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Luka Yovetich, a doctoral student in USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy, will co-star in the NBC sitcom “Best Friends Forever,” on April 4. Yovetich, whose stage name is Luka Jones, plays Joe, a video game designer whose life with his live-in girlfriend, Lennon, is interrupted when her best friend, Jessica, moves back in with them after a divorce. Photo by Kimberley Joseph.

Breakout Act

April 3, 2012

If you catch yourself doing a double take while watching the premiere of NBC’s “Best Friends Forever” television show on April 4, there is good reason. Playing the role of Joe is a big break for Luka…

What makes you you? Panelists and audience members discuss what it means to find your authentic self during a recent event organized by USC Dornsife’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. 1994 © New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

Behind the Mask

November 30, 2011

When remembering Shakespeare’s words in Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” most don’t consider that the play’s buffoon Polonius delivers the line. “In the context of the…

The first issue of <em>Ilios</em> featured four long-form essays. Topics included the Russia-Chechnya conflicts, an examination of Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies, a discussion on the failures of the International Criminal Court, and an exploration of the symbols of justice in world mythology.

A Light on Political Thought

September 7, 2011

Beginning in Fall 2010, a small group of students and their faculty adviser, Anthony Kammas, gathered for meetings in a shady corner of the Carolyn Craig Franklin Garden on the north side of the Doheny Memorial Library. In…

A portrait of John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy in USC Dornsife hangs in the Hoose Library of Philosophy. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

In Memoriam: John Hospers, 93

June 29, 2011

John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy in USC Dornsife and the Libertarian Party’s first presidential nominee has died. He was 93. Hospers died in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 12. Hospers is widely known for…

Leading Scholars Join USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy

Leading Scholars Join USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy

May 11, 2011

The USC Dana and Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has recruited leading senior philosophers Ralph Wedgwood and Gabriel Uzquiano-Cruz of the University of Oxford as well as a very promising newcomer, Karen Lewis…

James Van Cleve, professor of philosopy in USC Dornsife.

USC Philosophy Professor Earns Fellowship

May 4, 2011

From the possibility of time travel to the theory of knowledge, USC Dornsife Professor of Philosophy James Van Cleve has devoted his more than 30-year career to exploring the most puzzling questions of the universe. On…

James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, has been elected a fellow of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Phil Channing.

Higginbotham Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2011

James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, 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…

Philosophy, Politics and Law

Pre-law and More

January 19, 2011

As the USC Trojans prepared to play the California Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last fall, there was another face-off scheduled on campus: Weston Rowland vs. Ronald Dworkin. As part of his Philosophy of Law…

University Professor Leo Braudy of English and Scott Soames, professor of philosophy, are now fellows of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photos credit Phil Channing.

Braudy, Soames Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 21, 2010

University Professor Leo Braudy of English and Scott Soames, professor of philosophy, have been named fellows of the 230-year-old American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world's most prestigious honorary…

University Professor Emeritus Stephen Toulmin, a renowned ethical philosopher in USC College, called for scholars to "come out of their self-imposed isolation and reenter the collective world of practical life and shared human problems." Photo courtesy of Donna Toulmin.

In Memoriam: Stephen E. Toulmin, 87

December 8, 2009

Stephen Edelston Toulmin, University Professor Emeritus and one of the most influential ethical philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century, has died. He was 87. Toulmin, the Henry R. Luce Professor for the Center for…