Philosophy Program

Program Events

Yearly Events

  • Faculty and Students
    There are a number of occasions during the year where Philosophy faculty meet with students, sometimes just to socialize, other times for such specific purposes as the following:
    • meeting with prospective majors to talk about Moderation;
    • meeting with Junior majors to discuss the senior project process;
    • meeting with majors to discuss the vicissitudes of applying to graduate school.
  • Senior Project Conference
    Each spring semester, the program holds a Senior Project conference at which seniors present their work in panels of three or four students, moderated byi Junior majors and followed by questions from the audience.
  • Philosophy Speaker Series
    The program hosts a Philosophy Speaker Series, with three or four philosophers each seminar invited to talk about their work.

Current and Upcoming Events

Philosophical Naturalism in the Han Dynasty

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Alexus McLeod, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian/Asian-American Studies, University of Connecticut
The Han period (206 BCE – 220 CE) of early China has been relatively neglected by philosophers (in comparison to the pre-Han "Warring States" period), but it is nonetheless present in our interpretation of Pre-Han texts. I argue here that common interpretations by philosophers of concepts such as tian (heaven, nature) and dao (way) in Pre-Han texts owe much more to Han understandings than to those of Pre-Han thinkers. Some have argued for the dominance of a kind of naturalist worldview in early China. I argue that insofar as there is such a dominant view, it is found primarily in the Han rather than before the Han. The “classical” Pre-Han texts for the most part offer various non-naturalist understandings of the core concepts in question. We can take at least two lessons from this: 1) those interested in locating naturalist thought in early China should look to Han and post-Han rather than to Pre-Han texts; and 2) we should reconsider the dominant philosophical interpretations of the Pre-Han Chinese tradition.
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Jay Elliott
Phone: 845-758-7280

Philosophy Program Moderation Info Session

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Considering majoring in Philosophy? Planning to moderate in Philosophy this year or next? Join us for the Philosophy Program Moderation Info Session. Professors Jay Elliott and Ruth Zisman will review the requirements for the major and go over the moderation process step by step. 
Time: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Location: Olin Humanities Building; Room 301
Contact: Ruth L Zisman
Phone: 845-758-6822 x4512
Website: Event Website