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 Ms. Madison Buchness, a  philosophy major, was elected Secretary of the ECU Pre-Law Society and member of the Executive Board !

 

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Photo of Sarah Smith, a philosophy major who is also a Sergeant in the USMC, in the new study area created for past and present members of the military. Photo by Michael Seegars, The East Carolinian

Sarah Smith

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
Photo taken after the Pre-Law Society meeting on April 6, 2016 of attorney Michael E. Tigar with the president of the philosophy club, Alex Nolte, and another student.

Internationally acclaimed attorney Michael E. Tigar speaks to ECU Philosophy Club and Pre-Law Society

On Arpil 6, 2016, attorney Michael E. Tigar gave a highly informative talk to members of the ECU Philosophy Club, the ECU Pre-Law Society and interested faculty. Mr. Tigar (Professor Emtitius at Duke University) discussed a some of his more notable cases, including his defense of Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma Bombing case, his successful work with the African National Congress to free Nelson Mandella, and many others. He provided students with a deep, historically grounded understanding of what it means to be an advocate for justice, in the past and now. In 1999, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice group named him the third greatest lawyer of the century, after Clarence Darrow and Thurgood Marshall.

Two photos of Philosophy major Alex Nolte and Professor. Mike Veber discussing the philosophy department’s “Brain in a Vat” display during “Admitted Students Day" in Minges Coliseum

Admitted Students Day a Success!

Philosophy major Alex Nolte and Professor. Mike Veber discuss the philosophy department’s “Brain in a Vat” display during “Admitted Students Day in Minges Coliseum.”

Photo of a model of the human brain inside a clear glass beaker of liquid, with bubbles and with wires running from the brain to a computer outside the beaker (vat).

"Brain in a Vat"

The "Brain in a Vat" that was displayed by the philosophy department at the Admitted Students Day event in Minges Coliseum April 2nd, 2016. This display called attention to a significant philosophical problem in Epistemology (theory of knowledge): You are quite certain that you are not a brain in a vat. Yet it is impossible for you to prove this. How do you know that you are not a brain in a vat, wired to a computer that is producing everything you experience? If you were a brain in a vat wired to a computer, you would be having exactly the same experiences as you are right now! How do you know that you are not a brain in a vat? If you are curious, contact Dr. Veber veberm@ecu.edu