W&M philosophy professors reflect on Descartes

Today, March 31, marks the anniversary of Descartes' birth in 1596. William & Mary philosophy professors reflect on the man, his legacy and his relevancy.

Tucker McKinney
The Philosophy Department Welcomes Tucker McKinney

The Philosophy Department is pleased to introduce Tucker McKinney, who works in 19th- and 20th-century European Philosophy. This is the third of three articles featuring interviews with our new visiting faculty.

Chad Vance
New Philosophy Faculty Profile: Chad Vance

The Philosophy Department is delighted to welcome three new visiting assistant professors this Fall. This article, featuring Chad Vance, is the first in a series of interviews with our new faculty.

W&M announces 2014 recipients of Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence

An international leader in the field of neuroscience, one of the country's foremost legal thinkers on children's rights and family law, and an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist whose latest work focuses on the music of Oman are among this year's recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.

A composition across continents

Evan Cunningham ’16, a music and philosophy major, and Shannon Callahan ’16, a participant in the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme, have collaborated on a music and dance composition that will be performed during the annual On The Rocks Scottish Student Arts Festival in St Andrews April 4-13.

Book of essays explores the sublime over the ages

Timothy Costelloe, an associate professor of philosophy at William & Mary, has edited a volume of original essays written by a variety of scholars from different disciplines, each of which considers the nature of the sublime, that transcendent aesthetic experience that philosophers and other writers have discussed at least since the third century AD.

Faculty Profile: Professor Robert Sanchez

Professor Sanchez, in his fourth year as a Visiting Assistant Professor, pursues a genuinely multidisciplinary research and teaching agenda, proving himself an asset to the department of philosophy and the college as a whole.

Recent and Forthcoming Faculty Books

Professors Costelloe, Gert, Goldman, and Tognazzini have new books published (or to be published) by Cambridge and Oxford.

Summer School 2012: Ethics and Intro to Philosophy

The philosophy department is offering two GER7 courses in each summer session this year: introduction to philosophy (201) and ethics (303). Sign up while you still can!

Called from the Beginning

Susan Bowman '69 never let being a woman get in the way of what she wanted to do - whether it was in the secular or spiritual realm. That's one of the reasons why she didn't think twice about becoming an ordained Episcopal priest at a time when women were not welcome in the profession.

W&M Hosts Virginia Philosophical Association Conference

On October 21-22, philosophers from across the state gathered in James Blair Hall for the annual meeting of the Virginia Philosophical Association. Eight talks were given over the course of two days.

Junior awarded Beinecke Scholarship

Adam Lerner '12 recently became the seventh student from William & Mary to be awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

For John Gerner '80, Life is a Rollercoaster

If you are a fan of log flumes or simulators, theme parks or snow domes, chances are you have encountered some of the work of John Gerner '80, who graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Secondary Education.

Philosophy Club Kicks Off the New Year

The first philosophy club meeting involved a discussion of free will and moral responsibility. Philosophy club will meet weekly on Friday afternoons.

Hume's Influence

Professor Elizabeth Radcliffe recently delivered a keynote address at an international conference on the philosophy of David Hume.

Strange Looks from Tourists for Sam Thacker '08

Sam, a Philosophy and Economics double major who "got into my philosophy major really late," seems to have made up for the lost time.

The Study of the Human Self

The Second Biennial William and Mary Colloquium in Philosophy was held September 25 - 26, 2008.

2006 Conference Information

The 2006 Colloquium in Philosophy explored "The Future of Democracy."

Contentious Issues at Philosophy Conference

Sandra Day O'Connor, retired justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, presented the keynote address at the Philosophy Department's conference, "The Future of Democracy," held Oct. 6-7, 2006.