Department News

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Congratulations 2014 Seniors

Six seniors graduated from our department in 2014. They are pursuing a variety of interests.

Congratulations to the class of 2014!

caseyRights of Non-Human Animal class visits dog park

As part of her Rights of Non-Human Animal class, Professor Diane Michelfelder brought her class to the Airport Dog Park.

Katie Westling, owner of Paw Pet Company, talked to the students about the dog park.

caseyA Philosophical CafÉ was held on World Philosophy Day

The campus community was invited to join philosophy faculty and senior majors for conversation, refreshments, and music at a PHILOSOPHICAL CAFÉ in celebration of World Philosophy Day. The emphasis for this year’s CAFÉ was on the work and legacy (think Kant and Nietzsche) of the Scottish philosopher David Hume, whose 300th birthday is observed this year. UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day, observed on the third Thursday in November since 2002, is a day for people around the world to come together to talk about fundamental philosophical questions related to our human existence, in the hopes of promoting global understanding and peace.

View two videos from the event

caseyPhilosophy Majors (and others) Participate in Mock Trial in Washington, DC

Various philosophy students competed at the 24th Annual National Mock Trial Invitational Tournament at Loras College, including (but not limited to), Nathan Scheiner, Emily Wade, Jake Hasson, Sam "Henry" Eklund, and Lexii Carrillo. With nearly identical records, two Macalester teams finished in 5th and 6th place out of almost 70 participating teams. Macalester Mock trial is looking forward to the regional competition at the University of Wisconsin - Superior in two weeks, and we are hopeful that we will advance two teams in the national competition!

caseyWhat did Vivian Ihekoronye do this summer

The kids I taught are a smart and energetic bunch. I'll never forget the delighted looks on the students' faces when philosophical arguments were brought to life through silly but thoughtful philosophical dialogues. Despite being between the ages of 8 and 10, they showed maturity during class discussions about topics such as politics and gender inequality and its effect on friendship, politics, and perceptions of superheroes. Ultimately, the students taught me that kids are natural philosophers: always curious with questions and willing to debate when given the opportunity. Moreover, philosophy provides a platform for kids to develop intellectual humility, empathy, and courage through conversation and creative thought experiments. I hope that philosophy associations and educational institutions will be more proactive in finding ways to give children a taste of the intellectual pursuit we, as collegiate and professional philosophers, have been so lucky to experience.

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Diane Michelfelder

2014 Happenings

Diane Michelfelder, together with Byron Newberry, a professor of mechanical engineering at Baylor, organized a meeting of the Forum for Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology (fPET), hosted by Virginia Tech on May 27-29. She also presented from a co-authored work-in-progress, "Finding Common Ground: Engineering Ethics for Transformative Leadership Toward Sustainable Systems."

Diane Michelfelder was a presenter on a panel, "Thinking Like a Girl,"  at  "Celebrating Women from Computer Ethics to Information Ethics," a joint conference day sponsored by CEPE and ETHICOMP in Paris this June.