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The Philosophy Department would like to congratulate our 2018 Philosophy and Philosophy Pre-Law Majors on the awards they received at the Honors Convocation:


The 2018 Thesis Dinner Presentations was held Friday, April 20th in the Monroe Library, Multimedia Room 1. Below, in order of appearance in the photo above, is the list of this year's presenters, their thesis title and their advisor.


Corina Lopez, "Disability Justice" (Advisor, Dr. Peterson)


Payten Parfait, "Legal Interpretation and Bias" ( Advisor, Dr. Peterson)


Congratulations to our Philosophy Students on winning the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program!

Students will begin their studies abroad next semester thanks to this wonderful opportunity.

"The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

Patrick Klena (magna cum laude, 2016) has entered the Graduate Program in Philosophy at St. Louis University. While at Loyola, Patrick received the Guy Lemieux S.J. award for his outstanding work as a philosophy major, and his senior thesis ("John Duns Scotus on the Problem of Individuation") was recognized by the University Honors Program as the Best Humanities honors thesis of his year. At St. Louis, Patrick intends to pursue his interest in ancient and medieval philosophy. The Department wishes him great success in his future studies!

Philosophy major Tara Malay ('16) will be teaching middle school in Finland this fall. Tara will be helping to instruct children in home economics, English, history, social studies, Swedish, and biology at the Viitaniemen koulu (Viitaniemi school). Tara is also continuing to work on her master's degree in applied linguistics at University of Jyväskylä. Congratulations, Tara!

Philosophy major Raechel Stewart (class of 2017) begins law school at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey this fall. Raechel, a valued Ethics Bowl alumna, plans to focus on environmental law.

Brittney Esie (class of 2016), an Ethics Bowl alumna and a Loyola graduate with a minor in philosophy, will begin working on her Juris Doctorate degree at Louisiana State University's Paul L. Herbert Law Center this fall. Brittney received a scholarship paying for 90% of her costs. Congratulations, Brittney! 

Loyola New Orleans Philosophy Award Winners

The Philosophy Department would like to congratulate our 2017 Philosophy and Philosophy Pre-Law Majors on the awards they received at the Honors Convocation:


2017 Senior Thesis Presentations


Emily Polvado (Left) presented her thesis "State of Exception". Her advisor for this project was Dr. Joseph Berendzen.

McCalla Busman (Right) presented her thesis "Nagarjuna and the Teaching of Emptiness and Empty Language". Her advisor for this project was Dr. John Clark.


JC Berendzen has won a Marquette Fellowship for his project in which he will argue that contrary to what is commonly held by scholars, the early 20th Century French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty does not reject the concept of mental representation.  Representations are putative inner mental entities that convey information about elements of the external world.  Because representation is a core concept in the contemporary study of the mind, Merleau-Ponty’s supposed anti-representationalism is taken to be a fringe view, and leads to his overall work being underappreciated.  Berendzen's pr


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