Diane Michelfelder gives talk.jpgMichelfelder presents at the University of Amsterdam

Professor Diane Michelfelder gave a talk on the topic of animal agency at the University of Amsterdam. The session was on urban animals and was held in a park. The title of her talk was “Bringing Phenomenology to Bear on the Ethics of Urban Wildlife.”

Sam.jpgHenry Kellison Selected Udall Foundation Scholar

The Udall Foundation has selected Henry Kellison ’17 (Austin, Texas) as one of 60 students from 49 colleges and universities to be a 2016 Udall Scholar. A 15-member independent review committee selected this year’s group of Udall Scholars. Read more

Sam.jpgWelcome Professor Samuel Asarnow 

This year we are joined by Assistant Professor Samuel Asarnow. Professor Asarnow recently graduated from Standford University’s PhD program. His specialty is at the intersection of moral philosophy, action theory, and metaethics. Welcome, Professor Asarnow!


Congratulations 2015 Seniors

Ten seniors graduated from our department in 2015. They are pursuing a variety of interests.

Congratulations to the class of 2015!

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.


“Does the human right to health include a right to BIOMEDICAL  ENHANCEMENT?” 

This is the topic of Professor Martin Gunderson most recent essay which was just published in the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of our majors, Luke, performed a song about Janet Folina’s Advanced Logic course at our picnic last Fall. Another major, Daniel, performed a rap which you can see on Youtube by clicking here.

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.


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.