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TheTurgeonsWendy C. Turgeon
Professor and
Department Chair
Philosophy Department

Office: E208 LI Campus
Office phone: (631) 687-5189
Hours: Monday through Thursday
Email me: [email protected]

Areas of interest or speciality
Mediaeval Philosophy
Aesthetics
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Childhood
Philosophy for Children

Visit the Squire Foundation page for a reference to our program in the concentration for Child Study majors.

Honors Program: I coordinate the Honors Program which spans the first two years of our college program. 

Philosophy Trips
Although the subject area of philosophy may not immediately connote travel, our department has participated in several trips abroad as part of the Study Abroad initiative. 

Conference participation

Summer 2016
This summer I am looking forward to traveling to Greece with the SJC Honors studnets in May, co-teaching a course on “Oxford as text” for two weeks in July in Oxford, and finally co-leading a workshop and presenting at the AAPT conference at the end of July.

Summer 2015
This was a busy summer. In addition to the June FRN conference on Beauty (see my blog posts regarding that) I attended the ICPIC Conference in Vancouver, Canada in late June, followed by the PLATO conference.  I presented papers on Childhood through literature and a study of Ted Hughes’ What is Truth as a philosophical prompt text. 

In July I worked on two conferences in Oxford, one on the Animal Human Bond and the second on Childhood.  I have posted about them here

Summer 2014
Summer conference: ID-Net Conferences on Childhood and The Animal/Human Bond in July 2014, in Oxford, England.

Co-Facilitated a Work Shop on Philosophy in High School, sponsored by PLATO at the 2014 AAPT conference in Minnesota.

Assorted Information

What can you do with a major in Philosophy?  a great site with some suggestions.

What do Philosophers Do?–an article in the Atlantic offers some insight.

The Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World has begun a new journal; see this link for more information.

And for future and present teachers, parents, I highly recommend my colleague Jana Mohr Lone’s Blog Wondering Aloud. She actively updates her postings (unlike someone who shall remain nameless but is me) and offers cogent and creative ways to introduce philosophical inquiry to children.  Well, really to anyone, including you! Check it out.