Philosophy Department

Philosophy FSP student helps 2nd graders "reach the world"

Early this fall, when Debora Hyemin Han ’20 set out for Edinburgh, Scotland, for her Philosophy Foreign Study Program (FSP), she agreed to take 20 second-graders along. The children aren’t actually traveling with her, of course. They are tracking her journey by reading her blog posts and occasionally talking with her over Skype from their classroom at the Dothan Brook School in Hartford, Vt. Read more about the "Reach the World" program - co-founded by Dartmouth alumna a nonprofit co-founded by Dartmouth alumna Heather Halstead ’97 - that Debora is participating in in Dartmouth News.

Interview with Amie Thomasson

In its Focus on Faculty Q&A series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom, Dartmouth News interviewed Philosophy Professor Amie Thomasson, recently named one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. Thomasson, the Daniel P. Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, specializes in, among other topics, metaphysics and metametaphysics, which poses questions about the methods and goals of metaphysics. She is also the author of “Ontology Made Easy” (2015), “Ordinary Objects” (2007) and “Fiction and Metaphysics” (1999). Dartmouth News spoke with her about the nature of existence, why philosophy still matters, and what famous philosophers from history she’d invite to a dinner party. Read the full interview here.

Meredyth Morley honored for 15 years of service

Dartmouth College is honoring Meredyth Morley, Religion and Philosophy Departments Administrator, for fifteen years of service! The Philosophy Department faculty wishes to express its extreme gratitude to Meredyth for everything she does for us every day to keep our department running smoothly. Without her, we would fall apart! (And, of course, we love her dog, Nellie, too.)


"Is It Possible To 'Pre-Consent' To Drunk Sex?"

"Consent is not a one-time deal," explains Professor Susan Brison in Kasandra Brabaw's article, "Is It Possible To 'Pre-Consent' To Drunk Sex?" in Refinery29, a digital-media publication for next-generation women. "To truly know if your partner is okay with everything you're doing, you have to talk to them throughout sex....And you can't do that if you're drunk." Read the full article here.

2018 Student prizes awarded

The following student prizes were awarded at the Department's Commencement Breakfast preceding the commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 10:

  • Francis W. Gramlich Philosophy Prize
    Established in 1973 and awarded annually to the philosophy major who best exemplifies those qualities of mind and character that Professor Gramlich sought to develop in his students
    • Ivan J. Carrier
    • Ayanda T. Heita
    • Christopher J. Kymn
  • Story Philosophy Prize
    Established in 1904 and awarded annually to the best thesis written by a philosophy major
    • Claire E. Feuille

Congratulations, all!

Phil alum Emily Esfahani Smith '09 on finding meaning in life

Emily Esfahani Smith '09 - who majored in Philosophy at Dartmouth -  is the author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness (Crown, 2017). Read more about her, her time at Dartmouth, and her new book in Dartmouth News.

Article by Samuel Levey selected as one of the 10 best of the year

Congratulations to Professsor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy Samuel Levey, whose article, "The Paradox of Sufficient Reason" (originally published in The Philosophical Review), was selected for The Philosopher's Annual as one of the ten best articles published in philosophy in 2016.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Political Economy Project) invites applications

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, Hanover, New Hampshire. The Department of Philosophy at Dartmouth College, in conjunction with the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth, invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship for recent Ph.D.s, ordinarily in Philosophy, to begin July 1, 2018.

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.