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EIU Department of Philosophy


Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Grant Sterling has received the 2016 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. 

Undergraduate Mentor Award

Dr. Gary Ayelsworth has received the 2017 College of Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Mentor Award. 


Something to do with a Girl Names Maria


VERNON CISNEY will present, Something to do with a Girl Named Marla: Eros and Gender in Fincher’s Fight Club, at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 10, in Doudna Lecture Hall.  The talk engages with the gamut of philosophical literature on the film and raises broader questions about the extent to which art can be philosophical. Cisney offers a Taoist reading of the presentation of gender in the film and argues against a misogynistic, masculinist, celebration of virility, violence, and white male angst. Cisney is a Mattoon native, a graduate of LakeLand Community College and a 2004 EIU Philosophy Alumnus. He completed his PhD at Purdue and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

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Philosophy Department

3542 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3012

Chair: Jonelle DePetro

Office Manager: Leslie Ashley

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