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TV Interview on WPSU ft. Paul Taylor

Turn your TVs to WPSU on February 11th at 11:30 a.m. to see Penn State President Eric Barron conduct an interview with Paul Taylor, Professor of Philosophy and Michael Kulikowski, Head of History about the College of Liberal Arts course on 1968.



Professor Awarded the 2017 Monograph Prize from the ASA

Professor Paul C. Taylor's book Black is Beautiful was awarded the 2017 Monograph Prize from the American Society for Aesthetics.  To view the full announcement please click here.

To view Paul C. Taylor's interview with the African American Intellectual History Society, please click here.


Congratulations Paul!

Professor Awarded the Fernando Gil International Prize

The Department of Philosophy would like to congratulate Professor Emily Grosholz who has been awarded the Fernando Gil International Prize in the Philosophy of Science for her 2016 book, Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis in Mathematics and Cosmology.

Quoted from the Fernando Gil International Prize website: "In this book Emily Grosholz adopts the approach of history and philosophy of science and mathematics, and indeed defends this approach in the course of the book. On the philosophical side, Emily Grosholz develops a clear and original point of view. This is that mathematics and science require both discourses of analysis and discourses of reference. Here ‘analysis’ does not mean ‘logical analysis’, but has a sense which Emily Grosholz takes from Leibniz, namely: ‘the search for conditions of intelligibility’. Her views therefore are a development of some Leibnizian notions, and her work gives an interesting new interpretation of Leibniz. Her philosophical thesis is illustrated by a great variety of historical case studies, which include cases from the early modern period, the 19th century, and recent research. There are also examples from both mathematics and physics (cosmology). The successful application of the underlying philosophical thesis to so many examples shows that it is both plausible and fruitful, and the case studies themselves are very interesting. The jury was particularly impressed by Emily Grosholz’ study of Wiles recent proof of Fermat’s last theorem. They regarded it as admirable that a philosopher of mathematics should reflect on a recent and technically very difficult proof. Such a strategy can produce an ‘immanent’ philosophy. A further study of McIntyre’s logical investigation of Wiles’ proof leads Emily Grosholz to suggest a new attitude to mathematical logic as a discipline. In her own words ( “ … mathematical logic … is not an over-discourse that should supplant others … but one of many, which can be integrated with other mathematical discourses in a variety of fruitful ways.” Given all these impressive features of Emily Grosholz’ book, the jury judged it to be a worthy winner of the Fernando Gil prize for 2017."

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Congratulations Emily!

Assistant Professor Desirée Lim to join Philosophy Department in August 2018

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce that Desirée Lim will be joining the department as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Rock core faculty member in August 2018!

Desirée completed her PhD in Philosophy at King’s College London, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University. Her primary research interests lie in contemporary political philosophy, with a special focus on questions about migration, citizenship, and global justice. Her current book project, Immigration and Social Equality, provides a distinctive social egalitarian critique of existing immigration practices (such as wrongfully discriminatory selection processes). She also has strong interests in bio-ethics, feminist philosophy, and the critical philosophy of race. 

We look forward to welcoming Desirée next Fall!

Black Issues in Philosophy

The latest Black Issues in Philosophy is now available. It features a discussion of a recent forum on Charles Mill's recent book and debates regarding intersections of gender and race. It discusses recent work by our colleague Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly Kathryn Gines) that was published in Critical Philosophy of Race, the journal edited here by Robert Bernasconi.


Past issues of the blog can be accessed here: