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Paul Weithman Awarded Prize in Political Thought

Author: International Conference for Political Thought

Paul Weithman's book Why Political Liberalism? has been awarded the 2012 David and Elaine Spitz Prize by the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought. 

This is a major prize in political thought: Past winners include, for example, John Rawls (for Political Liberalism) and Joseph Raz (for The Morality of Freedom). Read More

Ph.D. Graduate Wins NSF International Research Fellowship


Christopher Porter, who recently completed the joint Ph.D. in logic and foundations of mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship. Read More

Blending Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

Junior Ellen Carroll and senior Rian Dineen from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters were among a select group of students invited to the national Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Undergraduate Colloquium this spring. “This was a great opportunity for our students to broaden their intellectual networks through seminar work with their peers from other universities, including Duke, North Carolina, Penn, Tulane, Virginia, and Yale,” says John Roos, director of Notre Dame’s PPE minor. Read More

Notre Dame Professor Shrader-Frechette Honored for Environmental-Justice Work

Author: Kevin Clarke

By now, most people are aware of the environmental effects of air or water pollution; University of Notre Dame philosopher and scientist Kristin Shrader-Frechette has devoted herself to bringing to light a less known concern, the inequitable distribution of pollution’s human toll. “Polluters ‘target’ poor and minority communities to locate noxious facilities because they know that residents often are unable to defend themselves,” she says. For her efforts, Shrader-Frechette was recently awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University’s Institute for Global Leadership. Read More

Philosophy Ph.D. Student Explores Metaphysical Issues in Aristotle

Author: Mary Hendriksen

As a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Anne Peterson focuses her research on ancient philosophy and metaphysics, especially on metaphysical issues in Aristotle. Her interest in these topics, she says, began as an undergraduate in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, where she majored in English and philosophy. Read More