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Department of Philosophy News

The Department of Philosophy offers students 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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News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

Amid a sea of red graduation caps, a 2023 tassel stands out in the crowd
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UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates for their unwavering commitment to excellence.

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Program includes workshops, activities to awaken participants’ inner 'warrior queens.'

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LutumPotentia wins first place in business competition with their idea for making composting easier.

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From the problems of feeding wild horses to new pet store ordinances, students explore moral issues related to animals.

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A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Philosophy In The News

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español

Combining the education of children with that of future professionals is the perfect combination for the practice of UNLV philosophy students who have a joint preschool program on campus where they encourage children under 5 years old to do or think about big questions and interact with the world around them daily.

San Bernardino Sun

In 1988, author and women’s studies professor Evelyn Torton Beck published an article entitled “The Politics of Jewish Invisibility” in which she lamented “the silence surrounding the recognition that anti-Semitism, whose shadow continues to fall on women’s lives, is, or ought to be, a feminist issue.”

PBS

There is a science to hope. We look at how this weighs into mental health, and the efforts to make Las Vegas a “hopeful” city. We then meet Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He shares his experiences being imprisoned for his writings, and how he found a new life at UNLV.

Nevada Independent

The invitation says no children, and where my children aren’t welcome, I’m not either.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

A wild horse from Mount Charleston was killed by federal officials this week. The horse was loved within the community and residents are demanding to know why the Bureau of Land Management did not take less aggressive means.

Las Vegas Sun

It’s been two years since the exhibition of disunity displayed in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol. And now, more than ever, we need to remember the soul of America, founded by brave individuals who dared to face a dictator, and build a representative government.

Philosophy Experts

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Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) presented a paper titled, "Al Morir, Nos Volvemos 'Muertos'?" (When We Die, Do We Become 'Muertos'?) and three workshops on Philosophy for Children pedagogy for the international Filosofía, Literatura, Arte e Infancia (Philosophy, Literature, Art and Childhood) course held in Albarracían, Spain. The events were…
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) presented "Resisting Epistemic Extractivism: Decolonial Scientific Practice in Mexico's Forensic Crisis" at the 2024 Latin American Studies Association annual meeting in Bogotá, Colombia. 
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) and undergraduate philosophy majors and minors Gloria Lara, Jenifer Lissett, and Skylar Jones-Speaber, published "Philosophy for Children as Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Lessons from the Las Vegas Philosophy for Children Initiative" in The Routledge Handbook to Public Humanities Scholarship.
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) was interviewed by Channel 13 about the petition she wrote (with fellow Mount Charleston residents) in an effort to protect the wild horses in Mount Charleston. 
Iván Sandoval Cervantes (Anthropology) and Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) published "Latin American Animal Ethics" in Struggles for Liberation in Abya Yala, edited by Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Ernesto Rosen Velásquez.
Dave Beisecker (Philosophy) and Joseph Ervin (Academic Success Center) recently published their article, "American Hegelianism and its Impact on Indian Boarding School Policy," in Hegel Bulletin. The article is part of a special issue devoted to Racism and Colonialism in Hegel, which will be the subject of a special panel and workshop sponsored by…