Matthew Adler, the Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy, has written a new book, Measuring Social Welfare: An Introduction, which examines the theoretical underpinnings of two social welfare function measures, utilitarianism and prioritarianism.  The first, utilitarianism, originated with the 18th century philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham, and advocates policy choices that would satisfy the preferences of the greatest number of people. The second… read more about Professor Matthew Adler publishes new book  »

Beischer Professor of Philosophy, David Wong, has been selected to receive the 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring.  A committee of senior deans and students representing the major disciplines of The Graduate School selected Professor Wong from a highly competitive pool of nominees to receive this award, which recognizes faculty who exhibit a consistent record of mentoring practices.  Dean Paula D. McClain will present Professor Wong with a $3,000 award at the 2020 Dean's Awards Reception on Wednesday,… read more about David Wong receives the 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring  »

The Graduate School has announced the recipients of its 2020 Dean's Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts in mentoring, teaching, and creating an inclusive environment for graduate education at Duke. The recipients will be honored at a reception on Wednesday, March 25. Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Faculty William Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Jennifer Roizen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry David Wong, Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy… read more about 10 Dean’s Awards Recipients Named for 2020 »

The exploration the public lives of the “first ladies” of America’s Christian evangelical megachurches and an intimate portrait of the joys and hardships of rural life in Appalachia are among the new noteworthy books by Duke authors this fall. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the "Duke Authors" display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the Gothic Bookshop. [Duke Today will… read more about Fall Books: Clean Hands, Aging Brains, Evangelical Women and Other Great Reads »

On May 12, 2019, Philospher Kwame Anthony Appiah was one of four distinguished scholars to receive an Honorary Degree at Duke's Commencement.  Appiah is a Professor of philosophy and law at New York University and has taught at Yale, Cornell, Princeton, and Harvard.  From 1990-91, he taught philosophy and literature at Duke.  His works include, "In My Father's House:  Africa in the Philosophy of Culture" and "Cosmopolitanism:  Ethics in a World of Strangers."  He also writes The Ethicist column in The New York Times… read more about Philosopher Kwame Appiah Awarded Honorary Degree »

On Thursday, May 17th, the Department of Philosophy's own, Stacey Meyers, received the Pillar of Excellence Award from Dean Ashby.  Stacey was among 3 other staff members from across the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences to receive an award at the 3rd annual Staff Appreciation Reception.  Stacey is a collaborator and role model who holds herself to the same standards of excellence that she expects from others.  That spirit of excellence extends beyond the department throughout the building and the university as a whole… read more about Stacey Meyers Pillar of Excellence Recognition »

In 1996, Fort Worth philanthropists Anne T. and Robert M. Bass gave Duke a generous gift to enhance the undergraduate experience through increased faculty-student interaction.  The donation established the Bass Society of Fellows for Duke faculty members who have achieved "true excellence in both research and teaching, and are good university citizens."  These faculty members receive named professorships and associate professorships created or partially funded by the Basses' gift.  Annually, the society inducts new members… read more about Felipe De Brigard Bass Society of Fellows Recognition »

On July 1st, Jennifer Jhun will join Duke University's Department of Philosophy as an Assistant Professor.  Jennifer is a native of Oklahoma and completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University.  At Northwestern, she double majored in Economics and Philosophy thinking she would pursue a law degree but eventually changing her mind and deciding upon a PhD in Philosophy instead.  Prior to coming to Duke, Jennifer was at the University of Pittsburgh for 8 years and then in 2016 went on to teach at Lake Forest College… read more about The Department of Philosophy would like to welcome its newest faculty member, Jennifer Jhun. »

A new award, which celebrates excellence in philosophy of physics, will be presented during a free, two-day campus event where the winner will be the featured speaker. The inaugural Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics — supported by Duke University in collaboration with the publication Studies in History and Philosophy of Science — recognizes a U.S. or international graduate student or a recent Ph.D. for their previously unpublished work in philosophy of physics. This year, applicants were asked to address… read more about Duke Recognizes Philosophy of Physics Prize Winner During Upcoming Campus Workshop »

Duke Philosophy PhD Candidate Ewan Kingston wrote for the Carnegie Council on three civil society strategies that can ratchet up climate ambition, including pressing domestically for ambitious pledges, comparing mitigation pledges, and facilitating means of implementation. The article also appears on the Ethics and International Affairs website.  read more about Philosophy Grad Student on What Civil Society can do for Climate Change »

Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi) received a grant in the amount of $250,000 from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). Wi Phi's goal is to "introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject." Wi Phi features Duke Philosophy PhD candidates Paul Henne (associate director) and Matthew Harris (content associate). Learn more about Wi Phi here, and read about the… read more about Wi Phi Receives $250,000 NEH Grant »

Duke University is pleased to announce the Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics, an award that celebrates excellence in philosophy of physics and promotes breadth across the field both historically and philosophically. The prize — supported by Duke in collaboration with the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science — will be awarded next Spring to a U.S. or international graduate student or recent Ph.D. to recognize their previously unpublished work in philosophy of physics. The winner will receive $1,000… read more about Duke Announces New Prize for Philosophy of Physics »

Andrew Janiak writes about Project Vox in the Washington Post.  "Two years ago, philosophy professors Andrew Janiak of Duke University and Christia Mercer of Columbia University wrote for Grade Point about the need to rectify gender bias in the history of a discipline long dominated by men. Here, Janiak writes about his own experience with this issue."   read more about Project Vox in the Washington Post »

The Department of Philosophy welcomes Kathrine Brading.  Katherine comes to us from University of Notre Dame, where she served as Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program. She currently holds an ACLS collaborative research fellowship with Marius Stan (Boston College) for their book on 18th century matter theory and mechanics. Additional projects include research on 18th century philosopher Émilie du Châtelet Foundations of Physics; and a monograph re-telling history of philosophy from the late sixteenth… read more about Welcome Katherine Brading! »

Team Members include: Aaron Ancell, Duke University, Dr. Jordan Carpenter, Psychology, Duke University, and Dr. Jesse Summers, Philosophy, Duke University. A Healthier Q&A: Can asking the right questions make political discussion more productive?Walter Sinnott-Armstrong of Duke University and his team will work to determine which questions, and which contexts, produce humility and civility in public discourse and which produce polarization and inflexibility, with the ultimate goal of finding… read more about Walter Sinnott-Armstrong Awarded Grant- "Towards a Culture of Questioning: Accountability, Humility, and Public Discourse" »

Aaron Ancell, Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, coauthored a paper that was published this month in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. The paper, “How to Allow Conscientious Objections in Medicine While Protecting Patient Rights,” challenges those who propose an outright ban on conscientious objections in medicine, arguing that many conscientious objections must be permitted simply because they fall within the range of freedom doctors have to define the scope of their own practices. The latter half of the… read more about Philosophy Student Explores Healthcare Ethics, Political Disagreement »

Allen Buchanan (Duke Philosophy) and Russell Powell (Boston University)  accepted the NEH Grant Offers and Awards, July 2016. Project Title: The Evolution of Moral Progress Project Description: Preparation for publication of a co-written book about the possibility of a theory of moral progress in light of current evolutionary explanations of morality.  For more information on the NEH Grant, please click here. read more about NEH Grant Awarded to Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell »