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    Our department has a long and distinguished history of producing cutting-edge research and academic excellence. Our community includes scholars at all levels who engage with each other and the world outside to produce philosophy that is rigorous and meaningful. We believe the skills acquired through philosophical training at the college level are valuable whatever one's ultimate career turns out to be.

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    Whatever your career aspirations, the study of philosophy can help in strengthening your preparation, through developing your capacities to think and reason well, to deal critically and analytically with the ideas, the concepts, the problems, and the methodologies central to your chosen profession. Yet the study of philosophy equips you not just with skills for a trade or profession; it equips you with an important skill for living. 

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Feinberg Series 2020-21: Planet on a Precipice

September 09, 2020

The Philosophy Department is pleased to co-sponsor the UMass History Department's 2020-21 Feinberg Series. The series will host nine major public events featuring internationally renowned scholars...

Philosophy graduate students establish MAP chapter

July 01, 2020

MAP is an international, student-led organization aimed at addressing the issues of minority participation in philosophy. The new UMass MAP chapter will organize activities and events such as...

Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

June 19, 2020

The faculty, staff, and graduate students of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all who protest police brutality...

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Tim Juvshik, ”Function Essentialism about Artifacts”. Philosophical Studies.

Ned Markosian, ”The Dynamic Theory of Time and Time Travel to the Past”. Disputatio.

Ned Markosian et al., ”Time”. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Julia Jorati, ”The Correspondence with Arnauld”. In Lodge and Strickland (eds.), Leibniz’s Key Philosophical Writings.

Tim Juvshik, “Good ‘Cat’, Bad ‘Act’”. Philosophia.

Justin Mooney, “How God Knows Counteractuals of Freedom”. Faith and Philosophy.

David Turon, Counterfactuals and double prevention: Trouble for the Causal Independence thesis. Thought.

Louise Antony, “What is Naturalism?Think.

Pete Graham, “‘Secondary Permissibility’ and the Ethics of Harm”. Journal of Moral Philosophy.

Joe Levine, “A Posteriori Physicalism: Type-B Materialism and the Explanatory Gap”. In Kriegel (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Concsiousness.

Sophie Horowitz et al., “Dilating and Contracting Arbitrarily”. Noûs.

Patrick Grafton-Cardwell, “How to Understand the Completion of Art”. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

Phillip Bricker, Modal Matters. Oxford.

Hilary Kornblith, “Naturalism, Psychologism, Relativism”. In Ashton et al. (eds.), Social Epistemology and Relativism.

Louise Antony, “Feminism Without Metaphysics: A Deflationary Account of Gender“. Erkenntnis.

Elle Benjamin et al., “Representation Is Never Perfect, But Are Parents Even Representatives?”. American Journal of Bioethics.

Louise Antony, “Not rational, but not brutely causal either: a reply to Fodor on concept acquisition”. Theoria.

Chris Meacham, “Difference Minimizing Theory”. Ergo.

Peter Graham, “Two Arguments for Objectivism about Moral Permissibility”. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Alejandro Pérez Carballo, “Conceptual Evaluation: Epistemic”. In Burgess et al. (eds.), Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics.

Chris Meacham, “Too much of a good thing: decision-making in cases with infinitely many utility contributions”. Synthese.

Lu Chen, “Infinitesimal Gunk”. Journal of Philosophical Logic.

Justin Mooney, “An Episodic Account of Divine Personhood”. Religious Studies.

Chris Meacham, “Deference and Uniqueness”. Philosophical Studies.

Julia Jorati, “Leibniz on Slavery and the Ownership of Human Beings”. Journal of Modern Philosophy.

Justin Mooney, “How To Solve The Problem Of Evil: A Deontological Strategy”. Faith and Philosophy.

Haoying Liu, “Of Integrated Information Theory: A Philosophical Evaluation”. Philosophical Psychology.

Patrick Grafton-Cardwell, “Debugging the Case for Creationism”. Philosophical Studies.

Joseph Levine, “Consciousness is Acquaintance and Acquaintance is Consciousness”. In Knowles and Raleigh (eds.), Acquaintance: New Essays

Sophie Horowitz, “Predictably Misleading Evidence”, In Skipper and Steglich-Petersen (eds.), Higher Order Evidence: New Essays

Kevin Klement, “Grundgesetze and the Sense/Reference Distinction”. In Ebert and Rossberg (eds.), Essays on Frege’s *Basic Laws of Arithmetic*.

Sophie Horowitz, “The Truth Problem for Permissivism”. Journal of Philosophy.

Kevin Klement, “New Logic and the Seeds of Analytic Philosophy: Boole, Frege”. In Shand (ed.), A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.

Justin Mooney, “Multilocation Without Time Travel”.  Erkenntnis.

Justin Mooney, “Self-Colocation: A Colocation Puzzle for Endurantists”. Synthese.

Alejandro Pérez Carballo, “Negation, Expressivism, and Intentionality”. Philosophical Quarterly.

Peter Graham, “Avoidable Harm”. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Phil Bricker. “Composition as identity, Leibniz’s Law, and slice-sensitive emergent properties”. Synthese.

Joe Levine. "On Phenomenal Access". In Pautz and Stoljar (eds), Blockheads!.

Lu Chen. “Do simple infinitesimal parts solve Zeno’s paradox of measure?” Synthese.

Peter Graham, “An Argument for Objective Possibilism”. Ergo.

Hilary Kornblith. Second Thoughts and the Epistemological EnterpriseCambridge University Press.

Ned Markosian. “Sideways music”. Analysis.

Justin Mooney. “From a cosmic fine-tuner to a perfect being”. Analysis.

Joe Levine. “Bruteness and Supervenience: Mind vs. Morality”. In Mekios and Vintiadis (eds.), Brute Facts.

Vanessa de Harven. “The Resistance to Stoic Blending”. Rhizomata.

Joe Levine. Review of Brian Loar, Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays, Katalin Balog and Stephanie Beardman (eds.), NDPR.

Kevin Klement, “Russell’s Logicism” In Wahl (ed.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Bertrand Russell.

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