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During the Fall and Spring semesters, we meet (almost) every Thursday at 4pm 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 Events

Via Zoom: The Theoretical Significance of the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction by Josh Schechter, Brown University.  November 20 at 3pm.

Abstract: In recent years, there have been several challenges to the theoretical significance of the a priori/a posteriori distinction. In this talk, I do two main things. First, I respond to the most prominent recent challenge to the importance of the distinction, a challenge due to Timothy Williamson. Second, I discuss the question of what the theoretical significance of the a priori/a posteriori distinction is. I argue that the purpose of labeling a case of knowledge as a priori is to claim that its epistemology should not be assimilated to the epistemology of a simple case of perceptual knowledge. Instead, it is something of a puzzle case. This has an important implication. There are several ways in which a case of knowledge can be disanalogous to a case of perceptual knowledge. So there is more than one kind of epistemological puzzle to solve. This suggests that there is an important theoretical role for multiple distinctions in the ballpark of the traditional a priori/a posteriori distinction.  If you are interested in this talk, please contact Prof Shay Logan at salogan@ksu.edu.

Recent News

Student News

  • 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

  • Amelia Hicks has been awarded the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award! The award recognizes excellence in teaching performance in the undergraduate program. Only one award is made each year within the Arts and Sciences. 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.