Department News

Spring 2024 course offerings are now available!

Prof. François Raffoul gave a lecture on "Sexual Difference and Gathering in Gesclecht III' at a two-day international conference at Princeton University. Watch it on Youtube!

French and Francophone Philosophy Today Conference April 18 - 20, 2024

Professor Ian McCready-Flora Colloquium Talk February 20, 2024 at 3:00 at the Grand Salon, French House

Professor Anthony Kelley won a $7,500 research grant from the Research & Creativity Activity Support Fund of the Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research. Professor Kelley will use the funds during the summer of 2024 to investigate what makes a being capable of being benefited and harmed. He is especially interested in whether advanced artificially intelligent systems would have interests that would make them proper objects of our moral concern.

Professor Deborah Goldgaber was awarded $7500 from the Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research to continue work on her scholarly monograph entitled The Power to Punish and the Limits of Retributivism. The study she undertakes asks, first, how the fact of mass incarceration in the Unites States ought to impact our normative justifications for punishment and, secondly, explores why normative attempts to curb the expansion of the power to punish--by setting strict limits on its legitimate application—have mostly failed. In this context, the study is particularly interested in doctrines of retributivism, as these represent, historically, the most philosophically robust attempts to limit the power to punish.

Professor Anthony Kelley won a $15,000 grant from the Life Worth Living Network of the Yale Divinity School to develop a new course concerning how recent and future advances in technology present both challenges and opportunities for human flourishing.