Summer Seminars in Philosophy

Below is information on various summer seminars in philosophy.  Some of them offer free tuition and free room and board.  They are great opportunities for students considering graduate work in philosophy.

  1. Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy, held from July 20th-August 6th. Featuring special sessions taught by Shelly Kagan (Yale), Doug MacLean (UNC Chapel Hill), Rivka Weinberg (Scripps College), and Susan Wolf (UNC Chapel Hill), the seminar is intended for outstanding undergraduates who are considering graduate school in philosophy. The aim is to introduce students to the atmosphere of a graduate-level seminar, giving participants a chance to explore and sharpen their philosophical abilities before they commit to a graduate program. More details here.
  1. Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) – Penn State and BostonThese institutes are designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation. The institute will take place from June 13 – June 22, 2015 at two locations: PIKSI-Rock at Penn State, and PIKSI-Boston at MIT and UMass Boston. For more details see the PIKSI website.
    Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) – Penn State:
    Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) – Boston:
  1. Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology
    In 2015, the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University will hold a three-week summer school in logic and formal epistemology for promising undergraduates in philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, economics, and other sciences. The goals are to: introduce promising students to cross-disciplinary fields of research at an early stage in their career; and forge lasting links between the various disciplines. The summer school will be held from Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 19, 2015. There will be morning and afternoon lectures and daily problem sessions, as well as planned outings and social events. The summer school is free. That is, we will provide: full tuition and dormitory accommodations on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Applicants need not be US citizens. Applications are due by Friday, March 13, 2015.
  1. Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy, held at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, from July 26 – August 2, 2015. This seven day program is designed to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to the various areas of specialization within the discipline of philosophy, give students a better idea of what graduate studies in philosophy is about, and explore various views about what it means to be a professional philosopher. Up to fifteen students will be given the opportunity to interact in formal and informal settings with a group of talented graduate students and distinguished faculty members from a number of universities. Details here.
  1. Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University. “The Brown Philosophy Department is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University. SIPP@Brown is a two-week residential program for members of traditionally underrepresented groups in philosophy, including women and students of color. This year’s program will run from May 31, 2015 to June 13, 2015 and will feature seminars taught by Brown faculty and the SIPP@Brown research conference. Students will have travel and lodging expenses covered and will receive a $500 stipend.”
  2. UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy:
    The Philosophy Department at the University of California, San Diego is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2015 Summer Program for Women in Philosophy, which will be held at UCSD from July 26 to August 8, 2015. The two-week program will feature two intensive courses and a variety of workshops, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and preparation for applying to graduate school in philosophy. Participants will be provided with housing and meals, will have transportation costs covered, will have all course and workshop materials provided, and will receive a $600 stipend. Applications are due March 1, and participants will be notified by April 15. This year’s instructors are Anne Eaton (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Julie Walsh (Université du Québec à Montréal). Anyone who’s interested can visit our website or Facebook page

Philosophy degree pays off

A philosophy degree pays off in many ways but it also pays off in terms of earnings.  There have been many articles pointing this out but check out this recent one.  Here is a brief excerpt:

 A philosophy degree earns more than an accounting degree

We talk a lot about the need for good jobs in America, but good-paying jobs often require certain skills. Engineering, science and technical degrees are seen as highly prized, and not without merit. However, you don’t necessary need to major in software development or computer science to go far in this world. You can make a good living with a philosophy degree…



I think, therefore I … make money! Graduates with philosophy degrees have “higher earnings potential than many other arts and humanities-related fields,” said TheRichest. Payscale reports midcareer median salaries are $84,000 for your modern day Kant or Descartes. Why? Well, let’s be logical. Which is exactly what philosophy programs require of students … logic. Thinking is hard, it requires analysis, and those who can do it well can get a good job … which is a good philosophy to have.

Career Services Philosophy Open House

CES Philosophy Open House

Wednesday, February 25 @ 4pm

Howarth 101

 The office of Career and Employment Services is having a special session for philosophy majors, minors, or students considering a philosophy major or minor.

 Come learn about what philosophy students have done after graduation, how to present the skills you acquire in your classes to employers, how to prepare a resume, where to search for internships and summer jobs, how to prepare for the career fair, and much more.

 If you have any questions, please contact:

Jennifer Allen-Ayres,
Career Advisor, Office of Career and Employment Services

Prof. Ariela Tubert,
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy

Two talks by philosopher Alfred Mele at Seattle Pacific University

Professor Mele will give a public lecture entitled “Neuroscience and Free Will” on Thursday 10/9 at 5:30pm.  The talk will be at Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall 150 and it is free and open to the general public.

He will also give a talk for philosophy students and faculty entitled “On The Situationist Challenge to Free Will” on Friday, Oct. 10 at 3:30pm (Seattle Pacific University, library seminar room, 2nd floor).

Professor Mele is the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.  He is the author of several books on topics such as free will, agency, weakness of will, and self-deception, including A Dialogue on Free Will and Science (Oxford UP, 2014), Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will (Oxford UP, 2012), Free Will and Luck (Oxford UP, 2006).

Philosophy Talk Friday 10/3 at 4pm

“What is so special about agency?  Constitutivism and Inescapability”

A talk by

Luca Ferrero

Professor of Philosophy,

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Friday, October 3 @ 4:00pm

Wyatt 308

Abstract: What grounds the objective authority of the norms of practical rationality and morality? According to an influential view—known as constitutivism—the ground is to be found in the nature of agency. For the constitutivist, failing to be governed by the norms of rationality and morality would ultimately amount to the loss of agency. But giving up agency might not be an option for us. If agency is ‘inescapable’, then we cannot but be unconditionally bound by its standards and by the norms that can be derived from them. Not all the ways in which agency might be thought to be inescapable, however, are able to support this strong conclusion. In this talk, I will show that there is only one kind of inescapability that might help constitutivism, viz.: the closure of reflective agency under its characteristic operation. But I will also argue that this is only a first step and much more work needs to be done to make constitutivism compelling.

Panel discussion on “Agency, Narrativity, and Oppression” today!

The panel discussion features the work of 3 Puget Sound Philosophy seniors and is part of the Race and Pedagogy National Conference taking place on campus.

“Agency, Narrativity, and Oppression”
Friday 9/26 from 12-1:15pm in McIntyre 203.

Ariela Tubert (Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Puget Sound), chair of the session
Maia Bernick ’15 (Philosophy major and Economics minor)
Austen Harrison ’15 (Philosophy/Political Theory/Classics major)
Si-Won Song ’15 (Philosophy major and Studio Art minor)

What effects does oppression have on a person’s identity and possibility for agency? On the one hand, it would seem that oppression has deep effects on a person’s identity and is ultimately limiting of a person’s agency. On the other hand, such a view may seem to leave the person who is subject to oppression without a possibility for liberation. If the agency of the oppressed is limited, then there seems to be little chance of self-liberation. But if agency under oppression is not limited, it would seem to be up to the oppressed to liberate themselves making it unclear why it seems so difficult and who is responsible for the continuing oppression. In this panel, we investigate the issue of agency and identity under oppression within the conceptual framework provided by the narrative view of personal identity. The narrative view of personal identity holds that a person’s identity is self-constituted by a narrative. We focus on this view because of its potential for both explaining oppression’s deep effect on a person’s identity (oppressive narratives are internalized) and the possibility of liberation through counter-narratives. Education’s liberatory role can also be understood within this framework as one of its roles would be to enable those who are subject to oppression to develop counter-narratives that allow for liberation.