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Department Events and Recent News

Activities and events in the Sage School offer abundant opportunity for philosophical dialogue and interchange beyond the classroom both within the intellectual community of the Sage School and with the wider philosophical community. Events range from informal reading groups and workshops to formal conferences and large public lectures. To learn more about each type of activity, please see the Philosophical Interchange page.

Events 2015-2016

Summer 2016

Justice Without Retribution Conference, June 3 - 5, 2016


Spring 2016

All of the following guest speakers/meetings are on Fridays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, 206 Stimson Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

  • February 25 (Thursday, 4:30 pm, Guerlac Room in the A. D. White House):  Gabriela Basterra (New York University);  Special Guest Speaker, co-sponsored with the Departments of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies, and the Cornell Institute for German Cultural Studies
  • March 11:  Thomas Hofweber (University of North Carolina); Sage School Discussion Club

  • April 15:  Meena Krishnamurthy (University of Michigan); Sage School Discussion Club

  • April 21 (Thursday, 4:30 pm, 142 Goldwin Smith Hall):  Robert Merrihew Adams (Rutgers); Kretzmann Lecture for Undergraduate Students

  • April 22:  L. A. (Laurie) Paul (University of North Carolina); Sage School Discussion Club

Fall 2015

  • October 2:  Laurence Thomas (Syracuse University); Sage School Discussion Club - regretfully CANCELLED.  Will be rescheduled later in the semester.

  • October 23:  Kim Frost (Syracuse University); Sage School Discussion Club; "Basic Mistakes in Performance"

  • October 28 (Wednesday):  Matti Eklund (Uppsala Universitet); Guest Speaker; 11:45 am in Rockefeller Hall 105.  "Variance Theses in Ontology and Metaethics"
  • November 6:  Helen Hattab (University of Houston); Graduate Student Speaker Series
  • November 13:  Rachel Barney (University of Toronto); Ancient Philosophy Speaker Series

Events 2014-2015

  Spring 2015

All of the following guest speakers/meetings are on Fridays,
3:00 - 5:00 pm, 206 Stimson Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

  • January 30:  Elizabeth (Liz) Harman (Princeton University); Sage School Discussion Club;  "Morally Permissible Moral Mistakes"

  • February 6:  Andrei Marmor (University of Southern California); "What is the Right to Privacy?"; 120 Physical Sciences Building.   Reception to follow in the Baker Portico, 5-6:30 pm.

  • February 12:  Joel Salatin (Polyface Farms); "Can We Feed the World?"; Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, 4:30 pm.  Reception to follow in the History of Art Gallery, Goldwin Smith Hall.
    Link to recording of his talk.

  • February 20:  Susanna Siegel (Harvard University); "Feeling and Believing"; Guerlac Room, Andrew Dickson White House, 4:00 pm;  Society for the Humanities Senior Invited Fellow, Conference: Affect and Politics.

  • March 6:  Katia Vavova (Mount Holyoke College); Graduate Students Invited Speakers Series

  • March 13:  Edward (Ned) Hall (Harvard University); Norman Kretzmann Undergraduate Philosophy Lecture

  • March 27:  CANCELLED  Elizabeth Fricker (Oxford University); Sage School Discussion Club

  • April 10:  David Sobel (Syracuse University); "Subjectivism and Reasons to be Moral"; Sage School Discussion Club

  • April 17:  CANCELLED  Helen Hattab (University of Houston); "The Metaphysics of Substantial Forms"; Graduate Students Invited Speakers Series

  • April 24:  Amie Thomasson (University of Miami); "Prospects for a Global Pragmatism"; Sage School Discussion Club

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

News & Announcements

  • The Sage School is very pleased to be one of the sponsors for "Athena in Action: A Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy".   It will be held at Princeton in August 2016.  More information at this link

  • Professor Andrew Chignell was honored with the Frederick Burkhardt Award for Recently Tenured Scholars, from the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies).  He is spending a research year at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2015-16.

  • Conference Celebrated Ancient Philosophers, Fine and Irwin
    Ancient philosophy is thriving at Cornell, with a new visiting professor ... and a conference was held to honor distinguished faculty members Gail Fine and Professor Emeritus Terence Irwin, now professor of ancient philosophy at Oxford University.

  • Philosophy Students Serve up the Ethics of Eating: 
    Students from the Ethics of Eating course (Philosophy 2411) turned local food into a feast for New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman.

  • Recent PhD Alums Published by Philosophers' Imprint:
    Brent G. Kyle '11 "How Are Thick Terms Evaluative?"
    Sydney Penner '11 "Suárez on the Reduction of Categorical Relations"

  • Daniel Young '13 named Rhodes Scholar Established in 1903 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the world's oldest international graduate scholarship program. About 85 scholars are selected annually based on academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor.

  • Philosophy major Daniel Young '13 One of 20 students in the country to receive the Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship

  • Alumnus Jeffrey Gettleman '94 wins the Pulitzer Prize The New York Times Press Release "We in philosophy are thrilled with the news of Jeffrey Gettleman's Pulitzer Prize and proud to have been part of his formative experience at Cornell," said Scott MacDonald, the Stanford H. Taylor '50 Chair of the Sage School of Philosophy. "On a recent visit to campus he spoke eloquently to students about the value of the analytical thinking and writing skills he honed as a philosophy major. It's always rewarding to see our former students making extraordinary contributions to the world beyond Cornell."