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New Publication by Michael Burroughs!

Our own Michael Burroughs has co-authored a book set for release on November 30th, 2015.

"Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools" is a book in the fields of pre-college philosophy and philosophy of education, intended for philosophers and philosophy students, K-12 classroom teachers, administrators and educators, policymakers, and pre-college practitioners of all kinds. The book offers a wealth of practical resources for use in elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms, as well as consideration of many of the broader educational, social, and political topics in the field, including the educational value of pre-college philosophy, the philosophies of education that inform this philosophical practice, and the relevance of pre-college philosophy for pressing issues in contemporary education (such as education reform, child development, and prejudice and privilege in classrooms). The book includes sections on: the expansion of philosophy beyond higher education to pre-college populations; the importance of wondering, questioning and reflection in K-12 education; the ways that philosophy is uniquely suited to help students cultivate critical reasoning and independent thinking capacities; how to develop classroom communities of philosophical inquiry and their potentially transformative impact on students; the cultivation of philosophical sensitivity and positive identity formation in childhood; strategies for recognizing and diminishing the impact of social inequalities in classrooms; and the relationship between introducing philosophy in schools and education reform.

It can be found on Amazon here:

Paul Taylor interviewed on BBC

Our colleague Paul Taylor was interviewed recently by the BBC World News concerning the shootings in Charleston, SC.  You can hear his comments here:

Lawlor Essay on Bergson selected for anniversary issue of the Journal for the British Society for Phenomenology

Leonard Lawlor’s 2004 essay, “What Immanence? What Transcendence? The Prioritization of Intuition over Language in Bergson” has been selected for republication in the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology’s 50th year anniversary issue. Lawlor joins a prestigious list of contributors to the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger, Scheler, Gadamer, Sartre, and Nancy.

Here is the link to the issue:

Durmus Takes Tenure Track Position at John Carroll University

Deniz Durmus, who will receive her PhD in Philosophy and Women's Studies this summer, has accepted a tenure track position at John Carroll University in Ohio and will join their faculty in the fall of 2015.

Tuana Wins NSF Grant to Support Research Network

“Embedding Philosophy in Climate Modeling and Decision Support”

Nancy Tuana is Co-Principle Investigator for a multi-institution research network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) strategies.  The network is supported by an $11.9 million award from the National Science Foundation.  Led by geoscientist Klaus Keller and centered at Penn State, SCRiM links a transdisciplinary team of scholars at 19 universities and 5 research institutions across 6 nations to answer the question, “What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?”

The SCRiM goal of identifying sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies requires attention to value decisions in order to ensure that the work of the network is both epistemically and ethically responsible.  The network is committed to both conducting the natural and social scientific assessments required to assure epistemically responsible and ethically defensible geoengineering research and policy strategies, and determining how tradeoffs among mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering can be made through science and policy procedures that are ethically and epistemically responsible.  As most approaches to these tradeoff decisions do not make the coupled ethical-scientific considerations transparent, this project adds an important and unique dimension to the research of the SCRiM network.

The central focus of Tuana’s research is to identify coupled ethical-epistemic issues relevant to climate risk management strategy development. As coupled ethical-epistemic issues are a cross-cutting theme of SCRiM, this project includes the identification of new areas of concern as well as the identification of new or refined scientific questions triggered by coupled ethical-epistemic assessments. 

For more information about SCRiM see