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During the Fall and Spring semesters, we meet (almost) every Thursday at 3:30pm, in the picnic area in front of Dickens, or in Dickens 201 for Rationali-tea. Drink tea, eat cookies, and chat with faculty, staff, and students from the philosophy department. All are welcome!

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Recent News

Student News

  • Philosophy major wins cancer research award.  Indera Coffel, working with Shay Logan as a mentor, has secured a Cancer Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center to investigate ethical aspects of RTCs with cancer drugs.  Congratulations Indera!
  • Suan Sonna has just had a paper accepted by Oxford’s Heythrop Journal, an interdisciplinary journal in philosophy and theology.  Suan’s paper “Roman and Catholic”, offers a deep dive into early Christian history and theology in responding to Jerry Walls on the issue of papal primacy.  Congratulations Suan! 
  • Congratulations Kate and Amelia!  Kate Brull, a double major in Life Sciences and Mathematics (Pre-Med), has won the Grand Prize in the Freshman category of the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award. Kate’s research project is on the ethics of antibiotic prescription.  Completed during the Fall of 2019 in Dr. Amelia Hicks's PHILO 130 (a First Year Seminar), Kate's research project produced an illustrated bullet journal, exploring ethical dilemmas from the perspectives of both patients and physicians. 
  • Suan Sonna to publish a paper in LOGOS.  The paper is entitled "In Defense of the Innocence: The Legal and Social Justification for Adopting the Presumption of Innocence". Sonna outlines a conception of moral epistemology as more demanding that mere identification of responsible agents, and uses this to argue for a norm requiring the presumption of innocence not only in legal settings, but in public discourse as well, grounding a moral obligation to avoid public shaming, gossip and mob retaliation.  Well Done, Suan!
  • Congratulations to Sean McGimpsey (philosophy minor) for his piece "Paternalism in Academic Advising: A Student Perspective", published this week in NACADA's Academic Advising Today.  The piece can be found at:  https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Paternalism-in-Academic-Advising-A-Student-Perspective.aspx 

Faculty News   

  • Associate Professor Amelia Hicks has been named a 2021-22 Philosophy in the Media Fellow by the Marc Sanders Foundation.  This award will support travel to Washington DC to work with professionals from NPR to develop public-facing philosophy podcasts.  More information can be found at https://marcsandersfoundation.org/2022-media-fellows/Congratulations, Professor Hicks!
    One million marks from CARNAP!  Graham Leach-Krouse's framework for automated logic tutoring, CARNAP, is now being used at more than 30 institutions around the world, has just finished marking its millionth problem set.  Congratulations, Professor Leach-Krouse.

                   Prof Hicks receiving award

  • Professor Amelia Hicks was recognized at the 2020-2021 KAWSE award ceremony.  Professor Hicks is the recipient of the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in introductory and advanced eithics courses. Congratulations, Amelia!
  • Amelia Hicks is one of the Teaching and Learning Center's highlighted teachers of the month. Congratulations, Amelia!
  • Shay Logan named as a Visiting Faculty to Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.  As part of his role there, Shay will be working with Professor Francesca Boccuni on plural quantification in relevant logics, and will also give a series of guest lectures. Congratulations Shay!
  • Carnap.io, Graham Leach-Krouse's open framework for logic instruction, is now being employed at 20 universities across North America. As of Fall 2020, Carnap.io was used to train upwards of 1800 students. Congratulations, Graham!
  • Graham Leach-Krouse has received the Munson-Simu Faculty Star Award. Congratulations, Graham!
  • Professor Tanona co-hosts the podcast "Something to Chew On." The podcast features K-State faculty and visiting speakers to discuss our global food system. The hosts discuss a range of scientific, social, and philosophical issues with their guests about food, from its production to its consumption, and what it means to us.