Upcoming Events


The "Illuminations" Lectures Series of the Philosophy and Literature Interdisciplinary Program and the Human Rights Program at Purdue invite you to a lecture by:

Joshua Andresen, Yale Law School
Date and Time: Friday, November 4, 2016, 3:30-5:00pm
Location: BRNG 1245
A flyer for the talk can be found here.
An abstract can be found here.

Bioethics - Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science

Departmental News


Chielozona Eze, Philosophy graduate 2003, appointed a Fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies, South Africa.

Sapientia 2016 Department annual newsletter


The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the Office of the Provost and the CLA Dean's Office, it will be offering a Graduate Student Fellowship in Philosophy for Diversity and Inclusion.  The Fellowship will be awarded to a fourth or fifth year graduate student who has a demonstrated interest in improving diversity and inclusion. The Fellow's duties will include creating and maintaining a departmental web page that lists resources, organizing workshops for philosophy graduate students on the inclusive classroom, and helping put together a series of talks by distinguished philosophers on the full range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion.  The purpose of this colloquium series is to facilitate dialogue on and understanding of these very important issues.

Sapientia 2015  Department annual newsletter


A conference "Germany: Intersections of History and Philosophy" organized by Chris Yeomans was held at Purdue on October 24-25, 2014.

Alberto Urquidez has been awarded a Phillips Exeter Academy Dissertation Year Fellowship, which allows him to spend 2014-15 finishing his dissertation in residence at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.  His dissertation title is "Wittgenstein and Racism as a Family Resemblance Concept."

A conference on "Logic, Mathematics, and Philosophy," organized by Daniel Smith, was held at Purdue on September 19-20, 2014.

A conference on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” organized by Michael Bergmann and Jeffrey Brower, was held at Purdue on Sept 25-27, 2014.

Leonard Harris is the 2014 recipient of The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award from The Caribbean Philosophical Association


Natalia Washington and Dan Kelly presented their paper 'Who's Responsible for This? Implicit Bias and the Knowledge Condition' at the Implicit Bias and Philosophy workshop at the University of Sheffield in Great Britain on April 20, 2012 and at a meeting of the Filosofiska Föreningen at Lund University in Sweden on February 13, 2013.

Michael Bergmann and Patrick Kain received a 3-year grant (2010-2013) from the John Templeton Foundation for a $500,000 project entitled "Knowing in Religion and Morality".


The 1st issue of Sapientia, the Department's annual newsletter, is now available.


The Philosophy and Literature newsletter is now available.

The Philosophy Department hosted the 2010 Midwest Epistemology Workshop (MEW). Keynote Speaker: Jason Stanley. For information on MEW, see this link.

Patricia Curd received a National Humanities Center fellowship for 2009-10.

Due to a generous gift from Tom Scholl, a 1970 graduate of the Philosophy Department and a 2009 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnus, we will have a yearly guest speaker paid for by the Thomas H. Scholl Endowment Fund for Visiting Philosophers.

William McBride was elected President of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP).

Past Events


University of Notre Dame
Title: "A Series of Goods"
Date: February 4, 2016; 4:30-6:30pm
Location: BRNG 1230


Northern Illinois University
Title:  "The Semantics and Pragmatics of Faultless Disagreement" 
Date: September 24, 2015; 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: BRNG 1238

SCHOLL LECTURE October 8 - 9, 2015
University of California Irvine
Title: “The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis:  Evolution, Cooperation, 
             and the Function of Human Moral Psychology”
Date: October 8, 2015; 4:30-6:30pm
Location: GRISM 103

University of California Irvine
Title: “Uniformitarianism, The Maddy/Wilson Principle, and a Middle Path Forward in the Scientific Realism Debate”
Date: October 9, 2015; 4:30-6:30pm
Location:  BRNG 1245

University of Maryland
Title: "The Conscious Mind as Marionette"
Date: November 19, 2015; 4:30 -6:30pm
Location: BRNG 1238

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Title:  "A Kantian Theory of Sexuality"
Date: December 3, 2015; 4:30-6:30pm
Location: BRNG B242


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