It was standing room only for philosophy at Fresno Pacific University December 12, 2022, as the Philosophy Senior Project Symposium attracted 85 people to the main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Most attendees were in person with others on Zoom.

Senior philosophy majors Leondre McBride and Nicolas Portwood presented “Moral Agency and Responsibility in the Black American Community: The Case for Autonomous Conservatism” and “The One and the Many: Hermetic Philosophy and the Individuation of Souls,” respectively. Their one-hour presentations touched upon important issues in racism, ethics, political theory and community, philosophy of mind and science, theology and the nature of God as well as persons made in God’s image. An active question-and-answer period followed each presentation.

“The philosophy department is grateful for the students, parents, alumni, FPU faculty members and also faculty colleagues from Fresno City College and Fresno State who came to hear these fine presentations, and support just how critical philosophy is,” said Nathan Carson, Ph.D., director of the philosophy program at FPU.

Leondre McBride presenting ​​​​​​Leondre McBride


Nicolas Portwood presenting Nicolas Portwood



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