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October 7th, 2022

Colloquium: Michaela Tiller on “Atypical Perceivers and the Subjectivity of Knowledge in Locke”

October 13th at 4:30PM Traditional Reading Room, Bertrand Library (free and open to the public) Sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Bucknell Humanities Center Knowledge of the external world is a persistent problem for empiricists, because if our ideas all come from experience, there does not seem to be a way to pierce the veil of perception to access anything beyond our sensations. Locke defines knowledge as the agreement of ideas, making it extremely subjective. This definition seems to create a further problem insofar as knowledge of the external world should have some conformity with an objective state of […]

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August 7th, 2022

Research Highlights

The Philosophy faculty has been busy over the last year or so. A few highlights: Professor Adam Burgos published two essays on the topic of political resistance — an ongoing research project of his: “Legitimacy, Resistance and the Stakes of Politics” in Philosophy & Social Criticism; and “A Dialectical Taxonomy of Resistance” in The Harvard Review of Philosophy. Professor Maria Balcells presented her paper “Moving from A to B: dynamic experience, persistence, and becoming” at the 7th annual meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Time in July 2022. Her paper critically examined the claim that the passage […]

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May 10th, 2022

Lauren Canna (Philosophy/Political Science, ’22)

We asked our graduating seniors to tell us a bit about their time studying philosophy at Bucknell. This week and next, we’ll be showcasing our students’ answers. Favorite philosophy class at Bucknell: Arabic Philosophy, I loved the chance to debate the role of religion and philosophy and debate their influence with Professor Groff. It opened me up to so many perspectives I would have never come across elsewhere. I feel like I learned so much about my own values in that class. Favorite philosopher, philosophical quote, or philosophical question: “As a mark is not set up for the purpose of […]

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May 8th, 2022

Peyton Kendall (Philosophy/Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, ’22)

We asked our graduating seniors to tell us a bit about their time studying philosophy at Bucknell. This week and next, we’ll be showcasing our students’ answers. Favorite philosophy class at Bucknell: I’d have to say Philosophy of Art. It cemented my love of axiology and value theory, was a small class with superb instruction and conversation, and of course, included a nice dose of Kant. Favorite philosopher, philosophical quote, or philosophical question: As much as I hate to say it, Kant has won me over. His philosophy is comprehensive, internally coherent, and relatively infallible, despite him being one of […]

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May 6th, 2022

Will Cadwallader (Philosophy/Mathematics ’22)

We asked our graduating seniors to tell us a bit about their time studying philosophy at Bucknell. This week and next, we’ll be showcasing our students’ answers. Favorite philosophy class at Bucknell: Greek Philosophy! I loved Turners lectures and being able to relate mythology to philosophy. Favorite philosopher, philosophical quote, or philosophical question: “Death is nothing to us” – Epicurus Favorite memory from a philosophy class or philosophy department event?: I loved the first ever campfire talk with s’mores that we did this spring. What are your plans post-graduation?: I’m going to work at Epic the medical software company in […]

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October 10th, 2021

Fall 2021 Department Events

The Philosophy Department (together with the Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau Honors Society) hopes you’ll join us at some upcoming events. If you would like to join our mailing list to stay in the loop on events and department news, please click here to add yourself. Philosophical Film Screening: October Food for Thought Lunch: Monsters! Thursday, October 14th @ 12:10PM (after International Coming Out Day photo)Benches on the Quad above Freas Hall (rain location: Willard-Smith Library) What is a monster? What do we find “monstrous” and why? Philosophical Film Screening: November Thursday, November 4th @ 7PM Campus Theatre (free […]

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September 23rd, 2021

Phi Sigma Tau Induction

Our first Department event of Fall 2021 was a department social and induction of four new members to the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy National Honors Society. They are:Meagan Hathaway ’22Peyton Kendall ’22Tnsae Mulu ’23Tyler Williams ’22 Congratulations! Some photos from the event. . . .

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June 16th, 2021

Department Diversity

Some heartening news courtesy of philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel, Professor of Philosophy at University of California-Riverside. He recently posted data on his blog about the most racially diverse philosophy departments by majors in the U.S.: CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY City College come in at numbers one and two on that list.  Of more local interest to us at Bucknell was an additional data point that he uncovered, measuring the relative diversity of philosophy majors to the overall diversity of the school. He asks, “How about measuring the difference between the diversity of the student body as a whole and the diversity […]

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