Philosophy

Randolph professor consulted as expert ethicist in Vice News article

David Schwartz

David Schwartz, Professor of Philosophy and The Mary Frances Williams Chair in Humanities at Randolph College, was recently interviewed by Vice News for the article, “How Unethical is Buying Cocaine?” Schwartz is the author of Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age, and shared his expertise on ethical consumerism in the article. Read the entire article... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor participates in National Humanities Alliance’s Humanities Advocacy Day

David Schwartz asks Bro Adams, chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities, about the role of small liberal arts colleges in supporting the humanities.

David Schwartz, philosophy professor and the Mary Frances Williams Chair in Humanities, recently attended the National Humanities Alliance’s (NHA) Annual Meeting and participated in its Humanities Advocacy Day Program in Washington, D.C. For Advocacy Day, Schwartz and other professors from across the nation met with legislators to promote the importance of humanitarian studies in a... READ MORE >>

Randolph team wins debates about ‘Ethics and Civic Responsibility’ in VFIC Ethics Bowl

Members of the Randolph team deliberate their answer to a question at the Ethics Bowl.

Randolph College won two debates in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) 17th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl last weekend. The event was held in Roanoke at Hollins University. Discussing a variety of case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas, Randolph won matchups against Emory & Henry College and Hollins University, and the team... READ MORE >>

Randolph philosophy professor chairs panel on public philosophy

David Schwartz

David Schwartz, the Mary Frances Williams Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Randolph College, recently chaired a panel discussion on public philosophy at the American Philosophical Association’s (APA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Public philosophy seeks to foster more thoughtful and productive public discourse on difficult issues such as racism, immigration, cyber-bullying, and civic responsibility.... READ MORE >>

David Schwartz speaks on The Ethics and Politics of Consumption at international panel

David Schwartz, Mary Frances Williams Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, spoke as an invited panelist on “The Ethics and Politics of Consumption,” at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other invited panelists included Mark Budolfson (Princeton University), Rob Reich (Stanford University), Marco Grix University of Auckland), and Judith Lichtenberg (Georgetown University).... READ MORE >>

Randolph Ethics Bowl team takes second place in statewide competition

Ethics Bowl photo

Randolph College placed second in the 2015 statewide Ethics Bowl competition—the highest the College has ranked in the history of the Ethics Bowl.... READ MORE >>

Randolph Magazine: Connecting History

Evan Smith at his great-grandfather's house on Pierce Street in Lynchburg

Evan Smith ’15, president of student government at Randolph, sees many connections between his own goals in life and the life of his great-grandfather, a Lynchburg doctor who trained international tennis legends.... READ MORE >>

Helen Clark Berlind Symposium begins Friday

Nick Brandt, Elephant Walking Through Grass, Amboseli, 2008, archival pigment print, 40 in. x 73 in., edition of 8. ©Nick Brandt, Courtesy of the Artist and Hasted Kraeutler, NYC

The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will host the 23rd annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium this weekend. The symposium brings together artists and scholars to discuss the themes expressed in the College’s annual exhibition.... READ MORE >>

Randolph student leads artificial intelligence discussion for philosophy group

Phuong Tran ’15 gave a presentations based on her senior philosophy paper, “Artificial Intelligence: Are Smart Machines Alive? Or Are Alive Machines Smart?”... READ MORE >>

Kaija Mortensen presents research at national conference

Kaija Mortensen, assistant professor of philosophy, presented original research at the Buffalo Experimental Philosophy Conference in Buffalo, NY, on September 19, 2014.... READ MORE >>