Philosophy Department

Amie Thomasson wins APA Sanders Book Prize

Congratulations to Professor Amie Thomasson, who has just been awarded the American Philosophical Association's 2017 Sanders Book Prize for her book, Ontology Made Easy (Oxford University Press). The Sanders Book Prize is awarded to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition published in English in the previous five-year period. This prize is funded through the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation. Read more here.

Philosophy Alums on Postdoctoral Education & Electoral College

"Our country must appreciate the value of postdoctoral education and do more to ensure that it flourishes," writes David Silbersweig '82, a Philosophy major who is now chair of the Department of Psychiatry and co-director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry and an academic dean at Harvard Medical School, in a recent opinion piece in Higher Ed Today.

Mind Reading

Whether it's gossiping over a drink, teaching our children, or politicians debating, we use words to communicate with each other and share ideas. It’s what makes us human. But what if we can’t? Could it be possible to broadcast our thoughts directly from our brains without the need for speech? In a recent episode of BBC World Service Radio’s “Discovery” program, Gaia Vince interviewed Philosophy Professor Adina Roskies (who is also the Chair of Dartmouth's Cognitive Neuroscience Program) and other scientists who say they are getting close to being able to read minds, and looks at the controversial privacy issues raised by the technology, such as could someone put thoughts into another's mind? Listen to the 27-minute program here.

In Memoriam: Robert Fogelin

In Memoriam: Robert Fogelin, Professor of Philosophy and Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Dartmouth College.

It is with a heavy heart that the department announces to students, colleagues and friends that Bob Fogelin died Monday, October 24, 2016, after struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. A full obituary can be found online, here. Family may be contacted at: Florence Fogelin, 18 Sterling Springs Dr, White River Junction, VT 05001.

The Natural and the Moral Order: What's to Blame?

Lecture by Nancy Cartwright

Thursday, May 19, 2016
41 Haldeman Hall
Free & open to all
Reception follows

Regarded as one of the most influential philosophers in the world, Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham (UK) and the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include philosophy and history of science (especially physics and economics), causal inference, causal power, scientific emergence and objectivity and evidence. Her current work, for the project "Knowledge for Use," investigates how to use scientific research results for better policies. She is the author of a number of books, including How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983), The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science (1999), and Evidence: For Policy and Wheresoever Rigor is a Must (2013), and she is past president of the Philosophy of Science Association and the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division).

Workshop in Philosophy of Science: Idealizations, Fictions, and Values

Workshop in Philosophy of Science: Idealizations, Fictions, and Values


Friday (05/20): Rockefeller Center Class of 1930 Room

9:00-10:30 Round Table Discussion with Workshop Participants

11:00-12:30 Jordi Cat (Indiana Univ): ‘Scientific Assessment and Recommendation Between Modeling and Policy: Realism, Criticism and Deep Value Holism’

2:00-3:30 Alan Baker (Swarthmore): ‘Mathematics and Explanatory Entanglement’

4-5:30 Alisa Bokulich (BU): ‘Fiction As a Vehicle for Truth: Moving Beyond the Ontic Conception’


Saturday (05/21): 209 Thornton Hall

9:00-10:30 Courtney Roby  (Cornell): ‘Fictions in Early Greek Mechanics’

11:00-12:30 David Marshall Miller (Iowa State): ‘Making Observation Evidence: Regressus, Galileo, and the Moon’

2:00-3:30 Tarja Knuuttila (Univ South Carolina): ‘Abstract and Concrete: Artefactual Accounts of Models’

4:00-5:30 Jim Binkoski (Dartmouth): ‘Explanation and Dependence’


Prof. James Binkoski on the Philosophy of Time & Time Travel

Visiting Professor James Binkoski's Philosophy 1.08 class, "Philosophy of Time & Time Travel," was featured in an article in the April 5, 2016, issue of The Dartmouth. "Time is so elemental and so central to our experience of the world, Binkoski says. Abbey Cahill '18, who wrote the article, adds, "But we often don't bother to think about it, to ask those questions nd to see answers. The philosophy of time is a problem-solving class focused on reading, experimenting, calculating and arguing in a structured manner. The class combines the everyday with the extraordinary, the fundamental with the cutting-edge - and therein lies the magic."