Philosophy News

College of Liberal Arts Philosophy students are challenged by their professors to explore life’s biggest questions about god, health, disease, free will and more. Here, we explore the big questions about the lives and academic and professional careers of our students, alumni and faculty. Read their stories and contact us if you have a Temple Philosophy story that needs to be shared. The program is locally rooted in the cultural center that is Philadelphia, but its global reach touches European and Greek philosophy and so much more. Follow along as the Department of Philosophy scrutinizes life’s great mysteries in pursuit of greater answers.

image of book cover Play, Philosophy and Performance

Congratulations to Kate Brelje for her recent publication “The Complexity of Play: A Response to Guyer’s Analysis of Play in Schiller’s Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man” in Play, Philosophy and Performance, edited by Malcolm McLean, Wendy Russell, and Emily Ryall!


Congratulations to Raciel Cuevas for receiving a fellowship from the “PBC Fellowship Program for International Ph.D. Students” at the University of Haifa. This fellowship will support his dissertation work on cognitivism and value in Hegel’s philosophy of art. Well done!

Feb 18, 2021

Nordev Prize Winners

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The winner of this year’s Nordev prize for the best graduate student preliminary examination essay is Max Engleman for his paper "Reassessing Dilthey's Social Ontology.” The runners-up are Yining Wu for her paper "The Unconditioned in Naturphilosophie: Schelling’s reception from Kant’s third Critique” and Manasa Gopakumar for her paper "Is Racial Ignorance the Same as Racial Ideology." Congratulations Max, Yining, and Manasa!

image of book cover USA A Superpower in Crisis

Hammer's new book, USA: A Superpower in Crisis, explores the social and political divisions in the United States. It discusses the historical and economic conditions of these divisions, the rise of right-wing populism, and the state of American democracy. It's less than sanguine about its subject, but not without hope. It is currently the second best selling book in Norway!

The Italian Program (Department of French, German, Italian and Slavic) is proud to collaborate with the CHAT - Center for the Humanities, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University in celebrating 700 years from the death of the celebrated Italian poet, Dante Alighieri. Please join us for a year-long celebration, and stay tuned for more information.

Dante Alighieri: 1265-1321