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Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Tnsae Mulu (Philosophy/Psychology ’23)

Winner of the W. Preston Warren award for excellence in Philosophy and the Tustin Award for outstanding achievement in Philosophy and Psychology We asked our graduating seniors to tell us a bit about their time studying philosophy at Bucknell. This week, we’ll be showcasing our students’ answers. Favorite philosophy class at Bucknell: Arabic Philosophy! Taking this course was refreshing because it allowed me to approach metaphysical and epistemological questions through a traditional standpoint so different from my own. After every class, I felt my mind filled with wonder. Favorite philosopher, philosophical quote, or philosophical question: Angela Davis because Black women […]

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Monday, May 8th, 2023

Clinard Smith (Philosophy/Anthropology ’23)

We asked our graduating seniors to tell us a bit about their time studying philosophy at Bucknell. This week, we’ll be showcasing our students’ answers. Favorite philosophy class at Bucknell: Philosophy of Space and Time was the very first philosophy class and I had me hooked from the very start. Aside from my desire to engage with mathematical concepts philosophically, I was infatuated with the paradoxes that Professor Balcells introduced throughout the course. To this day, I still think about them frequently. Favorite philosopher, philosophical quote, or philosophical question: How should I live? (Aristotellian) Every day, I seek answers to […]

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Sunday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Professor Burgos and James Collaborate on Encyclopedia Entry

Philosophy students know the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) as an indispensable, open access resource for students, faculty, and anyone else interested in philosophy. When I first came to Bucknell in 2009, I noticed that the entry on Race was written by a professor in the Political Science Department (now Associate Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences), Michael James. “Wow, this guy is a serious philosopher!” I thought. (It’s always nice to find philosophers in other departments. . . .) The SEP requests that authors do what they can to keep their entries up to date with often rapidly […]

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Leddington Wins Peter Kivy Prize

Professor Leddington was one of three winners of the inaugural Peter Kivy Prize, awarded by the American Society for Aesthetics, for his essay “Sonic Pictures” (featuring arguments concerning, among other things, beatboxing and cover songs). You can read more about the prize in the official announcement here.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Gabi Hitel (’18) heading to UT Austin

Former Bucknell Philosophy major, Gabi Hitel (’18), will be joining the Philosophy PhD program at University of Texas, Austin this Fall. During her time as an undergraduate at Bucknell, Gabi was an active member of the philosophy community, serving as co-President of both the Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau, as well as organizing our Women-in-Philosophy luncheon. Congratulations, Gabi!

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Monday, February 10th, 2020

New Professor: Katherine Ward

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce that Katherine Ward will be joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor next fall. She received a B.M. in Music and Philosophy from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.A. in Philosophy at San Francisco State University, and is currently completing her dissertation at Georgetown University on “Standpoint Phenomenology”. She has taught widely, including courses on Logic, Feminist Philosophy (and Epistemology), Political Philosophy, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Aesthetics, and Bioethics. In the Fall semester, she’ll be teaching Logic and Existentialism.

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