Events and Activities


“An Analysis of the Moral Law and Moral Pathology in the Work of Martin Luther King, Jr.”


Talk by Charles Watson , III

on Tuesday, February 25

at 3:45 p.m.

in Viking Theater

Charles Watson, III (M.A., Ph.D Stanford University) is a leading philosopher on race, culture, and personal identity. He is the author of The Existential Imperative (Verlag Press, Germany) and taught ‘Race and Social Justice’ during interim 2014 at St.Olaf College.

All are welcome to attend.

Sponsored by Phi SIgma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society) and the Kirkegaard Library

St. Olaf Philosophy Students Celebrate Philosophy Day!

Philosophy Department takes part in UNESCO World Philosophy Day

WorldPhilosophyDayOn Thursday, November 18th, 2010 St. Olaf students and faculty gathered together in the Philosophy Commons in Holland Hall to celebrate United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s World Philosophy Day. The celebration, one of many held around the world, was part of UNESCO’s goal of fostering a time in which individuals could engage in a meaningful dialogue rooted in their personal convictions. In addition to an excellent conversation, pizza and pop — provided by the department — made the gathering irresistible.

“It was great to see so many students across the disciplinary board show up to celebrate philosophy in their daily lives. The critical thinking skills that philosophy requires remains an important, though often overlooked, foundational component of a quality liberal arts education. Our celebration today shows that these skills are alive and well at St. Olaf College,” said Eric Erfanian ’12.

Side by side with professors, strangers, and friends, students discussed the merits of a philosophical education, issues of equality and involvement in the college, and ways in which the “examined life” can sustain and benefit oneself for years to come. Given the success of this year’s celebration, the department looks forward to continuing the tradition in the future.