Announcements

The picture above shows the words which stood over the entryway to Plato's academy. ("Let no one ageometric enter here!")  It was the first announcement ever to be posted by a Philosophy Department. Below you will find some more recent announcements with news pertaining to events in the lives of our department's faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

All of the announcements below pertain to individual accomplishments worthy of recognition which have taken place in the recent past.

If you are aware of any pertinent accomplishments by individual members of our departmental community which are not presently posted here but ought to be, please bring these to our attention by contacting Valerie Wallace at vwallace@uchicago.edu.

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2014-2015

  • Eric Singerman has won the Undergraduate Lee Prize for best GPA in Philosophy.
  • Alaina Bompiedi has been awarded the Undergraduate Lee Prize for the best essay in theoretical philosophy, and Eric Singerman has been awarded the Undergraduate Lee Prize for the best essay in practical philosophy.
  • Cait Duggan, Peter Goldberg and Elek Lane have been awarded Dunn Summer Research Grants for Summer 2015.
  • The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies BA Prize has been awarded to Noam Margalit for the best BA thesis on a topic related to Jewish Studies. 
  • Congratulations to the following who will receive departmental honors this year: Sofi Jovanovska, Sandy Qi, Douglas Vaaler and Jake Walerius.
  • Zach Augustine received a PRISM Summer Research Grant for Summer 2015.
  • Edwin Jiang has received a PRISM Summer Research Grant for Summer 2015.
  • Natalie Richardson (Philosophy/Allied Fields) has been awarded a Seidel Research grant for summer 2015.
  • Sabina Bremner will be attending Columbia University.
  • Colin Bradley will be attending Princeton University.
  • Aaron Segal will be attending the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Douglas Vaaler will be attending the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Gabriel Shapiro ('14) will be attending Princeton University
  • Phil Yaure ('14) will be attending Columbia's philosophy Ph.D program. 
  • Sam Wigutow has accepted a fully funded PhD program offer from the Catholic University of America's School of Philosophy and will be attending in the fall.
  • Noam Margalit presented "Encountering the Neighbor: An Essay on the Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas" at the DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, and she will present "Decent Justice and Ethical Friendship in Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics" at Pacific University. 
  • Clint Montgomery's paper, "The Skepticism of Wittgenstein's Rule Following Problem" and Noam Margalit's paper, "Decent Justice and Ethical Friendship in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics" were accepted for presentation at the Pacific University Undergraduate Conference on April 18th. 
  • Noam Margalit's paper, "Encountering the Neighbor: An Essay on the Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas" was accepted for presentation at the DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium (April 9-11). 

2013-2014

  • Jon Catlin's paper, Catastrophe as Religious Experience: Levinas, Leibowitz, and the Holocaust, has been accepted for presentation at Oneonta’s Twentieth Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
  • The following students received PRISM Summer Research Grants in 2014: Alaina Bompiedi, Noam Margalit, and Austin Sarfan.
  • The Lee Prize for best undergraduate essay in theoretical philosophy has been awarded to John (Colin) Bradley.
  • The Lee Prize for the best undergraduate essay in practical philosophy has been awarded to Benjamin Silver.
  • The Lee GPA Prize for the highest GPA in the major has been awarded to Phil Yaure.
  • The 2014 Dunn Summer Research Fellowship winners are Kyle Gannon, Sandy Qi, Austin Sarfan, and Gabe Shapiro.
  • The following students received Special Honors for their essays in 2014: John Hazinski, Stephen Marrone, Yurij Melnyk, Jillian Niler, Kathryn Running, Aaron Segal.
  • Julie Hoh and Sabina Bremner, philosophy majors and founding members of the UWIP (University Women in Philosophy), gave an invited presentation in April at the UNC Workshop on the Recruitment and Retainment of Women and Other Underrepresented Minorities. The presentation covers the origins of the UWIP, issues of climate and under-representation in philosophy, the work recently undertaken here on these issues, and recommendations for the future. 
  • Alex King, BA, U of C, 2007, PhD, Brown, 2014 -- assistant professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY), beginning fall 2014.
  • Ben Levinstein, BA, U of C, 2007, PhD, Rutgers, 2013 -- post-doctoral researcher, University of Bristol, 2013-present
  • Joshua Fry will be attending the University of Pittsburgh's philosophy Ph.D. program with full funding in Fall 2014.
  • Phil Yaure's paper "‘Sorry, I’m not here right now. Please solve the paradox after the beep:’ On Indexicality and The Answering Machine Paradox" has been accepted for publication in the 2014 edition of the journal Sapere Aude.
  • Flavio Cangemi and Paul Goodrich are making 10-minute presentations about their research at a symposium on Friday (Nov. 22), at Ida Noyes (3rd floor theater).  Flavio Cangemi's presentation ("A Complexity-Based Theory of Mind") will be at 11:30 am, and Paul Goodrich will present his research on Kierkegaard ("Fear and Traveling") during a panel that begins at 12:45 pm (Paul will go on around 1 pm). Sabina Vaccarino Bremner, with her project on Cavell, Foucault, and the significance of collective cultural assumptions to our ethical interpersonal engagements, was also a PRISM grant winner, but won't be presenting her research because she is also a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and her interview is that day.

2012-2013

  • Joshua Fry won the Lee Family Foundation Undergraduate Essay Prize for his essay, "Physics, Logic and Law in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus".
  • The following students received Special Honors for their essays in 2013: Libbi Williams, Josh Fox, Helen Hailes, and Li Chen.
  • The 2013 Dunn Summer Research Fellowships winners are Phil Yaure, Sabina Bremner, Colin Bradley, Flavio Cangemi.
  • Phil Yaure has had his paper from the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference selected for publication in Pacific's online journal, Res Cogitans.
  • Max Chaoulideer's paper, “Losing and Regaining the Self through Language: Individuation in Nietzsche’s Creative Use of Metaphor” will be published in volume XXIV of Episteme.
  • Colin Bradley presented "Kind Predicates and Function Assignment" at the UChicago Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and his "Historicism in the Phenomenology as Interplay of Consciousness and Meaning" will be published in St. Olaf's The Reed journal of existentialism.
  • Phil Yaure's “Cognitions and Sensation: Reconstructing Herder’s Quasi-Empiricism” will be published in volume XXIV of Episteme.
  • James Estaver will present his "The Slave Mentality: Investigating the Moral Implications of Hegel's Lordship and Bondage" at the Ohio State University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
  • Aaron Segal’s paper "Knowing that One Knows: McDowell, Williamson, and Perceptual Knowledge" has been accepted to both the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and the University of Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
  • Stephen Marrone will be presenting on Heidegger at this year's SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and he has also been accepted at the Webster University UPC.
  • Phil Yaure's paper,"Evolutionary Ethics and the Moral Skeptic" has been accepted to the First Annual Online Undergraduate Ethics Conference hosted by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values at Coastal Carolina University.
  • Aaron Segal's paper, "Dynamic Nominalism, Ethics, and Subjectivity" has been accepted to the First Annual Online Undergraduate Ethics Conference hosted by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values at Coastal Carolina University.
  • Phil Yaure, Sabina Bremner, and Stephen Marrone were accepted to present papers at the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in April 2013.

2011-2012

  • The following students received Special Honors for their Senior philosophical essays in 2012: Nicholas Allen, Ben Hartman, Julian Katz-Samuels, Michael Malpass, Ajay Ravichandran, Ardevan Yaghoubi.
  • Julian Katz-Samuels (2012) will be starting a PhD program in Sociology at the University of Michigan fall 2012.
  • Nikhil Maddirala (2011) will be attending in Fall 2012 the MSc Logic program at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (a research institute of the University of Amsterdam). Link
  • Greg Muren (2010) has been accepted to Harvard Law School and will begin Fall 2012.
  • Ben Hartman received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) to Germany for 2012-2013.
  • Ardevan Yaghoubi received a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Frankfurt.
  • Stephen Marrone presented his essay "Can People Really Fly? Distinguishing Fictional Truths Form Veritable Facts In The World" at two undergraduate philosophy conferences the weekend of May 4: The 4th Annual undergraduate philosophy conference at Calvin College in Grand rapids, MI, and The 1st Annual undergraduate philosophy conference at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.
  • Philip Yaure has received a PRISM research grant for his proposal: Grasping Possibility: A Philosophical Project on the Nature of Conceivability.
  • Philip Yaure presented "Counterfactuals and the Problem of Old Evidence" at undergraduate conferences at SUNY Oneonta, Pacific University, and Northwestern University. A version of the paper is also being published in Pacific University's undergraduate philosophy journal, Res Cogitans.
  • This year's winners, from amongst a very strong applicant pool, of Dunn Summer Research Fellowships are: Stephen Balogh, Max Chaoulideer, Josh Fry, and Michael Malpass.
  • Michele Masiello won the Lee Family Foundation Undergraduate Essay Prize for his essay, "On Fundamental Ideas and Mental Reference in Gareth Evans' The Varieties of Reference".
  • Isabela Ferreira won the Lee Family Foundation GPA Prize. The prize is awarded annually to the graduating philosophy major with the highest overall grade point average.
  • Charles Birnie ('09) will be attending Duke Law School.
  • Melanie Treuhaft ('10) will be pursuing an MFA at UW Madison.
  • Jeffrey Glass ('11), will be attending the University of Indiana's Philosophy PhD program.
  • Matt Mandelkern ('11) will be attending MIT's Philosophy PhD program with full funding.
  • Dan Ioppolo ('11) will be attending the University of Toronto's PhD program with full funding.
  • Alex ElNabli ('11) will be attending Fordham's Philosophy PhD program with full funding.
  • Ian Caughlan ('11) will be pursuing an MDiv at Harvard University's Divinity School.
  • Ethan Schwartz has been awarded the 2012 Millard Pierce Binyon Memorial Prize for Distinction in Humanistic Pursuits in the College Community.
  • Aaron Greenberg ('09) will be attending Yale University's political science department where, beginning Fall 2012, he will pursue a PhD in political theory. 
  • Philip Yaure presented "The Problem of Evil: The Privation Defense and Meaningful Belief" at a couple of conferences this past month: SIUE's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and the Illinois Philosophical Association's conference at NIU (for winning their undergraduate essay contest). The same paper is also being published in SIUE's undergraduate journal, the Polymath.

2010-2011

  • The following students have received Special Honors for their Senior philosophical essays: Alex Carter, Daniel Drucker, Julia Greenberg, Wally Hilke, Brian Hillman, Daniel Ioppolo, Matt Mandelkern, Evan Moriarty, Peter Salib, Diana Wang.
  • Adwait Parker, ('09) has received a Fullbright Fellowship and will be attending Stanford University's Philosophy PhD program. 
  • Michael Miller ('08) will be attending the University of Pittsburgh's HPS PhD program.
  • Ethan Jerzak ('10) will be attending the University of California- Berkeley's PhD program in Philosophy Department. 
  • Daniel Drucker ('11) will be attending the University of Michigan's PhD in Philosophy program.
  • Benjamin Rossi ('10) will be attending the University of Notre Dame's Philosophy's PhD Program.
  • Brian Hillman ('11) will be attending the University of Chicago's Divinity School MA in Divinity, where he received a full scholarship.
  • Alex Carter ('11) is attending Stanford Law School, where he received a fellowship.
  • Arielle Linsey ('10)will be attending the University of Texas School of Law.
  • CJ Morello ('11) will be attending the University of California-Davis MFA in creative writing program.
  • Sara Chiesi ('11) will be teaching English in France for a year.
  • Michele Masiello has won a PRISM Summer Research Grant.
  • Matt Mandelkern won the Lee Family GPA Prize.  The prize is awarded annually to the graduating philosophy student with the highest overall grade point average.
  • The recipients of Dunn Research Fellowships in Philosophy for 2011 are Dan Ioppolo, Anne Quaranto, Ardevan Yaghoubi, Matt Mandelkern and Jeffrey Glass.  
  • The joint winners of the Lee Family Foundation Undergraduate Essay Prize for 2010-11 are Julian Katz-Samuels, for his essay, "On the Possibility of Objects without Objects: Bertrand Russell's Logical Construction and the Logic of Similarity"  and Matt Mandelkern, for his essay, "Perceptual Experience in Sellars and McDowell".
  • Aaron Wells will be attending the Notre Dame Philosophy PhD program, starting in 2010-11.
  • Daniel Benjamin will be attending the MPhil/PhD English program at Cambridge University starting in the 2010-11 academic year.
  • Thiti Owlarn will be attending the BPhil program at Oxford University starting in the 2010-11 academic year.
  • Thomas Manganaro will be attending the English PhD program at Duke University starting in the 2010-11 academic year

2009-2010

  • Jeffrey Glass received the F. Champion Ward International Travel Grant to pursue a summer research project in 2010. His project focused on the relationship between Hegel and his interpretation of Ancient Skepticism as a possible mark of 'true' (or systematic) thought.
  • Ian Caughlan received a FLAG grant to study in Germany in the summer of 2010.
  • The 2009-2010 Lee Family Foundation Prize for Highest Grade Point Average was won by Nathan Wilmers, with a 3.96 overall GPA.
  • The Lee Family Foundation Essay Prize winning entry was Ethan Jerzak’s essay about epistemological skepticism: “On Ignoring Arguments: In Defense of Heroism”. 
  • The 2009-2010 recipients of the Dunn Summer Research Grant were: Ethan Jerzak, who will continue his honors-winning work on Kant and Kierkegaard with a view toward applying to graduate school, Benjamin Rossi, another graduating senior, who will pursue a project on compatibilism about free will, and Daniel Drucker, a rising fourth year who will use the summer to work on his BA essay on Aristotle on desiring the bad.
  • Patrick Giamario presented a paper at the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in April, 2010.
  • Two of our students won PRISM Research Grants in the 2009-2010 year:  Dan Ioppolo, for his project on ethical motivations in Aristotle, and Matthew Pelligrino, for his project on phenomenality and the concept of life.
  • Marc Gasser will be attending Harvard University, Philosophy PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Joshua Hancox will be attending Pittsburgh University, Philosophy PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Daniel Immerman will be attending the University of Notre Dame, Philosophy PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Morganna Lambeth will be attending the University of California - Riverside, Philosophy PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Bihui Li will be attending the Pittsburgh University, History and Philosophy of Science PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Michael Miller will be attending the Columbia University, Philosophical Foundations of Physics MA program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Nathana O'Brien will be attending the New York University, Philosophy PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Danny Schwartz will be attending the Johns Hopkins University, Philosophy PhD program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Stephen Shackelford will be attending the Western Michigan University, Philosophy MA program starting in the 2009-10 academic year.

For more information about the honors and awards conferred annually upon our top undergraduate majors, please continue reading here.

For links to recent news stories involving our undergraduate majors, please look here.

 

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Graduate Students

Graduate student placement information can be found here.
For links to recent news stories involving our graduate students, please look here.
Additional information about recently graduated PhD students can be found here.

2015-2016

  • Central APA News: Some of our graduate students are being honored at the Central APA, which will be held in Chicago March 2-5. The Prize Reception, to which all are invited, will be held Wednesday, March 2 7:00-8:00PM.
    • Anastasia Berg, Katie Howe, and Francey Russell have won Graduate Student Travel Stipends. Congratulations to them all!
    • Check out their talks and talks and comments by other students and recent alumni:
      • Anastasia Berg, "Making Sense of Kant's Moral Respect: A Case for Non-Pathological Feeling" Wed. 3/2 3-4PM
      • Francey Russell, "Kant on Self-Opacity and Self-Conceit" Wed 3/2 5-6PM
      • Rafeeq Hasan, "Freedom and Structural Domination: Pettit and Rousseau" Thurs, 3/3 12:10-2:10PM
      • Katie Howe, "Thinking Parts and Human Animals" Fri 3/4 9-10AM
      • Alex Silverman, commentator on "Idle Material in Spinoza's Ethics" Fri. 3/4 11AM-noon
      • Aidan Gray, commentator on "Inverted Commas and the Metaphysics of Reference" Fri. 3/4 3-4PM

2014-2015

  • Tuomo Tiisala’s paper “Keeping It Implicit: A Defense of Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan's paper "Knowledge, Virtuous Action, and Experience" has been accepted to the APA's Eastern Division.
  • Claire Kirwin won the Lee Graduate Essay Prize for her essay "“The best self-contradiction that has ever been conceived”: Understanding Nietzsche on the Freedom of the Will".
  • Gilad Nir is one of two 2015 winners of the Karen Dinal Memorial Award for excellence as a teacher of writing to first-year students (awarded by the Writing Program).
  • Jessica Tizzard has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year.
  • Gilad Nir has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year.
  • Daniel Telech presented "A Virtue of 'Self-Alienation'?" at the "Virtue Ethics Through the Ages" conference at the University of Missouri- St. Louis, in March, and will give comments on Hayley Webster's paper, "Is Wine Tasting Bullshit?" at the 2nd Chicagoland Philosophy Graduate conference, at UIC in April. 
  • Francey Russell presented a paper entitled "Repetition and Difference in Film" at Vanderbilt University, a paper entitled "Moral Self-Opacity and Self-Knowledge" at the German Philosophy Workshop, and presented a response paper for DN Rodowick's Philosophy's Artful Conversation.  She will present a paper called "The Delusion of Self-Conceit and the Feeling of Respect" at a conference in Leipzig in July.
  • Emilio Comay del Junco presented two papers on Aristotle: one at the 38th Annual Workshop in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in February 2015 and at a conference on teleology in Plato and Aristotle at the University of Dayton in April 2015.
  • Jaime Edwards has been awarded a fellowship from the Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values. 
  • Jessica Tizzard will be commenting on María Acosta's “On the Poetical Nature of Philosophical Writing: Schiller’s Response to Fichte” at the Chicago Area Consortium inGerman Philosophy on March 20, 2015.
  • Santiago Mejia presented his paper "Self-acceptance and the Ethical Quest" at the 2015 Meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society.
  • Nic Koziolek presented his paper “Belief, Judgment, and Rational Explanation” at the Graduate Conference on Knowing and Acting, at the University of Potsdam, in July. He presented “Inferring as a Way of Knowing” at the Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference, this year at Central
    Washington University, and at MindGrad, an annual graduate philosophy of mind conference at
    the University of Warwick.
  • Andrew Werner is presenting at 3 conferences: “Why is the World We Act in the Same World We Think About?” Conference in Honor of Stephen Engstrom, Leipzig Universität, July 15-18 2015; “Is Logical Content a priori for Hegel?” Conference on Contemporary Debates in German Idealism, Xavier University, April 17-19 2015; “Hegel’s Idea: The Regressive and Progressive Method of the Logic,” Conference on Absolute Idealism, Universität Leipzig, July 16-18 2014
  • Gilad Nir has been awarded a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship in the College for the 2015-2016 academic year, for a course "Rules and Originality: A Problem in the Philosophy of Art."
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan's paper "Practical Wisdom and the Prior Knowledge Requirement" has been accepted for a symposium on the main program at the APA Pacific Meeting.
  • Each year, the Department of Philosophy honors a graduate student with the Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching Philosophy. This prize is awarded to a graduate student with the most outstanding track record of teaching excellence over their graduate student career. The award takes into account such things as student evaluations, faculty evaluations, and student nominations, and is voted on by the entire faculty at a department meeting. For academic year 2013-2014, the prize was awarded to David Holiday. Congratulations David! Link

2013-2014

  • The Lee Prize selection committee has selected Tuomo Tiisala's essay, "Keeping It Implicit: A Defense of Foucault's Archeology of Knowledge," for the Don Robert Lee Foundation Graduate Prize in Philosophy.
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan's book review of Jon Miller's edited volume The Reception of Aristotle's Ethics (CUP 2012) appeared in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review in August.
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan presented a paper on "Tragedies of Youth" at the Law & Literature Conference at the Law School in February and was an invited commentator for a paper on "Self-Sufficiency and Friendship in the Aristotelian Ethics" at the Lexington Workshop on Ancient Philosophy in March. He chaired talks at the Central APA in February and at the Northwestern Junior Faculty Ancient Philosophy Workshop in June.
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan's article, "On Making Sense of Oneself: Reflections on Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending" was accepted and will appear in Philosophy and Literature in 2015.
  • Francey Russell presented two papers this year.  At the Pacific Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy, she presented a paper entitled "Acknowledgment and Moral Harm." And at the Society of Fellows conference at the University of Chicago she presented a paper on Kant entitled "Self-Opacity and Moral Authority."
  • Francey Russell published an essay called "The Unknown Inside", on the film Stranger by the Lake, in the LA Review of Books, and she wrote an essay on memorials in Berlin called "Places of Remembrance" in The Millions.
  • Tuomo Tiisala was selected to present his paper "Power and Freedom in the Space of Reasons" in the meeting of the Wilfrid Sellars Society at the Eastern APA, held in Baltimore in December 2013, and at the graduate conference Knowing and Acting that will take place at the University of Potsdam, Germany, in July 2014.
  • Joshua Mendelsohn published a translation which is to appear as Stark, Werner, Kant’s Lectures on Anthropology: Some Orienting Remarks. In: Critical Guide to Kant’s Lectures on Anthropology. Edited by Alix Cohen. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Joshua Mendelsohn was co-organizer of Aristotle’s Logic and Metaphysics, a conference at the University of Chicago. Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, 2014.
  • Tuomo Tiisala was selected to present his paper "How Do We Author Ourselves? Reason, Motivation, and the Foucaultian Moral Subject" at the Weissbourd Conference Paradoxes of Authority/The Authority of Paradox, organized by the Society of Fellows at the University Chicago in May 2014
  • Daniel Smyth gave (or is scheduled to give) four presentations: “Dans le fugitif et l’infini: Nachholen der Massen bei Baudelaire und Seurat”  [“Amid the Fugitive and the Infinite: Recollecting Masses in Baudelaire and Seurat”]; Conference on French Symbolism, Universität Osnabrück, July, 2014; “Kantian Idealism and Faculty Psychology” Conference on Absolute Idealism, Universität Leipzig, July, 2014; “Art, (Un-)Selfing, Desire: Comments on R. Thomas, C. Robinson, and A. Contarato” Respondent, Graduate Conference “Knowledge/Value”, U. Chicago, May 2014; “Infinity and Givenness: Kant on the Intuitive Roots of Spatial Representation” Graduate Student Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, March, 2014.  
  • Francey Russell presented a paper at the Society for Women in Philosophy Pacific Division Conference in Arizona, and at the Society of Fellows conference at the University of Chicago.
  • Silver Bronzo's article "Bentham's Contextualism and Its Relation to Analytic Philosophy," is forthcoming in Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy,  vol. 2, n. 8, 2014.
  • Daniel Telech was an invited commentator on Paul Russell's paper, "Compatibilism, Pessimism, and ‘the Morality System'" at the "Skepticism about Freedom & Responsibility" Conference at the Law School in April. He also presented a paper on the moral psychology of punishment in Nietzsche and Aeschylus, at the Law and Literature Conference in February, a version of which paper will appear in a conference volume on crime and literature published by OUP.
  • Silver Bronzo's (co-authored with James Conant), article "Resolute Readings of the Tractatus" is forthcoming in H.-J. Glock and J. Hyman (eds.), A Companion to Wittgenstein, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Silver Bronzo published an interview with Cora Diamond, "Philosophy in a Realistic Spirit. An Interview by Silver Bronzo," appeared in Iride, 2013, n. 2: 239-282.
  • Tuomo Tiisala commented a paper by Kimberly Engels on Foucault at the Central APA, held in Chicago in February 2014.
  • Roger Eichorn published a review of Michelle Zerba, Doubt and Skepticism In Antiquity and the Renaissance, in The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (2014): 387-89.
  • Daniel Rodriguez-Navas presented at a graduate conference in Loyola University, for his paper "The Pursuit of Truth and Ethical Self-Constitution: On Foucault’s Kantianism According to Hacking".
  • Roger Eichorn presented at the Colloquium at the University of New Hampshire:  "Wittgenstein on Throwing Away the Ladder".
  • Daniel Rodriguez-Navas was recently awarded a François Furet travel grant to complete some archival work in France this summer. 
  • Nir Ben Moshe won a Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Ben Pierce received an Intensive Language Course Fellowship from the DAAD.
  • Ben Pierce will present a paper at the conference "The Question of Absolute Idealism: A Workshop with Paul Franks and Sebastian Gardner" in Leipzig this July.
  • Nir Ben Moshe has been awarded a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship in the College for the 2014-2015 academic year, for a course on Nietzche and Freud, "On the Origins of Morality and Religion: Nietzsche's and Freud's Genealogical Methods."
  • Andrew Werner and Rory O'Connell have been elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives for the academic year 2013-2014.
  • Roger Eichorn will present "Pyrrhonism, Agnosticism, and Faith: A Plea for Epistemic Fideism," at the Northern New England Philosophical Association Conference, to be held at Dartmouth College, August 23-24.
  • Daniel Smyth won the Markus Herz Prize for best graduate student paper from the North American Kant Society.
  • Joshua Mendelsohn was a Floyd L. Moreland Scholar of the Latin-Greek Institute at the City University of New York Summer 2013.
  • Nir Ben Moshe presented a paper entitled "The Moral Point of View: An Adam Smithian Account of Moral Reasons" at Kyoto University's Ethics and Wellbeing Conference and at Northwestern University's Practical Philosophy Workshop.

2012-13

  • Nic Koziolek is the winner of the 2013 Course Design Award from the Center for Teaching and Learning, for his tutorial last year, "Knowledge and the Concept of the Mind."
  • Dhananjay Jagganathan and David Holiday are the co-winners of this year's Lee Prize for the best essay by a graduate student in Practical Philosophy. Dhananjay's is "On Making Sense of Oneself:  Reflections on Julian Barnes’s THE SENSE OF AN ENDING." David's essay is "'Like a pearl onion on a bananasplit'-- Characterisation in the pulp fiction of Raymond Chandler."
  • Joshua Mendelsohn presented his paper entitled "Saving the formality of Aristotle's modal logic" at the International Symposium on Aristotle's Logic at Massey University in New Zealand (December 2012)
  • Mark Hopwood presented his paper 'The Individual as Knowable by Love: Metaphor and Moral Vision in Iris Murdoch' at the 39th Conference on Value Inquiry at Western Kentucky University and at the University of Iowa graduate student conference. He will also be presenting it this summer at the Understanding Value Conference, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan was selected to present his paper "Aristotle on Practical Knowledge and the Starting Points of Ethical Inquiry" at the 2nd Annual APSN Graduate Conference at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (July 2012) and was invited to give his paper "Moral Education and the Fixity of Character" in the Philosophy of Education research seminar at the Institute of Education, University of London (June 2012). He was also an invited commentator at the 36th Annual Ancient Philosophy Workshop at the University of Texas at Austin (March 2013), and an invited participant in a graduate workshop on Plato's Hippias Major at Yale University (May 2013) and in an interdisciplinary faculty seminar on the virtues at the University of Notre Dame (Spring 2013). His review of Claudia Baracchi's Aristotle's Ethics as First Philosophy appeared in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review in November 2012.
  • Daniel Telech presented his paper, "Empathy, Expression, and Self-Consciousness" at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Graduate conference on Empathy (April 26-27, 2013).
  • Tuomo Tiisala presented his paper "Power and Freedom in the Space of Reasons" in Georgetown Philosophy Conference, at Georgetown University on April 20th 2013 and will present it at the Wilfrid Sellars Society's meeting in the Eastern APA on December 27th, 2013.
  • Alyssa Luboff presented her paper, "The Success of Science and the Very Possibility of Epistemic Relativism," at the University of Miami 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference in Epistemology in January 2013.
  • Francey Russell's paper “The Space of Pathos: Meaning, Anxiety, and Ethics in Being and Time" will appear in Existential Philosophy and Ethics. Conference Proceedings, with De Gruyter in 2013. She was invited to present her paper “Chinatown’s Two Worlds: Knowing and Acknowledging, Noir and Melodrama” at the at the Wittgenstein Workshop at the New School for Social Research in May 2013.
  • Daniel Smyth presented his paper 'Infinity and Givenness: Kant on the intuitive roots of spatial representation' at the Biennial meeting of the North American Kant Society. His paper received the award for best graduate student paper and is a candidate for the 2013 Markus Herz prize. Daniel also presented his paper 'Meta-Critique and Method: Kant on our cognitive faculties' at the Universität Leipzig and his paper 'Unendlichkeit and Gegebensein: der anschauliche Ursprung räumlicher Vorstellung being Kant' at the Universität Potsdam.
  • Nic Koziolek has been awarded a Provost's Dissertation‐Year Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Tuomo Tiisala has been awarded a Mellon Foundation-University of Chicago Dissertation‐Year Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Tuomo Tiisala has been awarded a fellowship from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
  • Jessica Tizzard has been awarded a Canadian SSHRC grant for two years.
  • Alyssa Luboff has been awarded an Ames Departmental Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Matt Teichman has been awarded an Ames Departmental Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Nir Ben Moshe has been awarded a Tave fellowship for his course proposal, “Psychoanalysis and Feminism: Freud, Lacan, Klein, Winnicott and their Feminist Interlocutors," nominated through Gender Studies.
  • Roger Eichorn's Review of Pyrrhonian Scepticism and Hegel's Theory of Judgement by Ioannis Trisokkas is forthcoming in The International Journal for the Study of Skepticism.
  • Ancient Philosophy will be publishing a paper by Roger Eichorn in their Spring 2013 issue.  The paper is entitled "How (Not) To Read Sextus Empiricus: The Case of Jonathan Barnes, et al."
  • Francey Russell's paper, "Unity and Synthesis in the Ego Ideal: Reading Freud's Concept Through Kant's Philosophy" will be published in the centenary issue of American Imago in Fall 2012.
  • Daniel Telech has won The Ethel Treble and F Louis Barber Travelling Scholarship from Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

2011-2012

  • Santiago Mejia's Spring 2012 course “Who am I? Reflections on identity, agency and unconscious activity" was awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ in the Excellence in Course Design Competition from the Center for Teaching and Learning. The award will be presented in Fall 2012.
  • Stina Bäckström and Stephen Shortt are the co-winners of this year's graduate Lee essay prize. Stina's essay, "Expression and First-Personal Awareness," and Stephen's essay, "Objectivity, Anthropocentricity, and Aesthetic Properties," were selected from 8 strong entries.
  • Daniel Smyth has been awarded a Mellon Foundation–University of Chicago Dissertation-Year Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year.
  • Mark Hopwood has been awarded a Provost's Dissertation-Year Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year.
  • Stina Backstrom has been awarded a Mellon Foundation–University of Chicago Dissertation-Year Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year.
  • The Philosophy Department admitted 11 students to the PhD program for the coming year. The following 4 of those students have accepted our offer of admission and will be entering the program in the coming fall: Emily Dupree, Joshua Mendelsohn, Thomas Schulte, and Daniel Telech.
  • Tucker McKinney has been awarded the Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship in the College for the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Tuomo Tiisala's paper, "Les étayages sémantiques du projet archéologique de Foucault" was published in Foucault, Wittgenstein : de possibles rencontres, edited by Frédéric Gros and Arnold Davidson, Editions Kimé, Paris, 2011
  • Thomas Lockhart's paper, "Motivating Disjunctivism", and Will Small's paper, "Practical Knowledge and the Structure of Action", are both forthcoming in Rethinking EpistemologyVolume II, edited by G. Abel and J. Conant, De Gruyter Verlag, Berlin, 2011.
  • Silver Bronzo's paper, "The Resolute Reading and Its Critics: An Introduction to the Literature," is forthcoming in Wittgenstein-Studien, Vol. 3, 2012.
  • Tucker McKinney and Zack Loveless have been elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives to the departmental search committee in Philosophy of Science and Ethics, respectively, for the academic year 2011-2012.
  • Silver Bronzo's paper "Context, Compositionality, and Nonsense in Wittgenstein's Tractatus" was published in Beyond the Tractatus Wars, edited by Rupert Read and Matthew Lavery, Routledge, 2011.
  • Alex Langlinais and Thomas Evnen have been elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives for the academic year 2011-2012.
  • Roger Eichorn has published a book review "Review of Jessica N. Berry, Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition," in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 2: 79-82. Link

2010-2011

  • Will Small has won the Lee Family Graduate Essay Prize in Philosophy for his prize-winning essay, "Basic Action and Practical Knowledge."
  • Tucker McKinney has been awarded a Franke Institute for the Humanities Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year.
  • Rachel Goodman has won the Karen Dinal Award for excellence in teaching writing, for her work in Philosophical Perspectives in 2010-11.
  • The Philosophy Department admitted 12 students to the PhD program for the coming year. The following 9 of those students have accepted our offer of admission and will be entering the program in the coming fall: Amichai Amit, Pascal Brixel, Jacob Butcher, Dhananjay Jagannathan, Claire Kirwin, Netanel Lipshitz, Rory O'Connell, Andrew Pitel, Francey Russell.
  • Matt Teichman has been awarded a Fulbright IIE fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year, to be a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Language, Logic, and Computation in Amsterdam.
  • Silver Bronzo has been awarded the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Italy Scholarship for 2011 which goes each year to the most deserving Italian graduate student studying at the University of Chicago.
  • Silver Bronzo and David Holiday have been awarded Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships in the College for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Thomas Land was awarded an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship
  • Rachel Goodman, Will Small, and Daniel Smyth have been elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives to the departmental search committees in the areas of Metaphysics & Epistomology, Ethics, and Early Modern respectively for the academic year 2010-2011.
  • Andrew Werner has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarshipfor Graduate Study by the Beinecke Foundation.
  • Ben McMyler's recently completed and revised PhD dissertation, Testimony, Trust, and Authority, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2011.
  • Jacob Swenson and Amos Browne have been elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives for the academic year 2010-2011.

2009-2010

  • The Philosophy Department admitted 11 students to the PhD program for the coming year. The following 7 of those students have accepted our offer of admission and will be entering the program in the coming fall: Arnold Brooks, Roger Eichorn, Simon Gurofsky, Katie Howe, Ben Pierce, Jessica Tizzard, Andrew Werner.
  • André Carus' recently completed and revised PhD dissertation, Carnap and Twentieth-Century Thought: Explication as Enlightenment , was published in paperback by Oxford University Press in February, 2010.
  • The Lee Family Graduate Prize in Philosophy was won by Matt Teichman.
  • In 2009-2010, Silver Bronzo and David Holiday received Divisional Dissertation Year Mellon awards.
  • In 2009-2010, Erica Holberg won the Tave-Whiting Teaching Fellowship.
  • In 2009-2010, Departmental Ames Dissertation Year Fellowships were awarded to Nathan Rothschild and Nate Zuckerman.
  • Sarah Bosworth, Toby Chow, Charles Todd, and Nate Zuckerman were elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives to the departmental search committees in the areas of Philosophy of Language, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, and Early Modern respectively for the academic year 2009-2010.
  • Nic Koziolek was awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in 2009.
  • Tom Lockhart was awarded the Booth Prize for teaching, May, 2009.
  • Stina Backstrom and Jacob Swenson were elected by the Philosophy Graduate Students to serve as their representatives for the academic year 2009-2010.

Graduate student placement information can be found here.

For links to recent news stories involving our graduate students, please look here.

Additional information about recently graduated PhD students can be found here.

For more information about the prizes and fellowships annually open on a competitive basis to our graduate students, please consult the links in the section titled Prizes and Fellowships here.

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Faculty

2015-2016

  • Malte Willer received the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching on May 25, 2016. Congratulations to Malte!
  • Central APA News:
    • Martha Nussbaum is being honored at the Central APA, which will be held in Chicago March 2-5. The Prize Reception, to which all are invited, will be held Wednesday, March 2 7:00-8:00PM. She will be awarded the Philip L. Quinn Prize in recognition of her service to philosophy
    • Also check out the following faculty talks at the APA:
      • Bill Wimsatt, "Robustness and Realism: Is It Heuristics All the Way Down?" Thurs 3/3 5:30-7:30PM
      • Matt Boyle, "Knowledge as Subject and Agential Knowledge" Sat 3/5 2:45-5:45
  • William Wimsatt is named a Co-PI in a major project sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, “From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics." 
  • Martha C. Nussbaum is the 2015 recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize, which will be awarded on Oct. 15, 2015.
  • Candace Vogler has received a major Templeton Foundation grant for her project, "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life."  The project will bring together philosophers, social scientists, and religious thinkers to examine the role of self-transcendence and self-transcendent goods in meaningful lives.  This is a great opportunity for her and is also sure to enrich our departmental life with the lectures and conference the project will sponsor.
  • Agnes Callard was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2015-2016.

2014-2015

  • Josef Stern has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
  • William Wimsatt has won the 2015 Norman Maclean Faculty Award from the UChicago Alumni Association. - Link
  • Josef Stern is the recipient of the 2014 Journal of the History of Philosophy prize for the best book in the history of philosophy published in 2013.  By vote of the Board of Directors, the $5,000 prize celebrates his philosophical and scholarly achievement in bringing to light The Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide (Harvard University Press).
    The award was established in 2006, and previous recipients are listed on the journal's website.
  • Malte Willer delivered a talk on dynamic conditionals and on metaethical noncognitivism at PhLiP 2014 in Tarrytown, September 25–28 (more info here) and at the Semantic Content Workshop in Barcelona, November 6–8 (more info here).
  • Jonathan Lear, the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, Philosophy, and the College, has been appointed the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.
  • Arnold I. Davidson will contribute regularly to the Italian newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore" as jazz critic for the Sunday cultural supplement, "Domenica". The most important cultural section in Italy, "Domenica" will  include essays and reviews by Davidson on all aspects of jazz. His collaboration will begin in the Fall.

2013-2014

  • Dan Brudney received the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education on May 28, 2014
  • The University Ca' Foscari, Venice is going to confer its highest honor on Arnold I. Davidson, naming him an honorary member of the faculty (Membro Onorario del Corpo Accademico). He will be the first American to receive this honor. The conferring of this title will take place in a formal ceremony presided over by the Rector of the Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia and followed by a Lectio Magistralis. Davidson has given the Lezioni Veneziane and is a regular visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at the University Ca' Foscari, Venice. Link
  • Candace Vogler was a featured speaker at the Lilly Fellows' Annual Conference, held at Baylor University, May 20-21, 2014 and a featured speaker for the Baylor University all-faculty retreat May 22-23, 2014. Link
  • Gabriel Lear was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015.
  • Anton Ford was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015.
  • Anubav Vasudevan was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015.
  • Robert Pippin gave the following lectures in 2013-14: 2014 (fall) - Leibniz Lecture, University of Vienna; 2014 (March) – Farber Lecture in Film, Princeton University; 2014 (March) – Baldwin-Dahl Lecture in Comparative Literature, Yale Univesity; 2014 (March) - Clough Distinguished Lecture in Jurisprudence, Boston College; 2013 (fall) – Shearman Lectures, University College, London; 2013 (November) – Guang Hua Lectures, Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC.
  • Anat Schechtman won an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for 2014-2015, for her project Infinity in Modern Thought.
  • Michael Kremer was an invited speaker for the March 17, 2014 Nihon University Conference "A Capacity for Getting Things Right: Gilbert Ryle on Knowledge", and gave a Workshop on Early Analytic Philosophy, March 18, 2014, at Nihon University. "Letting Logic Take Care of Itself: Wittgenstein's Critique of Russell in the Tractatus."
  • Candace Vogler is a featured speaker at the "Contributions to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Conference on Anscombe’s Work", Neuman University, March 14 - 15, 2014 - Link
  • Sad news: Professor Ted Cohen passed away on Friday, March 14th.  Professor Cohen was a valued member of our community, and extraordinary scholar, and an energetic and enthusiastic teacher.  He will be sorely missed. An online guestbook for friends, students, and colleagues can be found here.
  • Together with Chris Kennedy, Malte Willer will be the principal investigator of a three-year interdisciplinary working group on the nature of subjectivity in language and thought, starting in the Autumn quarter of 2014 and funded by the generous support of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.  Link
  • In January 2014 Robert Pippin received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
  • During the academic year 2013-14, Malte Willer gave talks at the 19th Amsterdam Colloquium and at the 111th Annual Meeting of the APA Central Division.
  • Raoul Moati's book has just been published: Derrida et le langage ordinaire, Paris, Hermann, 2014 Link
  • Professor Emeritus William Wimsatt has published Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition (with Eds. Linnda R. Caporael and James R. Griesemer) MIT Press, 2014 - Link
  • Robert Richards's most recent book is Was Hitler a Darwinian? Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013). Link
  • Arnold I. Davidson was honored by French Government at a November 4 ceremony where he was promoted to the rank of Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago, hailed Davidson as “a true modern humanist, a champion of interdisciplinarity and cross-cultural exchanges.”  - Link
  • Michael Kremer is giving the talk "Letting Logic Take Care of Itself: Wittgenstein’s Critique of Russell in the Tractatus" at the "Russel and Wittgenstein at the Crossroads: A conference in memor of Leonard Linsky" at McMaster University, November 8, 2013 - Link
  • Chicago Moral Philosophy Seminar Visiting Professor Anselm Mueller will lead a joint faculty-doctoral student reading group, "The Good and Other Formal Objects" in Spring 2014.
  • November 4, the French Consulate general will present Arnold Davidson with his medal for his appointment as Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, recognizing his contribution to the promotion of French culture.
  • Professor Emeritus William Tait organized "Leonard Linsky Memorial Conference: On Philosophy of Language and Early Analytic Philosophy" which featured speakers from around the country as well as our department, including Marko Malink, Josef Stern, William Tait, James Conant, Anubav Vasudevan, and Jason Bridges - Link
  • Candace Vogler is a featured speaker at the 17th Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference: "Anscombe's Complaint", 15-17th November 2013
  • Candace Vogler is a featured speaker at the Thomanistic Institute's November 9, 2013, conference, "Thomas Aquinis and Philosophical Realism"
  • Candace Vogler will give the talk “Good and Bad in Human Action” at the American Catholic Philosophical Association Conference, November 2, 2013.
  • Ben Callard, David Finkelstein, Gabriel Lear, Marko Malink, Bart Schultz, Candace Vogler are featured speaker at the University of Chicago's Humanities Day "Let Your Mind Wander" on October 19, 2013 - Link
  • Robert Pippin's article, “Kant on the Spontaneity of Mind,” selected as one of the twenty-two “best articles in the forty year existence of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.”  
  • Candace Vogler is a featured speaker at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford: The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe, 27-28 September 2013 St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
  • Josef Stern is a featured speaker at the Chinese and Jewish Ethics Confernce at the Center in Beijing, December 4, 2013.

2012-2013

  • The University of York awarded Martha Nussbaum an Honorary Degree, July 2013 - Link
  • Lawrence University will recognize Martha Nussbaum with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree Sunday, June 9 at the college’s 164th commencement. Link
  • The International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology is pleased to announce that the 2013 David L. Hull Prize is awarded to William C. Wimsatt, Winton Professor of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota and Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Philosophy and Evolutionary Biology (Emeritus), University of Chicago.
  • The Rainbow PUSH Coalition honored Bart Schultz with an "Outstanding Educator" award for his work with the Civic Knowledge Project.
  • Candace Vogler will be a featured speaker at the Lilly Fellows' Annual Conference, held at Baylor University, May 19-20, 2013 and a featured speaker for the Baylor University all-faculty retreat May 21-22, 2013 - Link
  • Candace Vogler is giving a talk for the Consciousness and Self-Consciousness Research Centre at Warwick University on May 15, 2013.
  • Candace Vogler is giving a Seminar in Moral Philosophy for the faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University May 13, 2013 - Link
  • Josef Stern's most recent book "The Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide" has been published by Harvard University Press. Link
  • Philosopher and author Martha Nussbaum will discuss “Internet Harassment and the Objectification of Women” April 27 at Rice University - Link
  • Ben Laurence was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2013-2014.
  • Chris Frey was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2013-2014.
  • Candace Vogler gave the Keynote at the SCP Midwest Regional Conference – “Questions of Subjectivity and Grace” – April 4-6, 2013. Link
  • Arnold Davidson has been named to the rank of Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, recognizing his contribution to the promotion of French culture.
  • The Civic Knowledge Project's Winning Words philosophy afterschool program, directed by Bart Schutlz, has won the APA's PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. For more information about the CKP, see this CKP video.
  • Bart Schultz is on the newly formed Board of Directors of PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization), which is one of the main professional groups out there devoted to precollegiate philosophy.  See http://plato-philosophy.org/
  • On December 5th, 2012, James Conant will be the first Voltaire Lecturer in the new annual Voltaire Lecture Series at the University of Potsdam. Link
  • Candace Vogler gave the talk "Anscombe's Complaint" at the Purdue University Department of Philosophy Colloquium on November 1, 2012 - Link
  • Agnes Callard will give the Human Being and Citizen Autumn Quarter Lecture on November 27, 2012,"What is Courage?". Link
  • Candace Vogler will be Keynote Speaker at the 16th Annual Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, November 17-18 2012 - Link
  • Candace Vogler will give a presentation on John Stuart Mills at the 100th Year Celebration of the Department of Philosophy at Peking University, China's Oldest University, October 29, 2012 - Link
  • Ben Callard, Ted Cohen, Gabriel Lear, Bart Schultz, and Candace Vogler gave lectures at the University of Chicago's Humanities Day on October 20, 2012.
  • Civic Knowledge Project Director/Senior Lecturer Bart Schultz is very pleased to announce that the CKP has recently been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation to support its Nonprofit Board Leadership Certificate Program, and a $3,250 grant from the Illinois Arts Council to support its Southside Arts and Humanities Network.
  • James Conant and Cora Diamond will co-teach the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool. It will run from the 7th to the 10th of August 2013 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. The event is sponsored by the the International Ludwig Wittgenstein Institute and is scheduled to take place just prior to the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium 2013, which will also take place in Kirchberg, starting on the 11th of August 2013. More information about the Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool and how to register for it can be found here.
  • Candace Vogler was a guest professor at "Social Philosophy in the Thomistic and Analytic Traditions" at the 7th Annual Thomistic Seminar at the Witherspoon Institue, August 5- 12, 2012. Link
  • In April 2012, James Conant and Cora Diamond co-directed a Young Scholars Workshop on the topic of Philosophy, Literature and Film, at the Center for Philosophy and Literature at Duke University. Link

2011-2012

  • In April, a few University of Chicago institutions collaborated to host a dialogue between Jonathan Lear and Alasdair MacIntyre about Jonathan Lear's Fall 2011 Harvard University Press book A Case for Irony. An edited version of that conversation as a companion to the book and is available here: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/features/irony-and-humanity/index.html
  • Josef Stern co-organized a workshop of Maimonides and Medieval Jewish Thoughtk, and spoke at Shandong University in Jinan on Maimonides’s philosophy toward “The Unbinding of Isaac”.  The workshop and Jinan discussion were part of the programming for the American Culture Exchange Center, a joint project between the University of Chicago and Shandong University, funded, in part, by the American Center for Educational Exchange. Link
  • Bart Schultz has been honored by the Office of Civic Engagement Neighborhood Schools Program with its Faculty Initiative Award for 2012, in recognition of his work in building community connections through such programs as the Winning Words philosophy afterschool program and the Poverty, Promise, and Possibility initiative.
  • Martha Nussbaum has been given the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences. The award recognizes Professor Nussbaum as "one of the most innovative and influential voices in philosophy today and an advocate of the role of the humanities in education." Link
  • Michael Forster was awarded the Alexander von Humbolt-Stiftung Professorship. The Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung professorship honors the world's leading researchers working abroad in all disciplines. April 19, 2012. Link
  • Bart Schultz and the Civic Knowledge Project were honored by the AKArama Foundation at a March 22nd breakfast celebrating AKArama’s community partnerships.  Bart has collaborated with AKArama, one of the largest and oldest black sororities in the nation, in bringing a prestigious lecture series (Great Conversations) to the Woodlawn neighborhood, and in facilitating educational programs in the humanities for low-income adults on the South Side.  The AKArama/Civic Knowledge Project collaboration was celebrated as a model of meaningful University/community relations.
  • Dan Brudney has been invited to give papers at the following conferences: “Religion, Recht und Staat im Junghegelianismus,” University of Münster, March 14-17, 2012; “Work and Worth,” University of Virginia, April 13-14 2012;  University of Chicago Midwest Faculty Seminar: “Death and the Politics of Life,” February 23-25, 2012; MacLean Center Conference, University of Chicago, November 2012.
  • Candace Vogler will be a faculty member of the 2012 Thomistic Seminar: Social Philosophy in the Thomistic and Analytic Traditions at Princeton August 5-11, 2012 - Link
  • Robert Pippin's most recent book, Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy, will be published on February 17, 2012 by the University of Virginia Press.
  • On Oct. 29-31, 2012, the International Centre for Philosophy at Bonn University will host a conference on "Skepticism and Intentionality - Perspectives on Topics of James Conant".  
  • The Journal Philosophical Readings is soliciting articles for a special issue on Jocelyn Benoist's Realist Philosophy. For more information regarding submissions for the issue, click here.
  • The New Religious Intolerance by Martha Nussbaum will be published by Harvard University Press in 2012. For more information, click here.
  • Rethinking Epistemology, Volume 2, edited by Guenter Abel and James Conant, was published by Walter De Gruyter, Inc., Berlin, in June, 2012.
  • Kevin Davey's promotion to Associate Professor with tenure will go into effect on July 1, 2012.
  • Anton Ford has been renewed as Assistant Professor.
  • In 2012-13 Robert Pippin will be in residence in Munich, having been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Friedrich von Siemens Foundation.
  • Summer 2011, Robert Pippin will be giving a one week seminar at the National Humanities Center on "Form and Politics in the Work of J.M. Coetzee" - Link
  • During the academic year 2012/2013, James Conant will be a fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Göttingen.
  • Martha Nussbaum's book, Philosophical Interventions: Reviews 1986-2011, is to be published in December, 2011, by Oxford University Press.
  • The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud, edited by Jason Bridges, Niko Kolodny and Wai-hung Wong, was published by Oxford University Press in November 2011.
  • On Sept. 19th, 2011, the University of Virginia Press published the The Reason of the Gift, Jean Luc Marion's Richard Lectures.
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded the Anneliese Maier Prize to James Conant for research of internationally recognised excellence in the humanities or social sciences. Link
  • James Conant and Robert Pippin are among the keynote speakers at a conference on Philosophy, Film, and Skepticism at the University of Bonn, Germany, from November 28 - 30, 2011.
  • On June 10, 2011,  the journal Philosophical Investigations published a “virtual issue” which features the ten best articles published in the journal from 1980 to the present day and includes James Conant's 1998 article "Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use".
  • The History of Science Society has awarded Robert Richards the Sarton Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Jonathan Lear's bookA Case for Irony was published by Harvard University Press, in October, 2011.
  • The collection Essays on Anscombe's Intention, co-edited by Anton Ford, Jennifer Hornsby and Fred Stoutland, was published by Harvard University Press, in Fall, 2011.
  • Jocelyn Benoist's book Eléments de philosophie réaliste was published by Vrin in 2011.
  • Arnold Davidson and George Lewis will present a lecture, "Improvisation as a Way of Life" on October 19 and participate in the Q & A following the performance of George Lewis and Geri Allen on October 20, 2011 at the University of Michigan's Institute of Humanities
  • Michael Forster's book German Philosophy of Language from Schlegel to Hegel and Beyond was published by Oxford University Press, 2011 Link
  • From July 9 to 13, 2012, Robert Pippin will teach a Journal of the History of Philosophy Master Class on “Post-Kantian Idealism” in Chicago.
  • Beyond the Tractatus Wars, edited by Rupert Read and Matthew Lavery, was published in July 2011 by Routledge. The collection consists of a series of paired newly commissioned pieces alternately arguing for and against the so-called "resolute reading" of Wittgenstein's Tractatus first put forward by Cora Diamond and James Conant.
  • Bart Schultz has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Utilitas, the leading professional journal of utilitarian studies.
  • Martha Nussbaum has been awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Sidney Hook Memorial Award, which is given every three years to "a scholar who has achieved distinction in teaching undergraduates, who has made significant contributions to his or her discipline through published research, and who has demonstrated leadership in the cause of liberal arts education." The award is given in 2012.
  • As of July 1, 2011, Candace Vogler will be the new Chair of the Department of Philosophy. 

2010-2011

  • Bart Schultz was the keynote speaker for the Oxford University New College Symposium, "Transcendence, Idealism and Modernity" June 16 - 17, 2011 - Link
  • Arnold Davidson and Frédéric Gros's book, Foucault, Wittgenstein: de possibles rencontres was published in June 2011 by Editions Kimé
  • A call for papers on Jocelyn Benoist's recent work has been put out here
  • On June 10, 2011,  the journal Philosophical Investigations published a “virtual issue” which features the ten best articles published in the journal from 1980 to the present day and includes James Conant's 1998 article "Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use".
  • Robert Richards has been awarded the Laing book prize from UChicago Press.
  • The Department of Philosophy conducted three faculty searches in 2010-2011 and made two new appointments in 2010-2011, adding Anat Schechtman and Anubav Vasudevan to our faculty.
  • Edmund Dain, one of our current Harper-Schmidt Fellows in Philosophy and the Humanities, has accepted the position of Assistant Professor, with the Department of Philosophy at Providence College, to begin Fall of 2011.
  • Chris Haufe, our current Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Mellon Fellow, has accepted the position of Assistant Professor, with the Department of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, to begin Fall of 2011.
  • The forthcoming issue of the Spanish philosophical journal Theorema will be devoted to David Finkelstein's book Expression and the Inner, and will contain essays on the book with replies to each essay by David Finkelstein. 
  • Candace Vogler will be a guest professor at "Themes in the Philosophy of Peter Geach and Thomas Aquinas" at the 6th Annual Thomistic Seminarthe Witherspoon Institue, August 7 - 13, 2011. Link
  • Robert Pippin will give The Adorno Lectures from June 6th to 8th, 2011, at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Candace Vogler is a visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies LMU Munich, in cooperation with the Munich Competence Center for Ethics during the winter term 2011 - Link
  • Michael Forster is giving the keynote address at the Second Annual International Summer School in German Philosophy (July 4-15, 2011) - Link
  • At this year's Pacific Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, from April 21-3 in San Diego, CA, there will be an "Author Meets Critics Session" on Robert Pippin's book Hollywood Westerns and American Myth.
  • A book on the philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion, by Tamsin Jones, titled A Genealogy of Marion's Philosophy of Religion: Apparent Darkness was published by Indiana University Press in their Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion in February, 2011.
  • James Conant's book Orwell ou le Pouvoir de la Verite has been published by Agone, January, 2011 - Link
  • Michael Kremer has been named the Mary R. Morton Professor of Philosophy, December 15, 2010.
  • Robert Pippin's book Hegel on Self-Consciousness was published by Princeton University Press in December, 2010.
  • Candace Vogler will give a seminar on John Stuart Mill to CEOs in Osaka, Japan, as part of the “Foundations of Western Thought” series, in December 2010.
  • Robert Pippin, along with David Wellbery, will be a faculty member at the School of Criticism & Theory at Cornell University from June 19 - July 28, 2011. For more information, please read their prospectus - PDF
  • The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto in Portugal is hosting a conference titled The Logical Alien at 20, to take place on June 13th & 14th, 2011, on the 20th anniversary of the publication of James Conant's paper The Search for Logically Alien Thought. For more information, click here.
  • Bill Tait, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, was awarded an Emeritus Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Arnold I. Davidson edited Pierre Hadot, L’enseignement des antiques, l’enseignement des moderns (Paris: Presses de l’Ecole Normale Superieure, 2010) with Frédéric Worms; Primo Levi, Vivir para contar. Escribir tras Auschwitz (Barcelona: Alpha Decay, 2010); and Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics, Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978–1979 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) with Graham Burchell.
  • The entire October 2010 issue of Inquiry is devoted to a book symposium on Robert Pippin's recent book  Hegel's Practical Philosophy.
  • Jonathan Lear's book Irony and Identity is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.
  • James Conant (together with Sebastian Rödl) has been awarded an SIAS grant to run a two-year Summer Institute on the topic of The Second Person, to take place at the National Institute of Humanities at Chapel Hill in August, 2011, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in August, 2012. For more information, please click here.
  • Robert Pippin was awarded the Schiller Professorship in Jena, Germany, for 2011.
  • Martha Nussbam's book Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach will be published in 2011.
  • Bill Wimsatt is the Winton Professor at the University of Minnesota and a residental fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, for Autumn 2010.
  • James Conant's book (co-authored with Cora Diamond) Rileggere Wittgenstein was published by Carocci, Rome, September, 2010.
  • Robert Pippin's book Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy was published by New Haven: Yale Universtiy Press, 2010 and his book Nietzsche, Psychology, First Philosophy was published by Chicago: University of Chicago press, 2010.

2009-2010

  • Candace Vogler was a Keynote Speaker at the 2010 Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference - Link
  • Michael Forster's book After Herder was published by Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Jonathan Lear's book The Force of Argument (edited with Alex Oliver) was published by New York and London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Jocelyn Benoist's book Concepts was published in 2010.
  • Martha Nussbam's books From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law, and Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, were published in 2010.
  • Ian Mueller, scholar of ancient Greek philosophy and math, 1938–2010, passed away August 6, 2010.
  • Candace Vogler has been named the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Philosophy and the College, July 22, 2010.
  • Jean-Luc Marion became the  most recent inductee into the Académie Française (2010)
  •  Martha Nussbaum was awarded the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University in 2010.
  • Daniel Brudney has been named Full Professor, July 2010.
  • John Haugeland, philosophy of mind and Heidegger scholar, 1945 - 2010, passed away June 23, 2010.
  • John Haugeland's lifetime philosophical achievement is honored by a multi-day conference titled "Mind, Meaning, and Understanding: The Philosophy of John Haugeland" held at the University of Chicago, May 21-23, 2010.
  • In April of 2010, as this year's topic for the Sixth Inter-University Workshop on Mind, Art and Morality, a three-day conference on David Finkelstein's book Expression and the Inner was held in Oviedo, Spain.
  • Robert Pippin gives the 2010 Page-Barbour Lectures at the University of Virginia on the topic "Fatalism in Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy" on April 6 - 8, 2010.
  • Bill Wimsatt's lifetime philosophical achievement is honored by a multi-day conference titled "A Celebration of Bill Wimsatt's Scholarship" held at the University of Chicago, April 9-10, 2010.
  • Jonathan Lear has received a 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, March 2010, to fund his ongoing work on human imagination.
  • Kalamazoo College held a multi-day conference on Robert Pippin's book Hegel’s Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life in February 2010.
  • The Department of Philosophy conducted four faculty searches in 2009-2010 and made four new appointments in 2009-2010, adding Christopher Frey, Ben Laurence, Marko Malink, and Malte Willer to our faculty.
  • Ben Laurence will be the Law and Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School during the academic year 2010-2011.
  • David Finkelstein was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010.
  • Michael Kremer was awarded a Franke Institute of Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010.
  • James Conant was awarded (together with Pirmin Stekeler) a three-year Humboldt Foundation Trans-Atlantic Cooperation Grant for 2009-2011.
  • Robert Richards's book The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought was the winner of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award in 2009.
  • Michael Forster has been named the Glenn A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, December 15, 2009.
  • Jonathan Lear delivers the Tanner Lectures on Human Values on the topic of "Irony and Identity" at Harvard University on Nov. 5 and 6, 2009.
  • Jonathan Lear delivered the Aims of Education Address at the University of Chicago on September 24th, 2009.
  • Martha Nussbaum won both the ASK award of the German Social Science Research Council and the American Philosophical Society's Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence (2009).
  • Gabriel Lear has been named Full Professor, July 2009.
  • Robert Pippin has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society (May 2009).
  • Robert Pippin delivered the 2009 Spinoza Lectures on the topic of "Hegel's Concept of Self-Consciousness" at the University of Amsterdam in May, 2009.
  • Arnold Davidson's book The Present Alone is Our Happiness (edited with J. Carlier) was published by Stanford University Press, January, 2009.

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