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USC Dornsife first-generation college student Dominique Codjia, center, on Move-in Day with (from left) her sister, Mireille; her mother, Jamie; her father, Henri; and her brother, Etienne. Photos by Darrin S. Joy.

Love, Hope and Gratitude

August 20, 2015

The excitement around the residence halls was palpable as students and families filled the campus for Move-in Day. For one group in particular, the day marked an important and special milestone. As the first-generation to…

As USC Dornsife’s first sustainability postdoctoral fellow, Jonathan Lawhead is building a bridge between philosophy and earth sciences as he addresses the philosophical implications of climate change and geo-engineering. Photo by Dan Knapp.

Issues and Interventions

January 13, 2015

Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Jonathan Lawhead was attracted to philosophy from an early age.  “Maybe it was living in a place where I was surrounded by so much probability,” he joked, before adding more…

USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni speaks at a recent panel discussion on whether it is time to abolish the death penalty, while Dan Simon of USC Gould (left), moderator Sharon Lloyd and USC Vice Provost Martin Levine listen. Photo by Janet Kramer.

Crime and Punishment

December 4, 2014

A bumper sticker reads, “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?” The question was examined during a Nov. 12 panel discussion held at USC's University Park campus. “Is It…

American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow Gary Watson is a leading expert in moral theory, moral psychology, philosophy of law, and moral and criminal responsibility. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Watson Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2014

Gary Watson, Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies. The USC Dornsife scholar, who has a…

James Higginbotham, USC Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, studied the disciplines of generative grammar and linguistic semantics for nearly four decades and was an international leader in his field. Photo by Philip Channing.

In Memoriam: James Higginbotham, 72

April 28, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics James Higginbotham, Linda Hilf Chair in Philosophy at USC Dornsife and world-renowned expert in generative grammar, linguistic semantics and the philosophy of language,…

USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy has made two prestigious faculty hires this year with Professor John Hawthorne and Associate Professor Jonathan Quong. Photos courtesy of John Hawthorne and Jonathan Quong.

Developing a New Philosophy

February 4, 2014

People take notice when in the space of a few years, you surge to No. 11 from 46 in the national Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings, as USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy has done. The school’s impressive…

Arriving from the University of Oxford, philosopher Ralph Wedgwood is drawn to the abstract. His desire to ask the big questions and challenge the norm goes way back. Photo by Roger Snider.

On the Origin of Ralph

January 28, 2014

First you should know that Ralph Wedgwood’s first name is pronounced the old-fashioned English way so that it rhymes with waif. He explained the history of this pronunciation on his USC Dornsife School of Philosophy…

Professor of Philosophy Gabriel Uzquiano arrived in Fall 2011 from Oxford University. Born in Majorca, Spain, he grew up in Tarragona. His expertise spans from philosophical logic and the philosophy of mathematics to metaphysics. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Gabriel Uzquiano

May 7, 2013

Countless have asked, but Gabriel Uzquiano sought to answer: How many angels can dance on the point of a needle? The question asks not what is the case, but rather what can be the case. Some philosophers take what can be the…

A student reads at the Hoose Library located in USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy. The School of Philosophy has jumped dramatically in the Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Dishing up Gourmet Philosophy

April 24, 2013

“No department has improved more over the last decade than USC’s.” Which discipline could the speaker be describing? Economics? Video gaming? Immunology, or maybe stem cell medicine? All good guesses of top…

J. Paul Reddam, ’82

Saddle Your Dreams

September 14, 2012

The chestnut thoroughbred had a certain je ne sais quoi. “He’s all class,” said J. Paul Reddam, who owned the racing horse, I’ll Have Another. “It’s just something you sense when…