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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. Philosophy applies reasoning and rigorous argumentation to questions central to human life: What is ethical? What is just? What is art? What is knowledge? What is real?

Current Philosophy News

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Campus News | October 2, 2020

Junior Kyle Catarata looks to create new opportunities for aspiring law students.

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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.

Philosophy In The News

The Nevada Independent
November 24, 2020

Children are curious by nature, but when philosophy is added to encourage critical and creative thinking, the results often accompany them in the following years of their formation. This week, Amy Reed-Sandoval, professor in the Department of Children's Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) talks with Luz and Michelle about “Children's Philosophy without Borders,” a free online program created for children from speaks Spanish. What benefits does it bring to children and their families, especially during the pandemic?

Daily Nous
October 6, 2020

Philosophy for Children Without Borders (Filosofía Infantil Sin Fronteras), formerly known as Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands (previously), has launched a free, virtual philosophy course for Spanish-speaking youth.

The Dihedral
October 3, 2020

Dr. William Ramsey is an established philosopher currently working at UNLV, he is also one of the most experienced rock climbers on the planet. Bill has recently sent the 5.14a Jumbo Pumping Hate at the age of 59. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to chat with Bill on our latest episode of theDIHEDRAL Podcast which can be found here (as well as your favorite podcast hosts including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify). We are also lucky enough to share the following motivational tool/piece written by Dr. Ramsey.

Las Vegas Sun
August 6, 2020

Seventy-five years ago today, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on an unsuspecting city. Within a matter of seconds, steel girders evaporated and a city disappeared, with more than 140,000 killed.

America Magazine
August 6, 2020

Reading about the closures of several philosophy departments has me worried that our centuries-old experiment of liberal arts education is ending. The United States has been trying to transform liberal arts education into pre-professional training for well over a decade, at least since the 2008 recession; and that desire has accelerated, with students and their parents demanding the expansion of programs and majors they believe will lead straight to well-paying, secure jobs.

June 30, 2020

The celebrated new Hulu program "Taste the Nation," hosted by acclaimed writer and "Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi, is a "journey across America" to explore the cuisines and connected life-stories of different immigrant groups. It makes an important statement about the value of immigrants in Trump's America, but the immigrant rights movement must learn key lessons from what it misrepresents and ignores.

Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

November 24, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) was the invited guest on an episode of Nevada Independent en Español's "Cafecito con Luz y Michelle" program, for which she was interviewed about pre-college philosophy and a free, online, Spanish-language pre-college philosophy course she recently launched with financial support from a Whiting Foundation Public...
November 16, 2020
Dave Beisecker (Philosophy) published a paper, "Regions of Force: Peirce, Frege, Carroll and Bilateral Proof Trees," in the European logic journal, Logique & Analyse. The paper shows how distinct and overlooked diagrammatic insights in the logical notations of three 19th-century logicians are brought together in a novel visual system of proof...
November 9, 2020
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy), presented an invited (virtual) talk, "It Could've Been Beef: Meat Eating, Moral Responsibility, and COVID-19" for Utah State University's philosophy department. The talk was sponsored by the USU Philosophy Club. 
October 22, 2020
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) presented an invited virtual talk, "Free Roaming Cats and Feline Wellbeing," at Seton Hall University. The talk, which focused on the morality of letting domestic cats roam outdoors, was co-sponsored by Seton Hall's Philosophy Club and The Veggie Society. 
October 5, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) launched a free, Spanish-language, virtual pre-college philosophy course entitled "Filosofía Infantil Sin Fronteras," with the support of a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship. She was interviewed by Telemundo Las Vegas about the project as well.
October 2, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) presented on a virtual symposium on her book Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice at the Third Annual International Forum on Migrants, Refugees and Human Rights, organized by Paso de Esperanza A.C. in Monterrey, Mexico.