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10 GW students pose in front of the sea during their Ancient Philosophy Study Abroad trip in Greece. They are smiling and one is

Study Abroad in Greece!

Watch this video to learn more about the Philosophy Department's Short-Term Study Abroad Program that goes to Athens, the Peloponn

Peter Caws sitting at his desk

In Memoriam: Peter Caws

It is with great sorrow that the Department of Philosophy and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences report the passing of our revered colleague Peter Caws, University Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Human Sciences, Emeritus.


Upcoming events will be listed on this page when scheduled.



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The Philosophy Department has recurring needs for part-time faculty, staff and students. 

  • Prospective part-time faculty may submit their CVs and recent teaching evaluations for consideration to the department chair via email. 
  • The department hires an undergraduate student to work as a logic tutor about once a year. Please contact Michele Friend to be considered for this position.
  • The department hires Federal Work-Study (FWS) students as office assistants every year — many of them from departments outside of Philosophy. Please see GW Handshake to search for available FWS positions.


All Past Events

2020 Elton Lecture: Sally Haslanger

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 3:30pm
This lecture will elaborate how injustice is embedded in our practices and how agents can be empowered to resist that appropriation of this agency and work towards justice.

Philosophy Career Event

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 4:00pm
The Department of Philosophy held a career workshop geared towards non-academic jobs for Philosophy majors, minors and graduate students.

Brown Bag Lectures: Mark Ralkowski

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Mark Ralkowski, The George Washington University
“The Consolations of Humor”

Brown Bag Lectures: Joe Gurrola

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

Joe Gurrola, The George Washington University
“Can Reading Narrative Fiction Improve Our Empathetic Responses to Outgroup Members?”

Brown Bag Lectures: Daniel Tutt

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Daniel Tutt, The George Washington University
"Gift Exchange, Periodization and Considerations for Libidinal Economy: On Karatani and Lyotard"

Brown Bag Lectures: Avery Archer

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Avery Archer, The George Washington University

2019 Department of Philosophy Alumni Conference

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Faculty, current students and alumni are invited to the Department of Philosophy's one-day alumni conference filled with lively panel discussions.

Brown Bag Lectures: Jeff Brand

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Jeff Brand, The George Washington University
"Character and Repeat-Offender Sentencing"

Brown Bag Lectures: David DeGrazia

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

David DeGrazia, The George Washington University

Brown Bag Lectures: Dr. Summer Renault-Steele

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Dr. Summer Renault-Steele

"New Media, Old Theory, and Critical Self-Encounter on the Internet"

Brown Bag Lectures: Elliot Swain

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm

Elliot Swain

"Neoliberal Rationality as Instrumental Reason: Rereading Wendy Brown through Adorno and Horkheimer"

Brown Bag Lectures: Dr. Laura Papish

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

Dr. Laura Papish, The George Washington University

"Kant and Williams, and Guilt and Shame"

2018 Griffith Lecture: Taking Responsibility for Racial Violence: Shooting the Racist Imagination

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 4:00pm
The 2018 Griffith Lecture was delivered on April 26, 2018. This lecture, “Taking Responsibility for Racial Violence: Shooting the Racist Imagination,” was presented by Dr. Jose Medina, Walter Bill Scott Professor at Northwestern University. Dr. José Medina is professor of philosophy who taught previously at Vanderbilt University and works in critical race theory, gender/queer theory and political philosophy. His latest book is The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations (Oxford University Press).

2018 Elton Lecture: Rorty and Post-Post Truth

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
Dr. Eduardo Mendieta presented the 2018 Elton Lecture, “Rorty and Post-Post Truth,” on April 20, 2018. He is a professor of philosophy at Penn State, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute and affiliated faculty at the School of International Affairs and the Bioethics Program at Penn State University.

2018 Thacher Lecture: Flesh Matters: The Body in Cognition

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
The annual Thacher Lecture, “Flesh Matters: The Body in Cognition,” was presented on October 20, 2017 by Larry Shapiro, professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Shapiro’s research spans philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology. Within philosophy of mind he has focused on issues related to reduction, especially concerning the thesis of multiple realization.