Philosophy News in Brief – April 6th, 2017

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Rutgers University world-class philosophy department

According to the Daily Targum, the Rutgers philosophy programme was listed as having one of the best philosophy programmes in the United States. In fact, the department has taken the attention of Tsinghua University in China.

Tsinghua University has produced a “special book series where they publish Western philosophical studies. Their March issue includes a section dedicated to philosophy at Rutgers, and they translated six influential articles from some of the University’s most famous philosophers into Chinese.”

Many philosophers from Rutgers have earned various national and international awards, honours, and fellowships including those from Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, and Stanford.


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Yoga good for physical and mental wellness

Quartz has reported that the local yoga class can improve one’s physical flexibility and “serenity.” A philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa Miracchi, said behaviour, reasoning, and relationships can improve with its practice.

Miracchi notes that it is possible to examine the “emotions and sensations” for life as well as a complex philosophical worldview. Something that is “missing from contemporary Western philosophies, [and]can help make you a better person.”

“These benefits are not a coincidence. Yoga is part of a Hindu philosophy that, alongside a metaphysics and epistemological perspective, teaches yoga as a practical element.”


From left, Davis Prize for Peace winners Madeline Curry, Jillian Randolph, Sophie Binns and Nanki Kaur will work in South Africa this summer.
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African Philosophy ‘Ubuntu’ as Students’ David Peace Grant Project

University of Virginia stated, “University of Virginia students will spend their summer in South Africa trying to rekindle a deeper appreciation of “ubuntu,” an African traditional philosophy focused on compassion and community, with a Davis Projects for Peace grant.”

The second-year students included: Jillian Randolph, Naki Kaur, Madeline Curry, and Sophie Binns. They are majoring in global studies. The aim is to develop a youth development centre in Khayelitsha in South Africa.

Randolph said, “We will create sustainable activities for youth through engaging the community in discussions of ubuntu…that emphasizes human commonality, community relations and compassion.”

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