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In 2001, Columbia’s Philosophy Department was united with the Philosophy Department at Barnard College. We now function as a single department with shared policies and standards. For a tour of the Columbia campus and for a tour of the Barnard campus. Our department is also home to The Journal of Philosophy.


September 30, 2021

Lead Teaching Fellowship Event ("Teaching Philosophy Writing: Communicating Our Implicit Knowledge") with Devin Morse Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:10pm – 6:00pm via Zoom

Do you struggle to help your students develop a paper idea that is doable but interesting to them? Do you wish you knew more about how to explain what a good philosophy paper should look like, beyond the standard guides? In this discussion-based workshop, we will, in collaboration with a writing pedagogy specialist from the Writing Center, work to identify and make explicit our implicit knowledge of how to write a philosophy paper and what a good paper looks like, and develop strategies for communicating this knowledge to our students. The event will be held on Zoom.