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The philosophy major’s critique

Gavin Victor, Columnist

November 7, 2019

Just about the only thing that philosophers can agree upon is something like this: “studying philosophy is valuable and important.” A painter would likely say the same thing, as would a police officer. They, though, have no grounds to extend this preference to anyone but themselves, because people ...

Considering the Western Canon in General

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2018

You may have noticed it in the course catalog, there is now an offering for ‘East Asian Philosophy,’ where one can learn about the philosophies of Confucius, Mencius or any number of crusty dead Asian men, instead of the usual crusty dead white men. In a twist of irony, one may now imbibe the east Asi...

Philosophy Professor Hired


Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter

March 9, 2017

In January 2018, Whitman will be receiving a new philosophy professor. Wenqing Zhao was among four candidates that traveled to Whitman to give teaching demonstrations and research presentations, and among about 80 of the original applicants. In the length of one academic year, a committee of professors...

Traditional Kettles are Better than Electric

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

January 26, 2017

We find ourselves at the start of a deep and gloomy winter, one in which a barely perceptible cold front is passing through our most marginalized communities and many of us are in need of some warmth. So we open our tea drawers, the divine aromas of places untouched by our problems—Nok Cha, Dian Hong,...

Whitman’s Ethics Bowl team wins Ladenson Award

Lachlan Johnson

February 25, 2016

Seven students traveled to Washington, D.C. last weekend to compete in the Ethics Bowl National Championship, a competition where students from across the nation face off to see who can have the most thoughtful conversation about modern ethical dilemmas.

Drinks That Go With Your Major

Drinks That Go With Your Major

Aleida Fernandez

December 9, 2013

After a rough day in classes, it's nice to sit down with a cold drink. But what about a drink specifically tailored to your studies? After careful analysis, we have found these eight majors' next drink of choice. Psychology: Gin and Tonic Unofficial research has shown that drinking this cla...

Comedian Russell Brand Raises Important Issues

Comedian Russell Brand Raises Important Issues

Bill Landefeld

October 31, 2013

Do you ever think about what you would say if a BBC news anchor interviewed you? Would you take the opportunity to talk about why you never vote, the growing income gap around the world, your former drug addiction and how lovely your interviewer's beard looks? Or would you simply answer the questi...

New lectures diversify Philosophy Department

Karah Kemmerly

February 2, 2012

Like many at Whitman College, the philosophy department is working to diversify and expand its department. Visiting Johnston Professor of Philosophy Geoff Ashton, is bringing a new lecture series to campus. The series will consist of four lectures on various themes within Asian philosophy over t...

Tensions in Whitman’s liberal arts identity

Gary Wang

September 23, 2010

Whitman is a liberal arts college.   According to the Whitman website, "Whitman is a nationally recognized, highly selective, residential liberal arts college. Since becoming a college in 1882, Whitman College has a history of graduating ethical, unpretentious leaders."   The first sentence is to recognize...

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