Department News

Can War Ever Be Just?

Join us on Wednesday, April 29, at 7pm in Aquinas College’s Loutit Room, where philosophy and theology students will consider justifications for war. This debate is our final philosophy event of the year. We kicked off our Disputatio series in October with a friendly but lively exchange between David Solomon (Notre Dame), Fr. Bill Miscamble (Notre Dame) and Robert Marko (Aquinas College). They debated whether President Truman should have dropped the bomb.


Our all-student panel on war continues the aims of the Disputatio series, which is to offer an opportunity to engage each other on challenging moral issues in a serious yet collegial manner.

  • Dr. Michaeleen Kelly, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, has been selected as a moderator of the Writers Squared Series for the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. Each event will feature two writers interacting with each other, the moderators and an audience.

    The events will take place at the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters at their Wealthy and Eastern location. More information and the exact date can be found on their website.

    Dr. Kelly’s forthcoming literary publications include “A Girl Alone in the Church” by The Melancholy Hyperbole as part of a Confession theme and “Trapped” will appear in the Crossing Lines anthology of Main Street Rag..


  • John Pinheiro (History), Chair of the Philosophy Department, has been elected to the National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. Congrats, John! >Read More


  • Bryan Pilkington, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, writes article in medical ethics. Professor Pilkington's paper, On Omissions and Artificial Hydration and Nutrition, was recently published in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Congrats, Bryan!


  • Mackenzie Kane, '14 was honored with the inaugural Saint Catherine of Sienna Philosophy Award. Congrats, Mackenzie!


  • AQ Philosophy Librarian Susan Ponischil has been promoted to Associate Librarian. Congrats, Susan!


  • AQ Philosophy Club Bioethics Panel:

    Topic: "Do we have a moral or ethical obligation to feed those in a permanent vegetative state?"
    : Noon on Sunday, April, 27


  • Two Philosophers Win Emerging Scholars Award. Ben Stitt will receive funding to work on a project titled: Changing Definitions of Basic Human Rights: Does Society Have An Obligation To Provide? Ryan Connette will receive funding to work on a project titled: The Relationship Between the Active and Contemplative Life. Congratulations to Ben and Ryan!



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