Beyond the Classroom

There’s a great deal more to Philosophy at PC than just meeting core requirements. Whether you’re a Philosophy major or minor (or not), you can get involved in Philosophy in lots of ways at PC.

Philosophy Club and Film Series

The Philosophy Club and Film Series meets three times per semester to discuss a variety of philosophical topics, without the aid of received views or interpretations. To be added to the mailing list, contact Dr. Edmund Dain

Ethics Bowl

Join our Ethics Bowl Team – Regional Champions at the first attempt in 2013! Ask in the department office for more details.

Phi Sigma Tau / International Philosophical Honors Society

Providence College is home to a chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the International Philosophical Honors Society, which sponsors a number of events every year open to everyone on campus, including an annual induction ceremony for new members. Check the Phi Sigma Tau website for eligibility criteria or contact Dr. Samuel Murray for more information.

The School of Arts and Sciences is please to invite you to the 2022-2023 Interdisciplinary Scholarship Awards Presentations November 30, 2023 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Ruane Center for the Humanities Fiondella Great Room

Individual Interdisciplinary Awards Edmund Dain and Anthony Jensen

Dr. Licia Carlson is the 2023 Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Book Award recipient in the concert music field. Congratulations to Dr. Carlson!!!!

Dedicated professor Dr. Alma Espartinez with her team who won first place in the Providence College Ethic’s Bowl hosted by the School of Business.

Senior Symposium 2023

God * Mind * Object

Themes from Franz Brentano

A symposium of the Senior Seminar of the Department of Philosophy, Providence College May 6th 9 am – 1 pm Ryan 102

Featuring: Anthony Caruso ’23, Christian Collopy ’23, Julia Zgurzynski ’23, Ana Botelho ’23, Henry Gregory ’24, Caleb Goff ’23, Adam Habershaw ’23, Joshua Sears ’23, Samuel Gelinas ’23, Sarah Matthew ’23 With Guest Commentators: Jonathan Coppe ’18, Caelan Kerin ’18

Organized and moderated by Dr. Colin Guthrie King with generous support from the Providence College Department of Philosophy

Saint Mary of the Bay, Warren, RI. Theology Uncorked A wine and cheese reception with theological talk and discussion. Tuesday, April 11th 6:30 pm. What are you going through? Simone Weil and the miracle of attentiveness with Dr. Vance Morgan of Providence College

I don’t especially like Nietzsche, and rarely agree with him. As a professor of philosophy, I find that he is less original than is popularly assumed and less clear than he should be—not out of some mysterious profundity—so much as a recalcitrance or maybe inability to make plain what he thinks. Even so, I find it quite impossible to break away from Nietzsche. For my part, and I suspect for many readers who came upon him during their formative years, Nietzsche’s thought is so close to me that I’m always wrestling with it. Maybe that’s not a ‘result of’ but a ‘condition for’ reading it?

The Philosophy Department’s own Professor Edmund Dain, the winner of the 2021-2022 Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award, shares in episode 319 of The Providence College Podcast all about how he teaches students to philosophize.

Two of our prestigious Philosophy professors are recipients of the 2022-2023 Interdisciplinary Scholarship Awards. Congratulations to Dr. Edmund Dain for an Individual Interdisciplinary Award and Dr. Anthony Jensen for an Individual Interdisciplinary Award.
Dr. Edmund Dain

Dr. Edmund Dain, professor of philosophy, has been named the 2021-22 Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award recipient. The honor is presented annually to the Providence College faculty member “who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students’ academic and personal growth.”  Dr. Dain joined the PC faculty in 2011 following his time as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He has more than 20 years of experience teaching in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway, and has taught in more than a dozen areas of philosophy. At PC, Dr. Dain regularly teaches courses in “Philosophy of Mind” and other areas of contemporary philosophy, introductory courses in philosophy and ethics, and both the first and third semesters of the Development of Western Civilization (DWC) Program – focusing on the ancient and modern world, respectively. 

A student who nominated Dr. Dain for the award called his DWC lectures and seminars “fascinating” and the reason why they were taking a third course – Introduction to Philosophy – taught by him in the fall.

“He is extremely open, and he doesn’t urge students to conform to one narrow lane of thought.” the student wrote. “He often presents an overarching argument that a text expresses, talks about the common interpretations of the argument, and then challenges the common interpretation. He then gets the class engaged in relating the argument and our interpretations to the present in trying to understand ourselves.”

As impressive as the way Dr. Dain leads his seminars is how he sets an example of lifelong learning, his nominator said. “My biggest takeaway from having Professor Dain is that he’s shown he’s just as much a student as he is a professor,” the student said. “When other professors on the DWC team are lecturing, he pays attention and takes notes. From a student perspective, seeing him delve deeper into the presented material and seek to get as much out of the material as possible is admirable and encouraging.”

In addition to the work in the classroom for which he is being honored, Dr. Dain is an active scholar – authoring numerous academic journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, and regularly presenting his research at international conferences and workshops. His research focuses especially on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein – applying the insights and methods of Wittgenstein’s philosophy to contemporary problems in ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind, among other areas.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dain on this well-deserved honor.

More about the Accinno Award 

The Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award was established in 2002 as an outcome of the College’s strategic plan. John J. Accinno, C.P.A. ’46 & ’93Hon. established the award with a gift of $150,000 in memory of his brother Joseph. John Accinno served as a member of the Providence President’s Council for 13 years.

A loyal alumnus, he established more than a dozen scholarships at the College and served in virtually every volunteer fundraising leadership position. He was a three-term secretary of the National Alumni Association (NAA) Board of Governors and earned awards for his generosity and service from the NAA and the Greater Providence Chapter of the NAA, the Mal Brown Club. Mr. Accinno earned a B.S. degree in business administration and lived in Barrington, R.I. He died in 2012. 

The award program is administered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Award Selection Committee. The recipient receives a cash stipend, is formally acknowledged at Academic Convocation, and has his or her name inscribed on a plaque that is permanently displayed in Phillips Memorial Library. 

Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy

2022 Initiation and Lisska & Cassidy Award Ceremony

Friday, April 8th 4 pm Ryan 102

We will be inducting the following students:

Class of 2022:

Lauryn F. Anthony * Celine B. Christianse

 Shayne Dias * Kathryn V. Doner

Cole P. Dougherty * Thomas P. Frezza, Jr.

Devyn E. Luden

Maya R. Mignano  * Madison R. Palmieri

Class of 2023:

Samantha B. Dietel * Elizabeth S. Duffy

Samuel S. Gelinas  * Matthew M. Osborne

Alyvia J. Resendes * Cristian H. Twyman

Julia J. Zgurzynski

 Class of 2024:

Christopher C. Azar

Dr. Giuseppe Butera, Philosophy Faculty Portrait, Headshot butera.giuseppe.head.jpg

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, Dr. Joe Butera organized and hosted the “Defeating Assisted Suicide: Rhode Island Coalition Training Day” symposium.

Two of our prestigious Philosophy professors are recipients of the 2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Scholarship Awards. Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Hain for a Collaborative Interdisciplinary Award and Dr. Joseph Cosgrove for an Individual Interdisciplinary Award.

PC In The News

Distributed by the Office of Public Affairs, Government & Community Relations September 22, 2021 – October 5, 2021

September 27, 2021
Ibn Sina: The Persian polymath
BBC Podcasts
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Emann Allebban

Over a thousand years ago in the city of Bukhara in modern-day Uzbekistan, a young man was gaining a reputation for his great medical knowledge. His name was Ibn Sina and he was to go on to become one of the most influential physicians and philosophers not just in the Islamic world, but also in the West, where his writings were translated into Latin under the name Avicenna. For over 500 years, his five-volume Canon of Medicine was the most important medical reference book in the world. Joining Bridget Kendall to discuss Ibn Sina are: Nader El-Bizri, Professor of Philosophy and Civilisation Studies at the American University in Beirut; Peter E. Pormann, Professor of Classics and Graeco-Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester; and Emann Allebban, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Providence College in Rhode Island in the US. Image: 14th century illuminated portrait of Avicenna or Ibn Sina, Biblioteca Nazionale Florence, Italy

Every wonder what God might have to say about what’s going on around here these days? Be careful what you wonder about . . .

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffery Nicholas featured as one of The School of Arts & Sciences 2020 Summer Scholars

Congratulations to Dr. Licia Carlson 2020 SPaRC Covid-19 Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Hain featured as one of the School of Arts & Sciences Fall 2021 SAS Summer Scholars