Upcoming Events




Past Events

Picnic Senior Celebration, Monday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. Schapiro Hall, Atrium space.

Please come to support our three Philosophy Majors thesis presentations on Monday, May 16. Schapiro Hall, Room 141.
10:15 a.m., Isaac Wilkins (’22), will present his thesis, Incredulous Stares: Uncovering Uncertainty in the Everettian Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.” Professor Keith McPartland, Advisor
10:45 a.m., Benny Weng (’22), will present his thesis, “The Problem of Missing Evidence in Contemporary Dark Matter Research.” Professor Bojana Mladenovic, Advisor  
11:15 a.m.,  Reid Kurashige (’22), will present his thesis,“Kant and the Problem of Inner Alienation.” Professor Justin Shaddock, Advisor

Please join the Philosophy Department on Monday, April 25 at 4:15 p.m. in Schapiro 129 for a talk by Professor Christian de Leon, UCLA, Philosophy Department, Faces, Emotions, and Values: Prospects for a Formal Semantics of Emoji.  Event sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Class of ’60’s Scholars.

Philosophy Pre-Registration Event on Tuesday, April 26 @ 5:15 p.m. Sawyer, Mabie Rm

Come share a meal, Catch up with students, professors, and staff in the department, and hear about Fall/Spring courses and events. Refreshments will be provided.



Tuesday, November 2, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m. Sawyer Quad tent 

Dear Philosophy faculty and students,

Join Philosophy faculty and majors tonight at 4:30 p.m., Sawyer Quad tent for our preregistration event. Philosophy faculty will be on hand to discuss spring 2022 classes and the major. We will be providing Fall snacks: hot cocoa, apple cider, coffee & tea along with home-made cookies at 4:30 p.m.


Senior Celebration in-person Event (Friday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.)

Please join us for a celebration honoring our senior majors on Friday, May 21st starting at 4:30 p.m. Hollander tent (parking lot).

Rain or shine.

This event will be catered by Spice Root.  Because capacity must be limited given the pandemic, we are asking everyone to make a reservation by responding to this invitation.  Only those with confirmed RSVP’s may attend.

Please RSVP to Robin Keller by Thurs., May 13th

First come, first served!


Pre-Registration ’21-’22 Virtual Open House Event (Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.)  Come hear three of our current majors on the question:  Why Study Philosophy?  Hear from faculty about their ’21-’22 courses, and join zoom calls with smaller groups of faculty and majors.

The Philosophy Department announces a seminar with Professor Alia Al-Saji (McGill University, Philosophy) on a pre-circulated paper “Touching the Wounds:  Fanon and a critical phenomenology of racialized affect.” The event will take place on Thursday, March 11, at 4:45 PM (EST).  A link to her paper may be found here.  Please click here for the zoom link. This event is funded with the support of the John William Miller Fund.   
2/27 Afternoon (9th Hole of Taconic Golf Course) 
Plans for both an outdoor sledding event for majors and a remote tea/hot drink gathering for students living off campus or in quarantine are in the works.   Keep posted for more details soon.
-Possible Philosophy T-Shirt Design Contest will be announced.

The Philosophy Department presents a talk by Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Scott MacDonald:
Memory in Augustine’s Philosophy of Mind” [Zoom link below] Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 6 p.m. (EST)

“Memory” (memoria) has a high profile in Augustine’s thinking about the nature of mind. Among other things, it is fundamental to his well known theory of illumination and an essential constituent in his articulation of the Trinitarian image of God in the human mind. But Augustine’s use of ‘memoria’ does not track our ordinary use of ‘memory.’ In his primary use of the term, ‘memoria’ does not refer to a mental capacity or activity which is essentially about past experience. It more nearly tracks our ordinary use of ‘mind,’ and the roles Augustine assigns to memoria make it the centerpiece of his sophisticated theory of mind. Drawing on a variety of texts, but centrally the so-called “treatise on memory” (in Confessions 10), In the first lecture, I set out a unified account of Augustine’s thinking about memoria and set it in the context of his general theory of mind.

Zoom link:
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 4, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Philosophy Department presents a second talk by Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Scott MacDonald:
“Remembering God: A Puzzle at the Heart of Augustine’s Confessions” (Zoom link below)
Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m. (EST)

The second lecture takes up two special cases for the general theory sketched in the first lecture – the case of our cognitive relations to intelligibles and to God. Augustine has trouble accounting for these cases on the general theory, and tries explicitly to deal with these “exceptions.”

Zoom link:
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 18, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar: