PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT NEWS
HWS Debate Hosts Major Continental Tournament
The HWS Debate Team welcomed more than 300 collegiate debaters from across North America for the first HWS Intervarsity Debate Tournament, the largest debate event in the history of the Colleges.
The tournament was held from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2 and featured teams from across the United States and Canada, some ranked among the world's best debaters. The final debate championship was...
Pokémon Go and Philosophy
The Hobart and William Smith Philosophy Department invited the Colleges community to a faculty-led discussion that used the popular mobile game Pokémon Go as an object lesson in questions of ethics, truth, privilege and passion.
The informal discussion touched on ideas of space and reality, both physical and virtual; "social location" as related to race, class and gender; and how these factors sh...
Two HWS Family Businesses Merge
Until recently, Scott Energy and Clarke Brothers Fuel were friendly competitors in the North Shore area of Massachusetts. Both companies serve much the same area of the North Shore, both focusing on home temperature controls like air conditioning, oil and propane heating systems, fuel delivery and maintenance.
After brothers Timothy '83 and Shaun Clarke '87 decided to focus on expanding their pai...
HWS Debate Team Continues Success
The nationally competitive HWS Debate Team, which sent 25 students to 14 off-campus tournaments during the 2015-2016 academic year, has continued its longstanding tradition of excellence with another stellar season and the early planning stages of a major continental competition.
HWS Debate won both the Brad Smith Invitational at the University of Rochester and Cornell Inter-Varsity tournaments. ...
HWS Hosts World's Best Debate Teams
Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the International Round Robin Debate Tournament - the most elite debate tournament in the world. A unique opportunity to view world-class debate in action, the tournament was open to the public and held on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.
"It's amazing to see the genuine clash of ideas that these students engage i...