Philosophy at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The Island University is proud to be the only university in the A&M system outside College Station to offer both the minor (18hrs.) and the major (30hrs.) in philosophy. Boasting a long and storied tradition in Applied Ethics, the Philosophy Program has particular strengths which are rare outside much larger universities, including American Pragmatism and Eastern Philosophy.

Pursuing the PhD

From time to time we have students so enamored of philosophical inquiry that they seek to pursue it professionally as university or college professors of philosophy. Due to the ongoing scarcity of academic positions for philosophers, our usual response is to steer students towards law school or medical school. Watching extremely talented and productive colleagues desperately struggle to find even temporary positions no doubt shades our perceptions of the prospects of a building a career in philosophy.

To be sure, being steered one way or the other is not exactly the same as making fully informed decisions--particularly decisions which require extraordinary effort, self-determination, and self-discipline.

To that end, 80,000hours.org is carrying an impressively comprehensive discussion by William MacAskill (Oxford), further developed by Arden Koehler (NYU Philosophy Graduate Student) on careers in philosophy (not all of them academic!) and the pros and cons of its pursuit.

Why Study Philosophy? (Reason 632)

The Mellon Foundation is carrying an interview with investment fund manager Bill Miller (who made waves with a 75 million dollar donation to the philosophy program at Johns Hopkins University) on the practical--and not so practical--value of studying philosophy. From the interview,

I was recently giving a talk at a conference, and there was a speaker there who specialized in disruptive technologies and had a PhD in computer science. He described all the different technologies that would be changing significantly over the next 10 to 20 years and would upend the work force. During the audience Q and A, somebody asked, "If that's the case, what should we advise our children to do, because so many of the things that they would be trained for might become obsolete?”

Undergraduate Bioethics Essay Contest

The Center for Bioethics at NYU is pleased to announce its inaugural undergraduate essay contest. Undergraduate students from any institution are invited to submit a 2,000-2,500 word essay addressing a contemporary issue in bioethics (broadly construed). The winning essay(s) will be eligible to be published in the Medical Dialogue Review and win a cash prize. The essays will be judged by the faculty at the NYU Center for Bioethics.

Submissions should be sent to bioethics@nyu.edu by MARCH 1, 2019.

PRIZES: 1st place will receive $500 USD and 2nd Place will receive $250.

Additional information:

  • Author(s) must currently be an undergraduate.
  • Essays should be submitted in Word Doc format, double-spaced, and written in 12 pt font.
  • Submissions should be prepared for blind review and include a cover sheet with name, institution, and email address.
  • Submissions will be accepted until March 1, 11:59PM EST.
  • The winning essays will be eligible for publication in the Spring 2019 Issue of the Medical Dialogue Review.

"Agora" Series

A new column series in The New Statesman (UK) seeks to drag philosophy out of the ivory tower and into the marketplace of ideas. From the inaugural article's lede,

According to one founding myth, philosophy begins with an obstreperous old man being put to death for pestering his fellow citizens about the nature of justice and courage and other such virtues. Needless to say, execution is hardly an auspicious way to start a new academic discipline. But Socrates’ death, his characteristic doubt, and his tireless attempt to engage Athenians in dialogue tells us a great deal about the essence of human understanding.