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Upcoming Events 

During the Fall and Spring semesters, (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!

Philosophy Club:   On Thursday, November 15th, philosophy club will be hosting trivia again at Arrow Coffee at 7PM. If you came last year, you will remember how much fun this event was and had the highest turnout of any of our events all year. There is a 5 dollar entry fee and the fees will go to the club to help fund the program. 

On Tuesday, November 27th at 5:30PM, we will be viewing the documentary "Dogs of Democracy." The documentary is about the stray dogs of Athens, Greece. Shot in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the 'stray dogs of Europe', and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti- austerity movement. Snacks will be provided.

For the most recent department newsletter, click here.

Recent News

Faculty News

Graham Leach-Krouse goes live with open-source logic software, called Carnap,  for teaching logic.  Graham writes about the free software and open source text  at (http://dailynous.com/2018/11/07/new-free-open-source-multi-purpose-multi-system-logic-software/).  Check it out!

Professor Herington particpates in Gun Control dialogue.  Jon Herington engaged with Tim Hsiao of Grantham university in a discussion organized by KSU philosophy major Suan Sonna.  The dialogue can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/suan.sonna/videos/1064740473704509/

Philosophers win NSF grant to study responsible conduct of research training.  Scott Tanona and Jon Herington, in collaboration with J. T. Laverty of KSU’s Physics Department, have won a 3 year, $350,000 dollar grant to investigate attitudes about the responsible conduct of research and their relationship to scientist’s understanding of the aim and value of science.  The results should inform judgments about effective instructional methods for responsible conduct of research.

Professors Herington, Mahoney and Tanona were guest speakers on KSDB-FMs Prof Talk.  Here are the segments:  

Prof Jon Mahoney speaks on political philosophy Prof Talk

Prof Scott Tanona speaks on science philosophy Prof Talk

Prof Jon Herington speaks on security philosophy Prof Talk 


Philosophy in the News

Professor Jon Herington's work on security and climate change has attracted the attention of news organizations reporting on the impact of recent natural disasters. You can watch those news segments here:


Student News

The winner of the 2018 Merrill Philosophy Essay Competition is Logan Kressly, for his paper titled "Georgian Perfectionism and Same-Sex Marriage." In his paper, Kressly argues that Robert George's perfectionist political theory---which, according to George, supports the view that the state should recognize and promote only traditional (heterosexual) marriage---in fact supports the view that the state should recognize and promote both heterosexual and same-sex marriage. Congratulations, Logan!

The essay competition is underwritten by funds provided by Fred and Virginia Merrill, whom we thank for their generosity.