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Department of Philosophy
The Department counts 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties, who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education. They 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 students with a foundation in the history of philosophy and 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 Department of Philosophy Main Office is Currently Working Remotely
For Assistance and Physical Office Hours
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 331-2114
|Faculty Name||Office||Office Hours|
|Alycia LaGuardia-LoBiancoemail@example.com||B3 205 MAK||Wednesdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm and by appointment (virtual)|
|David Vesseyfirstname.lastname@example.org||B3 201 MAK||Monday 10:00am-11:00am, Friday 1:00pm-2:00pm; or by appointment (virtual)|
|John Ugliettaemail@example.com||B3 209 MAK||By appointment only|
|Mark Moesfirstname.lastname@example.org||B3 203 MAK||After class or by appointment|
2021 Dewey J. Hoitenga Philosophy Essay Contest
2021 Dewey J. Hoitenga Essay Prize Winner
CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of this year’s GVSU Philosophy Department Dewey J. Hoitenga Essay Contest Winner, Lucas Howe, for his essay
“Tethering the Mind: Embodied Cognition and its Implications”
Prof. Spear and the Essay Contest Committee
Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Sellars' Practical Philosophy
August 12-13, 2021
Grand Valley State University PEW Campus
Allan Gibbard (Emeritus, University of Michigan)
Danielle Macbeth (Haverford College)
Willem A. DeVries (University of New Hampshire)
James R. O’Shea (University College, Dublin)
Stefanie Dach (University of West Bohemia, Pilsen).
Kyle Ferguson (New York University)
Zachary Gabor (Harvard University)
Jeremy R. Koons (Georgetown University Qatar)
Ronald Loeffler (Grand Valley State University)
Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové)
Nicholas Tebben, (Towson University)
Heath White (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
. . . the fundamental principles of a community, which define what is ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘done’ or ‘not done’ are the most general common intentions of that community with respect to the behavior of members of the group.
Wilfrid Sellars, Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man