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In a first for the Philosophy Department, Jeremy Fantl taught a course during block week. Philosophical problems and ideas are often motivated with hypothetical scenarios. Films can present philosophically rich scenarios in vivid and compelling detail. In "Philosophy at the Movies," Prof. Fantl and his students looked at a selection of films (and a couple of television episodes) that dramatize philosophical problems, including issues in the philosophy of evidence and knowledge (epistemology), the nature of right and wrong (ethics), how punishment might justified, the possibility of self-sacrifice and moral dilemmas, and what it is to lead a good life.

Zahra Ahmadianhosseini is this year's winner of the Graduate Essay Prize, for her paper "Empty Names and Two-Valued Positive Free Logic". Last year's winners were Samara Burns and Alison McConwell. WInning essays are posted on the Department website.

Congratulations to Evangelian Collings and Darren Corpe for winning the Institute for Liberal Studies 2017 Essay Contest, in the Graduate and Undergraduate categories respectively.

Essay Topic: "Are there moral limits to markets?"

Honorable Mentions to Joshua Stein, Sarah Vooys (Graduate Category) and Mikaela Mackenzie (Undergraduate Category).

Congratulations to Timothy Perkins, who graduated from the Undergraduate Philosophy BA Honors Program this Spring and has since also been accepted into the Department's Masters Program.

Supervisor: C. Kenneth Waters

Honors Thesis: Are Pathways really just Mechanisms? A case for analyzing scientific terms as they are used

Future Plans: "My post-graduation future fell into place nicely as I have been fortunate enough to be accepted into the Masters program in the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary. I plan to continue working with my honours adviser, Professor C. Kenneth Waters and his team of graduate student researchers, and possibly expand upon the ideas which inspired my honours thesis. Ultimately, my goal is to pursue a PhD in philosophy."

Congratulations to Troy Klassen, our newest alumnus.  He graduated from the Department of Philosophy Honors Program with first class distinctions.  

Supervisor: Lorraine Markotic

Honors Thesis: Silence in Continental Thought & Literature

Future Plans: "I will be applying to graduate programs in Philosophy and Comparative Literature this Fall. In the meantime, I'm working on the family farm. I hope that one day I'll be able to find, in a corner of a university somewhere, a small stuffy office full of books to hide in."

 

Well done Brent Odland!  Brent successfully completed his Philosophy BA Honors thesis and graduated this Spring.  

Supervisor: Mark Migotti

Honors Thesis: Putting Philosophy to Work: Charles Peirce on the Logic of Science and Science of Logic 

Future Plans: "Currently I am planning to take a year off from school to work and hopefully travel. I plan on applying for MA programs in the fall and hope to start a program in the fall semester of the next year."

Congratulations to Mikaela Mackenzie, who graduated from the Philosophy BA Honors program with first class distinction, during June 2017 convocation ceremonies.  

Supervisor: Jeremy Fantl

Honors Thesis: The Freedom to Believe

Future Plans: "After graduation I will be attending the University of Toronto to pursue my Master's degree, with the goal of (eventually) becoming a professor."

Todd Dilling graduated from the Philosophy BA Honors program with first class distinction.  He is also the 2017 recipient of the Silver Medallion in Philosophy.

Supervisor: Jeremy Fantl

Honors Thesis: When Should Skeptics - And Everyone Else - Say "Know"?

Future Plans: Todd will be starting law school in the fall, and hopes to work as a lawyer. He isn’t exactly sure what field of law he wants to work in yet, but he knows he wants to be in the courtroom

At Wednesday's convocation ceremony, we will celebrate the achievements of fifteen undergraduate students and six graduate students. Cheer on your friends and students at 2pm in Jack Simpson Gym.

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