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Questions that don’t have easy answers arise in every career and every industry. Studying philosophy gives you the tools necessary to ask and pursue them. In the Department of Philosophy, faculty members prepare you to present complex ideas clearly, evaluate opposing viewpoints, and craft careful and creative arguments. In addition to teaching students to think critically, philosophy challenges you to examine the ethical contours of everyday life. Whether studying accounting and finance or communications and management, the study of philosophy is crucial to developing the well-balanced, responsible leaders of tomorrow.

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Ancell on the Value of Truth in a Liberal Society

To what extent should a liberal government be based on truth? Freedom of thought and expression are hallmarks of a liberal society. But to have such freedoms, people must be allowed to believe and express things that are false. At the same time, a liberal society cannot flourish if lies and falsehoods pervade public discourse. Liberal societies thus have a complex, and at times, conflicting, relationship with the value of truth. Assistant Professor Aaron Ancell explores that relationship in his contribution to a collection of essays published by the Brookings Institute that explores the value of truth in governance from a diverse array of cultural and intellectual traditions.


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Conference on Loneliness at Bentley

The Philosophy Department, in conjunction with the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, is organizing a virtual conference to better understand the phenomenon of loneliness, which is thought to be one of the great mental public health crises of our times. The event brings together philosophers and psychologists to advance the discussion.


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Moriarty Publishes Book in Business Ethics

Professor Jeffrey Moriarty’s book Business Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction has been published by Routledge. This book explores a variety of issues, such as the value and limits of markets, ethics in advertising, employee privacy, fair pay, health and safety, meaningful work, corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility, and the constellation of issues that attend international business.

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Axel Seemann
Department Chair 
Smith Technology Center 104

Stephen Campbell 
LSM Coordinator (Ethics & Social Responsibility)
Adamian Academic Center 117

Annette Wong
Academic Coordinator II
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