Department of Philosophy

Philosophy addresses some of the most fundamental and difficult questions there are, such as: What is the nature of the human mind? What makes knowledge trustworthy? What are the standards of good reasoning? What is a just society? What is the best way to live? Philosophy as an academic discipline attempts to answer these questions with a combination of creativity and analytical rigor.


  1. Mar. 1, 2017Andria Bianchi wins day two of Arts 3MT competitionAndria Bianchi giving a presentation at Arts 3MT

    In February, Andria Bianchi participated in the Arts Three Minute Thesis competition and was selected the winner for the second day of the contest. She spoke with great eloquence about the challenges of establishing sexual consent when one or both partners has dementia. About 75 million people will have dementia by 2030, she said. They are unable to consent to sex, yet many are sexually active.

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  2. Nov. 30, 2016Closing the gap between science and society

    Professor Heather Douglas has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read about her nomination and her work on the relationship between science and society here.

  3. Oct. 28, 2016Anyone can learn a little quantum

    The Imprint recently published an article, "Anyone Can Learn a Little Quantum," on our course Quantum Mechanics for Everyone.

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