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Congratulations to philosophy major Gavin Markovic, whose essay, "Retributivism, Rehabilitation, and Public Policy," won the award for the best undergraduate paper presented at the South Carolina Society for Philosophy conference, held this past weekend at Converse University. This is the first time the prize has been awarded since before the pandemic, in 2019, and the first time a College of Charleston student has won the award since 2011.

Great work, Gavin!

https://www.southcarolinaphilosophy.org/awards
Trust and Ex-Offenders: A Conversation with Professor Zachary Hoskins (Nottingham)

Wednesday March 16, 2:00 pm
On Zoom: https://cofc.zoom.us/j/83437577375

Philosopher Zachary Hoskins will join a discussion with Professor Ewan Kingston and the students in his senior seminar on Trust, Distrust and Trustworthiness.

Professor Hoskins has published a book and several articles on the moral and political philosophy of society's treatment of ex-offenders (those who have served their sentences).

In this conversation, we will be specifically interested in appropriate trust in ex-offenders, and what policies might help facilitate appropriate levels of trust.

The conversation will be a very brief presentation by Hoskins followed by an open Q+A session with the audience. I recommend looking at Hoskins' paper "Ex-Offender Restrictions" for background:

philosophy.cofc.edu/content/documents/hoskins-ex-offender-restrictions.pdf

All are welcome: I hope to see you there!
"No matter what criminal justice reform we push for, the underlying issue is the 13th amendment." Philosophy major Gavin Markovic interviews Brian Howard about his experiences and insights concerning our criminal justice system. This is particularly good and far-ranging and was of great help to our Philosophy 315 students studying criminal justice reform. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVTzDU4sEOc
Very proud to learn that Philosophy Department alum Jake Webb was accepted into several top programs and will be attending Duke Divinity School this fall!
New research published in The Philosophical Quarterly from Philosophy Department alum Javier Gomez-Lavin (now of York University). Could not be more proud!
For your summer reading, Professor Nadehoffer's "Piercing the Smoke Screen: Dualism, Free Will, and Christianity" is out now in Journal of Cognition and Culture 21(1-2):94-111.
DOI: 10.1163/15685373-12340098
Very glad to announce that our department has been chosen to participate in "Bridging Differences Community of Practice" through the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. The aim is to foster relationships "across lines of difference within higher education." Locally, Dr. Baker will be partnering with My Community's Keeper.
This Maymester's Bioethics students are so grateful for Dr. Shelly Ozark's visit to the course today. What a fascinating lecture and discussion.
Join members of the armed forces with Dr. Baker and philosopher Nancy Sherman as we discuss the relevance of philosophy to military service. Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stoicon-x-military-conference-courage-honor-and-stoicism-tickets-138626889759
So proud of you, Kim!
Exceedingly proud of our upcoming graduates. Congratulations and thanks for all of the hard work.
Here is Philosophy Department Chair Larry Krasnoff's note marking the death of our colleague and friend Richard Nunan:

It is my very sad duty to report that my friend and colleague Richard Nunan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died last night. He had been ill with brain cancer since early last summer, and retired from the College in December 2020.

Richard came to the College in 1984, and taught here for 36 years. Though his parents were Irish, he grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Vassar College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He specialized in political philosophy and especially philosophy of law, and he served as the editor of the American Philosophical Association’s newsletter on philosophy of law for many years. But his scholarship was wide-ranging: his more than 35 published articles also included significant essays in gender studies and in film studies.

His teaching was equally versatile. Though he was happy to teach philosophy of law, he was just as happy to teach classes on such topics as symbolic and modal logic, the representation of LGBT individuals in film, medieval philosophy, and time travel in philosophy, physics, and film. He taught for many years in the Honors Western Civilization colloquium, and there lectured frequently not just on moral and political philosophy but also on the history and philosophy of science.

Richard’s record of service was extensive. He served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, as interim chair of the Department of Religious Studies, as pre-law advisor, and as chair of seven different faculty committees. On all of these committees, as a faculty senator, and as the AAUP representative, he was a tireless advocate for the quality of our institution and the importance of shared governance.

In everything he talked and wrote about, Richard combined a skeptical realism about how institutions actually work with an unstinting idealism about how they ought to work. It was an unsettling combination, and Richard was unsparing when things fell short of moral standards, as they so often do. But for all of that, Richard was one of the gentlest and kindest men I have ever met. His contributions to our program and our institution were extraordinary, and he will be very badly missed.

Richard is survived by his wife, Victoria West, his two daughters, Rebecca and Alix, and Rebecca’s husband and children. Given the ongoing pandemic, there are no immediate plans for a memorial service. Contributions in Richard’s memory should be sent to the Scholarship Enrichment Fund here at the College. Notes to Victoria should be sent to 612 McCants Drive, Mt. Pleasant SC 29464.

Larry Krasnoff
Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy

The page for the Department of Philosophy at the College of Charleston. All are welcome.

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Professor Rewrites History of Early Modern Philosophy to Include Women 09/07/2022

Professor Rewrites History of Early Modern Philosophy to Include Women

Take a look at this article on the work of Professor Deborah Boyle and visiting scholar Manuel Fasko, from the University of Basel, in the College Today. They are working together on women philosophers in the history of philosophy this year at the college of Charleston and will be co-teaching a 300-level course together in the spring. Fasko will be giving a talk Thursday, Sept 8 on Mary Shepherd.

Professor Rewrites History of Early Modern Philosophy to Include Women When Deborah Boyle first focused in on early modern philosophy as her area of academic interest, she never expected she’d be changing the way the history of philosophy is told – much less doing anything cutting edge. After all, it’s hard to be a pioneer in a subject that’s been studied close...

Socratic Scholars Program Empowers Students to Lead Challenging Dialogues 08/26/2022

Socratic Scholars Program Empowers Students to Lead Challenging Dialogues

Take a look at what Lauren Graves, Gavin Markovic, Taralyn Goodson, Miles Freeman, Jessica Davis, Tyra Culpepper, and Taylor Mills have been up to. These “Socratic Scholars” have spent the last three years leading discussions on tricky topics of philosophical relevance, ranging from vaccine ethics to retributivism in the criminal justice system. The group is led by Professor Jennifer Baker, who won a multi-year grant from the University of Notre Dame and the Mellon Foundation to support each student with $1000 to complete this valuable philosophical work. Congratulations to them all!
https://today.cofc.edu/2022/08/25/socratic-scholars-program-empowers-students-to-lead-challenging-dialogues/

Socratic Scholars Program Empowers Students to Lead Challenging Dialogues What would Socrates think about Twitter and TikTok? Would he be disappointed that the 3,000-year-old Socratic Method of debate has been replaced with 280 characters and 35 second videos? If so, the philosopher’s sinking disappointment would be buoyed by College of Charleston students Lauren Graves...

03/28/2022

Awards | scsp

Congratulations to philosophy major Gavin Markovic, whose essay, "Retributivism, Rehabilitation, and Public Policy," won the award for the best undergraduate paper presented at the South Carolina Society for Philosophy conference, held this past weekend at Converse University. This is the first time the prize has been awarded since before the pandemic, in 2019, and the first time a College of Charleston student has won the award since 2011.

Great work, Gavin!

https://www.southcarolinaphilosophy.org/awards

Awards | scsp Contingent on quantity and quality of submissions, the SCSP awards three cash prizes at its annual conference, recognizing excellence by a non-tenured faculty member (affiliated with a SC-based institution), a graduate student (since 2022, from any institution), and an undergraduate (affiliated with...

03/14/2022

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Trust and Ex-Offenders: A Conversation with Professor Zachary Hoskins (Nottingham)

Wednesday March 16, 2:00 pm
On Zoom: https://cofc.zoom.us/j/83437577375

Philosopher Zachary Hoskins will join a discussion with Professor Ewan Kingston and the students in his senior seminar on Trust, Distrust and Trustworthiness.

Professor Hoskins has published a book and several articles on the moral and political philosophy of society's treatment of ex-offenders (those who have served their sentences).

In this conversation, we will be specifically interested in appropriate trust in ex-offenders, and what policies might help facilitate appropriate levels of trust.

The conversation will be a very brief presentation by Hoskins followed by an open Q+A session with the audience. I recommend looking at Hoskins' paper "Ex-Offender Restrictions" for background:

philosophy.cofc.edu/content/documents/hoskins-ex-offender-restrictions.pdf

All are welcome: I hope to see you there!

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Brian Howard Interview for the College of Charleston 11/11/2021

Brian Howard Interview for the College of Charleston

"No matter what criminal justice reform we push for, the underlying issue is the 13th amendment." Philosophy major Gavin Markovic interviews Brian Howard about his experiences and insights concerning our criminal justice system. This is particularly good and far-ranging and was of great help to our Philosophy 315 students studying criminal justice reform. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVTzDU4sEOc

Brian Howard Interview for the College of Charleston Brian Howard spoke to students in Philosophy 315: Social and Political Philosophy on the topic of criminal justice reform.

07/05/2021

Very proud to learn that Philosophy Department alum Jake Webb was accepted into several top programs and will be attending Duke Divinity School this fall!

Why We Need a New Normativism about Collective Action 07/05/2021

Why We Need a New Normativism about Collective Action

New research published in The Philosophical Quarterly from Philosophy Department alum Javier Gomez-Lavin (now of York University). Could not be more proud!

Why We Need a New Normativism about Collective Action Abstract. What do we owe each other when we act together? According to normativists about collective action, necessarily something and potentially quite a bit.

06/23/2021

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For your summer reading, Professor Nadehoffer's "Piercing the Smoke Screen: Dualism, Free Will, and Christianity" is out now in Journal of Cognition and Culture 21(1-2):94-111.
DOI: 10.1163/15685373-12340098

www.researchgate.net

06/08/2021

Very glad to announce that our department has been chosen to participate in "Bridging Differences Community of Practice" through the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. The aim is to foster relationships "across lines of difference within higher education." Locally, Dr. Baker will be partnering with My Community's Keeper.

05/25/2021

This Maymester's Bioethics students are so grateful for Dr. Shelly Ozark's visit to the course today. What a fascinating lecture and discussion.

Timeline Photos 05/15/2021

Timeline Photos

This HSS Feature Friday we salute members of the dedicated HSS faculty who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of first-year students! They help to ensure that students make a smooth transition to college life and have a great start to their College of Charleston journeys. ✨
At the end of the academic year, FYE asks all first-year students to recognize any individual on campus who has made an impact on their first-year. These HSS faculty members were selected for their outstanding service!! 👏👏
Richard Bodek, History
Christopher Boan-Lenzo, Sociology
Adam Domby, History
Thomas Nadelhoffer, Philosophy
Kathleen Beres-Rogers, English
Paul Roof, Sociology
Claire Wofford, Political Science
Thank you all for your kindness and service and for making a difference in the lives of students!
Learn more and see all the winners: https://fye.cofc.edu/fye-awards/index.php

Photos from School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston's post 05/06/2021

So proud of you, Kim!

05/06/2021

Exceedingly proud of our upcoming graduates. Congratulations and thanks for all of the hard work.

04/14/2021

Here is Philosophy Department Chair Larry Krasnoff's note marking the death of our colleague and friend Richard Nunan:

It is my very sad duty to report that my friend and colleague Richard Nunan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died last night. He had been ill with brain cancer since early last summer, and retired from the College in December 2020.

Richard came to the College in 1984, and taught here for 36 years. Though his parents were Irish, he grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Vassar College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He specialized in political philosophy and especially philosophy of law, and he served as the editor of the American Philosophical Association’s newsletter on philosophy of law for many years. But his scholarship was wide-ranging: his more than 35 published articles also included significant essays in gender studies and in film studies.

His teaching was equally versatile. Though he was happy to teach philosophy of law, he was just as happy to teach classes on such topics as symbolic and modal logic, the representation of LGBT individuals in film, medieval philosophy, and time travel in philosophy, physics, and film. He taught for many years in the Honors Western Civilization colloquium, and there lectured frequently not just on moral and political philosophy but also on the history and philosophy of science.

Richard’s record of service was extensive. He served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, as interim chair of the Department of Religious Studies, as pre-law advisor, and as chair of seven different faculty committees. On all of these committees, as a faculty senator, and as the AAUP representative, he was a tireless advocate for the quality of our institution and the importance of shared governance.

In everything he talked and wrote about, Richard combined a skeptical realism about how institutions actually work with an unstinting idealism about how they ought to work. It was an unsettling combination, and Richard was unsparing when things fell short of moral standards, as they so often do. But for all of that, Richard was one of the gentlest and kindest men I have ever met. His contributions to our program and our institution were extraordinary, and he will be very badly missed.

Richard is survived by his wife, Victoria West, his two daughters, Rebecca and Alix, and Rebecca’s husband and children. Given the ongoing pandemic, there are no immediate plans for a memorial service. Contributions in Richard’s memory should be sent to the Scholarship Enrichment Fund here at the College. Notes to Victoria should be sent to 612 McCants Drive, Mt. Pleasant SC 29464.

Larry Krasnoff
Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy

04/14/2021
04/01/2021

Tune in now for Episode 3 of Death Penalty in SC Series featuring featuring Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton

03/26/2021

Gun Violence Forum Night Two: Our Ideas

Second night of our community gun violence forum. Learn about local efforts.

03/24/2021

Listen to Our Stories Gun Violence Forum at the College of Charleston

Listen to Our Voices Gun Violence Forum tonight

CofC to Host a Series of Virtual Discussions Addressing Gun Violence 03/24/2021

CofC to Host a Series of Virtual Discussions Addressing Gun Violence

Please share. Tonight at 6pm on Zoom or Live through Facebook. https://today.cofc.edu/2021/03/23/cofc-to-host-a-series-of-virtual-discussions-addressing-gun-violence/

CofC to Host a Series of Virtual Discussions Addressing Gun Violence While COVID-19 has struck our community with obvious force, a less obvious epidemic has been ravaging our community for years: gun violence. In an effort to address gun violence, the College of Charleston will present a series of online forums over the next week. The

03/15/2021
03/12/2021
The Aesthetic Self. The Importance of Aesthetic Taste in Music and Art for Our Perceived Identity 03/09/2021

The Aesthetic Self. The Importance of Aesthetic Taste in Music and Art for Our Perceived Identity

Congratulations to Department graduate Javier Gomez-Lavin on a new publication in Frontiers in Psychology!

The Aesthetic Self. The Importance of Aesthetic Taste in Music and Art for Our Perceived Identity To what extent do aesthetic taste and our interest in the arts constitute who we are? In this paper, we present a series of empirical findings that suggest an Aesthetic Self Effect supporting the claim that our aesthetic engagements are a central component of our identity. Counterfactual changes in....

03/08/2021

Congratulations to the Philosophy Department's LoRease Johnson, featured by The College Today for her professional bodybuilding!

03/04/2021
Photos from Department of Philosophy College of Charleston's post 03/03/2021

Please join us! March 8th at 6pm view the International Women's Day Panel. And on March 11th at 5pm, Bettina Love (University of Georgia) is offering a virtual lecture on her new book.

03/03/2021

Coming up! March 8th to 12th.

02/25/2021

Patrick Wohlscheid has been honored with a scholarship from
South Carolina Humanities for his academic talents. Patrick is a third-year Philosophy and English major and primarily interested in 19th century philosophy, history, and literature. He has a forthcoming publication in the Emerson Society Papers, and hopes to attend graduate school in the humanities after college. The award is backed by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Congratulations go to his advisor, Jonathan Neufeld, as well. We are so proud to learn of this.

Late Professor's New Book Leaves a Lasting Legacy 02/17/2021

Late Professor's New Book Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Friend of the Department Alison Piepmeier has her work published in a new volume.

Late Professor's New Book Leaves a Lasting Legacy When College of Charleston English professor Alison Piepmeier died of brain cancer at the age of 43 in 2016, there were words she'd left unsaid and research she hadn't yet finished. As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Piepmeier, who was a prolific writer, had been working on a book about th...

02/15/2021

New student club CofC TREW FRIENDS (with The Heather Trew Foundation for Organ Donation) is trying to sign up 100 more people on the national donor registry by the end of the semester. Share the word! https://registerme.org/trewfriendscofc
We also have students doing research on the ethics of organ donation and look forward to presentations of their work.

02/14/2021
01/29/2021

Get in touch with Professor Baker if you want help applying to one of these very exciting internships.

01/07/2021

Tomorrow Professor Baker, along with Professor Nancy Sherman (Georgetown), is addressing US and UK military leadership in a conference sponsored by the US Army. Baker's topic is how virtue ethics has us respond to rules. She is using the example of Vice Admiral James Stockdale's time as a POW to illustrate this.

11/22/2020

Students and alumni and fellow faculty-- Wednesday, December 2nd, at 3.30 on Zoom, join us for a Sabbatical Presentation and Retirement Celebration. Dr. Richard Nunan, “Can the 25th Amendment, or Any Electoral Reform, Save Us From Ourselves?” Zoom invitation to come.

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