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Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher,
& philosophy begins in wonder.

– Plato

Department News

Prof. Illingworth on Americans and Immigrant Health

In this short piece, Professor Illingworth argues that Health is a public good. She argues that it is a public good because the health of one group of people directly impacts the health of other groups of people. In this case, the two groups in question are American citizens and immigrants. Since America refuses to give…
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Philosophy Department Essay Contest

The Department of Philosophy and Religion is pleased to announce our annual essay award competition. Awards will be given in two categories: Philosophy and Religion. The deadline for papers is April 4th at 11:59 pm. For the full details of the contest click through…
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Prof. Basl Featured in Neuromarketing Article

Prof. Basl discusses how advances in smartphones and wearable technology allow neuromarketers to gather and act on data they previously had no access to, and how the ethics behind these actions affect the consumer. Link: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2228090-neuromarketing-in-the-age-of-iphones/

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Prof. Parekh’s Book Event

Come to Snell Library to hear about Prof. Parekh’s new book Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement. This book is a philosophical analysis of the ethical treatment of refugees and stateless people, a group of people who, though extremely important politically, have been greatly under theorized philosophically. This book reframes this debate and shows…
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Chanting the Word of God: Cantillation in the World’s Religious Traditions

On May 8, 2017 Northeastern University will host a day-long symposium on cantillation, the ancient practice of chanting sacred scripture, as practiced in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Scholars, practitioners and students from the three faith traditions will come together for sessions that will address theoretical and performance issues that all (or many) have in common….
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Department Spotlights

Aarambh Pradhan

Poultry Workers Justice Campaign Project

This student video highlights the brutal conditions that American poultry workers face each day. The video also concentrates on the particularly harsh position that minorities and immigrants face within the industry. The project aims to deliver concrete arguments through first-hand accounts of worker's rights in the industry with interviews from Mary Babic, Oxfam US Senior Communications Officer, Leah Varsano, Oxfam Research Fellow, and former and current workers in the poultry industry.

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