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 and analytical skills necessary for advancing our understanding of them.
Conference in Honor of Professor Allen W. Wood to be held in Ithaca October 31 - November 2
The conference "German Philosophy and the Ethics of Belief" will be in tribute to Professor Wood and his 28 years of teaching at Cornell.
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NEW ! Philosophy Minor Underway
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Sage School of Philosophy to lead $4.5 million study of hope and optimism with University of Notre Dame
Ithaca, NY (4/23/14) A grant from the John Templeton Foundation will fund a new research project called "Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations", to be 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 recently honored with the Frederick Burkhardt Award for Recently Tenured Scholars, from the ACLS (American Council of Learned Scholars). He will spend a research year at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2015 - 2016.
- The fourth annual "Life Raft Debate" was held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Goldwin Smith Hall's Lewis Auditorium. Five Cornell faculty members debated why they each should have the last seat in a life raft after an apocalyptic event. The event was sponsored by Logos, Cornell's Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy. See the surprising results in this report from the Cornell Sun.
- Jenna Galbut '14, Philosophy major, creates "Humans of Cornell" Facebook page and connects students.
USA Today College article
- Who Studies Philosophy? An article from the Physics Buzz Blog at PhysicsCentral.com has an analysis showing Philosophy dominates as the intended graduate field for those students with the highest GREs. Read more here.
Philosophy Students Serve Up the Ethics of Eating
Students from the Ethics of Eating course (Philosophy 2411) turned local food into a feast March 7 for New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman.
Recent PhD Alums Published by Philosophers' Imprint:
Brent G. Kyle '11 "How Are Thick Terms Evaluative?"
Sydney Penner '11 "Suárez on the Reduction of Categorical Relations"
Daniel Young '13 named Rhodes Scholar Established in 1903 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the world's oldest international graduate scholarship program. About 85 scholars are selected annually based on academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor.