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Dr. Michael Burroughs Receives National Recognition

Dr. Michael D. Burroughs , Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at Penn State University,  has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend the Moral Psychology and Education Summer Institute, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Dr. Burroughs will participate in the summer institute entitled "Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work."  The four-week program will be held at Grand Valley State University and co-directed by Dr. Deborah Mower, professor of philosophy and religion at Youngstown State University and Dr. Phyllis Vandenberg, professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University.

Topics for the 23 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Alexis de Tocqueville and American Democracy; American Maritime History; Beowulf and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature; Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; The Commonplace Book and Its American Descendants; Confucian Asia; Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience; The History of Political Economy; The Land Ethic, Sustainability, and the Humanities; Mapping, Text, and Travel; Modern Mongolia; Moral Psychology and Education; Native American Histories and the Land; The Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the Mediterranean World, 1500-1800; Presuppositions and Perception; Problems in the Study of Religion; Religion, Secularism, and the English Novel, 1719-1897; Teaching the Reformation; Tokyo: High City and Low City; Urban Arts in Africa and the African Diaspora; Veterans in American Society; The Visual Culture of the Civil War and Reconstruction; Westward Expansion and the Constitution

The approximately 521 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 91,175 American students the following year.  

Bernasconi appointed Meyer Visiting Professor in the Critical Philosophy of "Race" at the University of Warwick

Robert Bernasconi has been appointed Meyer Visiting Professor in the Critical Philosophy of "Race", in the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Warwick. His duties include two talks: on April 24th "Philosophizing in the Face of Slavery in Britain during the Eighteenth Century: Questions of Ethical Invention and Canon Formation" and on April 26th "Reviving the Dialectical Approach to Racism: C.L. R. James, Fanon, and Sartre." While there he will also deliver the Research Seminar in Post-Kantian European Philosophy under the title "The Other in the Same: Substitution, Identity, and the Language of Politics after Levinas."

Uygar Abaci to join Philosophy faculty as Assistant Professor

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Uygar Abaci will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Uygar works in the areas of Kant’s theoretical philosophy, early modern philosophy, metaphysics, modal theory, philosophy of religion and aesthetics. He received his MA from the Middlesex University, London and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to Penn State, Uygar has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Richmond. Uygar has published numerous articles on Kant’s metaphysics and aesthetics in journals like the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, European Journal of Philosophy, Kantian Review, as well as forthcoming articles in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, and in the Oxford University Press volume On the Sensible and Intelligible Worlds: New Essays on Kant's Metaphysics and Epistemology. Uygar also has an ongoing book project focusing on Kant’s theory of modality.

PSU Philosophy Department's diversity efforts celebrated in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Diversifying a Discipline

In 2015, Penn State produced an unprecedented number of black, female Ph.D.s in philosophy. The department's diversity efforts was recently celebrated in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Click here to read the full article!


And click here to read a discussion of the article on the Daily Nous blog!

Placement of recent PhDs

The Department of Philosophy is very proud and pleased to announce the placement of our recent PhDs:

André Rosenbaum de Avillez—Del Mar College (Tenure Track) Axelle Karera –Wesleyan University (Visiting Assistant Professor) Ronke Oke –West Chester University (Tenure Track) Christina Shaheen Moosa–West Central College in Napiervielle (Tenure Track).