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Department of Philosophy
Department Head:
Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Office Associate:
Clayleen Rivord
Ross Hall, Room 122
Dept. 3392
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3204
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Philosophy News & Events

On this page, you will find the latest information regarding the accolades of department members, including, faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and undergraduates, as well as news from alumni.

Moreover, the Philosophy department regularly invites prominent philosophers to campus for symposia and colloquia. These special events will be listed on the Colloquium Series webpage.

 Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

  • The beginnings of a partnership between UW's Philosophy department and the University of Gondar (Ethiopia)'s department of Civics and Ethical Studies.
    • In the spring of 2015 associate professor Ed Sherline travelled to Ethiopia, and met with the head of the department of Civics and Ethical Studies at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. As a result of this meeting, they agreed to develop a partnership between the two departments.   The University of Gondar teaches all courses in English, which makes this partnership easier to accomplish.  Because the University of Gondar’s library lacks the philosophy books required for this curriculum, and its students are not able to purchase them (so instructors must distribute well worn photocopies), UW’s philosophy department, using the Kaiser Ethics fund, has provided a set of these important and needed books.
  • Pat's on the back to Graduate Student, Liz Bell, who has received the 2015, John P. Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Assistant for Teaching Award. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Susanna Goodin is once again a recipient of the P.I.E. Award, Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award. Nice Going!
  • Dr. Franz-Peter has authored, Rationality and Epistemic Sophistication. Congratulations! And a recognition to the cover illustrator, Graduate Student, Liz Bell. Informaton on the book is available at, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers:
  • Stressed Dr. Rob Colter's article, "If 2015 is already stressing you out, try stoic therapy," as published in Facts &
  • Congratulations to Dr. Duncan Purves and Dr. Robin Hill for their forthcoming publications:
    • Dr. Duncan Purves, with Dr. Ryan Jenkins and Dr. Bradley Strawser, will have an article in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, "Autonomous Machines, Moral Judgment, and Acting for the Right Reason"
    • Dr. Duncan Purves will have another article, "Torture and Incoherence: A Reply to Cyr," in The Journal of Ethics. 
    • Dr. Robin Hill will have "What An Algorithm Is," in Philosophy and Technology. 
  • To be published in Teaching Philosophy vol 38.1 (2015), Dr. Robert Colter and Dr. Joseph Ulatowski have written, "Freeing Meno's Slave Boy: Scaffolded Learning in the Philosophy Classroom."

    • Abstract: This paper argues that a well known passage from Plato’s Meno exemplifies how to employ scaffolded learning in the philosophy classroom. It explores scaffolded learning by fully defining it, explaining it, and gesturing at some ways in which scaffolding has been implemented. We then offer our own model of scaffolded learning in terms of four phases and eight stages, and explicate our model using a well known example from Plato’s Meno as an exemplar. We believe that any practical concerns one might have against the employment of scaffolded learning in the philosophy classroom ought not serve as an impediment to adopting our model.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood (and co-author Dr. Donald Maier) have a new publication appearing in the journal Environmental Philosophy, "Conversation as Picking up Trash in Nature."

    • Abstract: This essay explores a previously unexplored suggestion for combining consideration of aesthetics with considerations of vice and virtue to justify, not merely claims about nature's beauty or its preservation, but landscape-transforming conservation projects.  Its discussion is not univocal.  On the one hand, it suggests that vices associated with humans assisting a creature's journey to a new landscape make that organism’s presence on that landscape ugly.  According to this suggestion, the creature may be regarded as trash, which would be virtuous to remove.  On the other hand, it worries that the argument ultimately traces this circle:  It is wrong to fail to remove the creature because this failure would be blameworthy; and failure to remove would be blameworthy because wrong.

  • Honors Convocation was celebrated a month early this year, on Sept 19, 2014 with fourteen Philosophy majors and minors being recognized by the A&S Dean's Office. Congratulations to these students and their hard work!

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2014 Honors Convocation

2014 Honors Convocation
Steve Williams and Nathan Kanbe with their families at the 2014 Honors Convocation.

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