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Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (1932-2020)

The Department of Philosophy mourns the passing of Professor Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (1932-2020). Celebrated for her work in moral psychology and ethics, Professor Rorty served as our colleague as a Visiting Professor from 2008-2013, and was the John Findlay Visiting Professor from 2011-2012. Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (1932-2020)

BU Hub & the Philosophy Major

New information is now available regarding the BU Hub & the Philosophy Major. You can find more information about the requirements by looking at the PDF file at the following link.  

Alum Wins Early Modern Prize

Congrats to BU PhD John Grey, who is winner of the 2018 Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy: http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/sanders-prizes/early-modern-philosophy/

3AM Interviews Professor Paul Katsafanas

[Professor Katsafanas] treats the history of philosophy not merely as a subject of antiquarian interest, but as a wellspring of ideas containing the resources to shape debates currently at the forefront of his field. Here he discusses Nietzsche’s naturalism, his idea of flourishing, the ethical ideas around flourishing and his attitude towards the Ancient Greeks, […]

Professor Victor Kumar Awarded Peter Paul Professorship

Professor Victor Kumar has been awarded a Peter Paul Career Development Professorship. Made possible through the generous support of distinguished donors and alumni, these professorships are presented to promising junior faculty near the beginning of their independent academic careers. They support three years of research and scholarly or creative work in the recipient’s field. Victor […]

Congratulations to I-Kai Jeng

Congratulations to I-Kai Jeng, who is winner of the 2017 Dissertation Essay Competition sponsored by the Philosophy Education Society, the publisher of The Review of Metaphysics. Dr. Jeng was chosen for his entry, “On the Final Definition of the Sophist: Sophist 265a10-268b5,” drawn from the dissertation he wrote under the direction of Professor David Roochnik.

The Importance of Studying Philosophy According to Legendary Investor, Bill Miller

Bill Miller, American investor, fund manager, and former chairman and chief investment officer of Legg Mason Capital Management, recently had an email interview with Ethan Epstein of the Weekly Standard to discuss Miller’s $75 million donation to his former alma matter, John Hopkins University. The donation will go to the philosophy department, where Miller himself earned his […]

Google’s Discovery about College Majors

The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections […]