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Tag: Department of Philosophy

Much ado about nothing

Much ado about nothing

July 24, 2018

The concept of nothingness is the subject of everything from children’s books to philosophical debate. In the universe, however, is nothing ever possible? How have scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians thought about the concept of nothing throughout history and up to the present?

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Parsing the Pledge of Allegiance

Parsing the Pledge of Allegiance

June 13, 2018

In an excerpt from his new book, philosophy professor Randall Curren looks at the Pledge’s Rochester roots and traces its evolving use in public schools.

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The ethics of autonomous vehicles

The ethics of autonomous vehicles

May 16, 2018

As a computer science major minoring in philosophy, Josh Pachter was ideally suited for developing concepts for programming self-driving cars that behave ethically. His idea: create ethical machines through a process similar to how we raise children.

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An improbable route to Rochester, then Harvard

An improbable route to Rochester, then Harvard

May 15, 2018

Growing up in Los Angeles, Matthew Lyskawa ’18 saw no purpose in school. But a teacher saw a spark and lit the fire that set Lyskawa on his journey, first to community college, then Rochester, and now to begin a doctoral program in philosophy at Harvard.

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Is it reasonable to ‘agree to disagree’?

Is it reasonable to ‘agree to disagree’?

August 31, 2017

When people disagree, and all involved in the discussion believe that theirs is the reasonable position, what’s to be done? That’s a question that underlies a lecture series in September by philosopher Richard Feldman.

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Philosopher Randall Curren considers why sustainability matters

Philosopher Randall Curren considers why sustainability matters

July 10, 2017

In his new book Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters Curren argues that the core of sustainability is the “long-term preservation of opportunities to live well.”

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New faculty books examine sustainability, time, and more

New faculty books examine sustainability, time, and more

May 16, 2017

Each academic year, Rochester faculty members publish books that advance scholarship and investigate questions of broad interest. New Reads offers a selection of some of their most recent work.

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Richard Feldman to step down as College dean at end of academic year

Richard Feldman to step down as College dean at end of academic year

January 17, 2017

Feldman, who has served as dean of the College for the past decade, is also a professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences and will be returning to the philosophy department following a year of leave in the 2017-18 academic year.

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Seeking eudaimonia: Philosophers, social scientists turn to Aristotle’s ‘human flourishing’

Seeking eudaimonia: Philosophers, social scientists turn to Aristotle’s ‘human flourishing’

March 24, 2014

How do we develop good character? Philosophers and social scientists are teaming up—and turning to Aristotle for guidance.

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