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Kathryn Gines wins CHI Fellowship

Prof. Kathryn Gines has been awarded a fellowship from the Center for Humanities Information for her project "Collegium of Black Women Philosophers in a Digital Age"

Prof. Kathryn Gines has been awarded a fellowship from the Center for Humanities Information for her project "Collegium of Black Women Philosophers in a Digital Age".  Prof. Gines is founding Director of the Collegium for Black Women Philosophers and plans to use the fellowship to enhance the digital resources available for the Collegium's activities. Prof. Gines notes that "as the founding director of the CBWP I am committed to recruiting and retaining Black women into philosophy, archiving our significant contributions to the field, and making this ever-expanding archive available to the widest possible audience."  The project supported by the CHI Fellowshiphas three main components: 1) an enhanced interactive Collegium of Black Women Philosophers website; 2) collaboration with online encyclopedias of philosophy to feature scholarly entries on Black women philosophers; and 3) collaboration with online comprehensive bibliographies and electronic journal collections to feature the publications of Black women philosophers.  The Fellowship will help Dr. Gines use reduced teaching obligations to pursue these laudable goals.

Burroughs has Article Published

Michael Burroughs, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics institute had his article "Hannah Arendt, 'Reflections on Little Rock,' and White Ignorance" accepted for publication in Critical Philosophy of Race (Volume 3, Issue 1). 

 

In this article, Burroughs argues that white ignorance constitutes a fundamental epistemic error in Hannah Arendt's political work, particularly in regard to her analysis of race and school desegregation in the American South and, further, in regard to her understanding of the history and political strivings of Africans and African Americans more generally.  Burroughs’s analysis—following Charles Mills' work on white ignorance—calls for increased theoretical work on epistemologies of ignorance, their function in Western political philosophy, and the effect of white ignorance on cognizers in American society.

Wretzel Wins Humboldt

Lecturer Joshua Wretzel was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship to spend six months studying in Heidelberg, Germany.   Dr. Wretzel will devote his time in Heidelberg to complete two chapters of his book manuscript, tentatively titled Hegel, Hermeneutics, and Inferentialism.  This project criticizes the way Hegel’s thought has been appropriated for use in contemporary debates about language and sociality.  Philosophers like Robert Brandom tend to think that finding Hegel’s relevance in these matters requires disentangling a salvageable philosophy of language from an outmoded systematic idealism.  I challenge, first, the hermeneutic presuppositions that license this form of “disentangling”; and second, the notion that Hegel’s systematic apparatus is some sort of fusty remnant of a bygone philosophical age.  In fact, as Wretzel argues, a reading of Hegel that takes seriously his systematic aspirations may place his thought in critical tension with Brandom’s inferentialist enterprise.

Dennis Schmidt Publishes New book as Previous Book is Celebrated at SPEP

Dennis Schmidt, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and German, has just published Idiome der Wahrheit with the prestigious German publisher Klostermann Verlag.  His previous book, Between Word and Image: Heidegger, Klee, and Gadamer on Gesture and Genesis, published by Indiana University Press, was the subject of a special panel at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy annual meeting this past October.  Commenters for the book were John Sallis of Boston University and Walter Brogan of Villanova.  

David Agler and Ryan Pollock article accepted in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Lecturer

David Agler and 5th year graduate student Ryan Pollock had their paper, “Hume and Peirce on the Ultimate Stability of Belief” accepted for publication in The Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

David Agler and 5th year graduate student Ryan Pollock had their paper, “Hume and Peirce on the Ultimate Stability of Belief” accepted for publication in The Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.  The paper investigates David Hume’s position on the question of the attainment of stable beliefs and brings this into dialogue with C.S. Peirce’s work on the issue. 

            In particular, they argue that David Hume was optimistic about the possibility that philosophical investigation can lead to stable beliefs, but that C.S. Peirce was pessimistic on this point.   Louis Loeb has argued that Hume is pessimistic while Peirce is optimistic about the attainment of fully stable beliefs. In contrast, Agler and Pollock argue that Hume was optimistic about such attainment but only if the scope of philosophical investigation is limited to first-order explanatory questions. Further, they argue that Peirce, after reformulating the pragmatic maxim to accommodate the reality of counterfactuals, was pessimistic about such attainment. Finally, they articulate and respond to Peirce’s objection that Hume’s skeptical arguments in T 1.4.1 and his commitment to common sense indicate that Hume was confused about whether we could have stable beliefs at all.