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World Philosophy Day celebration: The Department will host its second World Philosophy Day celebration on Thursday, November 9, 1:00-5:30, on the 8th floor of the CLA (the 'pointy building'). This is a great opportunity students, alumni, faculty, and department friends to celebrate philosophy and the Philosophy Department.

The schedule for the event is below — all alumni are very welcome! Please RSVP to Dr. Cholbi ( or to Dr. Gasdaglis ( Hope to see many of you there!

World Philosophy Day At CPP

Date: Thursday, 11.9.17
Location: CLA Tower, Building 98 (Pointy Building), Heritage Room

12:45 Welcome to World Philosophy Day! (Snacks)
1-1:30 First Faculty Talk: “Intersectionality as a Regulative Ideal” Katie Gasdaglis, Alex Madva.
1:30-1:45 Alumnus Noel Palm Presents
1:45-2:05 Meet the faculty; Current students ask the faculty questions. 
2:05-2:15 Meet the students; Faculty ask current students questions.
2:15-2:30: Coffee break!
2:30-3:10 Ethics Bowl Demo
3:10-3:40 Alumni John Balla and Mat McGuthry present.
3:45-4:15 Second Faculty Talk: Michael Cholbi, “The Paradox of Grief"
4:15-5:30 Alumni-Student Mixer (light food and non-alcoholic drinks will be served)

Department continues 'brown bag' research series: The Department holds monthly meetings at which department faculty discuss a work in progress. These 'brown bag' meetings will be held on Thursdays, 12-1. All members of the campus community, including studens, are invited — please feel free to bring your lunch. The papers for discussion will be distributed beforehand; please e-mail Dr. Cholbi for a copy of the current paper.

BROWN BAG SCHEDULE 2017-18: Dr. Corwin Aragon, "Faces of Epistemic Oppression." Thursday, October 19, 12-1 (building 5, room 214)

Students and faculty welcome Kitcher for climate change discussion: In August, the philosophy department hosted Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, for a discussion of his book Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts. Department faculty and students read the book, a series of dialogues on climate change and climate policy, as part of the department's annual summer reading group.

Department to oversee new university center on ethics and policy: The university will be launching the California Center for Ethics and Policy (CCEP) in fall 2018. The Center will provides programs that foster public dialogue about ethics and policy issues facing California and similiar communities. CCEP's programs will focus on an annual theme. The theme for 2018-19 will be health care acess and health justice. Profess of Philosophy Dr. Michael Cholbi will serve as its director.



Philosophy students continue on to graduate study: Congratulations to our graduates who have gone on to pursue PhDs in philosophy! This fall, Mathew McGuthrie is beginning at Stanford and Derick Hughes is beginning at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Lecture by Dr. Aaron James on surfing and philosophy: Dr. James, Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Irvine, will present 1:00-2:30, Friday March 3.

Lecture by Dr. Brian Kim, "The value of knowledge": Dr. Kim, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University, will be presenting "The value of knowledge", 12-1, location TBA.

World Philosophy Day November 17: The Department held a celebration of philosophy, including guest lectures by former students and current faculty, panels on careers for philosophy majors, information about the philosophy major and student activities (including Ethics Bowl and the Clinical Ethics Practicum), and information and networking opportunities for students interested in legal careers. All department classes will be cancelled that day! More details to come. Contact Dr. Gasdaglis for additional information.

Assistant Professor Madva joins Philosophy DepartmentThe Department welcomes Alexander Madva, PhD Columbia University, as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Madva's work centers on the questions that research in social psychology raises for philosophy of mind, philosophy of race and feminism, and applied ethics (especially prejudice and discrimination).

Assistant Professor Aragon joins Philosophy DepartmentThe Department welcomes Cory Aragon, PhD University of Colorado, as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Aragon's work centers on social and political philosophy (particularly structural injustice), philosophy of race, feminism and environmental ethics. He previously taught at Concordia College (Minnesota).



Department organizes two-day conference on bias and social injustice: Department faculty member Alex Madva has arranged for a two-day conference on "Bias in Context: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discrimination and Inequality." Details:

  • May 12-13, 2016, campus locations to be announced
  • Speakers:  Erin Beeghly (University of Utah); Irene Blair (CU-Boulder); Tiffany Brannon (UCLA); Cory Gooding (University of San Diego)Jules Holroyd (University of Sheffield); Emily Lee (Cal State Fullerton)
  • Free and open to the public — registration not required
  • First in a four-part conference series, through October 2017, with additional events at the University of Sheffield and the University of Utah
  • More Conference on Bias information

Visiting lecture on missing and murdered indigenous women: Katie Stockdale, a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, will present a lecture entitled “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: A Feminist Relational Approach to Responsibility, Solidarity, and Social Justice”, at noon, Tuesday, April 5, building 5, room 255. All are welcome to attend

Department hosts Los Angeles Regional High School Ethics Bowl, Janury 2016: The campu hosted 14 teams from a number of local high school teams as they competed for a place in the national High School Ethics Bowl finals.

New tenure-track faculty member joins Philosophy Department: The department welcomes Katherine Gasdaglis, PhD Columbia University, hired for the department's Assistant Professor position in Early Modern philosophy.  Dr. Gasdaglis's research focuses on Kant's theoretical philosophy, philosophy of mind, and feminism.