USD Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at the University of San Diego

The Philosophy Department at USD is pluralistic, covering all significant historical periods and most major philosophical methods. The USD Philosophy Department has a deep and special concern for the study of ethics, values, and the moral life. Students at USD can expect to be exposed to perennial epistemological, metaphysical, and theological issues and theories in philosophy.

Operating as usual

03/02/2024

Friday afternoon at the university

10/06/2023

Well done, Prof. Kelly (along with Profs. Black and Robinson from the English Department).

Thank you for coming to "The Forest in Thought and Literature"! Next week Tuesday we will be exploring "The Architectural Forest".

Pictured:
Malachi Black, PhD | English
Michael Kelly, PhD | Philosophy
Fred Robinson, PhD | English

10/06/2023

Our own Prof. Clack!
Series organized by Prof. Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, Director of the Medieval Renaissance minor

The Political Virtues: Are There Any and Why Does it Matter? Renaissance Perspectives and Beyond
Thursdays at 6 p.m. | Oct. 5, 12 and 19
Humanities Center, Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200

It has been argued that our current political climate is one of a troubling crisis of civility and dysfunction. This situation invites us to consider whether there are certain modes of behavior that are more conducive to political flourishing than others — and, indeed, if there are certain virtues that would be important for us as citizens to develop and practice. Thus, this series will examine the notion of the ‘political virtues,’ specifically as this notion was discussed throughout the Renaissance and early modern period. It is hoped that examining these formative discussions from the past will shed light on what political virtue might be, and how it might be relevant for our time and place. Coordinated by Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, PhD, director of Medieval and Renaissance studies and lecturer in the philosophy department.

October 12
Lord Halifax and the Political Virtue of Moderation
Brian R. Clack, PhD | Department of Philosophy

Photos from University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences's post 10/06/2023
08/03/2023

Guess who is live tomorrow talking about the Festival of Books on Together San Diego?! Dean Norton and Dr. Clack at noon. Go to the link here for the livestream!
SanDiegoUnionTribune.com/UTToday

08/03/2023

This year's Festival of Books will be highlighting some incredible faculty here at USD!

Josen Masangkay Diaz is an associate professor in ethnic studies and an affiliate faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of San Diego. Her research and teaching focus on race, gender, colonialism, liberalism and authoritarianism.

Atreyee Phukan is professor of English at the University of San Diego, California. She is the co-editor of two volumes on South Asian fiction, and her articles and chapters have appeared in “Windrush: Rethinking Post-War West Indian Literature” and “Caribbean Literature in Transition, Volume 1.”

Link in bio for more information on the Festival of Books, happening August 19th, 2023!
University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences USD English Dept Department of Ethnic Studies - University of San Diego The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

08/03/2023

This year's Festival of Books will be highlighting some incredible faculty here at USD!

Miranda Perry Fleischer is the Richard and Kaye Woltman Professor of Finance at the University of San Diego Law School. Her research explores the intersection of tax policy and philosophy, with an emphasis on charitable giving, basic income, wealth taxation and family support policies.

Matt Zwolinski is a professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego and director of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy. His research focuses on the intersection of philosophy, law and economics, with a special interest in issues of exploitation, basic income and libertarian political theory.

Link in bio for more information on the Festival of Books, happening August 19th, 2023!
University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences USD Department of Philosophy Knauss School of Business at USD The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

05/03/2023

Tomorrow, May 4th, at 12:30 in Camino 119 - Professor Richard Galvin, of Texas Christian University, will be speaking on "Causal Impotence and Individual Moral Responsibility."

The problem of causal impotence has to do with situations like climate change, where it seems like nothing that you can do as an individual will have any effect one way or the other on the problem. Are individuals morally responsble even when their actions don't matter? If so, how?

Hope to see you there!

10/26/2022

Come join us this evening for a very interesting discussion!

WED | Oct 26 | 5 p.m.
Songs from a Black Hole

Come join us for a discussion with Mike Andersen, Christopher Adler, and Brian Clack about black holes, relativity, songs, and music. We will be listening to the songs created by the Perseus galaxy cluster's black hole! USD Physics & Biophysics Usd Physics USD Department of Philosophy Department of Music

10/05/2021

Are you a fan of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)? Want to meet other students with similar interests? Then stop by Camino Hall, room 119, this Thursday, October 7th, from 12:30-1:30. We'll be hosting the first meeting of the PPE Club, and will talk about planning events for the rest of the year. If you can't make it, feel free to reach out to Keegan Galvin ([email protected]) for more info.
Hope to see you there!

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