Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. Our department is filled with faculty and students who love to think, read and talk about “the big questions,” as well as about current events and contemporary issues involving ethics, religion, and political philosophy. We have an active research faculty and an award winning group of students whose plans range from heading off to graduate or law school to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business. Many of our students take advantage of our combined majors with other disciplines, such as computer science, international affairs, environmental studies, physics, history, english, economics, and media and screen studies.

The Department is home to  The Ethics Institute, which does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, descriptive ethics, and normative theory. Our Philosophy Club is an active group of undergraduates who gather weekly for dinner and discussions. Our Ethics Bowl team studies pressing social and ethical issues and competes in competitions around the region. We are fortunate to have a vibrant intellectual community that is committed to bringing philosophical and religious studies research and methods to bear on contemporary events and issues.

On this website you will find information about our majors and minors, about experiential liberal arts opportunities, and about our student and faculty community. You can also “Like” us on Facebook, where you can see upcoming events, recent photos of different activities, and see exciting opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about our programs or department, please feel free to contact me at or call us at 617.373.3636.

Ron Sandler
Department Chair

Department News

Prof. Smead’s project “Conflict and Convention in Dynamic Networks”

Prof Smead and his team have been working on a project, “Conflict and Convention in Dynamic Networks” our study shows that, when individuals get to choose their partners, surprising conventions of cooperation and conflict-avoidance arise.

Sci Phi Podcast: Episode 59 with Prof. Fitelson

On Episode 59, Nick chats with Prof. Fitelson, about his early days working in mathematics and physics as a research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a NASA contractor, his highly-social approach to doing and learning philosophy, his work on probability in scientific inference, the story of the Formal Epistemology Workgroup, using computational techniques to…
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Congratulations, Vishal, on being a 2019 Compass Award Recipient!

Vishal has been selected by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities as its 2019 Compass Award recipient. This award recognizes nine outstanding seniors who, during their time on campus, have demonstrated a true commitment to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern. Vishal was selected by CSSH, because of he…
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Prof. Goodwin writes an article for Religion News Service

Prof. Goodwin writes a great piece for Religion News Service about the recent controversial Supreme Court decision Dunn v Ray. interviews Prof. Delmas on her recent book

In Professor Delams book A Duty to Resist she highlights a theory of resisting injustice as a duty in of itself. This specific duty could require breaking the law. She also defends uncivil disobedience and where it is limited in feasibility. Throughout this episode she makes us question how far we should go in order to…
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Prof. Bucar writes for Rewire.News

Prof. Bucar discusses her reaction to the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination” that is showing at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Does the exhibit provide insights on the historical or social context of these fashion designs or does it ignore such contexts?

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“Scientific Diversity and the Theoretical Virtues”

Scientists evaluate theories according to many different dimensions of value. Philosophers debate how many and what they are..
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04/05/2019 - 04/07/2019

Information Ethics Roundtable

The Information Ethics Roundtable (IER) is a yearly conference that brings together researchers from disciplines such as philosophy, information science, communications, public administration, anthropology, and law to discuss ..
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Jose Mendoza

More information to come.

04/27/2019 - 04/28/2019

Formal and Experimental (FAX) Conference

This conference will bring together researchers in philosophy and cognitive science who are interested in both formal and experimental methods and their applications to descriptive and normative modeling of cognitive phenomena…
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Student Reflections

“The Culture of Exclusion? 6th Edition: The Politics of Exclusion”

February 14-16, 2019
  Recently I had an amazing opportunity to travel all the way to Krakow, Poland, to present my research at Jagiellonian University’s annual conference “The Culture of Exclusion.” The theme of the conference was “The Politics of Exclusio...

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“Imagining Otherwise: Radical Alterity, Social Justice, and Philosophies of Difference”

February 9-10, 2019
  This semester I had the opportunity to travel to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario to speak at their annual conference, “Imagining Otherwise.” I shared the research I have been working on for my co-op in the department of Philosoph...

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