News & Events

  • Professor Jim Moor has won the 2017 Joseph Weizenbaum Award from the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology. It will be awarded at this year's EthicComp and Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry Conference at DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK. More about the award here. Please join us in congratulating Jim!

  • Professor Lewis, who will join our department in the fall, is interviewed about his new book Quantum Ontology at 3AM Magazine, here.

  • Anat Schechtman (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will dicsuss "Three Infinities in Early Modern Philosophy" in our Sapientia Lecture series this Friday at 3:30pm in Thornton 103. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

  • Scott Jenkins (University of Kansas) will discuss "Nietzsche's Psychology of Metaphysics (or, Metaphysics as Revenge)" this Friday at 3:30 in Thornton 103. Reception to follow. Join us!

  • Philosophy Alum Becca Rothfeld ('14) has been nominated for a National Magazine Award (an Ellie) in the Essays and Criticism Category for her "Ladies in Waiting" which appeared in the Hedgehog Review this past fall. See the announcement here.

  • David Plunkett will be the faculty leader for next year's program. Click here for more info on the program. Professor Plunkett's course will be:

    PHIL 50.24 Moral Epistemology

    Ethical disagreements range from the ethics of abortion to foundational questions about the basic structure of ethics (such as whether or not consequentialism is true). What is the significance of such disagreements for deciding what to believe in ethics? Do moral...

  • Philosophy professor David Plunkett and Government Professor Russell Muirhead have won the 2016 Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching for their course Current Research in Social and Political Philosophy. Read more here and...

  • "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...

  • 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...

  • Stephen Darwall (Yale)
    "What Are Moral Reasons"
    Friday, November 4
    103 Thornton Hall
    Author's abstract:  "In The Second-Person Standpoint and subsequent essays, I argue that the deontic moral concepts of obligation, duty, right, wrong, and the like resist analysis in terms of moral reasons for acting. I claim that the “fully deontic” ought of moral obligation, as I will call it, has a conceptual connection to accountability and culpability that being...