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Soul Craft and Civil Education

Darien Pollock’s Street Philosophy Institute (SPI) hosts Soul Craft and Civic Education: A Night with Dr. Cornel West

October 22, 2020

Follow the Street Philosophy Institute (SPI) on Facebook for Live Stream Link: https://www.facebook.com/SPIstreetphilosophy/ 

Ph.D. candidate Darien Pollock's organization the Street Philosophy Institute (SPI) is hosting an online event “Soul Craft and Civic...

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Congratulations to our Graduating Doctoral Students!

July 22, 2020

The Philosophy Department congratulates Ewa Bigaj, Zoe Jenkin, Ronni Sadovsky, and David Thorstad on receiving the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in May 2020.

This coming year, Ewa Bigaj plans to focus on painting, writing, and translating poetry.

Zoe Jenkin is very grateful for a wonderful time in the PhD program at Harvard. She'll miss all of her friends and colleagues, but she is excited to start her new job as an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis....

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2020 Department of Philosophy Prize Winners Announced

July 17, 2020

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce the winners of this year's Carrier, Adams, Bechtel, and Bowen Prizes, awarded annually to our undergraduate and graduate students for essays and theses/dissertations. You can read more about the history of these prizes below. Congratulations to all of these deserving undergraduate and graduate students!

Bechtel Prize:

  • Rachael Goodyer for her essay, "How to (mis)read ‘The Human Prejudice’ ”

Bowen Prize:

  • David Thorstad for his essay, “Norms of Inquiry”
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Nine Department Members Receive "Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching”

July 13, 2020

Nine department members received “Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching” for the fall term of 2019.  Each semester, the Office of Undergraduate Education awards Certificates of Distinction in Teaching and Certificates of Teaching Excellence to TFs, TAs, CAs, lecturers, and preceptors. These awards are based on an overall score of 4.50 or higher with a minimum of 5 evaluations on the Q...

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Zoe Jenkin awarded Bechtel Prize

May 30, 2018
Doctoral student Zoe Jenkin was recently awarded the Bechtel Prize by the Harvard University Department of Philosophy for her essay "The Epistemic Role of Core Cognition." The prize was established through the generosity of Edwin D. Bechtel and is awarded annually for the best essay on a philosophical subject. Read more about Zoe Jenkin awarded Bechtel Prize
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Sandy Diehl awarded Bowen Prize

May 30, 2018
Doctoral student Sandy Diehl was recently awarded the Bowen Prize by the Harvard University Department of Philosophy. The prize, established in 1938 by a bequest from Miss Maria Bowen as a memorial to her father who held the Alford professorship of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity from 1853 to 1889, is awarded annually for the best essay upon a subject in moral or political philosophy. Read more about Sandy Diehl awarded Bowen Prize
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Student prizes awarded for 2016-17

June 12, 2017

The Department of Philosophy recently announced the winners for the Bechtel, Bowen, Carrier, and Adams awards for 2016-17.

The Bechtel Prize is funded through the generosity of Edwin Bechtel and is awarded to a graduate and undergraduate annually for the best essays on any philosophical subject. The Bowen Prize was established in 1938 by a bequest from Miss Maria Bowen as a memorial to her father, Francis Bowen, who held the Alford professorship of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity from 1853 to 1889. A graduate and undergraduate prize is conferred annually...

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Graduate students named Edmond J Safra Graduate Fellows for 2017-18

May 18, 2017

Two of the department's graduate students were recently named Edmond J Safra Graduate Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Diana Acosta-Navas and Noel Dominguez will join six other Safra Graduate Fellows in the fall. In addition to working on their research projects, the fellows will particpate in a weekly seminar devoted to the reading of selected works in moral and political philosophy and discussion of "research problems and strategies common to the study of practical and professional ethics." The Department of Philosophy offers its warm congratulations to Diana and Noel.

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