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Southeast Corner of Goldwin Smith Hall in Springtime

South Facade of Goldwin Smith Hall in Autumn

Raphael's Philosophia Frescoe

Adapted from "Philosophy" by Raphael; Fresco; Vatican, Rome


Goldwin Smith Hall on the Arts Quad, looking southeast, silver gelatin print circa 1909

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The Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy

Cornell's Philosophy Department is home to a distinguished tradition of philosophical research and teaching. Founded at Cornell in 1891 with an endowment from Henry W. Sage, its courses, seminars, workshops, reading groups, and informal common-room discussions continue to be a vital part of intellectual life at Cornell. Students at every level and in every area of intellectual endeavor find opportunity to engage with great philosophical ideas and problems and develop the critical and analytical skills necessary for advancing our understanding of them. philosophia sage chapel mosaic

Ethics of Eating Artwork

Want to learn more about eating ethically?   PHIL 1440X was featured as a MOOC (massive open online course) from EdX this spring.

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The Program on Ethics and Public Life

eplThe Program on Ethics and Public Life (EPL) promotes interdisciplinary inquiry into ethics and public policy.

EPL has many events and activities throughout the academic year.

The Law & Society Minor is one component of the Program on Ethics and Public Life.



The Sage School celebrates our 2015 graduates!  

We have two undergraduate Philosophy majors named as Exceptional Students by the College of Arts & Sciences:   Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval and Aurora Llamas 

and undergraduate Philosophy major Daniel Brenner is a Merrill Presidential Scholar

Congratulations to ALL of our 2015 graduates - whether recipients of undergraduate, masters, or PhD degrees!


Free online videos on China:  just released by The Program on Ethics and Public Life

The first four videos in The Program on Ethics and Public Life (EPL) series "Where Is China Headed?" have just been released, including a powerful documentary on Tiananmen 1989, with an audio recording made in the Square, and discussions of China's governance by leading scholars from diverse perspectives.
For immediate access and descriptions of all nine videos in the series, visit

Cornell's 150th Celebration  
Cornell's Sesquicentennial Celebration 2014-2015

SPECIAL FEATURE:  History of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell

Missed Joel Salatin's standing room only University Lecture on Feb 12 or want to hear it again?
  Here's the link to the recorded talk.

Philosophy Minor Now Available
Click on "Undergraduate" (link above), then "Philosophy Minor", for more information.  Link here

Sage School of Philosophy leading $4.5 million study of hope and optimism with University of Notre Dame 

Website:  Hope and Optimism

     A grant from the John Templeton Foundation will fund a new research project called "Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations", to be co-directed by Cornell philosophy professor Andrew Chignell and Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands.
     The three-year interdisciplinary effort will explore the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states by supporting new research in the social sciences, philosophy, and religion.
     "Grants of this size in the humanities are unusual," said Chignell, associate professor in Cornell's Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy.  "Grants that range across the humanities and social sciences and are shared between two universities are extremely rare.  So this is an exciting project that offers new opportunities for everyone involved."



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