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Philosophy, Sports, and the Public Sphere

If there is anything that philosophy has nothing to say about, one might think it’s sports. But in Spring 2017, philosophy professor Bennett McNulty showed otherwise, teaching a course entitled Sports, Reason, and Society. Highlighting the moral problems that arise in professional sports, McNulty shows how philosophy is especially suited to foster a sense of social, civic, and ethical engagement.
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Dessa Hits a Career Milestone with Orchestra Hall Performance

Philosophy alum Dessa’s sold-out orchestral debut was met with broad acclaim. The concert’s narrative about jettisoning old love was fueled, in part, by a neuroscience collaboration with the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Associate Professor Cheryl Olman (psychology) and researchers Andrea Grant (radiology) and Philip Burton (CLA) started working with Dessa last November to turn her brain into art for an evening of entertainment and education.

Most Philosophers Favor Efforts To Broaden The Discipline

Last year, Valerie Tiberius, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, conducted what she called “The Value of Philosophy Survey.” Over 2,500 philosophers responded to the survey, which asked 24 questions, and in her Presidential Address at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) last month, Professor Tiberius discussed the results.

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