Department of Philosophy College of Charleston

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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.

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.

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
#hssfeaturefriday #hssatcofc #cofc #collegeofcharleston

05/11/2021

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

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

[11/20/20]   Philosophy 305 students were very happy to get to Zoom with Dr. Garson Leder (Albany Medical College), the author of their reading, "Know Thyself? Questioning the Theoretical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy", this week. We are grateful for Dr. Leder's time, research, and explanations (and for the conveniences of Zoom).

11/10/2020

[10/20/20]   When one of your faculty members has, in 2020 alone, had not just one book published but has another forthcoming, four new articles and three new book chapters, it’s hard to highlight just one. Congratulations to Professor Nadelhoffer and thank you for all of these contributions to our mutual understanding. (Links to research under this post.)

Dr. Nadelhoffer's forthcoming book is: Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Free Will and Responsibility (Bloomsbury).

His Neurointerventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity (OUP) is out just now.

He has an article forthcoming in Journal of Cognition and Culture, titled “Piercing the Smoke Screen: Dualism, Free Will, and Christianity.”

An online first version of his “Folk Intuitions and the Conditional Ability to Do Otherwise,” in Philosophical Psychology is available.

With co-authors Shepard, J., Crone, D., Everett, J., Earp, B., & Levy, N. Nadelhoffer has just published the result of a series of replication studies in Cognition on “Does Encouraging a Belief in Determinism Increase Cheating? Reconsidering the Value of Believing in Free Will.”

With previous College of Charleston professor Saun Nichols, Nadelhoffer has published “Natural Compatibilism, Indeterminism, and Intrusive Metaphysics” in Cognitive Science.

And he developed these chapters, as well: “Ethical implications of Neurobiologically Informed Risk Assessment for Criminal Justice,” in Neuroscience and Philosophy (The MIT Press).

“Humility, Partisanship, and Polarization,” in Polarization, Arrogance, and Dogmatism (Routledge).

And finally, forthcoming, with none other than co-author Quinn McGuire, an outstanding College of Charleston undergraduate, “Folk Jurisprudence and Neurointervention: An Interdisciplinary Investigation.”

charlestonmag.com 10/15/2020

Meet the Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Mr. Sloan | Charleston Magazine

A nice tribute to Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art curator Mark Sloan, a much-appreciated influence on our campus. https://charlestonmag.com/features/meet_the_wild_weird_wonderful_mr_sloan

charlestonmag.com For the past quarter-century, the Halsey director and chief curator has taken chances, championing the odd and overlooked, and in doing so, transformed a small college gallery into an internationally known hub of contemporary art

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