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Student News:

The Philosophy Department is proud to congratulate Athena Niayesh for winning Best Attorney at UC Irvine's Mock Trial Invitational! Athena is a double major in Philosophy Pre-Law and Criminology Law Enforcement, and serves as Vice President of Phi Alpha Delta. Congratulations Athena!

Colloquium Series:

The second speaker of the Fresno State Philosophy Colloquium will be Dr. Carolyn Cusick. Dr. Cusick's talk is entitled, "Communicating Experience and Sharing Knowledge." The talk will be on Tuesday, 11/8 at 3:30 in Peters 192. Contact Dr. Howard ( if you have any questions.

The first speaker of the Fresno State Philosophy Colloquium was Dr. James Rocha. Dr. Rocha's talk is entitled, "Tortured Plea Bargains: The Legal Fiction of Feigning Guilt." The talk was Thursday, 9/22, at 3:30 pm in Peters Building 192.

Free Speech Forum

On 11/1 at 12:30 in North Gym 118, The Free Speech Forum featured our very own Dr. Tina Fernandes Botts as the keynote speaker, with speeches and panel discussions by President Joseph Castro, Provost Lynette Zelezny, our own Chair of Philosophy Dr. Andrew Fiala, Comm Dept.'s Dr. Doug Fraleigh, University General Counsel Darryl hamm, Comm Dept.'s Dr. Kevin Ayotte, and ASI President Tim Ryan. Further, many of our own philosophy majors provided insightful and probing questions. Thanks to all of the participants for such an engaging discussion!

Awards & Grants:

Dr. Tina Botts was named the Featured Philosopher on! You can read more about Dr. Botts and her work here.

The department would like to congratulate our own Dr. Andrew Fenton for being a member of the team that won an Insight Development Grant! See here for the award winners.

New Faculty:

The department has hired two new faculty: Dr. Tina Botts and Dr. James Rocha.  They will contribute to the prelaw track in our major.  Welcome!

Read more about Drs. Botts and Rocha here.

Dr. Andrew Fiala on Ethics

Andrew Fiala is a professor of philosophy, the chair of the Philosophy Department and director of The Ethics Center at Fresno State. He writes a weekly column on ethics for The Fresno Bee. Here is a link to his columns.