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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 | July 15, 2021

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

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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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.

Philosophy In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 21, 2021

In his Where I Stand column on Sunday, Brian Greenspun asks, “(Why) are so many people refusing to take the shot?” This question has had many of us perplexed.

September 10, 2021

The most recent Texas abortion ban drives home the fact that abortion is a migration issue.

Living Philosophy
August 3, 2021

Might an education for children featuring philosophy be one of the keys to developing a more civil society? Prof. Amy Reed-Sandoval (UNLV) discusses how wonder is integral to philosophy and how this complements a child’s natural inclination to know more about the world and others.

April 21, 2021

Prior to Amy Reed-Sandoval's departure for Oaxaca, she spent months studying pre-college philosophical pedagogy, which heralds children’s status as ‘natural’ philosophers with questions that really matter.

The New Yorker
March 11, 2021

In 1988, a young Baptist minister in Buffalo named Daren Drzymala launched Project House Call, a series of protests in which he and fellow anti-abortion activists picketed the homes of local abortion providers. One of their first demonstrations occurred that September, on Yom Kippur, outside the home of a Jewish ob-gyn named Barnett Slepian. A few months later, on the third night of Hanukkah, they targeted Slepian again, and also another Jewish abortion provider, Shalom Press. The protesters prayed and sang Christmas carols outside their targets’ windows.

The Dihedral
March 8, 2021

On January 9th 2021, We published a fun post titled Ask Carrot. Essentially it was just Carrot responding to questions from our readers. But one question went unanswered.

Philosophy Experts

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Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

October 18, 2021
Dave Beisecker (Philosophy) presented a paper, "Reconstructing American Hegelianism: John Dewey and William Torrey Harris," at the John Dewey Memorial Conference in Burlington, Vermont. The paper is a collaboration with Jasmin Özel (Philosophy) and Joe Ervin (Academic Success Center).
October 4, 2021
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) published Latin American Immigration Ethics, which she co-edited with Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda, with University of Arizona Press. The volume uses conceptual frameworks from Latin American and Latinx philosphies to consider immigration ethics challenges in the context of the Americas. Reed-Sandoval contributed three...
September 29, 2021
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) presented an invited talk, "Taking Feline Well-Being Seriously," at the University of Redlands, as part of the university's Human-Animal Studies Speakers Series. This talk explored the moral duty cat guardians have to promote the flourishing of the felines under their care and the derivative duty guardians have to...
September 16, 2021
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) was recently an invited panelist at the "Politics, Animals, and Technology" MANCEPT workshop in political theory, hosted by the University of Manchester. She presented a talk titled, "Puurfecting Cats through Genetic Technology? The Moral Requirements and Limitations of Feline Gene Editing," in which she discussed the...
September 15, 2021
Maurice Finocchiaro (Philosophy emeritus) has just published his 16th book, entitled Science, Method, and Argument in Galileo: Philosophical, Historical, and Historiographical Essays. The book is a collection of 24 essays, all but three previously published during the last 50 years. Their two-fold focus is argumentation and Galileo. The book is...
September 14, 2021
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) published Ética, Política, y Migración (UACJ Press), which she co-edited with Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Roberto Sánchez Benítez. This open access book is one of the first Spanish-language texts to deal with immigration ethics as a central topic, and it foregrounds ethical issues of particular concern to Latin...