Philosophy

Research in the Big City

Visiting professor of American Culture Noel Wolfe and Zach Pennix '18 at the City University of New York's Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos (Center for Puerto Rican Studies).

During his first trip to New York City, Zach Pennix ’18 was awestruck. The city had so much to offer—culture, entertainment, great food—that the Lynchburg native struggled to take it all in during his first trip there. “I couldn’t see enough,” he said. “I just wanted to see and experience it all.” Pennix spent his... READ MORE >>

Schwartz selected for prestigious visiting scholar position at UNM

David Schwartz

A Randolph philosophy professor has been selected for the Garrey Carruthers Endowed Chair in Honors visiting scholar position at the University of New Mexico. David Schwartz, philosophy professor and The Mary Frances Williams Chair in Humanities, will assume the role during the 2017-18 academic year. “It is a great honor to be selected for this... READ MORE >>

Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar to lecture on ‘Evolution and Ethical Life’

Philip Kitcher

Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will give the lecture, “Evolution and Ethical Life” at Randolph on Thursday, March 30. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall and is free and open to the public. Kitcher, a past president of the American Philosophical Association (APA), will... READ MORE >>

Randolph students engage in political debates at VFIC Ethics Bowl

(From left) Christian Ridenour '18, Danish Roshan '18, and Katya Schwab '17 deliberate during the 2017 VFIC Ethics Bowl.

A team of Randolph College students traveled to Virginia Wesleyan College this weekend to debate issues of “U.S. Presidential Election Politics” in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 18th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl. Randolph’s team, which consisted of Katya Schwab ’17, Danish Roshan ’18, and Christian Ridenour ’18, competed against teams... READ MORE >>

Randolph students to deliberate ‘Ethics and U.S. Presidential Politics’ in statewide Ethics Bowl

Members of the 2016 Ethics Bowl team discuss their answer to a question.

Three students from Randolph College will participate in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 18th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl on February 12-13 on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. The Randolph College team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges... READ MORE >>

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 >>