Philosophy Department


What is Enlightenment? Reflections on Kant's Answer

On Wednesday February 3rd a panel of distinguished professors met to discuss philosopher Immanuel Kant’s work "What is Enlightenment?" The talk was moderated and hosted by University of Southern Maine professor Jason Read. The panel included professor Robert Louden, Sarah Marquardt (both professors of the University of Southern Maine), and professor David Cummiskey Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bates College.

World Philosophy Day 2015

"Alienation, Isolation, and Exclusion" A panel and discussion was held on Thursday, November 19th, at Payson Smith Hall, on the Portland Campus.

Jason Read Presented at Stuttgart Symposium

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jason Read traveled to Stuttgart in September to participate in the Akademie Schloss Solitude's Colloquium, Marketplaces of Perception. The colloquium was part of the art, science & business program at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The Soapbox with Prof. Kathleen Wininger

Frantz Fannon's Philosophy of Resistance with Kathleen Wininger, Episode 150121 - The Soapbox

Movie & Popcorn

TO ALL Philosophy MAJORS/MINORS AND LSH MAJORS Movie Night Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind DATE: April 9th, Thursday TIME: 7:00 PM PLACE: Luther Bonny Auditorium/Talbot Hall There will be popcorn and an informal discussion about the movie and fall semester course offerings following the movie.

The Stuart Hall Project

The Stuart Hall Project is a documentary told through the ideas of Stuart Hall and heard through the sonic landscape of the music of Miles Davis.

World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day Philosophy in a Time of Crisis November 20th, Thursday 10:15-11:30 a.m. Payson Smith Hall, Room 204 Portland Campus Free and open to the public

William James Lecture

Panel discussion "William James in Focus: Willing to Believe"

Noted American Philosopher to Speak at USM on “What Makes Life Meaningful?”

One of America’s most prominent philosophers will visit the University of Southern Maine this month to lecture and discuss a question that most everyone has pondered: What makes life meaningful?

Why We Love Breaking Bad: Work, Austerity and Autonomy

Why We Love Breaking Bad: Work Austerity and Attomony. Discussion, Prof. Jason Read, Professor of Philosophy & Associate Prof. David Pierson, Dept. of Communication & Media Studies, and author of Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series. April 9, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00 pm, Glickman Library, 7th Floor, Portland Campus