Philosophy Department

Susan Brison Awarded CompX Faculty Grant

The Neukom Institute at Dartmouth has just announced that Professor of Philosophy and Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values Susan Brison has been awarded a CompX Faculty Grant for her project, "Integrating Moral Reasoning into Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence."

Aesthetics Workshop

Aesthetics Workshop

This is a workshop featuring work on issues at the intersection of ethics and the philosophy of art. All are welcome to attend the free workshop, but the conference is pre-read, so please email Professor Kenny Walden by May 10, 2019, to register and receive the papers in advance.

All talks will be held in the Black Visual Arts Center, Room 301.


Friday, May 24, 2019

1:30 to 2:45pm
Samantha Matherne (Harvard)

3:00 to 4;15pm
Erich Hatala Matthes (Wellesley)

4:30 to 5:45pm
John Gibson (Louisville)


Saturday, May 25, 2019

9:30 to 10:45am
Kenny Walden (Dartmouth)

11:00am to 12:15pm
A.W. Eaton (Illinois/Chicago)

2:00 to 3:15pm
James Harold (Mt. Holyoke)

3:30 to 4:45pm
Antonia Peacocke (NYU)

Funded by the Lu Family Academic Enrichment Fund in Philosophy, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth.


Philosophical Methodology and Meta-Metaphysics Workshop

Philosophical Methodology and Meta-Metaphysics, May 2019

Format: Talk (30-35min ideally, 45 min max), Comments (10min), and then Q+A

Friday, May 10, 2019

10:00 – 11:45  Karen Bennett (Rutgers University)
                       comments from Vera Flocke (New York University)
                       chair: Nadeem Hussain (Stanford University)

1:45-3:30  Gideon Rosen (Princeton University))
                 comments from David Plunkett (Dartmouth College)
                 chair: Nina Emery (Mount Holyoke College)

4:00-5:45  Amie Thomasson (Dartmouth College)
                 comments from Lea Schroeder (Yale University)
                 chair: Michaela McSweeney (Boston University)

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!

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.

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.