John Uglietta, Chair
Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator
Tel (616) 331-2114
Fax (616) 331-2601
The Department of Philosophy offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy. The Department counts 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties. We have over 100 majors and over 90 minors.
The Department's international faculty is made of active scholars who are committed to undergraduate education. They are at Grand Valley to share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.
The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of solid understanding of the history of philosophy, but also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.
The Second Annual Calvin College - GVSU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference with Tim O'Connor of Indiana University as keynote will be held at GVSU's Pew Campus (downtown Grand Rapids) March 21-22, 2014. The CFP and complete details are available at the Conference Web-site. Deadline for submissions
January 31st, 2014.
Invitation to Hear Keynotes and Presenters International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry (ISME) 7th Annual Conference
Grand Valley State University, July 25-27, 2013
L.V. Eberhard Center (Second Floor)
Conference Theme: Crafts, Traditions, and Ideologies: Relations Between Theory and Practice in the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre:
Thursday 7:00 pm
David Solomon, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
“Alasdair MacIntyre’s Changing Narratives of the History of20th-Century Anglophone Academic Ethics”
David Solomon is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 1968. Professor Solomon has held research fellowships at Oxford University (1972-73, 1982-83, 1988-89), Boston University (1975-77) and Baylor University (1994-95). His research interests are focused on issues in contemporary moral philosophy with a special interest in medical ethics. His videotaped lectures, Ethics in the 20th Century, are included in the Great Teacher's Series.
Friday 7:00 pm
Kenneth Sayre, Full Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
“Roots of Aristotle’s Virtue Theory in Plato’s Statesman”
Professor Sayre received a PhD at Harvard in philosophy and spent two years working at M.I.T. before coming to Notre Dame in 1958. He has taught and published in various areas, including theory of knowledge, philosophy of artificial intelligence, and Plato. He is the author of nineteen books, including the widely respected Cybernetics and the Philosophy of Mind, the paradigm-challenging Belief and Knowledge: Mapping the Cognitive Landscape, and five books on Plato, most recently Metaphysics and Method in Plato’s Statesman (Notre Dame, 2011). He has had visiting appointments at Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton. Since the mid-1970’s, he has been increasingly occupied with environmental issues, and in 2010 published his Unearthed: The Economic Roots of Our Environmental Crisis (Notre Dame, 2010).
Saturday 7:00 pm
Ruth Groff, Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy, Saint Louis University
“Practices, Internal Goods and the Valorization of Capital”
Ruth Groff teaches political thought, critical theory and the history of philosophy at Saint Louis University. Her work cuts across a range of specializations in philosophy and social-political thought. Her most recent book on agency is entitled Ontology Revisited: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosophy (2012). She has also just co-edited (with John Greco) a volume entitled Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism.
Congratulations to Graduating Seniors in Philosophy
Congratulations to all graduating seniors in the philosophy major and minor! The end of year celebration was a great success and we wish everyone the best for the summer and in their future endeavors!
All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. See the schedule here.
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