News and Notes
2019 CNY Moral Psychology Workshop: Call for Abstracts

The 2019 CNY Moral Psychology Workshop will be held on May 25, 2019 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Any topic in moral psychology is welcome. Papers could address their topics either by considering the work of one or several historical figures, or alternatively by focusing on issues and arguments from contemporary authors. To be considered for the 2019 workshop, please submit a 500-600 word abstract in the linked form. Ensure identifying information has been removed from the abstract itself. Abstracts are due by Jan. 15. Authors will be notified by Feb. 7, and will be asked to circulate drafts of their papers around the first week of May. Any questions? Contact John Monteleone (

The 2019 Workshop is made possible by the generous support of Le Moyne College and the Mellon Humanities Corridor of Central New York.

New Minor (Nov. 2018): Ethics, Values, and Professional Life

"Ethics, Values, and Professional Life" is an ethics minor in the broadest construal of the word. Its goal is to help students live better lives by engaging with questions of personal values, ultimate meaning, and professional ethics. Students are encouraged to set their personal and professional goals into the broader context of what it means to live meaningful lives as responsible members of their communities and citizens of the world. Accordingly, the courses in this minor will address topics in applied ethics, moral psychology, and social justice as they appear in real-life situations.

The minor consists of five courses. Introduction to Philosophy (PHL110) and Moral Philosophy (PHL210), both of which are core requirements, count towards the minor. The remaining three courses consist of two ethics courses in Philosophy and one course from a menu of options from various departments. The courses on this menu can be taken as part of the core (e.g., REL, THE, COR400) or major requirements (CMM350). A list of the menu of courses can be found here.

Department of Philosophy Alumnus named President of CUNY

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Vincent Boudreau ('84) as the 13th president of The City College of New York on December 4, 2017. Vincent was a double major at Le Moyne (philosophy and English) and graduated summa cum laude in 1984. He went on to Cornell, where he received his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in government (comparative politics and international relations). He has been a professor and administrator at CUNY since 1991. Congratulations to Dr. Boudreau!

Vulnerability Conference

The Department of Philosophy and the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy hosted Le Moyne's first themed undergraduate conference, Vulnerability: Dimensions and Perspectives, on April 8, 2017. Students from various majors at the College read their refereed papers for the conference to an audience of 50-75 faculty, students, and friends from the community.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Richard Moran, Ph.D., the Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, who delivered a talk titled “The Philosophical Retreat to the Here and Now."

The conference was one of several initiatives of Le Moyne's first Visiting McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy, Todd May, Ph.D., the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University.

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