News and Events
Read stories and articles for and about current and prospective students and faculty in the Philosophy program.
You can also browse an archive of books published by program faculty and scholars.
The Philosophy program hosts numerous events for its students and faculty, as well as the wider Philosophy community.
View all upcoming Philosophy events
Our Event Series
- Philosophy Colloquium
Download the full schedule for Spring 2022
Each colloquium (unless noted below or circumstances change) will be IN PERSON 4:15 P.M. to 6:15 P.M, room TBD
- Cognitive Science Speaker Series
- Logic and Metaphysics Workshop
- Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference
In addition, many of our associated centers run events as well, most are listed in our upcoming events list, but you can also check their websites:
Oct 22, 2021
TWO GRADUATE CENTER PHILOSOPHY PROFESSORS NAMED EDITORS OF LEADING AESTHETICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF ART JOURNAL
By Bonnie Eissner For the next five years, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (JAAC), published by Oxford University Press, considered the leading aesthetics...
- Faculty News
Sep 21, 2021
IN MEMORIAM: DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR CHARLES W. MILLS, A PHILOSOPHER WHO CHANGED THE CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE IN THE U.S.
The Graduate Center community is immensely saddened by the passing of Distinguished Professor Charles W. Mills (Philosophy) who died on September 20, 2021, at age...
- Faculty News
- In Memoriam
Aug 23, 2021
This fall, nearly 600 master’s and doctoral students join the Graduate Center. Meet eight whose stories offer a glimpse into the fascinating backgrounds and perspectives...
- Student News
Aug 9, 2021
'DAILY NEWS' REPORTER SHANT SHAHRIGIAN IS CHANGING HIS BEAT TO PURSUE A MASTER’S IN PHILOSOPHY AT THE GRADUATE CENTER
"Journalism and philosophy are both about asking questions," said incoming student, Shant Shahrigian.
- Student News
Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher
This book reconnoiters the appearances of the exceptional in Plato: as erotic desire (in the Symposium and Phaedrus), as the good city (Republic), and as the philosopher (Ion, Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman). It offers fresh and sometimes radical interpretations of these dialogues.
Those exceptional elements of experience - love, city, philosopher - do not escape embodiment but rather occupy the same world that contains lamentable versions of each. Thus Pappas is depicting the philosophical ambition to intensify the concepts and experiences one normally thinks with. His investigations point beyond the fates of these particular exceptions to broader conclusions about Plato's world.
Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher will be of interest to any readers of Plato, and of ancient philosophy more broadly.
Published February 2021
Justin Steinberg and Vatteri Viljanen
Benedict de Spinoza is one of the most controversial and enigmatic thinkers in the history of philosophy. His greatest work, Ethics (1677), developed a comprehensive philosophical system and argued that God and Nature are identical. His scandalous Theological-Political Treatise (1670) provoked outrage during his lifetime due to its biblical criticism, anticlericalism, and defense of the freedom to philosophize. Together, these works earned Spinoza a reputation as a singularly radical thinker.
In this book, Steinberg and Viljanen offer a concise and up-to-date account of Spinoza’s thought and its philosophical legacy. They explore the full range of Spinoza’s ideas, from politics and theology to ontology and epistemology. Drawing broadly on Spinoza’s impressive oeuvre, they have crafted a lucid introduction for readers unfamiliar with this important philosopher, as well as a nuanced and enlightening study for more experienced readers.
Accessible and compelling, Spinoza is the go-to text for anyone seeking to understand the thought of one of history’s most fascinating thinkers.
Published January 2021
Monsoon, 2020 SINGAPORE SAGA, VOL.3
Set against the development of Singapore in the years 1852-1869, Hungry Ghosts (Singapore Saga, Vol 3) continues the vivid portrayal of the lives of the early pioneers, including Tan Kim Ching, W. H. Read, Habib Noh, Tan Kim Seng, Mother St Mathilde, Syed Ahmed Alsagoff and Whampoa as well as an array of fictional characters who bring nineteenth-century Singapore to life.
A female refugee from the Taiping Rebellion is kidnapped in Amoy and sold as a concubine in Singapore; an enterprising Indian convict converts his training as a metalworker into the more lucrative business of counterfeiting; a terror-filled secret society soldier is led down to the ten courts of hell on the night of the hungry ghosts; Duncan Simpson meets with the Heavenly King in Nanking and is tortured in a Chinese prison; an English wife escapes a loveless marriage when the ‘ghost ship’ CSS Alabama puts into Singapore.
As the fates and fortunes of its protagonists play themselves out against the backdrop of the Indian Mutiny, the Second Opium War and the last years of the Taiping rebellion, Singapore becomes a Crown colony and celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its founding.
Hungry Ghosts is volume three in the Singapore Saga, a series of historical fiction covering the early years of Singapore, and follows Forbidden Hill and Chasing the Dragon.
Published November 2020