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Nov. 28-29: ‘End of progress’ focus of philosophy talks
November 17, 2017

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – The contested status of social progress and how to support it will be examined during the Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture in Philosophy at Washington State University, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Todd 216.

March 30: Criminal justice, prisons focus of philosophy talks
March 22, 2017

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Criminal justice, mass incarceration and factors that undermine democracy will be examined during the Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture in Philosophy and a related talk at Washington State University on Thursday, March 30.

March 2: Professors debate God, science, meaning
February 29, 2016

why-are-we-herePULLMAN, Wash. – A dialogue about God, science and the nature of reality between a Washington State University philosophy professor and a chemist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the CUB auditorium. A Q&A session and reception will follow.

Feb. 9: WSU philosopher speaks on the ethics of punishment
February 3, 2016

Matt-StichterPULLMAN, Wash. – Criminal justice reform, punishment and ethics will be considered by Matt Stichter, Washington State University associate professor of philosophy, at a free, public common reading lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in CUE 203.

Sept. 10: ‘Darwin and Intelligent Design’ forum
August 25, 2015

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

ElliottSober-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The debate between Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and intelligent design will be examined by philosopher Elliott Sober during the 53rd Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture in Philosophy and the Potter Talk on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Washington State University Pullman.

‘Darwin and Intelligent Design’ philosophy lecture canceled
February 17, 2015

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

ElliottSober-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Presentations about the struggle between Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and intelligent design for the 53rd Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture in Philosophy and the Potter Talk on Thursday, March 12, have been canceled due to speaker injury. They might be rescheduled in the fall.

Jan. 23-24: Free will explored in philosophy forum
January 9, 2014

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Mele-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent discoveries in neuroscience are challenging long-held beliefs about conscious decision making or “free will.” Alfred Mele, an expert in action theory, will examine this critical intersection of science and philosophy in two free public events Jan. 23-24, at Washington State University Pullman.

48th annual Potter Lecture examines the ethics of war
March 12, 2010

PULLMAN – Georgetown University Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Sherman, will deliver the WSU Department of Philosophy’s 48th annual Potter Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in CUE, Room 203. Sherman’s lecture, “The Untold War: The Guilt They Carry,” will examine the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will draw from her recent book, “The Untold War: Inside Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers.” A book signing will follow the lecture.

A highly acclaimed philosopher, psychoanalyst, ethicist and the first Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Sherman … » More …

Shier joins Honors Council
October 6, 2008

PULLMAN — WSU administrator David Shier is the newest member of the Honors Council, according to an announcement by Honors Dean Libby Walker.

“The Honors Council provides valuable leadership for our program.  We certainly appreciate the input received from each member and are particularly pleased that Professor Shier, who has a long association with the Honors College, has agreed to serve on the council,” says Walker.

Shier, associate professor and chair of the Dept. of Philosophy, teaches the “Honors Introduction to Philosophy” (Phil 198) this fall semester.  The class is learning the basics of philosophy and pondering the question of whether happiness is enough for … » More …

Lone staffer, multiple roles
March 17, 2006

Not many people actually end up with the job they say they are going to have as a child. When Dana “DeeDee” Torgeson was little, she would come to work at WSU with her now retired mother, Diane Clark.“She would let me help her and I loved it; I told her that this is what I wanted to do when I grew up.”Torgeson, administrative manager for the Department of Philosophy, actually became what she wanted to be as a little girl. For the past 19 years, she has worked for WSU.“I love it here,” she said. “The students are fun, and the people I work … » More …