Department of Philosophy provides students, through a wide variety
of courses and programs, with opportunities to explore questions
of fundamental significance to human life and to develop skills in critical
thinking, reasoning, writing and reading.
Students will explore issues such as what is justice? How should we live? What is valuable? Can God exist given the existence of evil in the world? What is the relationship between faith and reason?
What is reality? What can we know? How do we know that we know?
What meaning is there to life? What is race? What is ethnicity?
What acts are right and wrong? What is truth?
Through training students to think, discuss, and write cogently
matters of fundamental significance, the department provides students
with an intellectual foundation from which to examine their own beliefs,
academic interests, and personal concerns. The philosophy program
enriches students' academic experience by providing a variety of intellectually
challenging extracurricular activities such as undergraduate research; honors
program; participation in the prestigious philosophy honor society, Phi
Sigma Tau; philosophy club; intercollegiate debate
team (Ethics Bowl); writing work shops; and departmental Lecture
- Anthony Agro (ethics minor)
- Zach Arcona (ethics minor)
- Lisha Baurkot (ethics minor)
- Kevin Brennan (philosophy minor)
- Kristian Cantens
- Genevieve Chaleff (ethics minor)
- Francis DeFelice (philosophy minor)
- Justin Dilts (philosophy minor)
- Rebecca Eisenstein (ethics minor)
- Carl Feldman
- Michael Giacoumopoulos
- Julian Gonzalez
- Brianna Hawk (philosophy minor)
- Sam Keenan (philosophy minor)
- Jennifer Kober (philosophy minor)
- Colton Krial
- Catherine Makoski
- Tim McCabe
- Audrey McSain (ethics minor)
- Kathryn Miller
- Hussain Namous
- Lawrence Olejar
- Joel Labriola ( philosophy minor)
- Anthony Perez-Florido (philosophy minor)
- Justin Pilchman (ethics minor)
- Jose Ortiz (philosophy minor)
- Jonathan Raccah (philosophy minor)
- Zachary Richard (philosophy minor)
- Sam Salvati (ethics minor)
- Anna Santa Maria (philosophy minor)
- Kasey Smith
- Connor Stone
- Brielle Sutter (ethics minor)
- Andrew van der Kleut (ethics minor)
- Brian Welsko
- Cindy Wise
- Katherine Wojcik
- Madison Zebrine
- Travis Zerba (minor)
New Ethics Minor
The Department of Philosophy offers a new Minor in Ethics that consists of 5 course units. See the curriclum webpage for more details:
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
May 24-June 7, 2013
Costs $1,500 + Airfare
For more information please click here!
Moravian College is proud to present their third undergraduate philosophy conference. We invite undergraduate students and professors of Lehigh Valley colleges and universities to submit papers of general philosophical topics to be presented at the conference scheduled for March 16th, 2013 hosted at
Moravian College in Bethlehem PA.
View the conference website and register online.
Winner of the 2012 Douglas Anderson Prize in Philosophy is Armando Chapelliquen! $200
Winner of the 2012 Fredrick McConnell Prize in Moral Philosophy is Armando Chapelliquen! $250_
PHILOSOPHY CLUB MEETING
The Philosophy Club meets every Tuesday in the Rec Room from 11:45 AM-12:45 PM. Any one interested in participating in stimulating philosophical discussions is welcome to join us!
Meetings are still Tuesdays 11:45-1:00
Student Colloquium Series
Carol Moeller, Ph.D.
Dr. Moeller has the following articles forthcoming: “Minoritized Thought: Open Questions of Latino/a and Latin-American Identities,” American Philosophical Association, Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Fall 2009 and “Competing Conceptions of Self and World: Alcoff’s Visible Identities,” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, forthcoming, Fall 2009.
Dr. Moeller is currently working on “Knowing Bodies, Embodying Knowledge: Thinking Through Disabilities and Social Justice,” for inclusion in a book edited by Tobin Siebers; and on a manuscript, Learning from Minoritized Thought: Philosophies for Common Good.
Arash Naraghi, Ph.D.
Dr. Naraghi is currently working on a book chapter entitled "Religion and Politics in Post-Revolotionary Iran" for Prospects of Democracy in Iran, eds. By Larry Diamond, Mike McFaul, and Abbad Milani (Stanford University Press); "The Ethics of Human Rights (a collectioin of articles), Negah-e no publishing, (forthcoming, Tehran, May 2009);
"The Logic of Tragic Dilemmas"; " Human Virtues and Dielmmatic Situations"; "Contemporary Shiism and the Challenge of Human Rights"; and on a manuscrpt entitled An Introduction to Philosophy of Rights.
Dr. Naraghi has presented “Outlaw States and moral responsibilities of international community”, at a conference on “The Campaign to Fight Crimes Against Humanity in Ira”, Riverside Church, New York on September 26, 2009; “Two Arguments for Totalitarianism: The Iran Case”, at a Conference on “Berkeley in Solidarity with Iran”, UC Berkeley on October 22, 2009; "Toleration in Islam”, delivered at The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California- Oakland on October 23, 2009; “The moral foundation of Humanitarian Intervention”, at a Conference on “Transition to Democracy in Iran”, University of Maryland, College Park on 10/31/09; and “Ethics and Politics in Post-revolutionary Iran”, One hour TV interview with Voice of America(VOA) on October 17, 2009.
Bernie Cantens, Ph.D.
Dr. Cantens edited a special issue on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the APA
Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Fall 2009. The Newsletter
can be accessed online at apanewsletter.org
Dr. Cantens has publsihed “Ultimate Reality in the Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce: To Want To Learn The Truth” Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 29 (4) 2(2006): 229-243; “Forgiveness and it importance in Post-War Ethics” Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, 12 (3) (2008): 251-266; and “On the Metaphysics of Cultural Identity: A Darwinian Account” Latino Studies 7 (2) (2009): 167-196;“Comments on Jaime Nubiola’s “Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Spring 200; “Dewey’s Pragmatism and Social-Political Philosophy: Comments on Rosa Mayorga’s
“Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Spring 2009; “Why Forgive: A Christian Response” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008): 217-228; “Francisco Suárez.” The History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Volume 3 Early Modern Philosophy. Edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. Durham: Acumen
Publishing Limited, 2009, 75-87; "Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolome de las Casas on the Rights of the American Indians" Blackwell Companion to Latin American Philosophy; “Is Political Forgiveness Possible?” in Politics, Pluralism and Religion. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010; and “Suarez and the Existence of God” Interpreting Suarez. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming..