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Richard Atkins

Philosophy Professor Richard Atkins new book offers an introduction to Philosophy.

Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney and Associate Professor of Fine Arts Sheila Gallagher have collaborated on a multimedia performance commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising that will premiere at Dublin’s renowned Abbey Theatre this coming January. BC Chronicle

Marina McCoy

Associate Professor Marina McCoy spoke at a Veritas Forum lecture and conversation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on "Vulnerability and Virtue: Misfortune, Comfort, and the Good Death" on November 12, 2015.

David Johnson

Prof. David Johnson is a Visiting Research Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, in Kyoto. He is working on a book on the Japanese philosopher Watsuji Tetsuro.

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.

two news photos

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.

Where Are They Now?

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

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.  

Upcoming Events

Philosophy Forum presentation by Jessie Holloman, "The Hermeneutics of Swearing."
Tuesday, February 16
3:00 p.m., Stokes 228N
Light refreshments will be served. Contact the MA Council

BC Ethics Workshop
Presentation by Drew Alexander: "Moral Obligation and the Specifically Human." 
Contact Micah Lott
Wednesday, March 2
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Stokes 228N

BC Ethics Workshop
Presentation by Micah Lott: "Humour as a Moral Virtue."
Wednesday, March 16
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Stokes 325N

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

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

"Embodiment and Theology of the Cross in Edith Stein: A Comparative Theological Analysis in Conversation with Tibetan Lojong."
Friday, March 18
Noon, Stokes 325N
Philosophy and Theology Workgroup: Won-Jei Hur (doctoral student, Theology). "Brown bag" lunch optional. 

LaBrecque Lecture by Robert P. George (Princeton). 
Contact Patrick Byrne
Monday, April 4
Place and time TBA

BC Ethics Workshop
Presentation by Melissa Fitzpatrick: "Levinas, language, and ethics."
Contact Micah Lott
Wednesday, April 6
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Stokes 325N

17th Annnual BC Philosophy Graduate Conference: Philosophy of the History of Philosophy. 
Friday and Saturday, April 8-9
Please send submissions to by February 15.
Contact Vicente Muñoz-Reja or Melissa Fitzpatrick.
More information  

BC Ethics Workshop
Presentation by Ashli Anda: "An Interest, not a Project: Hegel on Love and Procreation."
Contact Micah Lott
Wednesday, April 20
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Stokes 325N

 "Virtue and Human Flourishing in the Light of Recent Psychology: A Theological Perspective." 
Friday, April 22 Noon
Stokes 325N
Philosophy and Theology Workgroup: Stephen Pope (Theology). "Brown bag" lunch optional.

BC Ethics Workshop
Presentation by Matthew Ray: "Recognition without Identity."
Contact Micah Lott
Wednesday, May 4
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Stokes 325N


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