Philosophy Department News


Degree Programs

The Department of Philosophy offers courses leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts and master of arts. The department also offers an Ethics, Law, and Politics (ELP) specialization in the BA major and minor, and Ethics, Law, and Politics specialization in the MA, and an Ethics, Law, and Politics graduate certificate.


Philosophy is an appropriate area of study for those planning to enter a variety of fields, such as medicine, law, government, theology, literature, sociology, psychology, languages, education, administration, journalism, publishing, and business. The Ethics, Law, and Politics specializations are appropriate for students who plan to enter fields where ethical issues are central, students interested in fields connected to law and politics, and students who simply wish to deepen their understanding of ethical, legal, and political issues. The Ethics, Law, and Politics Graduate Certificate is appropriate for graduate students in fields of study other than Philosophy who wish to expand and ground their studies by considering ethical, legal, and political theories and issues.


Upcoming Paul & Gwen Leonard Ethics and Politics Lecture

Tuesday, March 15th 2016: Jason Stanley, Yale University

Propaganda and the 2016 Election Campaign

In his Republic, Plato warns that the greatest threat to liberal democracy will come in the form of a demagogue. This lecture brings one of the central questions of political philosophy to bear on the current U.S. election campaign. We find charges of demagoguery raised against one leading candidate. What exactly is the threat that demagoguery poses to democracy? Is the problem of demagoguery especially threatening this year, or has it been exaggerated? Do all candidates participate in it, or is this year somehow unique? Jason Stanley, who published one of the first editorials about Donald Trump’s campaign in The New York Times, will address these questions and others about the role of propaganda in the current U.S. electoral cycle.

Joe Crowley Student Union, Ballroom A

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Recent Leonard Lecture Series

Friday, February, 19th 2016 : Professor Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh

Mathewson IGT Knowlege Center 422, Paul and Gwen Leonard Room

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club will resume meetings in the Spring 2016 semester.