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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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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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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.

Philosophy In The News

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.

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February 16, 2021

A Las Vegas businessman is offering nearly $1 million for the answer to one of history’s enduring questions: “Is there life after death?" Robert Bigelow thinks HE knows the answer, but he’s wondering if YOU do.

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?

The Nevada Independent
November 2, 2020

As COVID-19 surges yet again, Mexican cemeteries will close during the Día de Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead) holiday, which is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd and is often celebrated by bringing orange marigolds (cempasúchil flowers), hired musicians, and picnic lunches to the graves of deceased loved ones.

Philosophy Experts

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Recent Philosophy Accomplishments

July 12, 2021
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) published "Philosophy for Children in a Pandemic: Rethinking the 'Community' of Inquiry" in Teaching Philosophy.
June 29, 2021
Joe Ervin (Academic Success Center), Dave Beisecker, and Jasmin Özel (both Philosophy) recently published their paper in Philosophy of Education. Their paper focuses on the educational work of William Torrey-Harris and the St. Louis Hegelians, and John Dewey. Analyzing such Hegelian educational thought, their paper details the institutionalization...
June 9, 2021
Dave Beisecker (Philosophy) published a paper, "Bicycle Infrastructure in Las Vegas: a Thought Experiment," co-authored with Shane Epting of Missouri Tech in The Public Philosophy Journal.
June 4, 2021
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) received a $4,000 grant from the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) to support the development of a Philosophy for Children initiative for the Las Vegas K-12 school system. 
May 25, 2021
Dave Beisecker (Philosophy) recently was elected president of the New Mexico-Texas Philosophical Society at its annual meeting hosted this year by Baylor University (though conducted online). During the meeting, for which he served as a program chair, he commented on a paper on "John Dewey, Moral Theory, and Intellectual Disability" with Jessica...
May 24, 2021
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) presented commentary at an author-meets-critics panel on her recent book Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice at the Feria del Libro de La Frontera (online), sponsored by the Secretaría de Cultura in Chihuahua, México. Other panelists included Carlos Pereda (Universidad Autónoma de México) and...