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Bob Kemph

WGBH COO Ben Godley today announced that Bob Kempf, a graduate of Boston College with a degree in political science and philosophy, will join the Boston public media producer as Vice President for Digital Services. News Release

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning announced that the University of Ottawa’s Adele Reinhartz, a scholar of the New Testament and early Jewish-Christian relations, will be the 2015–16 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations.

Boston College Magazine

The voyage
Jeffrey Bloechl
's philosophy class was a test of mind, heart, and body.

David Storey

In his new book, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Philosophy David Storey proposes a new interpretation of Martin Heidegger's importance for environmental philosophy.

John Sallis

In Klee's Mirror, Frederick J. Adelmann, S.J., Professor of Philosophy John Sallis presents artist Paul Klee's work as capable of reflecting not only surface appearance, but also hidden depth.

Richard Cobb-Stevens

The work of Professor of Philosophy Emeritus Richard Cobb-Stevens has served as a model for generations of philosophers. Now, several leading experts in the field from BC, North America and Europe have contributed to a new volume in tribute.

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To fulfill the University’s Core Curriculum requirement, undergraduates must complete 15 three-credit courses, which they may select from a wide variety of offerings across the academic disciplines. For 2015–16, Boston College is introducing new interdisciplinary courses, open only to first-year students, that will help satisfy the Core Requirements. These pilot courses, categorized as either “Complex Problems” courses or “Enduring Questions” courses, will be taught collaboratively by two faculty members from different fields. Philosophy Faculty Members Aspen Brinton and Holly Vande Wall will be teaching two of these.

Upcoming Events


Lecture Honoring the Memory of Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
"Three, not Two, Concepts of Liberty: The Idea of Social Freedom" by Axel Horneth
Thursday, October 8, 2015
6:00 p.m., Devlin Hall 101

David Garland

Albert Fitzgibbons
Lecture Series:

“The Punitive Society: Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and America today" by Prof. David Garland, Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m., Gasson 112 - Honors Library   Flier

"Erôs as Return to the Time before Birth: Symposium 189c-193e, Phaedrus 244a-257b."
BACAP Seminar by Nick Pappas (City College of New York)
Thursday, November 5
4:00 p.m., Stokes N325

"Telling Good Love from Bad in Plato's Phaedrus."
BACAP Lecture by Nick Pappas (City College of New York) 
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons

The Freudian Subject
Rudolf Bernet (Husserl Archives, Leuven)
Tuesday, November 10
4:00 p.m., Stokes 209S
Contact Vanessa Rumble

"Stoic Puzzles about Identity."
BACAP Seminar by Tamer Nawar (Oxford)
Thursday, March 17, 3:30 p.m.
Stokes North 325

"Individuation and Identity in Stoic Metaphysics."
BACAP Lecture by Tamer Nawar (Oxford)
Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room,
McElroy Commons

Where Are They Now?

Dennis Carr

From 'awe' to 'ought'
Jesuit education forms students to cultivate 'awe' by finding God in all things, and cultivates a sense of 'ought'ness by calling students to become men and women for others, writes Dennis Carr '11, M.Ed. '13 for the AJCU 'Jesuit Educated' blog, created to celebrate the U.S. visit of the first Jesuit pope.

Justin Marceau

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences graduate Justin Marceau, who earned a degree in philosophy in 2000, is the first holder of what is believed to be the nation's first professorship devoted to animal rights.

Michael Petit

"It shaped me as a person"
Michael Petit
'05 says the critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills he learned as a philosophy major at Boston College helped him while serving overseas in the Marine Corps as well as in his current role of giving financial advice to clients as a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  


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