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Welcome to Philosophy and Religious Studies

Carrie Leigh Browder
BA degree in Political Science/BA degree in Philosophy, ECU 2012
Criminal Defense Attorney, Tarlton Polk Law Firm, Raleigh

A native of Spring Hope, N.C., Carrie Browder received her bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and political science at ECU in 2012. She went on to attend Campbell University School of Law and is licensed to practice in all North Carolina state courts and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

"I never considered becoming an attorney until I began taking philosophy classes at ECU," said Browder. "My philosophy degree prepared me for law school, and ultimately, my criminal defense practice."

Browder said philosophy prepared her with the tools she needs to reason through new problems, which arise daily in court, pick apart complex legal arguments and communicate effective arguments.

-East Carolina Cornerstone, 2016-2017

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Nyangweso Wangila, Religious Studies, recipient of the Harriot College University Scholar Award.

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Philosophy is a Great Major

Get a job. Choose your career. Be prepared for the unexpected.

Why Physics Needs Philosophy

Some well-known scientists have been claiming that philosophy is useless or even harmful. In this video, distinguished theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli defends philosophy against these charges.

Public Lecture, London School of Economics | 17 July 2016

What Can You Do With a Philosophy Degree?

Reisman says that when it comes to complex issues, the abstract and systematic thinking he developed in his philosophy courses helped him make important decisions. "A lot of what we do here at NASA is deciding which new ideas should be [carried forward]," he explains, "and there are all kinds of questions we have to consider. If you choose the wrong thing, the government loses tens of billions of dollars in investment.

"A philosophy major will prepare you for so many aspects of life, not just work, but issues of life and death-if you do it right," he says. " What I would say is get the philosophy degree for your life."

Dr. Veber in Brazil!

Dr. Veber presenting his paper.
Early in July, Dr. Veber gave a paper entitled "Dreams and Skepticism" as part of the First Epistemology Workshop at the conference of the Brazilian Society of Analytic Philosophy. The conference was held at the University of Campinas in Campinas, Brazil. Dr. Veber distinguishes the familiar Cartesian-style dream argument from a lesser known skeptical argument found in Sextus Empiricus. Dr. Veber argues that many common responses to the former do not apply to the latter, that if we accept certain influential ideas in contemporary epistemology Sextus' dream argument looks plausible and that the argument provides a new way to understand what Moorean responses to skepticism can and cannot accomplish. You can listen to Dr. Veber's talk here.

In October Dr. Veber presented a research paper entitled “A Different Kind of Dream Argument” at the Southeastern Epistemology Conference hosted by the University of South Alabama in Mobile. After the conference, Dr. Veber served as a guest lecturer for an upper division undergraduate epistemology course in the USA philosophy department.

Ms. Madison Buchness, a  philosophy major, was elected Secretary of the ECU Pre-Law Society and member of the Executive Board!

What We're Up To

Shayan Nik Akhtar

Junior Philosophy major Shayan Nik Akhtar got his senior honors thesis published in Apeiron: Student Journal of Philosophy, Volume 9, edited by Slavoj Zizek. The title of the paper is "The Privation Theory of Moral Evil and Hick's Soul-Making Theodicy". Congratulations!

Photo of Sarah Smith, a philosophy major who is also a Sergeant in the USMC, in the new study area created for past and present members of the military. Photo by Michael Seegars, The East Carolinian

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is a philosophy major and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She is in the new study area created by the ECU Office of Veterans Services for current and past members of the military.

Photo by Michael Seegars, The East Carolinian
Phi Sigma Tau

Congratulations to the six new members of ECU's chapter of the philosophy honor society Phi Sigma Tau: Madison Buchness, Jameson Doub, Roderick Hall, Daniel Hill, Samantha Smith and Sarah Smith.