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New Philosophy B.S. degree available

Students at Penn State – University Park who are already earning a B.S. degree may now double major in the Philosophy B.S. degree.

The Philosophy B.S. option is intended for students who wish to study philosophy as part of a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs, especially those connected to the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, or technology. It allows such students to study the philosophical, critical, and ethical dimensions of pure and applied sciences, including the areas of philosophy foundational for such study. The focus is, then, on analytic and normative reasoning connected to reasoning and explanation; theory and practice; the nature and limits of human understanding; and the structure and knowability of the world it seeks to understand.

Details of this major will be found soon on the Philosophy Undergraduate website and, eventually, in the University Bulletin. In the meanwhile, please contact your academic advisor or the Philosophy Director of Undergraduate Studies, Christopher Moore (crm21@psu.edu). 

Professor Eduardo Mendieta featured on NPR program

Dr. Eduardo Mendieta was recently featured on the ‘On the Media’ podcast. Take a listen starting at the 8 minute mark to hear Dr. Mendieta comment on the philosopher Richard Rorty's views on free speech.

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Media--Entertainment-Podcasts/On-the-Media-p69/

Keynote: Dr. Robert Brandom will be the keynote speaker for the Richard Rorty Society meeting next month

The Richard Rorty Society was founded in 2014 to promote study of the work and life of Richard Rorty (1931-2007), and to encourage and support scholarship and other writing inspired by and in the spirit of his work, across the disciplines.

The Keynote Speaker for this Meeting is Dr. Robert Brandom, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at The University of Pittsburgh. The title of his lecture , "Fetishism, Anti-Authoritatianism, and The Second Enlightment: Rorty and Hegel on Representation and Reality. Please visit https://richardrortysociety.org/ for more information. 

Corinne Lajoie received 2019 M.C. Dillon Memorial Lecture Award

The Department of Philosophy is exceptionally proud to announce that our very own Corinne Lajoie has been selected by the International Merleau-Ponty Circle to receive the 2019 M. C. Dillon Memorial Lecture Award. This is awarded to the author of the best graduate student submission to the Circle's annual conference.
In addition to presenting the Memorial Lecture at the Circle conference, the winner also receives a $500 monetary prize and the essay is published in Chiasmi International.

Tiffany Tsantsoulas Receives 2019 Iris Marion Young Prize

Graduate student Tiffany Tsantsoulas has been awarded the 2019 Iris Marion Young prize by the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Committee on the Status of Women for her paper "Anger, Fragility, and the Formation of Resistant Feminist Space." The award will be presented at the annual SPEP conference at Duquesne University on November 1, 2019. Congratulations Tiffany!

Graduate student Tiffany Tsantsoulas has been awarded the 2019 Iris Marion Young prize by the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Committee on the Status of Women for her paper "Anger, Fragility, and the Formation of Resistant Feminist Space." The award will be presented at the annual SPEP conference at Duquesne University on November 1, 2019. Congratulations Tiffany!