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Building an Inclusive Department
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Humanities Radio - Philosophy
Dustin Stokes, associate professor of philosophy, explores the value and benefits of a philosophical education.
Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy offers a well-balanced program in the major areas of Philosophy and has particular areas of strength in Applied Ethics (including Bioethics, Legal Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Business and Professional Ethics), Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Practical Reason, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, International Justice, Feminist Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Early Modern Philosophy. Learn More
In addition to the Philosophy major, the department offers a major in Philosophy of Science, and minors in Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and Applied Ethics as well.Click Here to LEARN MORE
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Our faculty members are recognized internationally for their scholarly expertise, and many are award-winning teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.Click Here to LEARN MORE
The U is resuming in-person classes
Please review the guidelines set for on-campus conduct.
Covid Guidelines for Returning to Campus
Please review the guidelines set for on-campus conduct. All individuals will be held responsible for complying with these directions.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, including how courses will be taught this upcoming semester. You can learn more by visiting the University of Utah's 'Return to Campus' website. This includes information about the fall calendar. The University is also committed to providing on-campus and distinctive classroom experiences this fall, that reflect our role as the flagship research university in the state.
To achieve this, the University has designated five different ways courses may be taught this semester:
- Hybrid — A mixture of in-person and asynchronous online modalities;
- IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) — A synchronous delivery using technology (class has a dedicated class time, with Canvas as the location);
- IVC-Hybrid — Class is a mixture of in-person and synchronous online modalities;
- In-Person — Fully in-person (course content must be available for students unable to attend);
- Online — Class is free of time and place restrictions, and all content is delivered via technology. No (or only optional) synchronous meetings.
PHIL’s course offerings range across these modalities. Students should know that PHIL instructors were very intentional in selecting which mode they thought would be best suited for the course material and their approach to teaching. Knowing what categories of classes are on offer will help students select classes that best meet their personal preferences and levels of risk-tolerance.
Understandably, PHIL instructors have been getting lots of questions about what their classes will look like. Please be patient as our instructors re-design their courses to fit into these categories, as well as prepare in case conditions demand that all courses be shifted online. As we get closer to the beginning of the semester, many of you will begin hearing from the instructors of PHIL courses in which you have enrolled, sharing details for what they have planned.
A safe return to campus requires collective action where all individuals act responsibly. We eagerly look forward to seeing you back in our classrooms.
News and Announcements
Professor Jim Tabery and Graduate Student Lida Sarafrazarpatapeh co-author article on victims of eugenic sterilization in Utah
"Victims of eugenic sterilisation in Utah: cohort demographics and estimate of living survivors," is co-authored by James Tabery, Nicole Novak, Lida Sarafrazarpatapeh, and Aubrey Mansfield, and is published in The Lancet.
Graduate Student, Katie Petrozzo, awarded Karl Jaspers Award Honorable Mention from AAPP
The Karl Jaspers Award Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry has awarded an "Honorable Mention" to Philosophy Graduate Student Katie Petrozzo for her paper, "Less Than Whole: Implications of Reduced Agency". This is the second time in a row that our students have been recognized by the committee. Congratulations Katie!
The Philosophy Department receives major gift to support undergraduate education
In honor of the late University of Utah Philosophy professor David Wells Bennett (1927-2014), his family has established an endowed scholarship in his name, so that more Philosophy students can receive the necessary financial assistance to study the subject and carry on his legacy at the University of Utah.
“Author Meets Readers” event with Professor Thi Nguyen
The Tanner Humanities Center recorded its recent “Author Meets Readers” event with Thi Nguyen.
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