Oakland University Department of Philosophy

Oakland University Department of Philosophy Philosophy is the analysis and evaluation of the basic assumptions and inferences that we make in formulating arguments: about truth, knowledge, ethics...

Reminder: Please join us for a talk by Lindsay Brainard (Calvin College), "How to Explain How Possibly," 11/7 at 3PM, 22...
11/06/2019

Reminder: Please join us for a talk by Lindsay Brainard (Calvin College), "How to Explain How Possibly," 11/7 at 3PM, 225 Hannah Hall.

Please join us for a talk by Lindsay Brainard (Calvin College), "How to Explain How Possibly," 11/7 at 3PM, 225 Hannah H...
10/30/2019

Please join us for a talk by Lindsay Brainard (Calvin College), "How to Explain How Possibly," 11/7 at 3PM, 225 Hannah Hall.

Oakland University students, join us!
10/24/2019

Oakland University students, join us!

New course!
10/17/2019

New course!

10/14/2019
10/08/2019

This week! Colloquium: Rosemary Twomey, Queens College CUNY will be presenting on "Final Causes in Aristotle's Psychology", Friday October 11th, 5PM, in 185 MSC

10/04/2019
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Mark Rigstad, the chair of our philosophy department, spoke with WWJ News radio about the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence. You can hear the interview at the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/y24fwnpx

OU, OUWB professors’ efforts to move the bar on clinical ethics practices gains Mayo Clinic support: https://www.oakla...
09/23/2019
OU, OUWB professors’ efforts to move the bar on clinical ethics practices gains Mayo Clinic support

OU, OUWB professors’ efforts to move the bar on clinical ethics practices gains Mayo Clinic support:

https://www.oakland.edu/oumagazine/news/OUWB/ou-ouwb-professors-efforts-to-move-the-bar-on-clinical-ethics-practices-gains-mayo-clinic-support

For the authors of “Treatment Over Objection — Moral Reasons for Reluctance,” the hope is to further the conversation about the requirements of humanistic medicine

09/18/2019

Colloquium: Rosemary Twomey, Queens College CUNY, will be presenting on "Final Causes in Aristotle's Psychology", Friday October 11th, 5PM, in 185 MSC.

Drunk Metaphysics Memes from a Possible World
08/19/2019

Drunk Metaphysics Memes from a Possible World

Philosophy Camp 2.0 happened last week, and it was excellent!  More posts to follow...
08/04/2019

Philosophy Camp 2.0 happened last week, and it was excellent! More posts to follow...

OU's Philosophy Camp is still accepting registrants, and spots are filling up!Last month our camp staff visited Avondale...
06/17/2019

OU's Philosophy Camp is still accepting registrants, and spots are filling up!

Last month our camp staff visited Avondale High School and led several classes through a series of questions designed to make them think critically about their lives and their beliefs. We're calling these brief visits "Philosophy Takeovers".

If you know someone who might be interested in Philosophy Camp, or if you know a teacher who wants her classroom taken over by philosophy undergrads -- yeah, we've got that.

Sign up for camp here: https://www.oakland.edu/phil/hs-outreach/

05/31/2019

Can robots think? What are the rewards and dangers of AI? Are our minds computers? If so, what kind? Prof. McDonald is teaching an new online course on these topics, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, in Winter 2020.

The era of "Philosophy Takeovers" has begun!  A handful of philosophy undergrads at OU are visiting local high schools a...
05/21/2019

The era of "Philosophy Takeovers" has begun! A handful of philosophy undergrads at OU are visiting local high schools and taking over the classroom with the wisdom of ages. Let us know if you know a teacher who might be interested!

And tons of credit goes to Ian, Nicole, Quinn, Ciara, Maggie, and Sam!

AHS students in Rick Kreinbring's class and Colin Campbell's class were treated to a fascinating experience thanks to some Oakland University Philosophy students who walked our students through a discussion to demonstrate the value of critical thinking and making arguments. The OU students also made the point that philosophy is at the root of all learning and it has a place across all disciplines regardless of the specific area of study. Shout out to the OU students Samantha, Maggie and Nicole!

Congratulations philosophy grads!
04/27/2019

Congratulations philosophy grads!

04/25/2019

Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence is being offered for the first time ever at OU, as an online course, in Winter 2020. Can a computer or robot think or be conscious? What do computers tell us about the nature of our own minds? What are the ethical implications of AI?

Oakland University Philosophy Professor Mark Navin appeared today on Stateside on NPR-Michigan Radio. In light of the cu...
04/10/2019
Trust a better tool than shaming when it comes to changing anti-vaccine views, says OU professor

Oakland University Philosophy Professor Mark Navin appeared today on Stateside on NPR-Michigan Radio. In light of the current outbreak of measles in Michigan, Professor Navin discussed vaccine refusal:

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/trust-better-tool-shaming-when-it-comes-changing-anti-vaccine-views-says-ou-professor

The measles outbreak continues, and the number of cases in Michighan is climbing. There are now 41 cases confirmed to date in Oakland, Wayne, and Washtenaw

04/01/2019
03/25/2019

Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence is being offered for the first time ever at OU, as an online course, in Winter 2020. Can a computer or robot think or be conscious? What do computers tell us about the nature of our own minds? What are the ethical implications of AI?

03/21/2019

This Friday: OU Philosophy Colloquium—Chris Pincock (The Ohio State University), "Some Truths About Explanation & Idealization," Friday March 22 at 5PM in MSC 168.

The second annual OU Philosophy Camp is coming up in July 2019. Spread the word, and encourage people to sign up!Our the...
03/13/2019

The second annual OU Philosophy Camp is coming up in July 2019. Spread the word, and encourage people to sign up!

Our theme is identity. What does it mean to have an “identity”? What sorts of questions arise from the notions of identity and change? How does your identity impact your interaction with the world? With Oakland’s outstanding faculty and undergraduate students we will search for answers through means of lecture, discussion, and recreational activity.

More information: https://www.oakland.edu/phil/hs-outreach/
Sign up for our mailing list: https://tinyurl.com/y5dndnaq

Join Us! On Thursday March 28th at 7:30, Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah will be our Burke Lecturer.  Appiah is a world-renowne...
03/11/2019

Join Us! On Thursday March 28th at 7:30, Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah will be our Burke Lecturer. Appiah is a world-renowned philosopher who will be focusing on the connection between identity and racism and how we can utilize our understanding of that connection to address racism in our society. Lecture at 7:30 Banquet Rooms of the OC. Reception to follow. (Call the philosophy department to RSVP or leave a comment!)

Come join us Friday for Helga Varden on “Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory.” 3/15, 4PM in 242 Elliott Hall. Co...
03/10/2019

Come join us Friday for Helga Varden on “Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory.” 3/15, 4PM in 242 Elliott Hall. Co-sponsored by Oakland Women and Gender Studies.

"Most people don’t enjoy banging their heads against nasty paradoxes. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Gi...
02/13/2019
Is philosophy simply harder than science?

"Most people don’t enjoy banging their heads against nasty paradoxes. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Given this, it is unsurprising that philosophical problems aren’t easy to settle. The difficulty of philosophy doesn’t stem from its peculiar subject matter or the inadequacy of its methods, but simply from the fact that it takes on the hard questions."

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/philosophy-simply-harder-science/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1550069548

What’s the purpose of philosophy? Alfred North Whitehead characterized it as a series of footnotes to Plato. You can see his point. On the surface, we don’t seem to have progressed much in the two and a half millennia since Plato wrote his dialogues. Today’s philosophers still struggle with ma...

The Oakland University Philosophy Department is participating in the OU Giving Challenge. We're competing with the Unive...
02/13/2019

The Oakland University Philosophy Department is participating in the OU Giving Challenge. We're competing with the University of Detroit Mercy to see who gives the most donations. And what's the best way to donate? Give to the philosophy department, of course!

When you give to the university, make sure to use one of the following fund numbers:

Philosophy Department Gifts: 37524
Philosophy Department Scholarship Gift Fund: 30055

https://www.oakland.edu/givingchallenge/

‘If Man is dead, everything is possible!’ – an early interview with Michel Foucault | Aeon Videos
02/12/2019
‘If Man is dead, everything is possible!’ – an early interview with Michel Foucault | Aeon Videos

‘If Man is dead, everything is possible!’ – an early interview with Michel Foucault | Aeon Videos

Roughly a decade before publishing his two most famous treatises on power – Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975) and The History of Sexuality, Volume One (1976) – the French philosopher Michel Foucault rose to prominence with The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Scie...

Oakland University philosophy professor Joyce Havstad is featured in the Best of 2018 list from Oxford University Press....
01/22/2019
Best of Philosophy | Journals | Oxford Academic

Oakland University philosophy professor Joyce Havstad is featured in the Best of 2018 list from Oxford University Press. OUP has recognized her article "Messy Chemical Kinds," published in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, as one of the very best articles published in that journal in 2018. Congratulations to Professor Havstad!

https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/best_of_philosophy

Explore a roundup of the best of recent philosophy scholarship. As 2018 draws to a close we’re taking a look back over a year of publishing and have curated this reading list of each journal's most popular 2018 articles.

01/04/2019

WINTER 2019 COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Friday, January 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m. MSC 168
Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc "Objectification & Domination"

Tuesday, February 26, 12:00-12:50 p.m. - 372 MSC, (11:30-12:00 p.m. 368 MSC, refreshments and conversation) Sharon Berry, "Mathematical Knowledge and the Access Problem"

Friday, March 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. EH 242 Helga Varden, "Sex, Love & Gender: A Kantian Theory"

Tuesday, March 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. MSC 168 Hartry Field, Title TBD

Friday, March 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Location MSC 168
Chris Pincock, "Some Truths About Explanation & Idealization"

Friday, April 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Oakland Center, Ambassador A, Geoffrey Hellman, "Extending the Iterative Conception of Set: A Height-Potentialist Perspective"

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