Department of Philosophy in the News

The first significant newspaper story involving the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago appeared in 1894 when John Dewey agreed to move to Chicago to become the first chairman of the Department. Below you will find some more recent news items featuring members of our current department.

If you are aware of any pertinent news items involving individual members of our departmental community which are not presently posted here but ought to be, please bring these to our attention by contacting William Weaver at wweaver@uchicago.edu.

Faculty

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  • Jonathan Lear's Freud and Arnold Davidson's The Emergence of Sexuality are in the top-ten books on psychoanalysis in The Guardian.
  • David Finkelstein and Magic
  • Michael Kremer presented “A Capacity to Get Things Right: Gilbert Ryle on the Unity of Knowledge,” at a Workshop on Ryle: Intelligence, Practice, Skill, at Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland, June 8, 2015.
  • Michael Kremer gave a keynote address, “Ryle’s 'Intellectualist Legend' in Historical Context,” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, June 4, 2015.
  • Michael Kremer presented “Gilbert Ryle’s Fregean Inheritance,” at a Workshop on Periodisation, Relevance and Method in the History of Analytical Philosophy, at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, April 16, 2015.
  • William Wimsatt is profiled in "Evolution of thought", by Helen Gregg,The University of Chicago Magazine, July–Aug/15 Link
  • "Two Perspectives on Freud" - Jonathan Lear (with Françoise Meltzer) on the influence of Freud in their work, as told to Jeanie Chung,Tableau, Spring 2015.
  • Robert Pippin stopped by the office of Critical Inquiry recently to discuss his forthcoming essay, "Psychology Degree Zero? The Representation of Action in the Films of the Dardenne Brothers" (Critical Inquiry 41 [Summer 2015]). - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum Q & A in "For a politics of humanism", Rajgopal Saikumar,The Hindu, March 26, 2015, - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum named in "Top 10 Living Philosophers To Read Today", March 2015, Eno Agolli, theculturetrip.com - Link
  • James Conant and Robert Pippin featured in "Neubauer Collegium selects new interdisciplinary projects" by Susie Allen, UChicago News, February 2, 2015 - Link
  • Bart Schultz interviewed about the Civic Knowledge Project's Life and Legacy of Dr. Julian Herman Lewis event - WBEZ Morning Shift, Feburary 2015 - Link
  • Bart Schultz interviewed in "Life, legacy of 'greatest unknown medical pioneer' celebrated", Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, February 22, 2015 - Link
  • "Jonathan Lear named Roman Family Director of Neubauer Collegium", UChicago News, October 6, 2014 - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum with Saul Levmore discuss their new book in "American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature", UChicago News, October 6, 2014 - Link
  • Germany's leading newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reviews James Conant's recent book on Nietzsche, August 26, 2014. PDF
  • "The False Bottom in Hitchcock's Films: James Conant on Psycho", the Normative Orders Report, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, July 16, 2014 - Link
  • "Latke or Hamantash? University of Chicago Profs Debate Superior Jewish Food" by Sam Cholke, DNAinfo.com, February 12, 2013 - Link
  • Josef Stern is mentioned as an influence - "Uncommon Interview: David Brooks (A.B.’83)". Chicago Maroon, October 4, 2013. - Link
  • Bart Schultz on the relationship of the University of Chicago to the city's South Side; the Woodlawn/SHoP workshop, sponsored in part by the Civic Knowledge Project, the Humanities Division’s community outreach arm. University of Chicago Magazine, 7-10-13 - Link
  • From New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science ". . . the top-ten departments for placement in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 are U Chicago, Rutgers, UCLA, Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Princeton, and U Toronto, all of whom placed 12 or more candidates over the past two years in outside departments." (U Chicago placed 18 candidates.) The data is sourced from ProPhilosophy, the link for which you can find here
  • Anton Ford in the Chicago Reader - "Observations on the feeling of the beautiful and sublime doughnut", by Hannah Gold, Aprill 23, 2013 - Link
  • Foreign Policy Magazine: 100 top global thinkers — (Nov. 26, 2012) featuring Martha Nussbaum
  • German television news report on conference on "Skepticism and Intentionality: Perspectives on Topics of James Conant", October 31, 2012 - Uni- Bonn Link
  • "Josef Stern on Maimonides and the Unbinding of Isaac" - UChicago News, April 24, 2012; August 8, 2012 (video) - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum featured in "New book explores fears about Muslims in the West", UChicago News, July 27, 2012 - Link
  • "THE NEW RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age" by Martha Nussbaum reviewed in "Church, Temple, Mosque - ‘The New Religious Intolerance,’ by Martha C. Nussbaum" in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 22, 2012 - Link
  • "South Side students enjoy a lively debate" features Bart Schultz and the Civic Knowledge Program - Chicago Tribune, July 4, 2012 - Link
  • "Martha Nussbaum honored with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences" - UChicago News, May 17, 2012 - Link
  • "In the Engine Room of Reality: Philosophy’s junior faculty members discuss their work, inspiration, and teaching" by Courtney C. W. Guerra, AB’05 Tableau, Spring 2012 - Link
  • DIETER THOMÄ discusses Robert Pippin's Hegel on Self-Consciousness in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 1st, 2012, No. 3, p. 28 - Link (.docx)
  • New York Times: Ignore stigma, focus on the need – Prof. Martha Nussbaum argues that prostitution's continued illegality hampers efforts to improve prostitutes' working conditions and opportunities (April 19, 2012) - Link
  • Bart Schultz and the Civic Knowledge Program featured in "Philosophy program challenges rising South Side scholars" - Chicago Maroon, April 24, 2012 - Link
  • Arnold Davidson featured in "Newhouse Center Kicks off Exploration of Improvisation with Innovative Concert and Lecture on Improvisation," Wellesley College, February 8, 2012 - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum featured in "An Intellectual Pas de Deux on the Meaning of Life, Death and Boxing", New York Times, February 25, 2012 - Link
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, "Planet of the apes: Luckless Lamarck, whose evolution theory preceded Darwin's" - Robert Richards says French naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck was brave to express non-creationist views during his lifetime (Feb. 6, 2012) - Link
  • Robert Pippin will be interviewed for two hours on WGN, February 16, 10-12, on the Milt Rosenberg show, about his book Hollywood Westerns and American Myth. It is a call in show.
  • "James Conant in Potsdam"- January 12, 2012, Maerkische Allgemeine - Link
  • "Candace Vogler Lunches with Mayors Emanuel and Daley, Michelle Obama" - News from the Humanities, January 23, 2012- Link
  • "Robert Pippin on Oren Izenberg and Paul Grimstad" - nonsite.org, December 30, 2011 - Link
  • "First Anneliese Maier Prize goes to James Conant for Cooperation with Philosophers at Potsdam" -- News Bulletin of the University of Potsdam, Nov. 17, 2011 - Link
  • Salon.com interviews Jonathan Lear in "What Happened to Irony?", November 2011 - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum on Gandhi and South Africa in The Nation, October 31, 2011 - Link
  • Profs. Martha Nussbaum and Saul Levmore talk about their book, The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy and Reputation - UChicago News (video), August 12, 2011 - Link
  • Martha Nussbuam interviewed in "Our world needs the humanities" - The Australian, July 13, 2011 - Link
  • "Faculty members receive named, distinguished service professorships" - features Robert Richards and Resource Faculty Brian Leiter - UChicago News, July 7, 2011 - Link
  • Michael Kremer is featured in the article, "From humanities to sciences, six faculty members receive named appointment" in UChicago News - May 16, 2011 - Link
  • "UChicago Press awards Robert Richards the Laing book prize" - UChicago News, May 13, 2011 - Link
  • Jonathan Lear, "Truth to Tell: What would the Greek philosophers make of P.J. Crowley?" in The New Republic, May 5, 2011 - Link
  • "Nussbaum proposes a new way of assessing national well-being" - Produced by WBEZ Eight Forty-Eight May 04, 2011 - Link
  • Arnold Davidson and Visiting Professor George Lewis' November 11, 2010 "Improvisation as a Way of Life" event was mentioned in the February 2011 issue of Downbeat Magazine (page 18) - Link
  • The University of Jena celebrates Robert Pippin, the 2011 holder of the Schiller-Professorship, featured on their website, October 2011 - Link
  • Robert Pippin is the latest Schiller Professor at the University of Jena, Office of Communications / Press Office Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena , September 5, 2011- Link
  • Martha Nussbaum's book Not for Profit (Princeton University Press, 2010) is profiled on the blog Brainstorm inThe Chronicle of Higher Education, January 21, 2011 - Link
  • Candace Vogler discusses the renaissance of interest in the work of Elizabeth Anscombe, New York Times, January 7, 2011 - Link
  • The 64th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate took place on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Mandel Hall and featured Ted Cohen as the emcee. The Latke-Hamantash debate has been a UChicago tradition since 1946. Slideshow, University of Chicago News
  • "Philosophy and Politics in Ancient and Modern Times----An Interview with Martha C. Nussbaum", Ankui Tan (former visiting scholar), Open Times, 11th Issue, 2010. In Mandarin except English abstract - Link
  • "Musician George Lewis riffs on improv and ethic" featuring Visiting Professor George Lewis and Professor Arnold Davidson, Chicago Maroon, November 15th, 2010 - Link
  • "I improvise, therefore I am" on the University of Chicago Magazine UCHIBLOGO, October 27, 2011 about the collaborations this quarter between Arnold Davidson and music scholar George Lewis - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum weighs in on "Do Colleges Need French Departments" in the New York Times Opinionator, October 17, 2010 - Link
  • Robert Pippin, "In Defense of Naïve Reading" in the New York Times Opinionator, October 10, 2010 - Link
  • Robert Pippn, "Tea Party as Western movie" in the Washington Post, June 2010 - Link
  • "Hyman, JFK speechwriter, touts Great Books" - Chicago Maroon interviews Bart Schultz (and makes note of Martha Nussbaum's upcoming talk) , October 8th, 2010 - Link
  • "Big Problems turns ten and faces the future" - Chicago Maroon interviews William Wimsatt, September 20, 2010 - Link
  • La pensée en filets Qu’est ce qu’un concept? Y a-t-il des concepts pour tout? L’analyse du philosophe Jocelyn Benoist. Libération, September 2, 2010 - Link
  • Ian Mueller, scholar of ancient Greek philosophy and math, 1938–2010 - Link
  • Candace Vogler has been named the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Philosophy and the College.University of Chicago News Office, July 22, 2010 - Link
  • Stephen Junger reviews Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, by Jonathan Lear in Time Magazine, July 12, 2010 - PDF
  • Review by Helmut Mayer, Work reviewed: Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 7, 2010 (German) - Link
  • "Finding the drama in philosophy" With an actor’s sense of emotion and human flaws, Martha Nussbaum develops creative ideas about social justice and the humanities. Includes video links. UChicago News July 1, 2010 - Link
  • John Haugeland feature, University of Chicago News Office, June 25, 2010 - Link
  • "Myths go west: U. of C. professor sees Obama, Palin themes in old films" Chicago SunTimes profiles Robert Pippin and his work in the Chicago Lit Section, June 20, 2010 Link
  • John Haugeland's obituary in the Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2010 - Link
  • "A Bold, and Happy, Lawyer" - Text of address to law school graduates by Martha Nussbaum, June 12, 2010 - Link
  • "Not for Profit: Six Questions for Martha Nussbaum " June 2010, Harper's Magazine - Link
  • "Benefiting society, scholarship" (Martha Nussbaum receives Centennial Medal), May, 2010 Harvard Gazette - Link
  • "An interview with discipline-defying philosopher Arnold Davidson" May 2010, Tableau Magazine - Link
  • "Mellon Award to fund Lear’s ongoing work on human imagination" March 26, 2010, University of Chicago Press Release - Link
  • Jean-Luc Marion becomes most recent inductee into the Académie Française January 2010, Le Monde - Link
  • "Questions for Martha Nussbaum" December 12, 2009, New York Times - Link
  • Robert Richards in "The Richards/Dennett debate: Did Darwin think evolution was waiting for us?" November 2009, SCIENCE LIFE, University of Chicago Medicine Blog - Link
  • Jonathan Lear feature, "Irony and identity: Tanner Lectures explore the difficulty of becoming human", Harvard Gazette, Nov. 2009 - Link
  • Robert Richards feature, "Chicago reprises historic Darwin gathering" UChicago News, October 2009 - Link
  • Jonathan Lear feature, "The Aims of Education Address" in UChicago News, September 24, 2009 - Link
  • Pippin, a leader in interdisciplinary work, elected to oldest learned society, May 14, 2009, The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link
  • "Nussbaum Receives Prestigious Prize for Law and Philosophy" - UChicago News, April 30, 2009 - Link
  • Agnes Callard joins the faculty of the Philosophy Department as Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Chronicle,  September 25, 2008 (Vol. 28 No. 1) - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum discusses the situation of India's muslims after the Mumbai attacks, LA Times, November 30, 2008 - Link
  • "Michael Kremer, Professor in Philosophy and the College" May 29, 2008 The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link
  • Martha Nussbaum answers questions in the University of Chicago Chronicle November 15, 2007 - Link
  • Bill Wimsatt's book featured in "Philosophy for ‘limited beings’ accommodates approximations" University of Chicago Chronicle October 4, 2007- Link
  • Arnold Davidson and Bill Wimsatt receive distinguished named professorships in the same year September 20, 2007, The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link
  • "New Whiting fellowship rewards junior faculty—Bridges is first recipient" April 26, 2007, The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link
  • "Philoso...therapy: Philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear finds the human soul in Aristotle, Freud, and the Crow Nation’s last chief" - Feature article about Jonathan Lear in Jan-Feb 2007 University of Chicago Magazine - Link
  • "Intelligence and the Ability to Take Responsiblity", an interview with John Haugeland which appeared in Greek in the Greek magazine Cogito in 2006 - Link to the original English version of the interview
  • "Such Sound and Fury! Tradition! Einsteins in Food Fight of Words " (featuring Ted Cohen) November 25, 2005, New York Times - Link
  • Robert Richards explains why some judgments historians make are inevitable  March 31, 2005, University of Chicago Chronicle - Link

Graduate Students

  • Dawn Chow received an honorable mention for the Chicago Center for Teaching's Excellence in Course Design Award for her course "First Year Seminar II: Skepticism," which she taught at the School of the Art Institute in Spring 2016.
    The Excellence in Course Design Award acknowledges graduate students' accomplishments in the area of course design. In particular, it recognizes graduate student instructors' clear and transparent organization of a course, clearly articulated plans to engage students in the classroom, and demonstrated ability to critically analyze student achievement of stated learning objectives.
  • Francey Russel has won a Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship.
  • We are delighted to announce that two of our graduate students have been awarded Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships in the College for 2016-17: Nathanel Lipshitz: Moral Status: Who Deserves Moral Consideration? and Francey Russell: Feminist Moral Psychology. Congratulations Nethanel and Francey!
  • "Course Work" -- featuring Dhananjay Jagannathan and Santiago Mejia, by Tom Popelka, Tableau, Spring 2015.
  • Francey Russell examines the controversy around Kara Walker's Marvelous Sugar Baby sculpture in the LA Review of Books.
  • "Smart Teaching Spotlight: Santiago Mejia – Collaborative Learning" - Santiago Mejia's course featured by the Center for Teaching and Learning in their Newsletter.
  • "Seeds of protest in Chicago taking root " (featuring Toby Chow) October 12, 2011, Chicago Tribune - Link
  • "Two doctoral students design, teach, adapt courses that garner new pedagogical award" (featuring Nate Zuckerman) July 17, 2009, The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link
  • "Tom Lockhart, Philosophy PhD student, awarded Booth Prize for teaching" May 28, 2009, The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link

Undergraduate Students

  • "Female philosophers find a room of their own", by Jon Catlin - February 1, 2013 Chicago Maroon - Link
  • "The limits of a “practical” education", by Ajay Ravichandran - May 18, 2012 Chicago Maroon - Link
  • "Five win Rhodes, Marshall grants" (featuring Philosophy minor Prerna Nadathur) November 23, 2010, Chicago Maroon - Link
  • Third-year in philosophy named Beinecke scholar - (featuring Nathana O'Brien) May 15, 2008, The University of Chicago Chronicle - Link

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