News & Events

  • The Department of Philosophy will host a workshop on Ethics and Practical Reason on May 29th and 30th.

    Event details can be found at:



    Friday, May 29th -- Paganucci Lounge, Class of 1953 Commons

    2:00 - 3:30. Daniel Star (Boston University), "Reasoning with reasons" with comments by Terence Cuneo (Vermont)

    4:00  – 5:30...

  • Alia al-Saji, Associate Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, will deliver a Sapientia talk, Racialized Time, on Thursday, April 30 in Reed 108 at 4pm. Reception to follow.


    This talk draws on the work of Frantz Fanon to ask after the temporal structures of racialized experience—what I call racialized time. In this vein, I analyze the racialized experience of coming “too late” to a world that appears predetermined in advance and the distorted relation...

  • Professor Gaus (Philosophy, University of Arizona), will discuss "Natural Liberty and Moral Learning in an Open Society" this Wednesday, April 15, at 4:30pm in Rocky 3 as part of the Political Economy Project's lecture series.

  • The Moral Psychology Research Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, has been meeting since 2003. It fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research on human mentation and morality. Topics on which the group is working include moral reasoning, character, moral emotion, positive psychology, moral rules, the neural correlates of ethical judgment, fundamentals of agency, and the attribution of moral responsibility. This work is everywhere...

  • Mohan Matthen, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, will deliver this year's Gramlich Lecture, "Pleasure and Art". Professor Matthen has published widely in the philosophy of perception, philosophy of biology, and ancient philosophy, and, more recently, the philosophy of art.


    Art has value. At least in part, this is because it gives pleasure. What is the nature of this pleasure, and how does it confer value? In this paper, I...

  • Kristie Dotson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University, will give the first Sapientia lecture of the spring term. Her talk is entitled "A Road to Oblivion, or Joe Scarborough on Ferguson". Join us this Tuesday, April 7, at 4pm in Rockefeller 003.  Reception to follow.

    Abstract: In a recent Salon piece, “White America’s Scary Delusion: Why Its Sense of Black Humanity is So Skewed,” Brittney Cooper labels the stupefaction many White people have...

  • This spring term, Professor Rosenkoetter will offer an introductory level course that focuses on the British Empiricists. Their thoughts about perception, consciousness, and our place in the world inform the way we understand ourselves today. The course will run concurrently with the intermediate-level course Phil14. Students can enroll in either one and will receive credit based on assignments geared toward intermediate or introductory level students.

    Here is the description from the...

  • Last year, the Philosophy Department rolled out a new curriculum! Our overall goal is to offer a wider array of courses and to give students the opportunity to work more closely with professors. Here are the highlights. Click on the Curriculum tab for more information or just email one of the faculty members in our department for more information. We're a friendly bunch!


    Smaller Classes

    We have capped all introductory classes at 30 students, and all intermediate...

  • The "Voices in the Wilderness" section of the March-April 2015 issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine features the work of Katherine Céspedes '10, who majored in Philosophy, with a focus on ethics, at Dartmouth and is now project manager at the nonprofit Confucius Institute. In her profile of Céspedes, Rianna P. Starheim '14 writes: "A gap year working with under-resourced students in Miami before her senior year at Dartmouth set Céspedes on the path to philanthropy. the...

  • Professor Adina Roskies will be convening a meeting of the Moral Psychology Research Group here at Dartmouth College on April 24, 25, and 26. The meeting will open with a keynote address, on Friday, April 24 (open to the public) and then will continue with sessions all day on Saturday and on Sunday morning. For more information, contact Professor Roskies at [email protected].