Department of Philosophy

Philosophy News & Updates

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dr. Justin McBrayer and Dr. Dugald Owen have co-authored a piece entitled "What Quantum Mechanics Doesn't Show" in the journal Teaching Philosophy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dr. Justin McBrayer has been named a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Innsbruck, Austria for fall term 2016.  Congratulations, Justin!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weston Ellis has been named the 2015-16 Outstanding Student in Philosophy.  Congratulations, Weston!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Philosophy major Rhea Gillespie will be presenting research from her senior seminar offering a left-libertarian defense of animal rights at this spring's Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference.  Way to go, Rhea!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Philosophy minor and psychology major Tyler Jimenez has just accepted a fully-funded graduate school offer from psychology department at the University of Missouri.  He will be working on something called the terror management health model that focuses on existential motivations for health-related behavior.  Congrats, Tyler!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Check out this piece in the Washington Post on why kids need to learn philosophy now more than ever before.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Our own Dr. Justin McBrayer weighs in on the Oregon controversy.  "This Land is Your Land.  Or is it?"  What makes property private?  

Monday, November 16, 2015

To Weld or Philosophize?  Here's an interesting response from a welder turned philosopher, Simon Critchley, in the New York Times!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Ryan Meer, an English and philosophy graduate from FLC, has just accepted a fully-funded offer to attend graduate school at Columbia University!  He'll be working on a PhD in English and Comparative Literature.  Congratulations, Ryan!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Philosophy and the Humanities in the New York Times!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recent philosophy graduate, Doug Moore, has accepted a fully-funded offer to pursue a PhD in philosophy at the University of Missouri.  Congratulations, Doug!

Monday, March 02, 2015

FLC's own Dr. McBrayer in the New York Times on "Why Our Children Don't Believe in Moral Facts."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Amazing how many of these movers and shakers are also philosophers!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Fort Lewis College Ethics Bowl team dominated the regional tournament last week in Boulder.  They will be competing in nationals in the spring term.  Congratulations Theresa, Luke, Ivie, and Tyler!

Monday, October 13, 2014
Skeptical Theism: New Essays

 Oxford University Press has published a short blog post explaining Dr. Justin McBrayer's co-edited book on skeptical theism.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Dr. Justin McBrayer  Dr. Justin McBrayer just published a paper defending a re-vamped version of Pascal’s Wager.  The gist?  Belief in God is good for you.
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Skeptical Theism: New Essays Dr. Justin McBrayer's co-edited book on skeptical theism has just been released by Oxford University Press! The volume is entitled Skeptical Theism: New Essays and was put together with a colleague from Baylor University.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
New York Times - Don't Dismiss the Humanities

"Don't Dismiss the Humanities" in the New York Times argues for the impact that philosophers have had on the way many of us see the contemporary world. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady

Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady will be giving a talk on the work of John Rawls and Non-human Animals at this year's Rocky Mountain Ethics (RoME) Congress in Boulder, Colorado.  Good work, Sarah!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Is Philosophy Obsolete? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Philosophy Department is very proud to announce that Caleb Ontiveros, a 2014 graduate in philosophy, will be attending the PhD program at Notre Dame!  Congratulations, Caleb!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kirk Raikes (December 2013 philosophy graduate) recently presented a paper on Foucault for an online philosophy conference.  See him here.  Congratulations, Kirk!

Friday, March 21, 2014
Dr. Justin McBrayer

Dr. Justin McBrayer has just reviewed a book on the epistemology of religion.  The review is available on Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Check out The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors are Changing the World of Business, on the Huffington Post.  Did you know that the co-founder of Flickr and former HP CEO were both philosophy majors?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Dr. Justin McBrayer

Dr. Justin McBrayer has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Are you sure that a degree in the humanities makes graduates less employable than other majors like business or science?  Answer here.

Thursday, January 09, 2014
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady

Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady and colleagues from the Department of Psychology have published new research demonstrating the comparative strength of critical thinking instruction in philosophy courses. Check it out here!

Monday, December 16, 2013

textbook on ethics Dr. McBrayer's co-edited textbook on ethics has just been released on Amazon!  Check out the article by Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady on the full-face veil ban in France (chapter 22.3).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dr. Justin McBrayer and his family are interviewed by the Fort Lewis College Foundation on their work as family-in-residence for Animas Hall.

Friday, August 23, 2013
Dr. McBrayer's co-edited book on the problem of evil has just been released on Amazon!
Monday, August 19, 2013

 Which is better: an MBA or a degree in Philosophy?  A business student here at FLC recently shared this article from The Atlantic with us. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Be EmployableBe Employable, Study Philosophy.  Check out this article from a Canadian magazine!

Monday, June 03, 2013

The French Take Philosophy Seriously!  A BBC report on the stiff philosophical requirements of French higher education.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady has been accepted as a participant in a 2013 summer workshop at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.  The workshop is entitled  Justice: Theory and Applications.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dr. Justin McBrayer has been accepted as a participant in a 2013 summer workshop at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.  The workshop is entitled Moral Intuitionism: Epistemological and Methodological Aspects.  Congratulations, Justin!

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Fort Lewis students competed in their first ever Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition yesterday!  They won their initial debate despite eventually losing to the winner of the entire regional competition.  Good job Colin, Caleb, Jakob and Ryan!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Dr. Justin McBrayer will be leading an innovative month trip to Greece this summer!  Students will earn both EGC and Philosophy credit as they explore both classical and contemporary Greek culture.
Monday, August 20, 2012
How Americans View Wealth and Inequality with insights from political philosopher John Rawls.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
One of our philosophy majors and recent graduates, Daniel Leighton, has accepted a job with Mercury Payment Systems here in Durango. Congratulations, Dan!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
America the Philosophical?  So says a New York Times review...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
One of our philosophy majors, Andy Bolton, has been accepted to a masters of library science program at the University of British Columbia.  Congratulations, Andy! 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
One of our philosophy majors, Ursula Squire, has been accepted to law school.  Congratulations, Ursula! 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Dr. Justin McBrayer is one of two 2012 recipients of the New Faculty Teaching Award.  Our department now has TWO teaching awards to its credit!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
One of our philosophy majors, Ryan Murphy, has been accepted to San Francisco State for graduate school in philosophy.  Congratulations, Ryan! 
Thursday, April 05, 2012
"Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major," as reported in The Wall Street Journal.  It turns out that employers want employees who have the breadth and critical thinking skills that come from a liberal arts degree. 
Thursday, March 22, 2012
An article in the New York Times entitled "Does it Matter Whether God Exists?" cites an article entitled "Skeptical Theism" recently published by Dr. Justin McBrayer. 
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady has been promoted to full professor.  Congratulations, Sarah!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Dr. Justin McBrayer  is one of 20 PhD's to be chosen as a participant in this summer's St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion sponsored by the Templeton Foundation.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has released its data on the Best and Worst Jobs of 2011.  Guess who ranks at 16 out of 200 different jobs?  Philosophy! 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer's recent work in philosophy of religion is noted on the philosophy of religion blog the ex-apologist.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer will be presenting a paper on counterpart theodicies as responses to the argument from evil at the 2012 Mountain/Pacific meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers in Santa Barbara, CA from January 11-13, 2012.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Dugald Owen will be giving at lecture entitled “Answering Agrippa: An Internalist Solution to the Regress Problem” at the Northwest Philosophy Conference in Portland, OR on Nov. 4th & 5th, 2011.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
The department has received a grant from the Society of Christian Philosophers to bring renowned philosopher Dr. Linda Zagzebski to campus for a talk!
Friday, September 02, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer's paper "Are Skeptical Theists Really Skeptical? Sometimes Yes, and Sometimes No," is forthcoming in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer's paper "Skepticism about the Argument from Divine Hiddenness," is forthcoming in the journal Religious Studies.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady is the 2010-11 recipient of the Alice Admire Outstanding Teacher Award. Way to go, Sarah!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
2/16/11: Dr. Justin McBrayer has been chosen from a worldwide pool of applicants as one of 15 participants in the Knowing in Religion and Morality workshop at Purdue University sponsored by the Templeton Foundation.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady's paper “Conflict of Interest in Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research,” is forthcoming in the International Journal of Applied Philosophy.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Congratulations to Philosophy major Dylan Leigh on winning the campus-wide Common Reading Experience Essay Contest. Way to go, Dylan!
Monday, September 20, 2010
"Lessons in Morality at West Point," as reported by the BBC
Friday, August 27, 2010
Philosophy major's mid-career pay is higher than those majoring in Business, Biology, Pscyhology, English, Sociology, Journalism, Anthropology, Art, etc. (from

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