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.

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.

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.

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.