Author: Olivia Mccargar

Erazim Kohak (1933-2020)

The Department of Philosophy mourns the death of Erazim Kohak, a celebrated phenomenologist and environmentalist, who was part of the Department’s faculty from 1960-1995. After alternating between Prague’s Charles University and BU from 1990-1995, he returned to his native country in 1995. For more on his illustrious life, see here: Czech philosopher, writer Erazim Kohak […]

Professor Robert S. Cohen (1923-2017)

The Department is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Robert S. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Physics. Bob was a longtime member of the Department, Director Emeritus of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science and founding editor of Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science.

Congratulations to Madeleine Freeman and Rachael Molenaar

Congratulations to Madeleine Freeman and Rachael Molenaar for being accepted to the Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy! The seminar is an intensive three-week graduate-level program for outstanding advanced undergraduates who are considering graduate school in philosophy. Rachael has also been accepted to the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy’s Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female […]

Frigault Wins APA Hampton Prize

Congratulations to our PhD student Joseph Frigault, whose paper “Fair Play, White Privilege, and Black Reparations” was chosen as winner of this year’s APA Jean Hampton Prize. The prize annually honors the best paper in the late Jean Hampton’s areas of philosophical interest submitted to the Pacific Division by a philosopher in an early career […]

Professor Klaus Brinkmann (1944-2016)

The Department is deeply saddened by the death of Professor Klaus Brinkmann, who passed away in Bonn, Germany on November 1. A scholar whose work focused on both German Idealism and Aristotle, Professor Brinkmann taught for more than two decades at BU and served the Department in a number of important administrative roles over the […]

Congratulations to Melinda Reyes

Congratulations to philosophy undergraduate student Melinda Reyes for having her paper “Kant’s Missing ‘Second Thoughts’ on Women: Race, Gender, and Teleology” accepted for presentation at the upcoming Humphrey Undergraduate Colloquium at the University of Louisville.

Thrive in Tech with a “Useless” Degree

George Anders, writing for Forbes, recently examined a peculiar phenomenon– tech companies hiring non-engineers in order to accomplish goals they would otherwise not be able to. If you’ve used Slack’s team-based messaging software, you know that one of its catchiest innovations is Slackbot, a helpful little avatar that pops up periodically to provide tips so […]

New Philosophy and Neuroscience Major

We’re proud to announce that the eighth and newest joint major in Philosophy– the new Philosophy and Neuroscience major– is officially online and accepting new majors! Check it out:

Eight Undergrads Receive 2016 Karbank Summer Fellowships

Supported by a generous grant from BU Philosophy alumnus Steven Karbank, eight BU undergraduates studying philosophy are the recipients of Karbank Fellowships this summer. This year’s class of Fellows is pursuing a wide range of ways in which their philosophical questions connect concretely to the world—from exploring the role of emotions in musical performance in […]


The Value of Philosophy and Medicine

Recently Dr. David Silbersweig wrote to the Washington Post to provide an alternative view on the relationship between Philosophy and professions– and especially medicine. While it seemed impractical […], [Philosophy] has informed and provided a methodology for everything I have done since. If you can get through a one-sentence paragraph of Kant, holding all of […]