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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.

Ancell advocates for “Corporate Counterspeech”

Do corporations have a moral responsibility to speak out against conspiracy theories, misinformation and hateful ideologies? In a new article appearing in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Assistant Professor Aaron Ancell argues that they do, at least in cases where corporations risk being complicit in wrongdoing or could save people from serious harm. He advocates for what he calls “corporate counterspeech,” contending that companies have a moral obligation to oppose, criticize or correct comments made by others that threaten people’s rights and interests. 

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Seemann’s podcast offers insights on loneliness

Loneliness is a prominent topic in discussions of public mental health. Yet we do not have a solid understanding of what loneliness is and why so many people seem to suffer from it. In his Bentley-produced podcast, “Loneliness and You,” Axel Seemann has conversations with leading thinkers in a variety of fields about the research and experience of loneliness. 

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Falbo explores impetus for human inquiry

Humans are “curious creatures in search of answers,” says Assistant Professor Arianna Falbo. “We don’t just sit back and relax, waiting for the evidence we need to come our way.” But what is the relationship between inquiry and epistemology? In an article for the journal Philosophical Studies (“Should epistemology take the zetetic turn?”), Falbo explores this question, contending that an inquiry-centered approach to epistemology, known as the “zetetic turn,” does not account for the rationality of belief and therefore must be resisted. 

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Axel Seemann
Department Chair 
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Stacen Goldman
Academic Coordinator
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Stephen Campbell 
LSM Coordinator (Ethics & Social Responsibility)
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