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Department of Philosophy News

The philosophy department offers its majors a balanced curriculum of courses in the history of philosophy and in the most recent philosophical theories.

Current Philosophy News

A chef raises a cleaver to chop and onion and broccoli.
People | October 30, 2019

These faculty members aren't just accomplished in their academic fields. They all have one thing in common: success in the hobbies they're passionate about.

Research | September 7, 2018

Some students spent their summer lounging peacefully at the pool. Zantana Ephrem spent hers studying just war theory.  

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People | June 13, 2018

This aspiring "world-improvement strategist" hopes that studying in Israel will help her gain a more in-depth perspective on Middle East conflicts and allow her to improve her Arabic.

Kendra Patterson is studying abroad in China this semester with support from a scholarship.
Campus News | September 6, 2017

Learn from UNLV students who just landed prestigious scholarships to study in Asia, Central America, and Europe.

Business and Community | May 28, 2014

Meet six UNLV graduates who are reshaping Las Vegas' urban core.

People | April 13, 2012

UNLV employees recently were honored at the 2012 Academic Recognition Ceremony with systemwide and universitywide awards for notable research, teaching, and service.

Philosophy In The News

US News
March 22, 2019

Aquaman star Jason Momoa stands on the Dolby Theatre stage in Los Angeles, holding that famous red envelope. At stake is the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Las Vegas Weekly
February 1, 2018

The greatest rock climber of our generation lives in an anonymous house in west Las Vegas. If that’s a surprise to you, it’s even more of a surprise to Alex Honnold, the 32-year-old adventurer who has spent the past decade sleeping in a van and jetting off to distant locales.

Las Vegas Sun
January 23, 2018

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Las Vegas Sun
August 31, 2017

“More violent and frequent storms,” read the headline from Scientific American in 2011, which produced a three-part series dealing with climate change and extreme weather.

April 17, 2017

Elissa Lafranconi might be done with undergraduate work at UNLV, but she’s still putting down roots on campus.

January 3, 2015

Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

October 31, 2019
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) and her co-author Bob Fischer (Texas State University) published an article, "Don’t Demean 'Invasives': Conservation and Wrongful Species Discrimination" for the special issue "Animal Ethics: Questioning the Orthodoxy" of the journal Animals. This article challenges conservation categorization schemes that treat animals...
October 29, 2019
C.E. Abbate (Philosophy) published a paper titled "A Defense of Free-Roaming Cats from a Hedonist Account of Feline Well-being" in Acta Analytica. This article presents and defends a novel account of feline well-being that challenges the standard belief that domestic cats ought to be permanently confined. 
August 20, 2019
Maurice Finocchiaro (Philosophy) just received some advance copies of his new book, On Trial for Reason: Science, Religion, and Culture in the Galileo Affair, published by Oxford University Press in Britain. This is a “trade book,” aimed at educated laypersons, as well as specialized scholars. Accordingly, it is a summary, synthesis, and...
May 1, 2019
Maurice Finocchiaro (Philosophy) had one of his essays translated into French and published in the current issue of Revue des Questions Scientifiques. This is a Belgian journal published at the Université de Namur by the Société Scientifique de Bruxelles. Originally titled “The Trial of Galileo: Facts and Issues, Then and Now,” the French title of...
December 17, 2018
David Forman (Philosophy) published an essay, "Leibniz on Human Finitude, Progress, and Eternal Recurrence," in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy from Oxford University Press.
September 1, 2017
Maurice A. Finocchiaro (Philosophy) has accepted an invitation to contribute a chapter for a festschrift honoring a historian named Sergio Pagano, who is a priest and the director of the “Vatican Secret Archive.” This is a repository of official documents that have religious, political, or administrative significance. Originally, the archive was...