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First meeting of our new Philosphy Club - The Lyceum - on Thursday, April 17th, from 5-7 pm at International Room on the MUC 2nd Floor. 

SIUE Department of Philosophy is hosting Coffee Hour for students interested in all things Philosophical! Friday, February 21, 12 PM – 1 PM, Peck Hall, in and around room 3212. 

SIUE Department of Philosophy recently presented Dr. Lewis Gordon: "Living Thought, Living Freedom: A Lecture in Black Existential Philosophy"
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SIUE recently hosted this year's Illinois Philosophical Association Conference
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For the latest updates on the department, current students, and alumni, read the current newsletter.
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Learn about Dr. Fatima's research on physician's character
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Read about Dr. Fields' innovative work into the use of technology to preserve Indigenous Knowledge-Systems
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Read what Dr. Reiheld writes about Reproductive Control, Marriage Equality, and the Gendered Division of Cooking on SIUE's Women's Studies Blog
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Learn about Dr. Fatima's outreach at the Edwardsville Public Library, "Women in Today's Muslim World"
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Learn about Donald Marquis's argument against abortion during the 7th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
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Learn about the recent Illinois Philosophical Association's annual conference
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Learn about Dr. Reiheld's medical ethics and transgender issues presentation
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Learn about Dr. Lueck's experience at a recent Kant conference in Belgium
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Learn about the Department of Philosophy's "Medicine in Action" speaker series
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Learn about the recent meeting of the St. Louis Area Philosophy of Science Association
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Professor Margaret Simons - Going Professorship

2008 Fritz Marti Lecture

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

2007 Study Abroad Trip to Turkey

2007 Alumni Symposium

2007 Fritz Marti Lecture

2007 Illinois Philosophical Association Conference


Professor Margaret Simons - Going Professorship

In March 2007 the College of Arts and Sciences announced that the second recipient of the William and Margaret Going Professorship is Dr. Margaret A. Simons from the Department of Philosophy. The $10,000 gift is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates great passion for his or her own work. In the letter of nomination Dr. Simons is characterized as "A dedicated teacher-scholar whose research has informed and sharpened her teaching". Dr. Simons' research focus is on a reassessment of the philosophical work of Simone de Beauvoir.

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2008 Fritz Marti Lecture

In March 2008, the Philosophy Department held its 33rd Annual Fritz Marti Lecture in honor of a late colleague and friend, Fritz Marti, Emeritus Professor of Philosophical Studies at SIUE (1984-1991), upon his retirement in the spring of 1976. At the the first lecture, then-Chairperson G. William Linden congratulated Fritz for 50 years of contributions to education and philosophy, as well as spiritual leadership. Dr. Alvin Plantinga was this years guest speaker.

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Dr. Alvin Plantinga preparing and presenting his lecture "Divine Action in the World."

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Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

On November 10 &11, 2006 SIUE held its First Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, organized by Kyla Sweeney (pictured bottom left). The conference received 34 submissions from students at 18 universities. A panel of SIUE philosophy students reviewed the submissions and accepted 12 papers for presentation. The keynote speaker, Professor Sarah Lucia Hoagland, from Northeastern Illinois University presented "Epistemic Shifts and Resistant negotiation." The best paper award, which was accompanied by a $100 cash prize, went to John Matthis from the University of Maryland- Baltimore County.

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The second annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference was held on October 26 & 27, 2007. The conference, organized by Julia Batty and Aric Kreeger, was a big success. There were 9 student presentations on a broad range of philosophical topics. The keynote address, given by Dr. Tao Jiang, Rutgers University, was entitled, "Contexts and Comparisons: Xuan Zang (Yogacara Buddhism) and Freud on the Subiminal Mind." Andrew Higgins (pictured above right), from Illinois State University won the best paper award. Joe Figliulo, from Lake Forest College, won the honorable mention award.

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2007 Study Abroad to Turkey

A dozen Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students recently spent a month immersed in everyday life in Turkey, a country famous for having one foot in Europe and one foot in Asia.

Touring mosques, museums, ancient relics and local stores, visiting local marketplaces for exotic spices and goods, witnessing the electoral process

and Turkey's recent presidential election firsthand, and cooking authentic cuisine, Lucian Stone, SIUE assistant professor of philosophy, said the experience was "multifaceted."

Because Turkey is positioned in both continents, the country is rich with European and Asian influences, Stone said. "We were resident scholars; not just tourists," said Stone, who accompanied the students and taught two junior-level philosophy courses in conjunction with the trip: Islam and Modernity and Islamic Aesthetics.

Stone said he assigned reading material that "the students were able to apply to their surroundings and experiences."

The group of students- majoring in such diverse areas as philosophy, history, political science, special education teaching, Spanish, and engineering- focused on art and architecture, religion, literature, music, painting, food, film, dance, poetry, and other aspects of culture, as well as history and politics of the country.

Classes were taught at Yesitepe University, a private university established in southeast Istanbul in 1996, on the Asian side of the city.

Students lived in dorms at the university, which acted as the host institution for the travel abroad experience, Stone said.

The experience was supported by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the SIUE Center for International Programs.

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Clockwise from top left: Shopping at the Spice Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest shopping complexes in the city. Many vendors selling every kind of spice imaginable as well as many different teas, herbs, etc. - Hanging out on the European side of Istanbul after taking a tour of Dolmabahçe Palace (which served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1922) on their last weekend in the city. - Walking up towards the entrance of Dolmabahçe Palace. - Meredith Burkart standing in the open courtyard just prior to going inside the mosque. - A fabulous view of the Süleymaniye Mosque, which is situated on one of the largest hills that make up the city of Istanbul (making it quite the trek). - Group picture standing in front of the historic aqueduct of Istanbul (you can't see it in the picture but that structure is situated over a 6-lane highway).

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2007 Alumni Symposium

The 2007 Broyer Philosophy Alumni Symposium was a huge success. "This has been incredible," wrote an alumnus. "Outstanding!" a current faculty member wrote. "We need to get together more often to actually discuss philosophy. Let's do this every year!"

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Left to Right: Dr. Sang-ki Kim discusses a paper by Brett Carrol (B.A., '92), Dr. Peg Simons presents Rebekah Ross-Fountain with an award for best paper. SIUE alums at 2007 Broyer Philosophy Symposium.

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2007 Symposium Schedule


2007 Fritz Marti Lecture

This lecture series was initiated in honor of a late colleague and friend, Fritz Marti, Emeritus Professor of Philosophical Studies at SIUE (1984-1991), upon his retirement in the spring of 1976. At the the first lecture, then-Chairperson G. William Linden congratulated Fritz for 50 years of contributions to education and philosophy, as well as spiritual leadership.

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There was a large turnout at this year's Fritz Marti Lecture.

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Illinois Philosophical Association Annual Conference

On November 9th and 10th, SIUE hosted the 2007 I.P.A. Conference. The keynote address by Elliott Sober of University of Wisconsin - Madison was on Evolution without Metaphysics? Papers were presented by philosophers from Illinois and beyond.

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Left to Right: SIUE Provost Paul W. Ferguson, Host Professor Judith Crane, and Elliott Sober giving his keynote address.

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