Department of Philosophy

Doing It All

Recent graduate Maria Gerasikova—a Russia native who was professionally waterskiing by age 15—said her first exposure to the summer sport was at an indoor pool in the middle of winter. “In Russia, athletes ski on a cable in the swimming pool during the winter so they can keep training even in cold weather,” Gerasikova said…. Read more »

UA Professor Receives Franklin Research Grant

From the September 2017 Desktop News | Dr. Chase Wrenn, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, is working to confront some of humanity’s most difficult-to-answer questions; namely, Wrenn is exploring the value of truth and why we care about it. In March and April of this year, Wrenn traveled to Scotland to the University of… Read more »

Philosopher Discusses Consciousness at Philosophy Today Lecture

Dr. Wayne Wu, an associate professor of philosophy and the associate director of The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss how science and philosophy can illuminate consciousness in the upcoming Philosophy Today lecture. His lecture, “Mysteries of Consciousness: Connecting Mind and Brain,” will be held February 23 at… Read more »

UA Mock Trial Team Wins First Place in Tournament

From the January 2017 Desktop News | With a team that’s only existed for five years – and this year’s team being particularly green at that – no one expected The University of Alabama Mock Trial Team to come out on top of one of the largest collegiate mock trial tournaments in the country. But that’s exactly… Read more »

Philosophy professor fields questions on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything”

Dr. Kenneth Ehrenberg, an assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama, hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything online interview on Sept. 26. Reddit is a social media platform composed of subreddits, or targeted forums of discussion, in which users can comment and vote on various topics. Ehrenberg had his Ask Me Anything, or AMA,… Read more »

14 Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards

From the May 2015 Desktop News | A record 14 University of Alabama graduates have won Fulbright awards for 2015-2016. All are alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences. Thirteen UA graduates won awards as teaching assistants to conduct research and teach abroad, and one UA graduate received a Fulbright research award. The highly… Read more »

UCLA Philosopher to Present Lecture on Free Will, Moral Responsibility

Dr. Pamela Hieronymi, professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the final lecture of the 2013-2014 Philosophy Today lecture series. The lecture, “The Problem of Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” will be Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in 205 Smith Hall on The University of Alabama campus. The event is… Read more »

Philosopher of Mind Discusses Consciousness

From the January 2014 Desktop News | Dr. John Searle, Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the next lecture in the 2013-2014 Philosophy Today lecture series. His lecture, “Consciousness, the Brain, and the Soul,” will be presented Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in 30 ten Hoor Hall on The… Read more »

Philosopher, Artist, Dancer

While he might be a bit embarrassed to be labeled with such a lofty descriptor, Richard Richards is, nevertheless, often described by students and colleagues as a Renaissance man. Richards, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, joined the College’s faculty in 2000. He is a philosopher and noted scholar on the history of science,… Read more »

Philosophy Today Series Opens with Time Travel Discussion

Dr. Ned Markosian, a professor in the philosophy department at Western Washington University, will discuss the topic of time travel in the first lecture in the 2013-2014 Philosophy Today Series. His lecture, “Is Time Travel Possible?,” will be held Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in room 205 of Smith Hall on The University of Alabama campus…. Read more »