Philosophy Department

Bowdoin Senior Receives Award for India Research

For his work, Polstein received one of two annual Awards for Academic Achievement Abroad from The Forum on Education Abroad. This prize recognizes excellence in academic work by students who study with an education program abroad.

Chomsky on ‘Bought’ Elections, ‘Superficial’ Media and Other Threats

The controversial linguistics professor and political commentator took aim at US foreign and domestic policy, describing America as the most white supremacist nation in the world.

Philosophy Major Studies Value of Democracy for Summer Fellowship

How important is democracy as a political system? If society can be run in a way that gives everyone their fair share, what does it matter whether we have the right to vote or not?

Senior Uses Summer Fellowship to Examine Literature By and About Women in the Renaissance

“There was this prevailing sense of distrust surrounding women in much literature of the renaissance, centered around the idea that females were somehow artificial.”

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Off the Shelf: Professor of Philosophy Matthew Stuart

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. First up, philosophy professor Matthew Stuart.

On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

This semester faculty members are offering many classes new to Bowdoin — 27 in all.

Philosopher Jeff McMahan Lectures at Bowdoin on the Morality of War

Jeff McMahan, the White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, spoke at Bowdoin recently about the responsibilities of participants in war. His view is that soldiers must be able to morally justify the killing of others, even if they do so as uniformed members of an armed service.

Cheryl Foster ’83 to Receive a 2015 Distinguished Educator Award

Cheryl Foster, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, and a member of the Class of 1983, has been honored by the Bowdoin College Alumni Council with one of two 2015 Distinguished Educator Awards.

A Bowdoin Reading List

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Dennett on Free Will and Moral Responsibility

In a recent lecture at Bowdoin, philosopher Daniel Dennett of Tufts University argued that although free will is constrained by biological boundaries, humans should still be held accountable for their actions.

Sean McElroy ’12 Awarded Beinecke Scholarship

Sean McElroy ’12 has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship worth $34,000 in support of his graduate education. The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and “to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study.” McElroy, of Capistrano Beach, Calif., is double-majoring in […]