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The Penn State Philosophy Department will celebrate its centenary in 2024. More information for the centenary celebration to follow.


Statement of Condemnation 

The Penn State Philosophy Department condemns the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court’s ruling guarantees that many States will outlaw abortions (some already have), which will put women’s lives, education, and careers in jeopardy. The overturning of Roe v. Wade is particularly shocking since the Federal government does not mandate that all fifty states provide sufficient and cost-free maternal healthcare and childcare. We completely and unequivocally support women’s right to self-determination. In particular, and especially, we support women’s right to bodily autonomy, which includes of course the right to choose whether to have an abortion. We must make every effort to preserve these rights, at least in the State of Pennsylvania, if not in the nation.  

Leonard Lawlor, Head of Philosophy 

*Note: This statement is not made on behalf of The Pennsylvania State University. It is made on behalf of the tenure-track faculty of the Philosophy Department.