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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

On December 1, 2016, Patricia Boyett, the Director of Loyola's Women's Resource Center led a group of faculty and students to De La Salle High School in New Orleans as part of an educational celebration of Malala Yousafzai, the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Loyola's Ethics Bowl team competed in the 2016 Texas Regional Championship and won all three of its matches. Overall, Loyola placed 6th among 24 college teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas - narrowly missing a berth at the National Championship early next year. This fall's team was composed of students Thanh Mai, Oanh Nguyen, Emily Ortiz, Emily Polvado, Liam Sheridan, Rula Thabata and coaches Brittney Esie (a recent Loyola alumna), Joel MacClellan (philosophy), and Leonard Kahn (philosophy). Learn more about the team here

Chris Backes, a recent Loyola graduate and philosophy major, has published a review in the journal Review of Metaphysics. Chris is currently a graduate student in the School of Philosophy at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leonard Kahn participated in a panel discussion on research in the humanities, designed to help honors students who are writing senior theses in philosophy, English, and religious studies. The panel discussion was on 10/6/16.

The John P. Clark Papers is a fascinating collection consisting primarily of correspondence and publications. These materials include correspondence with political thinkers and book publishers, independently published political pamphlets and zines, and serial periodicals such as “Our Generation”. The collection also contains a small number of flyers, microfilm reels, and reel-to-reel audio recordings.

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Philosophy major Thanh Mai completed an internship this summer (2016) with the New Orleans Citizens Diplomacy Council (NOCDC). The NOCDC collaborates with organizations such as the  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to help promote mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.


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