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Philosophy & Humanities

College of Arts & Sciences




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  • Fall 2016 upper-level courses

The Department of Philosophy & Humanities offers both a traditional philosophy major and a philosophy major with emphasis in religious studies.  Students may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree. Minors are also offered in philosophy, religious studies, and humanities.

Philosophy is quite unlike any other field. It is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter. Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. No brief definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy. It may be described in many ways. It is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of conduct. It seeks to establish standards of evidence, to provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and to create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
[Taken from "The Field of Philosophy," prepared by the American Philosophical Association's committee on the status and future of the profession, 1981.]

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  • Dr. Michael Allen will have four new papers published this year, with co-author Erica von Essen.  "Wild-But-Not-Too-Wild Animals: Challenging Goldilocks Standards in Rewilding" will be published in Between the Species.  “Solidarity between Human and Non-Human Animals: Representing Animal Voices in Policy Deliberations” will appear in Environmental Communication.   The Journal of Social Philosophy will publish “A Rabble in the Zoopolis? Considering Responsibilities for Wildlife Hybrids," and Environmental Communication will publish “From Obstructionism to Communication: Local, National and Transnational Dimensions of Contestations on the Swedish Wolf Cull Controversy."

  • Dr. Keith Green has a forthcoming paper, "Spinoza on Turning the Other Cheek," to be published in Volume VIII of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.  Another paper, "Forgiveness, Pardon, and Punishment in Spinoza's Ethical Theory and 'True Religion,'" will appear in the Journal of Early Modern Studies.  Dr. Green's paper "Spinoza on Self-Hatred" appears in the current edition of Iyyun: the Jerusalem Philosophical Review.

  • Dr. Jeff Gold's paper entitled "Suffering, Self-Hate, and the Implicit Association Test: A Critical Assessment into the Zen Philosophy of Cheri Huber" was published in The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society in December 2015.

  • Dr. David Harker has a new book published in November 2015 by Cambridge University Press, entitled Creating Scientific Controversies: Uncertainty and Bias in Science and Society.


events Events

Dr. Jeff Titon holds the Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science during the spring 2016 semester.  He is currently teaching "Religion in Appalachia" for the Philosophy & Humanities Department, and he will also present this semester's Basler Lecture as a series of stand-alone lectures under the theme "Sound, Experience, and Understanding."  Please follow  this link to The Learning Blog for descriptions of the individual lecture topics.  Please note, however, that dates have been changed due to recent weather-related cancellations.  The new schedule is as follows: 

Lecture 1, A Presence of Sound, March 1
Lecture 2, A Community of Sound, March 29
Lecture 3, An Economy of Sound, April 12
Lecture 4, An Ecology of Sound, April 26
The lectures will take place at 7:30 pm in the Ball Hall Auditorium.

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