Philosophy

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Students,

The Philosophy Department affirms its support for the Movement for Black Lives, Indigenous Peoples, and the full diversity of people of color. We stand in solidarity with the recent national and global protests against police brutality, and we condemn the systemic racism and violence that has taken the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others.

We affirm our commitment to anti-racist study and teaching. Although the canon and practices of our discipline have historically been white (and male) centric, our conviction is that Philosophy offers indispensable methods and tools for the recognition and critique of racist, classist, and gender-based structures of differential power, coercion, violence, and domination. We are committed to deploying these tools as a core aspect of our educational mission, inside and outside the classroom.

In coming semesters we have plans to initiate teach-ins and discussions among students, faculty, staff, and administrators on issues of institutional racism and the systemic networks of domination of which racism is a part. We will actively advocate solutions to combat the racism and other hierarchies of domination that exist within educational practices. We encourage feedback, especially from students. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, needs, and constructive criticisms. We hope to hear your voices and gain your witness in our classrooms, lecture-discussions, and colloquia as we pursue this transformative work.

Thank you for helping,

The Philosophy Department
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Philosophy Department updates regarding COVID-19

March 19th, 2020

Hello! Thank you for visiting the Philosophy department webpage. As you know, the COVID-19 situation has brought on many rapid changes. However, our desire to promote student learning and success has not changed! Please take a moment to read the following information items:

The Philosophy Department Office:

As of March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the Philosophy department office will be closed. Because of this, phone calls do not give you the most effective way of contacting us; if you do need to call, though, the number is (310) 243-3636.

Contact Information:

Generally speaking, e-mail gives you the best way to contact us. Of course, if you have a question regarding your Philosophy class, you should contact your instructor directly. If you want more general information and want to e-mail the department, it’s a good idea to include the department chair and the administrative assistant, Jorge Pena on your email.

Advising:

We will of course continue to advise students as best we can. All students should seek advising at least once during the semester, especially those who anticipate graduating soon. We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to serving you.​


All the best,
Sheela Pawar, Philosophy Department Chair



Events

A Conversation About Race

Friday, November 20, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

For Students:

The Department of Philosophy seeks to facilitate an open and critical dialogue addressing philosophical pedagogy and the state of the field regarding race, as well as highlighting the role that philosophical pedagogy can play in liberation. To that end, the Philosophy Department in conjunction with the Philosophy Club is hosting a November 20th panel event on race with the intent of having equal representation from both students and faculty. We would love for you to share with us any questions you maye have for philosophy professors around the issues of race and racism. For example, you could ask about typical philosophy curricula, philosophy faculty, or philosophical treatments of race, or whatever else comes to mind. Your questions will be shared anonymously and then responded to by professors. These questions and replies will then be used as starting points for an open discussion. The overall objective of this event will be to initiate a culture of respectful, egalitarian community discussion between students and faculty, in Philosophy and beyond. Email questions and comments to: csudhphilosophy@gmail.com (All emails are confidential and are accessible only by the President of the Philosophy Club, Zarema Jimenez.) We aim to offer more events in the months to come.

For Faculty:

The Department of Philosophy seeks to facilitate an open and critical dialogue addressing philosophical pedagogy and the state of the field regarding race, as well as highlighting the role that philosophical pedagogy can play in liberation. To that end, the Philosophy Department in conjunction with the Philosophy Club is hosting a November 20th panel event on race with the intent of having equal representation from both students and faculty. Please share with us any questions for students here at Dominguez Hill, particularly in Philosophy, around issues of race and racism. The point is not to quiz students, but to dialogue respectfully. For example, you might ask about experiences of racism at DH or in LA, or about experiences in Philosophy or other classes, or whatever else comes to mind. Your questions will be shared anonymously and then responded to by professors. These questions and replies will then be used as starting points for an open discussion. The overall objective of this event will be to initiate a culture of respectful, egalitarian community discussion between students and faculty, in Philosophy and beyond. Email questions and comments to: csudhphilosophy@gmail.com (All emails are confidential and are accessible only by the President of the Philosophy Club, Zarema Jimenez.) We aim to offer more events in the months to come.

Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club Presents: Family in A Modern World
The Philosophy Club is open to all interested students! Please join us! For more information contact the club adviser, Dr. Robert Jones: rjones@csudh.edu

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