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Carrie Leigh Browder
BA degree in Political Science/BA degree in Philosophy, ECU 2012
Criminal Defense Attorney, Tarlton Polk Law Firm, Raleigh
A native of Spring Hope, N.C., Carrie Browder received her bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and political science at ECU in 2012. She went on to attend Campbell University School of Law and is licensed to practice in all North Carolina state courts and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
"I never considered becoming an attorney until I began taking philosophy classes at ECU," said Browder. "My philosophy degree prepared me for law school, and ultimately, my criminal defense practice."
Browder said philosophy prepared her with the tools she needs to reason through new problems, which arise daily in court, pick apart complex legal arguments and communicate effective arguments.
-East Carolina Cornerstone, 2016-2017
Why Physics Needs Philosophy
Some well-known scientists have been claiming that philosophy is useless or even harmful. In this video, distinguished theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli defends philosophy against these charges.
Ms. Madison Buchness, a philosophy major, was elected Secretary of the ECU Pre-Law Society and member of the Executive Board!
Junior Philosophy major Shayan Nik Akhtar got his senior honors thesis published in Apeiron: Student Journal of Philosophy, Volume 9, edited by Slavoj Zizek. The title of the paper is "The Privation Theory of Moral Evil and Hick's Soul-Making Theodicy". Congratulations!
Sarah Smith is a philosophy major and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She is in the new study area created by the ECU Office of Veterans Services for current and past members of the military.Photo by Michael Seegars, The East Carolinian
Congratulations to the six new members of ECU's chapter of the philosophy honor society Phi Sigma Tau: Madison Buchness, Jameson Doub, Roderick Hall, Daniel Hill, Samantha Smith and Sarah Smith.