Philosophy asks the big questions: Can we know anything? How should we live? Do we have free will?

We look at what the great thinkers have said about these questions, and examine whether their answers stand up to scrutiny. This requires expertise in critical thinking - evaluating arguments and clearly expressing arguments of your own. These skills learnt in philosophy are transferable to every area of life.

Weekly "Pizza Forum" events

Held in the North Academic Center (usually in 5/144, but check with our Department at 212.650.7291) on Thursdays at 12:30.

Fall 2022 schedule:

9/15, Science, Philosophy & Religion with Prof. Marek Slomka, NAC 6/308

9/22, general discussion, NAC 5/144

10/6, general discussion, NAC 5/144

10/13, Conversations with an Asteroid Hunter, with Daynan Crull, NAC 5/124

10/20, Prof. Massimo Pigliucci on The Quest for Character: What What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders, NAC 5/144

10/27, general discussion, NAC 5/124

11/3, The Ethics of Food, with Claire Deshaies from the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, NAC 5/144

11/10, Natallia Stelmak Schabner, Virtual Experience: From Illusion to Simulated Reality, NAC 5/124

11/17, Pat Hope, talk title tba, NAC 5/144

12/1, general discussion, NAC 5/144

Department News

Prof. Pigliucci's new book is coming out on 9/25! The Quest for Character--What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders.

Prof. Marinoff has a new book out: Essays on Philosophy, Praxis and Culture--An Eclectic, Provocative and Prescient Collection.

Prof. Crull's TED-x talk on "Finding truth in the age of information."

We host Philosophy Day every year in November!

Check out our video series!

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Professor Ben Vilhauer

North Academic Center
Room 5/144C
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031