Curtis D. Gridley

Curtis D. Gridley, a great friend to the Philosophy Department, sadly passed away last month.

The schedule for the 41st Kansas Philosophical Society meeting is now available. The meeting will take place at WSU on Saturday, April 13. Click this story for the schedule and additional information about this year's meeting.

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Submissions are now open for the Philosophy Department's History of Philosophy Scholarship, which comes with an award of $1,500. Applications need to completed by 1 April, 2024. View this story for information about the scholarship and for submission instructions.

A sign that says 'wisdom'

A recent opinion article published by Technician describes a variety of ways that studying philosophy can help you to gain a competitive advantage in many employment sectors.

Emeritus Professors Deborah Soles (left) and David Soles (right)

Please join us on Thursday, September 7th, when Emeritus Professors David Soles and Deborah Soles will deliver a talk entitled "Considerations on Loyalty." The talk will begin at 3:30pm in RSC 301 (Gridley Room).

Prof. John Symons

The WSU Philosophy Department will host Prof. Symons on December 7, 5:00-6:30pm, in RSC 261. The talk is free and open to the public.

Call for papers for Simpliciter journal

Simpliciter is a new undergraduate philosophy journal published at Brandeis University. The first submission deadline is January 7, 2024.

Logo for Craig Macy Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy

Please join us in congratulating Elliott Schreck, who was selected by the Philosophy Department as the recipient of the 2023 Craig Macy Scholarship.

A recent AP News story describes how Francesco Farioli, who studied philosophy at Florence University, ultimately became the coach of the OGC Nice football club in France's Ligue 1.

WSU Philosophy Student Support Fund

Through the generosity of anonymous donors the department has a new fund for our majors. The goal is to provide help to students who might be dealing with external difficulties, particularly financial ones. If you're a philosophy major who needs help, or you know of a student who might, or if you would like to contribute to the fund, please click this story to read more!

Alumni News

Zohreh Dalirian has been admitted to the Doctoral program in Education at Southeastern University (2021). 

LCDR Joseph M. Hatfield returned to his roots in the WSU Philosophy department to give talks on the philosophical significance and implications of the blockchain technology used in cryptocurrencies for Internet 3.0, and a philosophical analysis of state intelligence in democratic and authoritarian systems (2021). 

Lucy Petroucheva is a civic engagement manager at the Kansas Leadership Center (2021).

Courtney Minor is now enrolled in the PhD program in Philosophy at UCLA with 7 years of funding.  She's studying Philosophy of Law, Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Logic (2021).

Daniel Saunders finished his masters at York University and is now getting his PhD in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He's studying Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Science and Philosophy of Medicine (2020).

Tyler Hiebert is finishing his dissertation for a PhD in Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications, USC (2020). 

Curt Gridley and Tracy Hoover founded Groover Labs, a creative concept to market maker space in Wichita's Old Town Opportunity Zone (2019).

Alumni Spotlight


Photo of Hector CoreaHector Corea

Class of 2014


Wichita State University, Political Science and Philosophy double major (2014) 

UC Berkley Law School (2016)

Previous Employment: U.S. Army Reserve


Current Job Title: Associate Attorney, DLA Piper LLP.

Responsibilities include:

  • Synthesizing legal research and analysis into a coherent written memorandum or brief for submission to a client, court or arbitrator
  • Appearing in a court of law, arbitration or other judicial tribunal on behalf of the firm's client
  • Analyzing and summarizing complicated legal documents, including contracts, and suggesting alterations to those documents
  • Anticipating and mitigating potential legal problems within the law firm or for a client — and developing strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk

Congratulations everyone!

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