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

Raphael's Philosophia Frescoe

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


Charles R. Lamb Design Sketch for Mosaic in Sage Chapel Honoring Arts and Sciences, 1900

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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



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.



Cornell's 150th Celebration  

Cornell's Sesquicentennial Celebration 2014-2015

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

Andrei Marmor to address Sage School on February 6, 2015

Please join the Sage School of Philosophy in welcoming Professor Andrei Marmor.  He will be giving a talk on Friday, February 6, 2015, 3 pm, on "What is the Right to Privacy?".  It will be held in 120 Physical Sciences Building.  Reception to follow in the adjacent Baker Portico, 5 - 6:30 pm.

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

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

Website:  Hope and Optimism

Ithaca, NY (4/23/14)  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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