Philosophy

Stained glass in Jefferson Academic Center

Research in the Philosophy Department

Project Spotlight

  • Themal Ellawala '17, Presented at the 2014 Celebrating Philosophy conference at the College of the Holy Cross, "The Contribution of Theater to Public Moral Consciousness."
  • El Mehdi Ainasse '16, accepted for presentation at the 8th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, "Kantian, Too Kantian: Nietzsche's Critique of Kantian Philosophy and Beyond."
  • El Mehdi Ainasse '16, accepted for presentation at the 2013 Ohio State Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, "Nihilism, Happiness, and Ancient Greek Philosophy".
  • Nicholas Sancho-Rosi '15, presented at the 2013 meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, "Ethical Game Design".
  • Bonnie Trunley '13, presented at the 2013 meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, "On Armstrong's Metaphysical Foundations and Individuality".
  • Christine Rojcewicz '13, presented at the 2013 meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, "Levinas and the Feminist Critique of the Ethical Canon".
  • Graham Kaplan '13, presented at the 2011 meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT, "The Nature of Inquiry: Truth, Process, and Pragmatisms".
  • Alexandra Alden '12, paper accepted at the 2010 meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy in Asilomar, CA., "Existence Precedes Essence:  Existentialism or Daoism?".
  • Patrick Greer '11, presented at the 2010 meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association at St. Anslem University on October 15, 2010, "A Battle for Aesthetic Supremacy:  Kant and Peirce".
  • Laura Nowell '11, accepted for reading "Plato's Feminism" at the 2009 meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) undergraduate session, hosted by the University of New Hampshire on October 16th-17th, with key note speaker Christine Korsgaard of Harvard University.
  • David Sodi '10, paper accepted at the Philosophy and Popular Culture Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Endicott College on February 7, 2009, "Sports for Art's Sake."
  • David Sodi '10, presented at The 12th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Forest Grove, Oregon on April 19, 2008, "The Concept of Ambivalence in Existentialism As Depicted in Dostoyevsky."
  • Christina Danko '09, presented at the New England Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Providence College on April 19, 2008, "Why is 'Truth is Subjectivity' True for Kierkegaard?"

Selected senior honors thesis titles

  • Christine Rojcewicz, Being-toward-death: Dasein's Optimal Ontological Priority (supervisor: Professor Gary Overvold).
  • Patrick Greer, Kant and Bell: Form in Modern Art (supervisor:  Professor C. Wesley DeMarco).
  • Alyssa Woodcock, Autonomy and Paternalism in Medical Ethics:  The Great Conflict (supervisor: Professor Judith DeCew). 
  • Christina Danko, Soren Kierkegaard on Being Human (supervisor:  Professor Gary Overvold).
  • Sara Koehring, Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Positive Individuals:  Biological and Ethical Considerations (supervisor: Professor Patrick Derr) .
  • Zachary Galen, Nietzsche and the crisis of modern art (supervisor:  Professor Gary Overvold).
  • Jonathan Messinger, Wittgenstein and the crisis of language (supervisor:  Professor Gary Overvold).
  • Andrew Magnusson, Nietzsche and the return to naturalism (supervisor:  Professor Walter Wright).
  • Timothy Nulty, Personal identity: overcoming the Cartesian-Empiricist tradition (supervisor:  Professor Gary Overvold).
  • Jacqueline Sullivan, A new theory of man: the philosophical ideas of Walker Percy (supervisor:  Professor Patrick Derr).
  • Jeffrey Bernstein, Foucault's critique of modernity and the project of a therapeutic ethics (supervisors: Professor Walter Wright & Professor Gary Overvold).

Academic Spree Day Presentations

2014

  • Alexander Hoyt '14, Village of Skokie v. National Socialist Party of America (1978) (Sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew)
  • Ceylan Oymak '14, Understanding Bowers v. Hardwick (Sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew)

2012

  • Mandeque Osman '14, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).

2011

  • Stephanie Nguyen ’12, Regina v. Morgan: Reasonable Belief and Consent in Rape Cases (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).
  • Sonya Grabowski ’11, Summers v. Tice: Issues of Causation and Negligence (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).
  • Alyssa Woodcock ’11, Kennedy Hospital v. Heston: Paternalism in Medicine (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).

2010

 

  • Haoming Chang '11, Foreseeability, Negligence and Causation:  Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co.(sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).
  • Tawnie Fotter '11, Stipulating Date Rape: State v. Rusk (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).
  • Tovia Ben Sharpiro '11, Civil Disobedience and the Obligation to Obey the Law (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).
  • Boris Volfson '10, An Investigation of Good Samaritan Law: People v. Young (sponsor: Professor Judith DeCew).
  • Laura Nowell '11, Plato's Feminism (sponsor: Professor C. Wesley DeMarco).

2009

  • Julie Mitchell '11, Authentic self-portraits (sponsor: Professor C. Wesley DeMarco).