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Department of Philosophy

Philosophers Judge High School Ethics Bowl Teams

Profs. Cummins, Muniz, Di Bello, Mahon, and O'Neil acted as judges for the 2016 Long Island High School Ethics Bowl competition on Saturday, February 6, at Hofstra University. All professors were judges for the first four rounds of the competition, and Prof. O'Neil was a judge in the semi-final round. The competition was won by Bethpage High School. Farmingdale High School was the runner-up. Bethpage will proceed to the National High School Ethics Bowl at the UNC-Chapel Hill. For more on the Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, see here.

New Chair

The Department of Philosophy at Lehman College is happy to announce that James Mahon is the new Chair of the Department.

Professor Mahon holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duke University and an M.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Prior to coming to Lehman College he was Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Washington & Lee University. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University, and a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

New Graduate Teaching Fellow

The Department of Philosophy at Lehman is happy to announce that Jessie McCormack is the new Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department.

Jessie McCormack is a second-year graduate student in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.A. in Philosophy (with Honors) from Washington & Lee University.

Prof. Di Bello on the Death Penalty

Professor Marcello Di Bello was interviewed about the death penalty for Refinery29. Read what he has to say.

"The Cycle of Violence Has to Stop Somewhere": 6 Voices Against the Death Penalty



New Philosophy Minors: good for your life, and good for your career

The Department of Philosophy is now offering an array of Philosophy minors, tailored to complement your major in another subject. You can choose from the following six options:

  • General Philosophy
  • Business, Society, and Law
  • The Diverse World
  • Language and Logic
  • Understanding Science
  • Wellbeing and the Helping Professions

All minors require 12 credits. Contact Prof. Mahon for more information on how to combine your major with a useful Philosophy minor.

Public Philosophy, anyone?

A short BronxNet video on why philosophy matters, to everyone.