Friday, June 26, 2015

How to Run A University

We all know how difficult it is to turn down a raise, but for the third year in a row, President Santa Ono of the University of Cincinnati has rejected his annual bonus of $200,000.  Instead, he has asked that his bonus be given to 14 scholarships and charities.  Click on the link below to read the full story:

Read the news article here

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Value of Philosophy

"Philosophy departments face many challenges.  Philosophy is perceived by some as “less practical” and so less choiceworthy a course of study.  Most entering students have not taken philosophy courses and do not come to college thinking about studying philosophy. Philosophy is unfamiliar, its critical element can scare away some students, and it has a reputation among undergraduates as being hard. The result of this appears to be lower enrollments, and an increased threat to the survival of philosophy departments from budget-conscious administrators and legislators."

For a different view, you can visit the Daily Nous pages.  There, you'll get a balanced perspective.  We all know that studying philosophy is valuable not only for its own sake, but for the skills that one develops when doing it, for the attitudes it encourages, and many other reason.

Click here to visit the Daily Nous Value of Philosophy Pages.  The purpose of VPP is to provide a centralized, highly visible, and up-to-date resource for those seeking information about the benefits of studying philosophy and those seeking to disseminate such information. It is intended for a wide range of users, including: students making choices about their studies, departments trying to attract students and majors, faculty and administrators looking for arguments and data with which to defend philosophy’s place in the college curriculum, teachers seeking to learn about the value of philosophy outreach programs, and so on.

The purpose of VPP is to be an easy-to-find resource for those who may be interested in creating and maintaining such sites, and for people the world over to share new relevant material.

Some of the information on VPP is data regarding test scores and salaries. There is also room on VPP for essays and passages that discuss the intrinsic, or at least less directly pragmatic, value of studying philosophy.

Click here for more information!

Philosophy: Meaning and Love

We here in the Philosophy Department at AU are proud of our graduates!  As part of the SOAR program, Career Services has put together some promotional videos for us.  Check them out:

Nate Bebout is an Ashland University alumnus from the class of 2007, with a degree in philosophy and religion. Learn how he followed his passions and found a meaningful career in campus ministry!

Michael Donatini is a 2003 Ashland alumni. He majored in three different departments, which included Philosophy, Political Science and Journalism!

2015-16 Phi Sigma Tau Inductees

Ashland University's PHI SIGMA TAU, Ohio Mu Chapter, honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.  Membership is by invitation, based on significant academic achievement.  We would like to present the new members for the 2015-2016 academic year:

 Lauren Brumbaugh
James Coyne

Logan Darsee
Steven Forbush
Christopher Hassman
Aaron McKinney
John Osborne
Jacob Westfall

Congratulations to our newest (and returning) members!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Animated Philosophers

Writer, editor, and host George Chatzivasileiou has put together some great introductions to the great thinkers of history.  Called "Animated...Philosophers", these videos are short and worth watching, covering a range of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and others!

You can link to his YouTube page here to see the videos: Animated...Philosophers

Enjoy his video on Socrates below:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Upcoming Fall/Summer 2015 Classes

Philosophy is Natural.  Philosophy is Good.
Not everybody studies it, but everybody should
Sign up for these great Fall 2015 courses!

Phil 313: Contemporary Philosophy
Dr. William Vaughan [TTh 12:15-1:30 pm]

Heidegger & Wittgenstein
This course will examine the two strongest movements of thought in the twentieth century, those of analytic and continental philosophy, which circle around two of the greatest philosophical geniuses of that century, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) and Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). Analytic philosophy is primarily a British, German, and American movement in thought, focusing its attention on logical and linguistic analysis. Continental philosophy, for all of its difficulty, is perhaps best understood as a rebellion against the abstract thinking of the analytic movement. Join us for an exploration of the roots of contemporary thought.

Phil 330: Readings: War, Espionage, & Terror (Core Humanities)
Dr. Jeffrey Tiel [T 6:30-9:15 pm]

Spying did not die when the cold war ended. It metastasized. Its tentacles have reached into every area of our lives: our communications, our purchases, and our “private” medical information. But without spies, George Washington would have failed in the Revolutionary War. Nazi Germany, too, was defeated in large part due to an enormous counter-intelligence campaign waged by the Allies. So, how far can spies go? What are their prudential, ethical, and legal limits both within and without war? And in the wake of the ever-changing face of Islamic Jihadist Terror, have we come to the end of liberty? This Fall join us and take the plunge into the mysterious world of secrecy, terrorism, and warfare.

Phil/Chem 350: Science as a Cultural Force: The Tobacco Wars
Dr. William Vaughan & Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer [MW 3-4:30 pm]
May be taken for either a Core Humanities requirement OR a Core Natural Science requirement!

The golden age of tobacco consumption was in the 20’s and 30’s, fostered in part by World War I. It was not until the 1950’s that the growing body of medical data began to convince public health authorities that tobacco use posed one of the largest preventable health effects in human history. There thus arose an enormous cultural war regarding cigarettes and tobacco products. Does smoking in fact cause cancer, heart disease, and other health problems? Should nicotine be treated as a controlled substance? Are tobacco companies morally or financially responsible for the health effects of their products? Are the tobacco wars best understood as a multi-billion dollar industry that thrives on marketing a deadly product, or have various “politically correct” forces exaggerated the situation so as to extort tobacco companies for millions of their profits and erode people’s rights to enjoy tobacco products? The debate about tobacco provides an excellent case study for the examination of fundamental questions about the nature of science, and the role of science and ethics in public health contexts.

COMPLETE YOUR CORE with these offerings!

FALL 2015

Math/Logic:      Phil 205: Intro to Philosophy, Dr. Tiel
Humanities:      Phil 208: Thinkers in Dialogue, Dr. Mancha
          Phil 210: Phil. of Human Nature, Dr. Tiel
          Phil 215: Ethics, Dr. Hamilton or Dr. Mancha
          Phil 280D: Bioethics, Dr. Hamilton
Religion:          Phil 217: Thought & Belief, Dr. Mancha


Humanities:    Phil 215: Ethics (Sum A), Dr. Mancha
        Phil 280H OL: Workplace Ethics (Sum B), Dr. Vaughan
        Phil 210 OL: Human Nature (Sum E), Dr. Tiel
Religion:         Phil 217 OL: Thought & Belief (Sum E), Dr. Tiel

It’s never too late to learn how to think.