Events

Most departmental events are open to the general public and the campus community. Students, whether majoring in philosophy or simply curious to learn more, are encouraged to attend.

Workshop Series

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Workshop Series

Beginning in 2013, the philosophy department will host an annual workshop  on new work in philosophy, funded by the Ichabod S. Spencer Foundation.  Typically held in the spring term, each workshop features a small group of scholars focusing on a focused topic in philosophy.  Our inaugural workshop’s focus was ‘Race and the Enlightenment’, and our 2014 workshop’s focus was ‘The Ethics of Forgiveness and...

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Speaker Series

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Speaker Series

The philosophy department’s Speaker Series is sponsored by the Ichabod S. Spencer Foundation.  Every fall and winter term, the series brings major figures in the field to campus to discuss new work.  All events are open to the public, and philosophy students can take a course, New Directions in Philosophy, that focuses on the work discussed in the Speaker Series.  An archive of past speakers is...

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Ephemeris

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Ephemeris

Ephemeris is an undergraduate journal of philosophy dedicated to harvesting exceptional undergraduate writing grounded in the distinct value and interest of the philosophical endeavor.  Since its founding in 2001, Ephemeris has published contributions from students from across the nation and the world; a recent issue included work from students in Holland, the UK and Canada.  Our journal is run by students, who evaluate the contributions and select the best for publication.  Contributions are solicited in all areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, ethics, political theory,...

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Ethics Bowl

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Ethics Bowl

Since Union first participated in Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in 2003, Union’s Ethics Bowl team has climbed its way to being a highly successful and competitive program. Coached by Krisanna Scheiter, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Erika Wells, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, this year’s team placed second in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl qualifying for the National Competition. At the National Competition at the International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, Union placed in the top 8 out of 32 teams. Modeled after the 1960s-era TV...

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Philosophical Café

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The Philosophical Café is a forum for students to discuss philosophical issues of general interest. It meets several times a year, from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening, over pizza and drinks. There will be a pre-announced theme for each meeting and a faculty moderator. The moderator will give a 5- to 10- minute introduction to the topic. The rest of the evening will l be group discussion of the issue. For more information, see the Events page.

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Philosophy Club

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The Philosophy Club is a forum for social and intellectual interaction among our majors. Although it has a faculty facilitator (Felmon Davis), the Club calls its own meetings and determines its own agenda. The agenda may be anything from planning a social event or a field trip to a nearby philosophy conference, to making suggestions to the faculty about what upper division courses should be taught in the following year or what topics should be discussed in the Philosophical Café. The Philosophy Club also publishes Ephemeris, perhaps the premier undergraduate journal of philosophy that...

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Prizes

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The Philosophy Department awards two prizes every year, the Sternfeld Prize and the Larrabee Prize. The Milton Hymes Sternfeld (1916) Prize is awarded for the best original essay in philosophy by a member of the senior class. Entries must be submitted to the Department by the last day of the Winter Term. All senior theses will automatically become entries. Seniors are encouraged to submit their best term papers or essays (from their final academic year only). The Harrold A. Larrabee Prize is awarded by faculty nomination to the student who has done the best work in philosophy during the...

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