Stories From 2016

Nov 21, 2016

New York University Professor Gives World Philosophy Day Lecture

NC State’s second World Philosophy Day Lecture was given on November 17, 2016 by Michael Strevens, professor of philosophy at New York University. Professor Strevens spoke on “The Importance of Irrationality in Science.”

Oct 19, 2016

Distinguished Philosopher Visits NC State as Phi Beta Kappa Scholar

The John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, Dr. Philip Kitcher, spent two days at NC State in October 2017 as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. Professor Kitcher gave a public lecture on “Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts,” was a guest in two courses, and led a session in the Honors Village’s Research Unplugged series.

Sep 8, 2016

Religious Studies Professor Takes Up Prestigious Fellowship

Dr. William Adler, Distinguished University Professor of Religious Studies, is spending the 2016/17 academic year as a Fellow at the prestigious Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. During his time at the Institute, Professor Adler will be working on two major book projects.

Jun 29, 2016

Philosophy Alum Becomes Investment Expert

“From the time I was a kid,” says Rufus Rankin, “I wanted to pursue philosophy or become a professional investor.” Since graduating from NC State with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1999, he has discovered that he can do both.

Jun 29, 2016

Two Faculty Win Teaching Awards

In April 2016, John Carroll, Professor of Philosophy, was named as an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and Anna Bigelow, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, received an Outstanding Teaching Award and became a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Eight departmental faculty are now members of this Academy.

Apr 28, 2016

National Experts Address Impact of Religion

The NC State Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies inaugurated an Impact of Religion series by welcoming two national experts in religion and society.

Mar 28, 2016

Outstanding Senior Wins Religious Studies Prize

Zane Vermette received the Religious Studies Prize in Honor of Professor W. Curtis Fitzgerald during a March 2, 2016 reception hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Mar 28, 2016

Future Medical Student Earns Philosophy Prize

Arianna Nasser received the Philosophy Prize in Honor of Professor Robert S. Bryan during a March 2, 2016 reception hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Mar 28, 2016

Hispanic Linguistics and Cognitive Science: Grad Student Pursues Her Passions

What happens when you cross graduate studies in Hispanic linguistics with a graduate minor in cognitive science? Ask Lindsey Chandler: she’s doing it at NC State.

Feb 9, 2016

New Book Explores Political Philosopher’s Original Position

What basic rules would you choose to form a society, if you were completely ignorant of your religion, race or socioeconomic status in that society? That question forms the basis of the original position, a thought experiment introduced by one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century, John Rawls. In a new book edited by NC State philosophy professor Timothy Hinton, he and a dozen other scholars offer a range of perspectives on Rawls’ influential theory.