Department of Philosophy News

Recent Graduate Recognized in ‘Junior Nobel Prize’ Competition

A recent UT graduate has been recognized as a highly commended entrant by the Undergraduate Awards program—dubbed the “junior Nobel Prize”—for his paper in the philosophy category. Duncan Cordry, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico, has been honored for his paper on whether people have free will and, in particular, what conditions they must meet in order to act freely.

Local8Now Highlights UT Ethics Bowl


WVLT-TV Local 8 Now visited UT’s Ethics Bowl to watch as fifteen high school teams tackled a series of controversial issues, ranging from racism to the use of natural resources.

UT to Host Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl

Fifteen teams from thirteen East Tennessee high schools will compete at the sixth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl. The daylong competition is sponsored by UT’s Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Center.

Brittany Maynard died in a philosophically responsible way


John Hardwig, a retired professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about Brittany Maynard, who became the face of a movement to allow dying patients to choose when to end their lives. “The evaluation of Maynard’s death and of physician-assisted suicide more generally, must not be exclusively focused on the dying person. 

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Department of Philosophy Hosts High School Ethics Bowl

Fifteen teams from twelve East Tennessee high schools will compete at the fifth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, February 8. The day-long competition is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville Hotel in Downtown Knoxville. The opening remarks begin at 10:30 a.m., and the closing ceremony is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Graduate Takes His Final Tour … Across the Commencement Stage

He knows that the only two graves on UT’s campus belong to dogs and that the most popular class on campus is the History of Rock n’ Roll. Robert “Taylor” Thomas knows dozens of fun facts about UT. Thomas, who graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences today, has learned many things at UT. But as a UT Ambassador, he has taught many things as well. Thomas has given more than 300 campus tours, setting what is believed to be a nationwide record for campus tours.