U.N.L.V. sign

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.  

portrait of woman
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

San Antonio Express-News
February 11, 2020

It was recently announced that the Trump administration will issue new visa restrictions to restrict so-called “birth tourism” in the U.S. — a practice in which pregnant women who are not U.S. citizens give birth here ostensibly to obtain U.S. citizenship for their children.

Daily Camera
February 5, 2020

As comp climbing champions get younger, we can expect our first batch of Olympic medalists in Tokyo to mirror the gymnastics podium. Before long, most “comp kids” will age out by their late teens or early 20s. And then what? Quit climbing?

Not so fast.

The Nevada Independent
December 2, 2019

Elections, changes, political movements; including the departure of Evo Morales from the presidency of Bolivia. How to understand the present from the past? What is behind government trends or trends in some Latin American countries? A talk with Amy-Reed Sandoval, professor of Latin American philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) who also explains her area of ​​study and how new generations are questioning what is happening in that region of the world, among other topics.

UNLV Newscenter
October 30, 2019

They might not get judged by Howie Mandel any time soon (or maybe they will!), but UNLV has its share of professors as talented outside the classroom as they are in it. We checked in with four academics who are dicing, dancing, acting, and hip-throwing their way across the valley and the world in pursuit of excellence in a second sphere. So who’s going to get the million-dollar prize and the headlining gig on the Strip? We have no idea. But here’s who’s headlining on Maryland Parkway.

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.

Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

February 18, 2020
C.E. Abbate (Philosophy) published a paper, "Animal Rights and the Duty to Harm: When to be a Harm Causing Deontologist" in the Journal for Ethics and Moral Philosophy. 
February 18, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) has published an article, "Maternity and Migration," in the journal Philosophy Compass.
February 11, 2020
C.E. Abbate (Philosophy) published the article "Valuing Animals as They Are — Whether They Feel It Or Not," in the European Journal of Philosophy.
February 7, 2020
C.E. Abbate (Philosophy) published a paper titled "Valuing Animals As They Are—Whether They Feel It or Not" in the European Journal of Philosophy. In this paper, she provides two respect-based arguments in defense of the claim that animals can be subject to dignitary wrongs, such as when they are dressed up in human clothing, mocked, and shamed on...
February 3, 2020
C.E. Abbate (Philosophy) presented an invited talk at the University of Colorado, Boulder, titled "What Epistemology Can Tell Us About Moral Responsibility for Meat Eating." This talk was sponsored by the CU Boulder philosophy department's Center for Values and Social Policy.
January 16, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) has published a book, Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice, with Oxford University Press.