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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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News

In Memoriam: Edmund L. Gettier III (1927–2021)

April 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved colleague, Ed Gettier. Ed had been in failing health over the last few years. He died March 23 from complications caused by a fall. He was 93.

Humanists UK hosts conversation with Antony

April 15, 2021

Professor Louise Antony will be in conversation with Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson about her edited collection, Philosophers Without Gods, on April 22 at 2 PM EDT.  This event is part...

Mind Brazil workshop on Levine's work

April 09, 2021

Professor Joe Levine's work will be the focus of the virtual version of the Mind Brazil conference, scheduled to take place on May 7th 2021 at 1pm (EDT).  ...

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Vanessa de Harven, ”The Metaphysics of Stoic Corporealism”. Apeiron.

Julia Jorati, ”The Guise of the Good in Leibniz”. Philosophical Explorations.

Louise Antony, ”Naturalism and ’Robust’ Subjectivity: a Critique of Baker”. In Oliveira et al. (eds.), Common Sense Metaphysics: Essays in Honor of Lynne Rudder Baker.

Joe Levine, ”On Baker on the First-Person”. In Oliveira et al. (eds.), Common Sense Metaphysics: Essays in Honor of Lynne Rudder Baker.

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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