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Jean-Luc Solère's

Professor Jean-Luc Solère's paper "The Coherence of Bayle's Theory of Toleration" has won the 2016 Journal of the History of Philosophy Best Article Prize.

Fr. Richardson, S.J.

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus William Richardson, S.J., author of a groundbreaking study on renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger and a faculty member at Boston College for more than a quarter-century, died on December 10 at the age of 96. BC News

Jeff Bloechl

Professor Jeffrey Bloechl will represent BC at Venice International University during spring semester 2017 where he will teach courses on "The Theory of Recognition" and "Intersubjectivity and Cultural Difference."

Philosophy major Ileana Lobkowicz hones her journalistic skills while exploring the Philosophy department. the GAVEL

Jon K. Burmeister

Jon Burmeister is a Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy department in conjunction with a National Endowment for the Humanities "Enduring Questions" Grant. The grant topic is "What is the Meaning of Work and Leisure?" About Jon Burmeister

Boston College's Undergraduate Philosophy Journal Dianoia is currently looking for submissions for it's next edition.

Top 20 for Philosophy
BC's Philosophy department ranked 19 among the nation's "Great Value Colleges" for philosophy degrees. BC News

Pat Byrne

Ethical discernment
Self-appropriation can lead to objective judgments of value, Professor of Philosophy Patrick Byrne contends in his new book. BC Bookmarks

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Philosophy Forum Talk
Friday, February 24
1:30 p.m., Stokes N228
Doctoral student Jack Bagby will present a paper followed by a Q&A session entitled "Objectivity in Kant and Whitehead." Refreshments will be served. Contact Christine Rojcewicz with questions. Sponsored by the MA Council.

The Future of Work in the Age of Automation
An Interdisciplinary Conference
Monday, February 27
3:15-6:30 p.m., Stokes S195
Will self-driving cars and news-writing algorithms lead to large scale unemployment, or to new and better jobs that we haven't yet conceived? Contact Jon Burmeister. View Flyer

BC Spring Graduate Conference
Friday, March 3-
Saturday, March 4
Sponsored by Philosophy dept. and Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy: The Territory of "a People": Questioning Community. Keynote speakers: Michael Hardt (Roman Studies, Duke), Abdullahi An-Na'im (Law, Emory), David Wood (Vanderbilt), Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback (Södertörn). Additional info

Symposium on Contemporary Philosophy
Hovey House Library
March 11, 2017

Seminar: The Wealth of Poverty: Socratic Penia in Plato's Symposium.
BACAP seminar by Shane Ewegen (Trinity)
Thursday, March 16, 3:30 p.m.
Stokes N325

Ethics Workshop
Friday, March 17
2:00-4:00 p.m., Stokes N325
Contact Micah Lott

Philosophy Forum Talk
Friday, March 17
4:00 p.m., Stokes N228
Doctoral student Kevin Marren will present a paper followed by a Q&A session entitled "Heidegger and Cosmological Questioning." Refreshments will be served. Contact Christine Rojcewicz with questions. Sponsored by the MA Council.

Lecture: 2017 LaBrecque Medical Ethics Lecture: Ethical Challenges from the Pharmaceutical Industry
Wednesday, March 22
Stokes S195, 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Amalia Issa (Director, Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapeutics, Professor of Health Policy and Public Health, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of the Sciences) and Jerome Kassirer (Former Editor, New England Journal of Medicine, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Tufts University).

Lecture: Jonathan Trejo-Mathys Memorial Lecture by Alessandro Ferrara (University of Rome.)
Monday, April 3, time/place TBD
Further info contact Vlad Perju, Clough Center for the Studies of Constitutional Democracy.


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