Philosophy Department


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

USM Philosophy Department to Observe World Philosophy Day

The idea that we need to take time out of this hurry-scurry, high-tech world to think deeply and philosophically about the serious issues facing all of us is a concept gaining more and more prominence among many people. As part of its first celebration of World Philosophy Day on Thursday, Nov. 21, the University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Philosophy, under the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will hold three public events emphasizing the importance of philosophy in our society.

Prof. Jason Read on Pervert’s Guides, Žižek and ‘They Live’

Bangor Daily news article featuring Professor Jason Read on Perverts Guide to Ideology.

USM Philosophy Symposium hosting benefit show Friday night

The USM Philosophy Symposium, our department's official student group, is hosting a benefit event Friday night at the Empire Dine & Dance.

How Professor Jason Read became an Internet meme

Our very own Professor Read became an Internet meme two weeks ago, reaching the popular news aggregation site Reddit and the blog of Wil Wheaton, an actor best known for his roles on "The Big Bang Theory" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Video: Philosophy faculty and students speak at OccupyMaine event

Professor Read and Professor Caffentzis were among the several speakers for an OccupyMaine teach-in that happened on the Portland campus last Thursday.

Portland Press Herald column features USM philosophy student

Portland Press Herald colunmist Bill Nemitz wrote a profile on Curtis Mills, a philosophy student at USM, who served the military in the past. The column delves in Mills' past and explores how he decided to pursue a philosophy degree at USM.

Video: Prof. Jason Read speaks about Collectivity and Individuality at UVU

On September 23, Professor Jason Read presented a talk titled "The Social Individual: Collectivity and Individuality in Capitalism (and Marx)" at Utah Valley State University as part of the school's Ethics Awareness Week.