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...

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11/19/2020

There's still time left to register for Winter 2021 courses in Philosophy at Oakland U! We have courses on logic, free will, bioethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of mind. A number of our courses also fulfill Gen. Ed. requirements.

For more information on our Winter 21 course offerings, see our course brochure:https://oakland.edu/Assets/Oakland/phil/files-and-documents/Brochure2021.pdf

http://www.openculture.com/2017/06/the-cia-assesses-the-power-of-french-post-modern-philosophers-read-a-newly-declassifi...
09/02/2020
The CIA Assesses the Power of French Post-Modern Philosophers: Read a Newly Declassified CIA Report from 1985

http://www.openculture.com/2017/06/the-cia-assesses-the-power-of-french-post-modern-philosophers-read-a-newly-declassified-cia-report-from-1985.html

We might assume that philosophy is an ivory tower discipline that has little effect on the unlovely operations of government, driven as they are by the concerns of middle class wallets, upper class stock portfolios, and the ever-present problem of poverty. But we would be wrong.

Nominations are being accepted now for the 2020 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching:https://philosophyteachers.o...
07/30/2020
Reminder: 2020 Prize for Teaching Excellence Deadline Approaches

Nominations are being accepted now for the 2020 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching:

https://philosophyteachers.org/reminder-2020-prize-for-teaching-excellence/

The deadline is drawing near but there is still time. Get your nominations for the 2020 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching, sponsored by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), the American Philosophical Association (APA), and the Teaching Philosophy Association (TPA) submit

07/07/2020
06/30/2020
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Fall classes are starting to fill up! For information on our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 course offerings, check out:https://oakland.edu/Assets/Oakland/phil/files-and-documents/Brochure2021.pdf

https://www.oakland.edu/oumagazine/news/phil/2020/ethics-bowl-team-competes-at-nationals-for-sixth-time-earns-best-finis...
04/09/2020
Ethics bowl team competes at nationals for sixth time, earns best finish yet - 2020 - College of Arts and Sciences - OU Magazine - News - Oakland University

https://www.oakland.edu/oumagazine/news/phil/2020/ethics-bowl-team-competes-at-nationals-for-sixth-time-earns-best-finish-yet

Achieving their highest rank ever, the Oakland University Ethics Bowl team traveled to Atlanta this past February to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl tournament. Only the top 36 schools in the nation are invited to this annual tournament, which is sponsored by the Association for....

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/when-will-lockdowns-be-worse-than-covid19-by-peter-singer-and-michael-plant...
04/07/2020
When Will the Pandemic Cure Be Worse Than the Disease? | by Peter Singer & Michael Plant

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/when-will-lockdowns-be-worse-than-covid19-by-peter-singer-and-michael-plant-2020-04

As government mandated lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic affect a rising share of the global population, fewer will die of COVID-19, as well as other transmissible diseases. But how should we weigh those benefits against the costs of unemployment, social isolation, and widespread bankrupt...

04/07/2020
oakland.edu

For information on our Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 course offerings, check out our course brochure here:

https://oakland.edu/Assets/Oakland/phil/files-and-documents/Brochure2021.pdf

American Philosophical Association
03/19/2020
American Philosophical Association

American Philosophical Association

New to online teaching? Sign up for the APA member webinar, “Teaching Philosophy Online: Advice and Tips from Experienced Instructors,” Tuesday, March 24, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Click below for more information.

03/12/2020

The remaining philosophy department talks for the semester are cancelled, due to health restrictions. We hope to see you at our talks in the fall!

Please join us on March 5th, at 7PM, in Banquet Room A of the Oakland Center, for the Burke Lecture by Nancy Tuana (Penn...
03/04/2020
Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society - 2020 - Events - College of Arts and Sciences - Oakland University

Please join us on March 5th, at 7PM, in Banquet Room A of the Oakland Center, for the Burke Lecture by Nancy Tuana (Penn State):

http://oakland.edu/cas/events/2020/030520-richard-j-burke-lecture-in-philosophy-religion-and-society

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02/18/2020
shifter-magazine.com

“White Ignorance” by Charles W. Mills

https://shifter-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mills-white-ignorance.pdf

02/11/2020

We have an exciting series of speakers joining us in Winter 2020.

On February 12 at 12PM in 242 Elliott Hall, Matthew Ferkany (MSU) will present on "A defense of consistency reasoning in social good ambassadorship: Or how to talk to angry uncle without giving up your principles."

02/05/2020
02/03/2020

We have an exciting series of speakers joining us in Winter 2020.

On January 15th at 12PM, Jada Strabbing (Wayne) presented on "Blame and Blameworthy Presentation: A Functional Account of Blame."

On February 12 at 12PM in 242 Elliott Hall, Matthew Ferkany (MSU) will present on "A defense of consistency reasoning in social good ambassadorship: Or how to talk to angry uncle without giving up your principles."

On March 13 at 3PM in 124 MSC, Imran Aijaz (UM Dearborn) will present on "Some Puzzles of Islamic Faith."

On April 2 at 3PM in 185 MSC, Laura McMahon (Eastern Michigan) will present on ""Essential Insecurity: Humanism, Violence, and Political Action in Merleau-Ponty and Fanon."

PHILOSOPHY CAMP 2020Join us for a week of tremendous and incomparable intellectual stimulation, at Oakland University, t...
01/31/2020

PHILOSOPHY CAMP 2020

Join us for a week of tremendous and incomparable intellectual stimulation, at Oakland University, tentatively scheduled for the thirteenth through the seventeenth of July in 2020. Philosophy Camp is a weeklong day camp experience which brings university professors, philosophy undergraduates, and high school students together, giving students a crash course introduction to the discipline of philosophy, and giving professors and undergraduates the opportunity to engage with the interests and insights of their younger counterparts.

If you are interested in camp, please email [email protected] or sign up at shorturl.at/gFK34

The Philosophy Department cordially invites you to attend a presentation by Jada Strabbing (Wayne State) on “Blame and B...
01/13/2020

The Philosophy Department cordially invites you to attend a presentation by Jada Strabbing (Wayne State) on “Blame and Blameworthy Presentations: A Functional Account of Blame,” January 15th at noon in Elliott 242.

Oakland University philosophers at the Eastern APA:Sharon Berry will be presenting in a symposium session on her work, o...
12/29/2019
The American Philosophical Association

Oakland University philosophers at the Eastern APA:

Sharon Berry will be presenting in a symposium session on her work, on “The Residual Access Problem.”

Fritz McDonald organized and will be chairing a session on new approaches to teaching Aristotle’s Ethics.

I hope some of you can join us there!

https://www.apaonline.org/event/2020eastern

The 116th meeting of the APA Eastern Division will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel.  Located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, this hotel is also known as the Philadelphia Downtown Sheraton. The program includes over 100 sessions, including colloquium an...

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This is such a great department, I love the discussions it fosters for its students based on the great philosophies of life. Recently, I watched the film “Wrong” by Quentin Dupieux on the platform, Film Festival Flix and thought it raised a lot of really important, existential questions about morality, and I was curious what students in this department would think of it. Film Festival Flix also has a lot of really fantastic, thought-provoking films that are worth looking into. Let me know if you decide to watch “Wrong” and what your thoughts are on the philosophical elements discussed in the film.
2018 Ethics Bowl Regionals at Illinois Institute of Technology, November 17, 2018
“Is Your Death Bad for You?” David Benatar University of Cape Town, South Africa Tuesday, April 17, 7:30pm-9:00pm Oakland Center, Gold Rooms Oakland University Rochester, Michigan Please join the Oakland University Department of Psychology for a lecture by David Benatar, chair and professor of philosophy at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Prof. Benatar will lecture on issues addressed in his latest book, The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions (2017, Oxford University Press). Prof. Benatar's work contributes to discussions surrounding the meaning of life, death, and mortality. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity for discussion.
Charles Mills gives the annual Burke Lecture! Thursday November 2, 2017 at Oakland University.