News and Notes
Pamela Johnson Prize in Ethics announced

The Philosophy Department has received a generous gift from Jim Aiello to fund a new ethics essay contest. The Pamela Johnson Prize in Ethics will be awarded in memory of Jim's wife, a Le Moyne graduate who minored in philosophy. Pam Johnson pursued a highly successful career in accounting, and it has been said that she built her reputation on integrity and accuracy. Jim credits Pam's ethical conduct, in part, to her study of philosophy at Le Moyne. The essay contest will award prizes to the first ($500) and second ($300) place winners. Essay submissions are due April 1st, and the winners will be announced on April 26th at the Philosophy Department's annual awards ceremony. For more information, check back here in the coming weeks, look for posters on campus advertising the contest, or contact Dr. C. Tabor Fisher (

Philosophy Talks event in February

Todd Franklin, Ph.D. (Hamilton College), gave a talk, "Nietzsche’s Not So Obvious Connection to Critical Race Theory," on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Drescher Community Room, Panasci Family Chapel. Dr. Franklin's talk sketched a sense of the art of the cultural physician, foregrounding a figure scarcely considered a friend of the racially oppressed, in an effort to demonstrate how Nietzsche’s philosophy ironically serves as a helpful framework for conceptualizing fundamental aspects of critical race theory.

Dr. Franklin is Christian A. Johnson Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Africana Studies and Philosophy at Hamilton College. His research focuses on the existential, social, and political implications of various critical and transformative discourses aimed at cultivating individual and collective self-realization. He teaches courses on existentialism, Nietzsche, and critical cultural studies; and he is a past recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award. The author of several scholarly works on the social and political import of various forms of existential enlightenment, Franklin is also the co-editor of a volume titled Critical Affinities: Reflections on the Convergence between Nietzsche and African American Thought.

2019 CNY Moral Psychology Workshop in May

The 2019 CNY Moral Psychology Workshop will be held on May 25, 2019 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Papers will 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. The schedule of speakers and commentators can be found here. Further details will be available soon.  Any questions? Contact Dr. 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!

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