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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 4, 2022

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

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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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.

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Research | September 7, 2018

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

Philosophy In The News

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November 10, 2022

It's been more than a month since the Animal Foundation--the city's only municipal animal shelter--closed its doors to dogs.

Nevada Current
September 2, 2022

Destinee G.’s period was late in February 2021. It wasn’t that abnormal. Until that year her menstrual cycle was irregular. But by the next month, she was taking two at-home pregnancy tests every two weeks. They were always negative. Friends, and the internet, told her testing negative early on in a pregnancy was normal. A blood test would be more accurate.

Nevada Current
September 2, 2022

Destinee G.’s period was late in February 2021. It wasn’t that abnormal. Until that year her menstrual cycle was irregular. But by the next month, she was taking two at-home pregnancy tests every two weeks. They were always negative. Friends, and the internet, told her testing negative early on in a pregnancy was normal. A blood test would be more accurate.

Las Vegas Sun
December 13, 2021

The Supreme Court seems poised to uphold Mississippi’s challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that affirmed a woman’s right to abortion.

Las Vegas Sun
December 13, 2021

The Supreme Court seems poised to uphold Mississippi’s challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that affirmed a woman’s right to abortion.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 22, 2021

Taxpayers on hook amid infighting, conflicts

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Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

November 17, 2022
The UNLV department of philosophy recently hosted the 84th annual meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. This event, which brought over 50 philosophers onto the UNLV campus, was also supported by the College of Liberal Arts. C. E. Abbate, K. Ladstaetter, and J. Woodbridge presented commentaries, while D. Beisecker (all Philosophy)…
November 8, 2022
Dave Beisecker's (Philosophy) article, "Grief and Self-Knowledge," has just been published in The Journal of the Philosophy of Emotion. It is part of a symposium on Grief: A Philosophical Guide (Princeton, 2021) by Michael Cholbi of the University of Edinburgh.
October 24, 2022
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) presented "El Socialismo de Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez: Más Allá del Marxismo?" ("Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez's Socialism: Beyond Marxism?") to the Cátedra Extraordinaria: Humanismo y Filosofía de la Praxis en Adolfo Sánchez Vazquez at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 
October 18, 2022
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) presented "Las Fronteras y Las Infancias: Una Mirada Ética" ("Borders and Childhoods: An Ethical Perspective"), as part of the "Infancias desplazadas" ("Displaced Childhoods") roundtable at the Festival Cultura UNAM in Mexico City.
September 28, 2022
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) published a chapter titled, "Are Our Companion Animals Friends or Family?" in the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Friendship. In this chapter, it's argued that we should, as much as possible, model our relationships with companion animals off of friendship relationships, rather than parent-child relationships. 
September 22, 2022
Dave Beisecker (Philosophy) and co-author Amirouche Moktefi (University of Talinn, Estonia) had their paper, "John Cook Wilson's 'Hanging Plants': A Contribution to the History of Early Logic Trees," published in Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, a volume in the Springer book series, Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Artificial…