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Office location: Ladd Hall, 2nd Floor

Reginald S. Lilly, Professor of Philosophy

Ruby Grande



Lecture: Spinoza and Dynamic Materialism
Guest Speaker: 
Dr. Daniel Selcer from Duquesne University
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Pohndorff Room, Scribner Library


Informational Meeting for Philosophy Majors
Facilitated by: Prof. W. Lewis, J. Smith, R. Lilly
Date:  Thur. March 26, 2009
Time:  7:30 PM
Location:  Ladd Hall 207

For those students interested in becoming a philosophy major or those who have recently declared.  A chance to get together and ask questions about the curriculum, what options will be open to them after graduation, talk with faculty and enjoy free pizza and beverages


Lecture: Commonwealth and Beehives
Speaker: Professor B. Doyle
Date:  Friday, April 17, 2008
Time: 3:00 PM
Location:  Ladd Hall #307

What’s similar, and what’s different, about being a citizen in a commonwealth and a bee in a beehive?  A variety of answers will be displayed and assessed—answers put forward by Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Richard Dawkins, E. O. Wilson and Ruth Garrett Millikan.  One basic result of this survey is the following paradox:  the ancients portray commonwealths as natural developments, while Hobbes portrays commonwealths as artificial products;  however, Hobbes’s approach to the study of human beings is more naturalistic.  Thus Hobbes’s theory is largely compatible with contemporary biology.  We might even say that while we have the ability to speak because of our genes, we decide to live as citizens in commonwealths because of our memes. 


Philosophy-Religion Majors Commencement Party
Date:  Friday, May 15, 2009
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location:  Home of Professor Reg Lilly, 15 Granger St.  Saratoga Springs, NY

To make sure that we have a chance to meet parents, and congratulate all of our graduating seniors, the Department faculty hosts an annual Open House reception.  This year an hors d’oeuvre reception for students and their commencement guests will be held at the home of Professor Reg Lilly.  On behalf of the philosophy and religion faculty, please do come and let us help you celebrate this memorable occasion!