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The Bioethics team is starting to form. For more information on how to get involved or to learn what the ethics bowl is all about contact:

Professor Yelle at b.yelle@northeastern.edu





Summer 1 and Summer 2 courses are available to view.

Take a look at what summer courses the department will be offering.

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Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. Our department is filled with faculty and students who love to think, read and talk about “the big questions,” as well as about current events and contemporary issues involving ethics, religion, and political philosophy. We have an active research faculty and an award winning group of students whose plans range from heading off to graduate or law school to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business. Many of our students take advantage of our combined majors with other disciplines, such as computer science, international affairs, environmental studies, physics, history, english, economics, and media and screen studies.

The Department is home to  The Ethics Institute, which does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, descriptive ethics, and normative theory. Our Philosophy Club is an active group of undergraduates who gather weekly for dinner and discussions. Our Ethics Bowl team studies pressing social and ethical issues and competes in competitions around the region. We are fortunate to have a vibrant intellectual community that is committed to bringing philosophical and religious studies research and methods to bear on contemporary events and issues.

On this website you will find information about our majors and minors, about experiential education opportunities, and about our student and faculty community. You can also “Like” us on Facebook, where you can see upcoming events, recent photos of different activities, and see exciting opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about our programs or department, please feel free to contact me at r.sandler@northeastern.edu or call us at 617.373.3636.

Ron Sandler
Department Chair

Department News

Should Our Morals Determine Our Gear Purchases?

Outside Online: Say one of your favorite hydration-pack brands has a parent company that also owns a semi-automatic rifle maker. Should you stop buying the gear? Outside online asks three ethicists for their opinions. Professor Illingworth is quoted in this article.

How Iranian Women Turn “Pious Fashion” Into Under-the-Radar Dissent

Check out Prof. Bucar’s recent essay in the Zócalo Public Square, ASU Knowledge Enterprise Magazine of Ideas.

Prof. Hosein interviews civil rights activist Shaun King

Check out this article about the Shaun King interview on campus last Friday, Professor Hosein was the interviewer. Civil rights activist Shaun King outlines strategy for ‘making change happen’

How Muslim Women Use Fashion To Exert Political Influence

Check out Prof. Bucar’s essay in The Atlantic, includes lots of photographs.

Piksi Summer Logic Institute

The Ethics Institute is now accepting applications for the Piksi Summer Logic Institute. Click here for more information.

Prof. Hosein: Wins First Place

Professor Hosein wins first place on “Peasoup.us”, where he explores the moral implications of President Donald Trump’s executive order for a travel ban for nationals of six Muslim-majority countries and discusses how the travel ban violates basic human rights of equality and freedom from discrimination for all people. Click here for the full article.  

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Upcoming Events


“What Accuracy Could Not Be”

Seminar on Graham Oddie’s paper, “What Accuracy Could Not Be” ..
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Does the Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics Apply to the Actual Business World?

The view of business ethics that Christopher McMahon calls the “implicit morality of the market” and Joseph Heath calls the “market failures approach” has received a lot of recent attention. In this paper I ask a simple question: does this view have any implications for the real world?..
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Student Reflections

Isabella Carlsson

Co-op at Carnegie Mellon University

In the fall of 2017, I was on co-op at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh.

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Kaleem Ahmid

Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl, November 11, 2017

I was part of the Northeastern Ethics Debate team in the Fall semester of 2017. 

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Isabella Carlsson

Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017

I presented one of my papers at the 2017 Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) conference.

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Aja Watkins

Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017

I presented recently in the undergraduate portion of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) annual conference.

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Devin Lane

12th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, October 20-21, 2017

I attended the 12th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Samantha Hirshland

Madness, Disorder, and Society, International Graduate Conference in Philosophy, May 7, 2015

I presented my first abstract paper at the Madness, Disorder, and Society, International Graduate Conference in Philosophy at the University of Essex in Colchester, England.

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