News

Alumnus Brandon Sundh accepted to Ph.D. program.

Brandon will pursue his Ph.D. in systematic theology in the Augustana-Hochshule in Neuendettelsau, Bayern, Germany.  His research will focus on the problem of religious language and the central thinkers I will be working with are Martin Heidegger, William James, and Richard Rorty.  Congratulations Brandon!

Graduate student Christina Bovinette to present at Challenging Ontologies: Making Sense in Ethics, Science, Politics, and Art.

Christina will present her paper " “Wave Function” and the Second Wave: Towards a Feminist Theory of Physics or a New Understanding of Physics in Feminism?" at the University of Regina, Canada for the Canadian Society of Women in Philosophy in October. 

Associate Professor Armond Duwell to present at EPSA 2015 in Düsseldorf Germany.

Armond Duwell will be part of a symposium on quantum computing at the European Philosophy of Science Association's 2015 meeting, in September. The symposium will bring together philosophers and physicists working on quantum computing.

Associate Professor Soazig Le Bihan invited to comment at Varieties of Understanding Midpoint Conference. 

Soazig Le Bihan will be joining the best of the best in the interdisciplinary studies of understanding in New York, NY in June.  She will provide a synthesis of various views of understanding provided in this landmark conference

Albert Borgmann fund for Environmental Philosophy

Albert Borgmann The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has donated funds to create the Albert Borgmann fund for Environmental Ethics.  $1000 will be provided yearly to support the Environmental Philosophy M.A. program by funding guest speakers, student attendance at conferences, acquisition of research materials advertising and other activities that generally promote the program.  Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana.  He has been teaching in the Deparmtent of Philosophy since 1970, and specializes in philosophy of society and culture.  Of the fund that bears his name, he writes,

"A while ago, the Philosophy Department generously and unanimously decided to focus the MA Program on Environmental Philosophy. Chris Comer, Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, has vigorously supported the decision.

The Program has been very successful. We’ve had wonderful graduates who have finished on time and gone on to law schools, to Ph.D. programs, and, most important, to public interest work.

There is of course room for further support to give the Program greater publicity, to send students to conferences, to bring in speakers, to acquire teaching and research materials, and more.  That’s the purpose of Fund.

I’m grateful to the founder and donor of the Fund."

Click here to make a contribution.

Burke Townsend Clear Thinking Award

Burke Townsend The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has donated funds to create the Burke Townsend Clear Thinking Award.  The award is to be given to a senior in philosophy with a preference for students majoring in a STEM field.   The amount of the award is $1000 for 2015-2016.  Burke Townsend was a professor of philosophy at the University of Montana between 1974-2006, specializing in philosophy of science.  When commenting on the award Townsend writes, "I recall suggesting to the award’s sponsor, only somewhat in jest, that the award might be the ‘Shades of Gray’ scholarship, because of what seems to me to be one of the currently greatest obstacles to good thinking, the inclination to seek tidy yes-or-no answers and to be uncomfortable with probabilities, degrees of evidence, and concepts essentially dependent upon an incapacity for crisp definition.  Good thinking about most matters is seldom a process of tidy resolutions.  And think of the benefits—a ‘Shades of Gray Award’ would surely generate much more interest on the web site than will the given title with the highlighted full name of some old dude that no one will remember in another few years.''  It is no wonder that Burke's good sense of humor, sensitivity to the complexities of the world, and his desire to help students navigate them inspired an award bearing his name.  All eligible students are automatically considered for the award.

Associate Professor Bridget Clarke to participate in workshop on Kant's ethics.

Bridget Clarke has been invited to participate in the Chicago Area Consortium in German Philosophy in May 2015. 

Associate Professor Armond Duwell to present at an international workshop on quantum information.

 What Is Quantum Information? brings the worlds foremost experts on quantum information from physics and philosophy together to explore a question of central conceptual importance in quantum information theory in May 2015.  Duwell will present ``Analysing Shannon Information and quantum information''.  See conference website.

Graduate student Christina Bovinette to present at University of Montana Graduate and Faculty Research Conference.

Christina will present her paper " “Wave Function” and the Second Wave: Towards a Feminist Theory of Physics or a New Understanding of Physics in Feminism?" at the 14th annual conference in this series in April. 

Graduate student Iheanyi Amadi invited to present at Philosophy and Environment, Science, and Policy-Making.

Iheanyi has been invited to present his paper "Beyond a 'Rational' Wilderness Idea" at the Concordia Graduate Conference: Philosophy and Environment, Science, and Policy-Making, taking place on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18th in Montréal, Québec.

Graduate studente Christina Bovinette to present at Workshop on Capitalism & Sustainability.

Christina will present her paper "Transformative Justice: Seeking Green Space as an Alternative to Sustainable Development" during this workshop at the Center of Research in Ethics, University of Montreal in April.

Associate Professor Bridget Clarke to present at 2014 Tennessee Value and Agency Conference.

Bidget Clarke will be presenting her paper "Virtue and Sensibility" at the 2014 TVA conference Reason, Sentiment and Sensibility in the Moral Life
in November.

Associate Professors Soazig Le Bihan and Armond Duwell to present at PSA14.

Le Bihan and Duwell will be presenting the paper ``Enlightening falsehoods: A modal view of scientific understanding'' at the twenty-fourth biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association.

Graduate student Christina Bovinette to present at (RE)VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice, & the Crisis of Climate Change.

Christina will present her paper "Transformative Justice: Transforming Multi-scalar Identities through Free-Market Resistance" at this conference at George Mason University in October.

Professor Christopher Preston received a Faculty Exchange Award.

The award is from the Office of International Programs and the Provost’s Office for Spring of 2015.  Preston will be travelling to Tromsø in northern Norway to collaborate with two faculty members there on emerging technologies and environmental ethics. Learn more about Preston's exchange.

Does God Exist? and other interviews with Albert Borgmann. 

Click here to access the interviews.