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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.
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!