Department of Philosophy

Belonging/Exile/Place - Humanities Research Lab CFA

Belonging/Exile/Place - Humanities Research Lab CFA

Application Deadline: January 18th 2019. The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society is organized around an annual theme that provides the foundation for the Faculty Fellows Program, the academic year’s scheduled events, and for a Humanities Research Lab, involving a bimonthly colloquium. The theme for the 2019-2020 academic year will be Belonging/Exile/Place.

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Podcast - Critical Thinking for Everyone!

Podcast - Critical Thinking for Everyone!

This radio broadcast and podcast hosted by Dr. Patty Payette and A&S Philosophy's Dr. Brian Barnes explores critical thinking from many different angles during this hour-long conversation about a variety of topics. All of it comes back to our ability to think about our own thinking. Our program airs on FORward Radio, 106.5 fm, WFMP-LP out of Louisville, Kentucky, USA, every Thursday at 5pm and repeats Fridays at 11am, EST.

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Exploring inequality: Institute aims for intensive undergraduate experience

Exploring inequality: Institute aims for intensive undergraduate experience

Students from Princeton University and several Kentucky universities spent a week of their summer together at UofL to learn intensively about a weighty topic: the haves and have-nots of society.

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Humanities Ph.D. student Bamba Ndiaye, wins prize for research

Humanities Ph.D. student Bamba Ndiaye, wins prize for research

Bamba Ndiaye, a doctoral candidate in the Humanities Ph.D. Program, won the 2018 Barbara Harlow Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research.

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Sports, Risks, and the Human Ideal: A Public Forum

Sports, Risks, and the Human Ideal: A Public Forum

Prof. Kolers (Philosophy) discusses sports risks to athletes with UofL Today and the upcoming "Sports, Risk, and the Human Ideal: A Public Forum" at the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday, October 12 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Host Avery Kolers talks with Prof. Lauren Freeman of the University of Louisville about "micro-ethics": micro-aggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, and the way people with social power and privilege can perpetrate harms and aggressions against others even without intending to -- and what to do about it.

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Discovering the Meaning of Life

Discovering the Meaning of Life

How do we build a life worth living? For Prof. Avery Kolers (Philosophy), games, and playing them, provide substantial answers. Kolers’ latest paper, “The Grasshopper’s Error: Or, On How Life is a Game,” published in Dialogue in 2015, takes the lead from fellow philosopher Bernard Suits to explain how the meaning or value of life is a lot like the meaning or value of a game. Though they are arbitrary in one sense – they have value only because you decide to play – they matter a lot while we're playing them. They give meaning and importance to the silliest things, like hitting a small ball into a little hole 300 yards away. They engage us mentally, physically, and socially. They imbue our actions with value. They can be played better and worse, and whether we are better or worse at them isn't subjective.

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A&S junior Hannah Wilson earns Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar

A&S junior Hannah Wilson earns Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar

College of Arts & Sciences junior Hannah Wilson (Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Philosophy) has earned a Truman Scholarship, a prominent award given to just 54 U.S. college students this year and valued at $30,000. She is Kentucky’s only 2016 Truman Scholar.

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The Quiet Alarm

The Quiet Alarm

New Arts & Sciences Prof. Andreas Elpidorou’s (Philosophy) latest article for Aeon Magazine on the importance of boredom in a well-lived life.

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