must destroy, and explore the ways in which different responses to that fact function in ethical conversations about food.


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January 31, 2018

Flyer announcement of Lauter Prize winner for 2018

Senior Philosophy major Arianna Nord is the recipient of the 2018 Lauter Prize in Philosophy for her essay Feminist Jurisprudence and Intersectional Identity.

November 29, 2017

Philosophy Senior Comp Presentations
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The Philosophy Seniors will be presenting their Comps  Wednesday, November 29th in Fowler 207 at 3:00-6:00pm
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November 1, 2017

Philosophy in 15 minutes event poster

Join the Philosophy Department for a free Spitz lunch and Professor Dylan Sabo's discussion, in 15 minutes, of some important philosophical questions raised by artificial intelligence.

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October 19, 2017

Dr. Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks about her research

Ideology and Moral Knowledge event poster

"Culture, I argue, is a set of social meanings – what I call a cultural techne -  that shapes and filters how we think and act.  Problematic networks of social meanings constitute an ideology.  Such networks prevent us from properly appreciating what is valuable (and how it is valuable) and organize us in unjust ways.  Entrenched ideologies are resilient and are barriers to social change, even in the face of legal interventions.  If, under conditions of injustice, our cognition is shaped by ideology, how can we gain the moral knowledge needed to critique the culture that is the source of injustice?"

Sally Haslanger is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts...

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May 1, 2017

Announcement and photo of Brad Kawano

Senior Philosophy Major Brad Kawano is the recipient of the 2017 Lauter Prize in Philosophy for his essay.

April 19, 2017

Philosophy Department Meet and Greet event poster

Occidental’s Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments held a joint meet and greet where students were able to meet other majors/minors and prospective majors/minors. The meeting also included a discussion of the importance of humanities majors and the employability of liberal arts degrees.

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April 13, 2017

Dane Muckler, Ph.D., discusses mental illness and philosophy

Dane Muckler guest lecture event poster

 “It is often thought that well-being and mental health are roughly synonymous. Depression, bipolar mania, and personality disorders, seem to be paradigmatic case of human ill-being. But how do we square this thought with historical cases of exceptional people who suffered from serious mental health problems or neurological abnormalities like Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John F. Kennedy or Kanye West? Cases of the ‘flourishing mad’ cast doubt on the proposition that mental health is always in our best interest. Some philosophers attempt to explain away these cases. However, I argue that all such attempts fail. In my view, the flourishing mad are crucial for helping us understand what...

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March 22, 2017

Philosophy in 15 minutes truth and bullshit event poster

The Philosophy department held its first talk in a series entitled “Philosophy in 15,” where big ideas are explored in 15 minutes. This talk, given by Department Chair Professor Morrissey, centered around the concept of Truth.

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February 9, 2017

Owen Flanagan, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, came to speak about the danger of anger

Never in Anger event poster

“Anger is the most destructive emotion. In America we live in an orgy of anger in which anger that aims to pass-pain is normalized. I discuss the history of ideas about the positive and negative features of anger from philosophy, religion, psychology, and anthropology, and use cross-cultural sources to criticize our norms of anger and to imagine better moral and political worlds that are less angry, possibly, not angry at all."

Flanagan earned his Ph.D. from Boston University and his B.A. from Fordham University.

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