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Philosophy at CCSU

Information about the Philosophy Department at CCSU will be updated at this site – including course offerings, and departmental, student and faculty activities. Click on postings below, or check the side columns for links to more information, related sites, and archives for this site.

Why Major in Philosophy

Here is a document with links to various sites that explain the value of philosophy, both intellectually and as a career: Why Major in Philosophy

Philosophy Courses for Fall 2014

The following classes are being offered for fall 2014: Continue reading Philosophy Courses for Fall 2014

Prof. Cameron Brewer to join Philosophy Department

CameronBrewerProf. Cameron Brewer has been appointed as Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Philosophy Department. He will be joining us in August of 2014, and will be teaching early modern philosophy as well as introduction to philosophy courses in the Fall term.

Prof. Brewer holds the PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and previously was at the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota at Rochester. His areas of specialization include the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and biomedical ethics.

Emeritus Prof. Joe McKeon has Died at Age 76

JoeMckeonJoe McKeon, who taught at CCSU for more than 30 years, during which time he served as Department Chair, Coordinator of Religious Studies, Honors Program Director, and Coordinator of East Asian Studies, has died at age 76. Joe had only recently retired from the department, which accorded him emeritus status for his efforts on behalf of faculty and students over so many years, and his contributions to teaching Religious Studies and Asian Philosophy. An obituary notice prepared by his family follows:

Joseph G. McKeon, 76, of West Hartford, CT, departed this life on December 7, 2013.  A long-time resident of South Windsor, CT, he was born in Brooklyn, NY, on May 16, 1937, son of the late John and Mary McKeon. Continue reading Emeritus Prof. Joe McKeon has Died at Age 76

Prof. Mathew Foust joins the Department

screenshot_230Prof. Mathew Foust has joined the Philosophy Department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. He holds his doctorate from the University of Oregon and teaches and researches in the areas of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and American Philosophy,  as well as Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion.

Parker English retires and is named Emeritus Professor

Prof. Parker English has retired from the CCSU Philosophy Department, and has been named Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. Parker — as he is known to  faculty and students alike — came to CCSU in 1995, and served 18 years as a valued colleague. He taught courses in his area of specialization – African Philosophy–, as well as courses in Religious Studies and the Honors Program. His most recent book, What We Say, Who We Are : Leopold Senghor, Zora Neale Hurston, and the Philosophy of Language was published in 2010 by Lexington Books. Parker will continue to research the interface between African and Analytic Philosophy. He was awarded the title and status of Emeritus Professor in recognition of his major contribution to teaching, research and service at CCSU.

Minor in Social Justice

The Philosophy department minor in Social Justice introduces students to philosophical literature and analysis through the examination of concepts and theories related to social justice, such as those concerning equality, democracy, and oppression. Moreover, through their coursework, students will apply philosophical concepts and theories to contemporary issues of social justice within the United States, such as racism in the criminal justice system, affirmative action, poverty, gender-based violence, and welfare. Continue reading Minor in Social Justice

Assessment 2012

The departmental assessment for learning outcomes for Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 is now available. Click here: Philosophy Assessment Spring 2012 – Fall 2012 for the document in PDF format.