Archives for Philosophy

Six Faculty + Summer Grant = Interesting Scholarship

Each summer at Gordon, the Provost's Office invites applications for small grants that Faculty can use toward ongoing research and scholarship in between academic years. This summer, six were awarded stipends, ranging in projects from screenwriting and data reviews to humanitarian logistics and fiction writing. Here are two recipients, with the others to follow: For his project called,"Impacts of habitat fragmentation on Read full article »

Grant to Ask New Questions on the Problem of Suffering

How does one address, and think about, suffering in a way that goes beyond academic engagement to practical theology? Ian DeWeese-Boyd, associate professor of philosophy & education, hopes to find out. DeWeese-Boyd is part of a team with two other scholars who have been awarded a $14,260 grant from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame for the formation of Read full article »

Distinguished Faculty Awards, 2012-13

On Saturday, May 18, at Gordon’s 121st Commencement ceremony, provost Janel Curry recognized professor of recreation and leisure studies Valerie Gin and assistant professor of philosophy Brian Glenney as this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Awards. The Distinguished Faculty Awards are given annually to one senior and one junior full-time faculty member in recognition of excellence in teaching, substantial Read full article »

Center for Faith & Inquiry Honors Faculty Scholarship: Part II

In an effort to promote outstanding scholarship that can reach both professional and public/church audiences, the Center for Faith and Inquiry recently announced its inaugural Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Congratulations to the follow faculty! David Lumsdaine Professor of Political Science, David Lumsdaine will explore the implications of “Biblical and Ethical Perspectives on International Affairs”: "As Christians, and simply as citizens concerned with Read full article »

Where Do Philosophical Problems Go When They Die?

Brian Glenney Some scholars say that philosophical problems should be annihilated or killed off once they've outlived their usefulness. But Brian Glenney, assistant professor of philosophy, believes they live past their usefulness for philosophy and can be resurrected by scientific experiments. In fact, Glenney's recent article "Philosophical Problems, Cluster Concepts and the Many Lives of Molyneaux's Question" explores this in Read full article »

Neither Male Nor Female: Voters on Human Issues

As the presidential election draws to an end, philosophy professors Lauren Swayne Barthold and Brian Glenney raise some interesting questions in the following editorial about why the candidates won't get "women voters."  Why There Are No Women Voters and No Women’s Issue By Lauren Barthold and Brian Glenney Lauren Barthold Brian Glenney Binders or not, there are no women voters. Period. There is, we mean, Read full article »

Moving Forward: Glenney Shows Why Symbols Matter Around Campus

Turn into any parking lot and it’s easy to spot the handicapped spaces by the traditional blue and white accessibility icon: a stationary wheelchair under a static stick figure. But this month, the handicapped spaces across Gordon’s campus show a new icon, a person leaning forward, arm in the air as if to push the wheels, making the College the Read full article »

Philosophic Insights of the Encyclopedic Kind

Lauren Barthold Lauren Swayne Barthold, associate professor of philosophy and coordinator for the gender studies minor, has been busy lately. Her article "Rorty, Religion, and the Public-Private Distinction" appears in the October 2012 print issue of the peer reviewed international journal, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Volume 38 Issue 8.  And the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a peer-reviewed academic resource, has just become a little Read full article »

Seeing Beyond Perceptual Representations

Brian Glenney, assistant professor of philosophy, has long been interested in matters related to sensory perception. Consequently, the History of Philosophy Quarterly published Glenney's article, "Leibniz on Molyneux's Question," in its July 2012 issue. The paper fills a gap in Leibniz scholarship as Glenney looks at three issues of Leibniz’s account of perception: whether perceptual representations are a species of thought, how perceptual Read full article »

On Molyneux’s Question

Even while he's on sabbatical in Seattle this semester, Brian Glenney, assistant professor of philosophy, is engaged in educating others about issues within his field. Recently, he made this contribution to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Molyneux’s Question, he says, prompts a number of perplexing issues in both the psychology and philosophy of perception. Primarily it links these fields of Read full article »