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Ted Toadvine to join Philosophy department and become director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Ted Toadvine of the University of Oregon will assume the role of new director of the Rock Ethics Institute and professor of Philosophy beginning January 2017. We are thrilled that he will be joining our department, and that the Rock Ethics Institute will continue to grow under his leadership!

Read the full press release here!

Ted Toadvine


New Symposium: Kathryn Gines on Beauvoir

We are happy to announce a new Symposium on Kathryn Gines' article, "Comparative and Competing Frameworks of Oppression in Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex," with commentaries by Nancy Bauer, Sabine Broeck, Penelope Deutscher, and Stephanie Rivera Berruz, and a reply by Kathryn Gines.  Find it here.  Enjoy!


Professor Nicolas De Warren (KU Leuven University, Belgium) to join Philosophy Department in Fall 2017

Nicolas De Warren (KU Leuven University, Belgium) will join the Philosophy Department as an Associate Professor in the fall of 2017.

 “Having studied in Paris, Heidelberg, and Boston, I graduated with my PhD from Boston University in 2001. I have written more than 60 articles, most recently published an edited volume on Neo-Kantianism, and my book on Husserl and the problem of time will appear in Italian translation this year. In 2013 I was the recipient of a European Research Council grant for a project on the impact of the First World War on 20th-century philosophy. I am currently writing two books: one on evil and forgiveness, the other on German Kriegsphilosophie during the First World War."

We look forward to welcoming our new colleague next Fall!

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."