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Himeka Hagiwara '11
Digging Deep into the Brain and the Mind
When it comes to the mind and the body, we live immersed in two opposing viewpoints. While many of us believe in the power of science and the firing neurons of the brain that account for many of our actions, we continue attributing our sensations and thoughts to a separate concept of the “mind,” an abstract entity only loosely connected to the physical body. Working with John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy Richard Werner and through an Emerson grant, Himeka Hagiwara ’11 is exploring the mind-body dichotomy and the conflicting perspectives that are so prominent in our culture. More ...
Russell Marcus
Marcus Publishes Articles in APA Newsletter
Assistant Professor of Philosophy Russell Marcus has published two articles in the spring issue of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy. More ...
Rick Werner
Werner Publishes Article in Positive Peace
Richard Werner, the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy, has published the lead article "Hope and the Ethics of Belief," in Positive Peace, edited by Andrew Fitz-Gibbon and with an introduction by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi's grandson (Rodopi, 2010). Using the reasoning of William James' "Sentiment of Rationality" and recent findings in empirical psychology, Werner argues that we should be hopeful when the facts allow because of the self-fulfillling prophecy that can be contained in hope. Hope is to be preferred to trendy cynicism. More ...
Russell Marcus
Marcus Presents Lecture and Workshop about Moral Reasoning and Ethics
Russell Marcus, the Truax Postdoctoral Fellow of Philosophy, presented an interactive workshop and the annual Waldman Lecture on May 16, at Temples Emanu-El and Beth El in Utica. More ...
Marianne Janack
Janack Gives Invited Talk on Human Nature and Human Values
Marianne Janack, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of Philosophy, gave a talk as part of Colgate University's year-long series on Human Nature and Human Values on April 15. The talk, titled "Knowing Ourselves," addressed issues about the extent to which scientific discussions of free will and irrational choices contribute to self-knowledge and to our knowledge of what it is to be human. More ...
Katheryn Doran
Doran Presents Paper at SUNY Conference
Associate Professor of Philosophy Katheryn Doran gave a paper, "Environmentalism at a Crossroads: Cosmopolitanism vs. Localism?," on April 17 at the SUNY-BROOME conference on Environmental Ethics: The Spaces Between, Contested, and Shared.
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Scott Kretchmar
Sport is About Human Redemption, Kretchmar Tells Audience
“In what ways is sport valuable?” asked philosopher Scott Kretchmar (rhetorically, of course) to the audience in the Science Center Kennedy Auditorium on April 21. The son of a baseball coach at Oberlin, Kretchmar was introduced to sport culture rather early in life. He grew up to be a self-proclaimed jock and even went so far as to major in physical education as an undergraduate. More ...
Marianne Janack
Janack Publishes Book, Feminist Interpretations of Rorty
Marianne Janack, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of Philosophy, has published a book, Feminist Interpretations of Rorty (Penn State University Press). It is part of a series, “Re-reading the Canon,” which is dedicated to feminist history of philosophy. More ...
Todd Franklin
Franklin Presents Paper
A. Todd Franklin, associate professor of philosophy, presented an invited paper at this year's meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy held March 11-13 in Charlotte, N.C. The paper, titled "Distinctive Voices, Distinctive Visions and the Development of Critical Consciousness" focused on the ways in which different expressions of voice operate interpersonally and impact the consciousness of subjects. More ...
Katheryn Doran
Doran Edits Critical Thinking Text
Associate Professor of Philosophy Katheryn Doran was an editor on the latest revision of William Hughes’s Critical Thinking: An Introduction to the Basic Skills. The sixth edition of the book was published in January by Broadview Press. More ...
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