Departmental News


PauleyResearchAwardJohn Pauley, Professor of Philosophy, was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Research Award at the Simpson College Honors Convocation in April. Professor Pauley published two articles in the last three years, both in peer reviewed international journals. The first, published in 2011, is entitled The Problem of Evil and the Possibility of Nihilism and the second, published in 2012 is entitled Faulkner’s Tragic Realism and the Impossibility of TheodicyProfessor Pauley was also invited to be co-editor of the international journalJanus Head. In his twenty-two years at Simpson, Professor Pauley has published in several branches of philosophy, taught in all branches of philosophy, and has also been awarded The Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996 and The Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998 and 2004..


EthanAward1Ethan Hale, class of 2013, received the Norman Thomas Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award at Honors Convocation, April 18, in Smith Chapel. Ethan is a double major in English and Philosophy and he wrote his senior paper in philosophy on the problem of induction. Ethan used his literary skills to construct a philosophical essay in dialogue style, the first time this has ever been done in a senior philosophy essay.



TravisWilliamsAward2Travis Williams, class of 2013, Philosophy and English, received the Outstanding Senior in English Award, and has been accepted into the Master’s Program in Philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Travis will be studying the history of philosophy in the Marquette Program.




allison-wolfDr. Allison Wolf, Associate Professor of Philosophy co-authored an article that was recently published in the newly released collection in the prestigious Routledge Series in Contemporary Philosophy.




Professor John Pauley has been named co-editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Janus Head. Pauley has had two articles published in the journal, Agency, Identity and Technology (2007) and Faulkner’s Tragic Realism and the Impossibility of Theodicy. Pauley is responsible for making decisions about whether or not articles are accepted and whether or not articles go out for peer review. He intends to have students assist him on the many aspects of editing that will be required. The journal receives hundreds of articles for each volume and can only publish a very limited number of those articles.

StephenCapeTownSenior Stephen Henrich shares his story:

“I took my first philosophy class, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, simply to fill a general education requirement, but at the end of the semester I knew that I had stumbled upon one of my life’s greatest passions. My philosophy classes have been some of my most treasured, most stimulating, and most life-altering experiences during my time at Simpson. Because most of my fellow medical school applicants had little to no experience in the humanities, majoring in Applied Philosophy really helped me to stand out among my peers when I applied for medical school.”

Thus far, Stephen has been accepted to medical school at Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Duke University, Northwestern University, Mayo Clinic, and University of Iowa.  He has received full scholarships at all schools with the one exception of Harvard.