Department News

Congratulations to Taylor Wisneski-Gray, on the acceptance of his paper “Neutralities Much Needed Place in John Dewey’s two-part Criterion for Democratic Education”.  In this paper, Taylor develops and defends proposals for education policies aimed to generate more inclusive social choices, and hence more democratic, diverse social groupings post-graduation.   He will be presenting at the North Carolina Philosophical Society 2015 meetings, Feb. 27-28, and North Carolina State University.  Well done, Taylor!​

Taylor Wisneski-Gray has been accepted to the Kansas Legislative Internship Program.  He will be working for Ron Highland, Chair of the Education Committee.  Congratulations Taylor!

Congratulations to Taylor Wisneski-Gray for winning an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship! Taylor will be evaluating arguments for the claim that hat consumers have a right to know about the content of food products, with special reference to GMOs. Taylor will work with Jon Herington on the project, which they describe as follows: “Many people believe that consumers have a “right to know” about the content and traceability of the food they purchase. Historically, the right to know has been used to justify mandatory labeling of products with information relevant to public health (e.g. allergens, nutritional data). In recent years, however, appeals to the right to know have expanded to include a range of environmental and moral concerns (e.g. Organic, GMO labeling, Fair Trade, etc.). We would investigate potential philosophical justifications for the right to know, specifically: (i) whether a philosophical justification for the right can be found in historical or contemporary thinkers (including JS Mill, democratic theory, Rawlsian liberalism), and (ii) whether potential justifications do, or do not, support labeling of food with information not directly related to public health.”

Congratulations to Philosophy Major Ross Allen

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA, 
Assistant Professor
Applications, Review Begins: 11.14

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, beginning August 2015 AOS: Philosophy of Economics or Formal Epistemology, broadly construed.  AOC: open.  Applicants who are ABD will be considered, but appointment as Assistant Professor will require that the Ph.D. be in hand before August 2015; otherwise the initial appointment will be as Instructor. Five undergraduate courses per year, standard service duties.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to and appreciation for teaching students from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Send application package (Letter of application, CV, sample paper, research and teaching statements, and evidence of teaching competence submitted as a single PDF file, and 3 letters of recommendation to Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2014. Kansas State University is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Pictures of KSU Logicians at KSU-Oslo Workshop on Abstraction Principles

The Department of Philosophy Newsletter

We want to congratulateRoss Allen, majoring in both Philosophy and Economics, for winning a Truman Scholarship!

We also congratulate Jonathan Bostrom, majoring in both Philosophy and Anthropology, for his election to Phi Beta Kappa!

Who we are

Our department has strengths in philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, decision theory, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of mathematics.  We are an undergraduate-focused department that is also very active in research, giving our students the opportunity to participate in philosophical research while still undergraduates.

We offer a variety of options within the major program to provide flexibility in organizing a course of studies with philosophy at its center.  We also offer a minor. Our program in philosophy gives students an understanding of traditional philosophical subjects such as the nature and justification of moral values, religious and scientific explanations of the world, the rationality of social institutions, and the nature of reasoning and argument. It also helps students develop critical habits of thinking and skill in understanding complex issues. Consequently, philosophy is an appropriate subject around which to organize a general education for any purpose. Our majors go to law school, medical school, graduate programs in philosophy and related areas, become ministers, and open their own businesses, and all of them credit our program with preparing them for successful careers.

LSAT, GMAT and GRE scores for philosophy majors rank in the top three nationally virtually every year. Also, philosophy majors have among the highest acceptance rates at law schools and medical schools each year. For instance, K-State philosophy majors over the last twenty years have had an acceptance rate at law schools of over 96%.

Research Spotlight

RESEARCH:  KSU Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning

Community Events

We have an active student-led Philosophy Club, which meets on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. in Dickens Hall 203. Our new twitter address is:

On Thursdays (unless we have a speaker), from 4 p.m. to whenever, we have Rationalitea in Dickens 201.  Tea and snacks are provided.

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Support the Philosophy Department

The K-State Foundation has two funds that directly support Philosophy: The Philosophy Scholarship Fund (Q12400) and the Philosophy Faculty Development Fund (F35415).  The first provides scholarships for our majors and the second helps the department bring in speakers and travel to conferences.  Thank you for your support!