Sheilah Brennan

In Memoriam: Dr. Sheilah Maureen O’Flynn Brennan

Dr. Sheilah Maureen O’Flynn Brennan passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the age of 91. She retired in the late 1980's and is a significant figure in the history of our department. In 1971 she became the first female member of Notre Dame's Department of Philosophy, and she played an important role…


ND Philosophy Welcomes Stephen Ogden

The Department of Philosophy is excited to welcome Stephen Ogden to the faculty, starting in fall 2021. Stephen specializes in classical Islamic philosophy, and also has interests in medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. His book, Averroes on Intellect: From…

Richard Cross, Katharina Kraus, and Samuel Newlands

Three philosophers awarded NEH fellowships, continuing Notre Dame’s record success

Three faculty members from Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy — Richard Cross, Katharina Kraus, and Samuel Newlands — have been offered fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Scholars in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have received a total of 68 NEH fellowships since 1999 — more than any other university in the country. 

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In memoriam: Ed Manier

Written by Phillip Sloan, Program of Liberal Studies/Program in History and Philosophy of Science I am honored to be asked to offer a few reflections on Edward Manier, a long-time colleague and friend who died on Thanksgiving Day. His general biographical details can readily be accessed…


Dr. Kourany to give 2020 Vienna Circle Lecture

Professor Janet Kourany will be giving the 28th annual Vienna Circle Lecture "The Present Plight of Science, and Our Plight" on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Previous lecturers include Saul Kripke (1993), Michael Friedmann (2000), Peter Galison (2009), and David Chalmers (2018). For a full list of…

Covid Antibody Feature

Notre Dame Philosopher colabs with Environmental Engineers for new COVID-19 study

According to research published in The Lancet Planetary Health, scientists at Notre Dame found that particulate matter concentrations in China dropped by an unprecedented 29.7 percent, and by 17.1 percent in parts of Europe, during lockdowns that took place between Feb. 1 and March 31 in China and Feb. 21 to May 17 in Europe. 

Sara Bernstein

Prof. Sara Bernstein leads ND Women

Professor Sara Bernstein was selected as one of seven women across the University for Women Lead 2020.  In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, meet seven outstanding faculty members who are shifting paradigms in their…

Jc Beall

Jc Beall to join Notre Dame’s faculty in fall 2020

The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce that Jc Beall will join the department as the O’Neill Family Chair of Philosophy in the fall of 2020. Beall is one of the leading philosophical logicians in the world, and will add to the department’s strengths in that area. He is especially well-known…

Kenneth Taylor (Photo by Steve Castillo)

In memoriam: Kenneth Taylor

Kenneth Taylor, the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, died this week. Professor Taylor did his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1977 with a major in the Program of Liberal Studies. Professor Taylor specialized in the philosophy of language…

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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 in Palm Beach, Florida. U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. Congress and conservative media stars will be there. None are expected to be pleased with Sterba's views.…

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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…

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...