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Prof. Jim Sterba to debate Dinesh D'Souza

On December 20th Jim Sterba will be debating Dinesh D’Souza on the question: "Capitalism or Socialism?" at the Turning Point Conference to be held in Palm Beach, Florida. U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. Congress and conservative media stars will be there. More information found on their website…

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In memoriam: Mic Detlefsen

It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague Mic Detlefsen passed away on October 21.  Mic had been on the faculty of the Notre Dame Philosophy Department since 1983, and since 1990 had held the McMahon-Hank Chair of Philosophy. Mic also had appointments in recent years at the University of Paris and the University of Nancy, and earlier visiting appointments at the College de France, Konstanz, ...

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Professors Patricia Blanchette and David O'Connor Receive Undergraduate Teaching Award

Professor Patricia Blanchette and Professor David O'Connor have been awarded The Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the Office of the Provost. The award honors up to 20 faculty members who have had a profound influence on the undergraduate learning experience, elevated students’ intellectual engagement, and fostered students’ ability to express themselves effectively within a disciplinary context. For more information on the award, visit the Office of the...

Month spent living at Japanese temple with Zen monk inspires English and philosophy major’s senior thesis

Colin Rahill’s time at Notre Dame has been defined by learning from some of the world’s great thinkers — whether it be on paper or in a temple on the other side of the globe. An English and philosophy major whose senior thesis focuses on the works of Percy Shelley and Soren Kierkegaard, Rahill spent six weeks last summer in Japan, including a month living at the Shoganji Temple with...

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HPS Philosophy Track Student Jamee Elder awarded Heinrich Hertz Fellowship

HPS Philosophy-track student Jamee Elder has been awarded a Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics. This competitive Fellowship is awarded by the University of Bonn, where she will reside for the next academic year, as a research fellow in the Insititute of Philosophy.  Originally published by Goulding, Robert…

The Good Class: How an innovative Notre Dame philosophy course gets undergrads excited about contemplating — and constructively debating — life’s big questions

An innovative Notre Dame course, God and the Good Life, is not only transforming the way students are introduced to philosophy — it is changing their perspectives, trajectories, and lives. Nearly 1,200 students have enrolled in the course since philosophy professor Meghan Sullivan launched it two years ago, and for many, it has become a defining experience in their undergraduate education. It's also drawn an array of prominent guest speakers —...

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Video: The philosophy major at Notre Dame

What is the philosophy major like at Notre Dame? “I really feel like we're engaging seriously with philosophy. It actually can become very personal, reflecting on human nature and what is an ethical life, and what is justice,” said philosophy major Natasha Reifenberg. Philosophy majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as critical thinking, data analysis, evidence-based arguments, and information synthesis.

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In memoriam: Gary Gutting

Author: Paul Weithman   Gary Gutting was best known for his work on French philosophy, for co-founding and co-editing Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews and for his many thoughtful contributions to The Stone.  But he was a philosopher of remarkable range, an accomplished teacher at all levels, and a departmental administrator of force and vision.  …

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Image and reality

Associate Professor Curtis Franks caught the attention of Notre Dame magazine this issue. Find out why he, and other philosophy professors, chose their out-of-the-box faculty photos for our website.   …

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Professor Jech launches Study Abroad Program in Ethiopia

This summer, Notre Dame is organizing a Study Abroad program in Ethiopia, led by Professor Alexander Jech. The program is centered on the course PHIL 24550 / PHIL 44468 Bridging Theory and Practice: Philosophical and Pragmatic Perspectives on Development. We interviewed him about the program and how it came into being:…

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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.