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Professor Jech launches Study Abroad Program in Ethiopia

This summer, Professor Alexander Jech is leading a 3-week study abroad program to Ethiopia! He will be teaching the course “Bridging Theory and Practice: Philosophical & Pragmatic Perspectives on Development,” which will introduce students to the ideas of Aristotle, Adam Smith, and Marx, and the attempt to bring these ideas into useful form in Nussbaum and Sen’s “Capability Approach” to measuring human development. Students will also connect with local NGOs...

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Video: Tech entrepreneur Dan Peate ’00 on majoring in philosophy and how the liberal arts prepare students for robot-proof jobs

“A lot of people ask me, ‘Philosophy — do you even use that in business?’ And I actually do all the time, especially in the world of Silicon Valley,” said Dan Peate ’00. Peate is the founder of the technology companies DRIAV and Hixme, and is the managing director of Peate Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund. He credits his success in business to the skills he gained in asking foundational...

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Prof. Fred Rush to give 2019 Monroe Beardsley Lecture

Professor Fred Rush will give the 2019 Monroe Beardsley Lecture at the meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Philadelphia. The lecture will take place at the Barnes Foundation and will be on the subject: ‘Time and Film’. It will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, Center City, Philadelphia, PA from April 4-6, 2019. For more information, visit their website…

Prof. Meghan Sullivan receives $806,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to grow popular philosophy course into national curricular model

Notre Dame philosophy professor Meghan Sullivan has received an $806,000 grant from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand her popular God and the Good Life course and adapt it into a curricular model used by faculty across the country. The three-year award will allow Sullivan to build a network of professors interested in developing or refining their own courses that teach philosophy as a way of life. It...

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Prof. Curtis Franks wins 2018 Director of Graduate Studies of the Year Award

Curtis Franks has been selected as the Graduate School's 2018 Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award recipient. This award recognizes a DGS who has had a significant impact on his or her graduate program, in areas such as teaching, research, recruitment, culture, and operations.  We are lucky to have him as our DGS! …

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Philosopher Robert Audi elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Robert Audi, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the 2018 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). He is the seventh living Notre Dame philosophy faculty member to be honored and is to be inducted at an October ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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ND Philosophy MAP Chapter Featured in The Observer

Professor Michael Waddell, director of the master of autism studies program at Saint Mary’s, called for a more complete understanding of autistic identities — acknowledging both the struggles and gifts of individuals with autism — during a presentation Wednesday. In the lecture, Waddell read from his personal work exploring autism in relation to the Catholic faith and said he plans to publish a book on the subject in the future.…

How a philosophy major developed a passion for researching women’s rights in Latin America 

One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research...

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GGL Gets New Look

The introductory philosophy course, God and the Good Life (GGL), got a face life last week! Prof. Meghan Sullivan (along with Kate Finley, Christine Grandy, and Kate Garry, respectively) has been working hard to develop this new website that captures the essence of GGL. As Dr. Sullivan puts it: "We have a new and significantly more awesome website for God and the Good Life! More interactive essays! More media! More TRUTH...

After winning 2017 Templeton Prize, Notre Dame philosopher’s legacy to carry forward with new video series

The legacy of Notre Dame philosopher Alvin Plantinga will continue on for years thanks to support from the John Templeton Foundation. He was named the 2017 Templeton Prize Laureate this spring — joining the ranks of previous winners Mother Teresa, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Charles Taylor, Jean Vanier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama — and his work will now be chronicled in a series of 10 short, animated videos, which will present...

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Notre Dame philosopher awarded National Humanities Center fellowship

Therese Cory, an assistant professor of philosophy, has been awarded a Philip L. Quinn Fellowship by the National Humanities Center, a private institute of advanced study in North Carolina. Cory is one of 34 fellows chosen from among 630 applicants and the fourth Arts and Letters faculty member to receive an NHC fellowship since 2010. It will allow her to spend the year working on her book manuscript, Aquinas’s Metaphysics of Intellect:...

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Nicholas Teh wins NSF Grant

Observations form the basis for our most important scientific experiments, as well as some of our most important human experiences. But 20th century physics taught us that the structure of observations is full of surprises. For example, the strange world of quantum theory taught us that putative quantities like "the position and the momentum of a particle at a given time" are in fact unobservable. This is not just a...

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Notre Dame professor wins $137,045 NEH grant to fund an innovative philosophy teaching institute.

Meghan Sullivan (Professor of Philosophy) has teamed up with Stephen Grimm (Professor of Philosophy at Fordham and a Notre Dame Ph.D. graduate) and Stephen Angle (Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan) to lead an NEH Summer Institute on teaching philosophy as a way of life.  The Institute — ``Reviving Philosophy as a Way of Life’’ — will gather faculty from across the country who are interested in developing courses that explore the...

Prof. Nicholas Teh Receives a 2017 Global Gateway Faculty Award

Congratulations to Nicholas Teh for winning one of four research groups with grants from the Global Gateway Faculty Research Awards (GGFRA) for his work at the London Global Gateway titled “New Directions in Space, Time, and Matter: A Research Initiative by the University of Notre Dame-University of London Philosophy of Science Consortium.”

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Congratulations to Alex Stern!

Grad Student, Alex Stern, has received a very prestigious and competitive yearlong Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to work at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, beginning fall 2017.

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Michael Rea named John A. O'Brien Chair of Philosophy

Prof. Michael Rea has just been named John A. O’Brien Chair of Philosophy. This is the oldest endowed chair at Notre Dame, and is especially fitting in this case, since it was previously held by Mike’s dissertation director, Al Plantinga. 

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Alvin Plantinga wins the Templeton Prize

The Templeton Prize, valued at  approximately $1.4 million, is one of the world’s largest annual awards given to an individual. It is meant to honor “a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” Plantinga, the most important philosopher of religion of the last century, taught in the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame for almost 30 years before...

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Professor Michael Rea gives Gifford Lectures

Professor Michael Rea gave this years Gifford Lectures held at University of St. Andrews from March 27th – April 5th. Past and present Notre Dame faculty to give the lectures include Alasdair MacIntyre, Alvin Plantinga, and Peter van Inwagen. The Gifford Lectures are the most prestigious lectures in the world for the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. You can find Prof. Rea’s full lectures here…

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Grad Students win Bookstore Basketball

Grad Students Liz Jackson and Becca Chan have won the coveted Hammes Bookstore Basketball 5-on-5 tournament. Their teammates include undergraduate students Amanda Geiger (Finance and Political Science), Allie Griffith (English and American Studies), and Jackie Collins (Management Consulting). The game was a fight until the end, with Becca making the game-winning shot. 84 teams competed in this years women’s bracket.  For more information on Bookstore basketball, visit their website…