We offer a distinctive balance of work in the traditional areas of philosophy with research and teaching in the more directly practical areas of bioethics, environmental philosophy and ethics, and social and political thought.
Faculty are producing important scholarship in traditional philosophical sub-disciplines. At the same time, we have established areas of concentration focusing on more immediate and practical concerns. In conjunction with scholars in MSU's medical schools and environmental and agricultural science programs, the department has achieved national distinction in ethical and theoretical debates about issues pertaining to health care, food and the environment. These efforts overlap with research and teaching on race and gender issues, democratic theory, ethics and development, and critical social theory. With our commitment to this combination of problems, we are a distinctive program with a purposeful and diverse graduate student body.
The graduate program supports interdisciplinary work in such programs as Environmental Science and Policy; Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change; African American and African Studies; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Cognitive Science; and Women, Gender, and Social Justice. The global dimension of the department is illustrated by its Ethics and Development graduate specialization. The faculty has been ranked among the most productive in the nation and our graduate students hail from around the world.
Holding and Letting Go:
The Social Practice of Personal Identities
Hilde Lindemann, January, 2014, Oxford University Press
Emily Katz, "An Absurd Accumulation: Metaphysics M.2 1076b11-36," forthcoming in the summer 2014 issue of Phronesis.
Friday, March 14, Jacqueline Sullivan, University of Western Ontario, "Experimentation and Construct Stabilization in Neuroscience," 3:00-5:00 p.m., 134 SKH
Thursday, March 20-Friday, March 28, Sandra Harding's visit
Friday & Saturday, 21 & 22 March, Graduate Student Conference. Keynote speaker: David Schweickart, Loyola University of Chicago, conference website
Friday, March 28, Kevin Aho, Florida Gulf Coast University, "What can Existentialism Teach us about Psychopathology?" 3:00-5:00 p.m., 134 SKH
Sunday 30 March, Ancient Circle: Terry Echterling, "Plato's Philosophy of Mathematics Revised: A Structuralist Interpretation," 1:30-3:30 p.m., Okemos campus
Friday & Saturday, 4-5 April, 4th Annual Undergraduate Conference, keynote speaker: Lorraine Code, York University, Toronto
9 Famous Execs Who Majored in Philosophy (Business Insider, January 2014)
Jenny Carmichael presented "Spinoza and Anomalous Monism," written with a CAL Undergraduate Research Initiative grant, at the Texas A&M Early Modern Philosophy Initiative--a three-day, all-expenses-paid conference for prospective PhD students.
Kyle Powys Whyte, "Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice," Building Peace in the 21st Century: Global Ethical Dialogues, February, 19-20, 2014, The University of Utah,
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida, "Bridging Indigenous and Scientific Knowledges: Multicultural Solutions for Climate Change Research," Kyle Powys Whyte, January 29, 2014