The Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy
Cornell's Philosophy Department is home to a distinguished tradition of philosophical research and teaching. Founded at Cornell in 1891 with an endowment from Henry W. Sage, its courses, seminars, workshops, reading groups, and informal common-room discussions continue to be a vital part of intellectual life at Cornell. Students at every level and in every area of intellectual endeavor find opportunity to engage with great philosophical ideas and problems and develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for advancing our understanding of them.
Special Feature: History of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell
Why Study Philosophy?
Yet another reason:
Liberal Arts Degree is Now the Tech Industry's "Hottest Ticket"
says Forbes Magazine, July 2015
Want to learn more about eating ethically? PHIL 1440X was featured as a MOOC (massive open online course) from EdX for the first time in the spring of 2015. PHIL 1440 will be taught again on campus in the FALL of 2016, and also again as a MOOC. Watch for announcements!
Faculty and Sage School in the Media
Kate Manne's current research is focusing on oppressive gender relations. She's quoted (along with other Cornell scholars) in Humanists Explore Dimensions of Identity (5/10/16).
New book on ethical eating co-edited by Andrew Chignell "Philosophy Comes to Dinner" now available.
Kate Manne writes about "Non-existent thrills" in the London (UK) Times Literary Supplement (4/6/16).
Karen Bennett featured in the College of Arts & Sciences' first panel on Humanities "Big Ideas": The Mind.
Kate Manne quoted in the Huffington Post/Canada - (1/6/16): "Trigger Warnings Added to Indigenous Affairs Page"
Kate Manne, co-author of article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (11/13/15): "When Free Speech Becomes a Political Weapon"
An op-ed piece by Kate Manne, in the New York Times (9/20/15) on "Why I Use Trigger Warnings"
Julia Markovits and Kate Manne, Cornell Daily Sun article (11/3/15) "Cornell Community Debates Merits of Trigger Warnings"
"Hope and Optimism" Project awards approx $2M to 18 proposals
The project has just awarded nearly $2 million of funding to 18 requests from five countries. "We think we've found a fantastic group of interdisciplinary scholars and topics to explore," says Professor Chignell.
Congratulations to Sage School Assistant Professor Kate Manne for winning a 2015 American Philosophical Association op-ed prize for her New York Times article: “In Ferguson and Beyond: Punishing Humanity”.
Where is China Headed?
EPL Video Series Continues
Leading China scholars Bai Tongdong, Daniel Bell, Eli Friedman, Ching Kwan Lee, Justin Yifu Lin, Tony Saich, and Wang Shaoguang analyze, evaluate, document, and debate governance, growth, inequality, reform, and protest in China.
To access videos, visit www.eplchina.cornell.edu.
Cornell's Warrior-Scholar Project and the Sage School
What does it take to read analytically and think critically about complex topics such as democracy, freedom, or equality? Sage School Professor Andrew Chignell participated in Cornell's Warrior-Scholar Project during the summer of 2015. The Project helps facilitate the transition of military veterans from combat to life in academia. Read more.
Sage School of Philosophy leading $4.5 million study of hope and optimism with University of Notre Dame
Website: Hope and Optimism
A grant from the John Templeton Foundation is funding a research project called "Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations", co-directed by Cornell philosophy professor Andrew Chignell and Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands.
The three-year interdisciplinary effort will explore the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states by supporting new research in the social sciences, philosophy, and religion.
"Grants of this size in the humanities are unusual," said Chignell, associate professor in Cornell's Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy. "Grants that range across the humanities and social sciences and are shared between two universities are extremely rare. So this is an exciting project that offers new opportunities for everyone involved."
- Professor Andrew Chignell was honored with the Frederick Burkhardt Award for Recently Tenured Scholars, from the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies). He will spending a research year at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2015 - 2016.