C O G I T A M U S
The University of
Connecticut Philosophy Department Newsletter
Vol. IV, No. 2 April 2001
General Editors: Margaret Gilbert and Anne Hiskes. This issue
edited by Margaret Gilbert.
Welcome to the twelfth issue of Cogitamus!
It reports on the period of January 1, 2001 through April 30, 2001.
The next issue, to be published in early September
will report on the news of the summer!
Please send items for the next
Highlights: This month we profile Professor Diana Meyers.
Honors, Awards, etc.
- Ruth Garrett Millikan was elected to a Board of Trustees
Distinguished Professorship in March. This is the University's highest
academic honor. Congratulations, Ruth!
- Margaret Gilbert was awarded this year's Chancellor's Research
Award for Academic Excellence. She is also this year's recipient of the
University of Connecticut Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.
- J.C. Beall has published "A neglected deflationist approach
to the liar", Analysis 61.2, April 2001, pp. 126-129.
"Is Yablo's paradox non-circular?", selected for the
Analysis Preprints series which is available
. (The paper will appear
in the regular hardcopy journal in July 2001.)
- Paul Bloomfield's "Justice and Tax Cuts", appeared
Hartford Courant editorial ("Op/Ed" page) on Monday March 12.
- Crawford Elder's
"Can Contrariety be Reduced to
appeared in Croatian Journal of Philosophy
1 (2001), No. 2;
"Materialism and the Mediated Causation of
appeared in Philosophical Studies, 103 (2001),
No. 1; and
"Mental Causation versus Physical Causation: No
appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
, 62, (2001), pp. 111-127.
Margaret Gilbert published
"A Propos de la Socialite: Le Sujet Pluriel Comme Paradigme"
in L'Enquete Ontologique, Paris, Editions de l'EHESS, 2000,
107-126. (French translation of an article published in English in
1997.) Also, "Collective Preferences, Obligations and Rational
Choice", appeared in Economics and Philosophy, 2001; and
"Sociality, Unity, Objectivity" appeared in the
of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy,
volume 11, Social and
Political Philosophy, ed. D. Rasmussen, Philosophy Documentation
Center, 2001, pp. 153-160.
- Steve McGrade, Emeritus Professor, co-edited Cambridge
Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts, Volume 2: Ethics and
Political Philosophy (co-editors John Kilcullen, and Matthew
Kempshall), New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Steve translated more than half of the 654 pages and edited the volume
as a whole.
- Diana Meyer's
"The Rush to Motherhood--Pronatalist Discourse
and Women's Autonomy", appeared in SIGNS, Spring 2001.
- Ruth Garrett Millikan's "Truth Rules, Hoverflies
and the Kripke-Wittgenstein Paradox" just appeared reprinted in
the fourth edition of Martinich's anthology on the
Philosophy of Language. Ruth writes,
"This is a feminist breakthrough, the
first woman's paper ever to appear in that well-known volume!"
- Susan Leigh Anderson
"The American Crisis Over Morality", for faculty,
students, staff and visitors at the Stamford Campus, 3/6/01.
Susan writes "It
was my attempt to show that Philosophy is important in everyday
the request by the APA to celebrate its 100th anniversary by
along these lines."
- Donald Baxter presented
"Hume on Steadfast Objects and Time",
March 29, 2001, Pacific APA meetings, San Francisco.
- J.C. Beall presented
"Approaches to Paradox", the first annual
Smith College Logic Program Lecture on March 29 at Smith College; and
"From mathematical practice to paraconsistency",
an invited lecture
delivered at the conference Logical Theory and Mathematical Practice,
sponsored by the University of Buffalo Logic Program, March 24-27. JC
also delivered invited responses to papers by Stewart Shapiro and
- Paul Bloomfield presented "Why Even Physics Doesn't Reduce to
Physics", the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology,
April 11 in New Orleans.
- Joel Kupperman
give a talk "Mencius and Hume:
Role of Traditions in Shaping Inquiry" and will
lead a seminar, at Wesleyan University, April 10-11
Joel writes. "The entire
at Wesleyan each year reads a philosopher, alternating between
live and dead
philosophers. I will
representing a dead philosopher, Mencius."
Joel also presented
"The Ethics of Style and Attitude"
at the 23rd annual philosophy conference at Santa Clara, April 14.
(This paper will also be given at a conference in Nanjing, June 2.)
- Diana Tietjens Meyers presented
"Gender Imagery, Sexism,
and the Fragility of Feminist Gains" at the
APA Pacific Division meetings in San
"Gender Identity and
Women's Agency--Culture, Norms, and Internalized Oppression Revisited",
at Southern Connecticut State University in April.
Diana also introduced
and led a
discussion of her paper, "Feminism and Women's Autonomy: The
Female Genital Cutting," at a brown bag lunch session organized
UConn Women's Studies Program in February.
- Ruth Garrett Millikan gave
four seminars in January on
her work on biological functions for an interdisciplinary
group gathered for this purpose in Kobe, Japan.
Ruth writes; "This was followed by a personal tour with
presentations by the graduate students and post
docs of the systems engineering
labs at Kobe University (evolutionary designs)
and by personally conducted
trips to a half dozen wonderful places, theater,
(saki), and so forth, in the
vicinity of Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka."
During Spring break, Ruth Millikan
intensive (12 hour) class for psychologists and
philosophers on her
"Concepts" book at the University of
Iceland and public university
lectures in Reykjavic and Akureyri on "
"Japanese hospitality is rivaled only by Icelandic!"
Ruth also presented
Cross-purposes," (on the many levels of purpose found in
human behavior) at Vanderbilt
University's philosophy department in April.
- Margaret Gilbert
chairs a session at the APA Central Division in
early May 2001.
Joel Kupperman was a participant in Akumal II and Akumal III,
conferences (mainly of psychologists) on positive emotions in Akumal,
Mexico, January 3-10.
Steve McGrade, Emeritus Professor, chaired a paper at a
conference on medieval philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge, on
John Troyer chairs a session on "Basic Knowledge" at the
Rutgers Epistemology Conference (April 27-8) in New Brunswick, NJ.
Work in Progress
Susan Anderson is currently working on a book which is titled
Equal Opportunity Individualism: An
Interpretation of the American Dream.
Among other things
Margaret Gilbert is working on a response to discussions of her
work in numerous papers from two conferences held recently in Leipzig,
Germany. These papers are to be published in Grazer Philosophische
Studien along with her response.
While on sabbatical
is exploring various facets of a constructive empiricist
epistemology for science with the goal
of seeing how this epistemology might
provide a unified epistemic framework for both science and
traditions. Constructive empiricist epis
has interesting implications for our understanding of laws of nature,
theoretical models, human rationality, the acceptance versus
and the roles of experience, explanation, and the epistemic community in
mediating acceptable belief. All of
these issues in the philosophy of science have interesting implications
issues of current interest in "science vs. religion" debates,
especially for the recent debates over intelligent design theories in
Departmental Profile of Diana Tietjens Meyers
Diana Tietjens Meyers,
Professor of Philosophy, came to UConn in 1987, and is the
of feminist theory in the department. Her other areas of
ethics and social and political philosophy.
Diana's first book was the
well-known Inalienable Rights: A Defense, 1985. Diana has three
monographs to her credit, including Gender in the Mirror: Confounding
Imagery, forthcoming in December 2001 from Oxford University Press.
also edited or co-edited seven collections of articles, including the
and Moral Theory", 1987 (with Eva Kittay).
Her service to the profession includes being both member and, later, chair of
the APA Eastern Division program committee and presidency of the American
Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social
Philosophy. She is a founding member of
FEAST--the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought--which will
hold its inaugural conference in Fall 2001.
Diana has been on the
Women's Studies Executive Board since her arrival at UConn,
being Co-chair of
that board for some years. She is a member of the CLAS
(chairing it next year), which is active in organizing
the UConn human rights
has often served as the
department's sexual harassment officer. Diana regularly teaches
courses in femin
theory at the graduate level and at the upper division undergraduate
level. She also team-teaches the
Women's Studies Research Methods course every fall.
Diana summarizes her
approach to philosophy as follows: Paying attention to gender transforms
philosophy in highly beneficial ways. Philosophical problems that
peripheral become salient, and the need to integrate pertinent findings from
various disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, history,
studies, into philosophical methodology becomes evident."
Her 1989 book, Self, Society, and Personal
Choice, develops an account of autonomy designed to show how it is
oppressed people, including women living within patriarchal institutions, to hav
some degree of autonomy, and how systematic subordination constrains autonomy.
Subjection and Subjectivity:
Psychoanalytic Feminism and Moral Philosophy,
1994, focuses on moral
reflection and emphasizes both the importance of
empathy and the corrosiveness
of culturally entrenched prejudices.
Diana's forthcoming book (Gender in the Mirror: Imagery that
Confounds Us, Oxford Univ. Press, 2001)
addresses the questions: "How do patriarchal
representations of gender
impact on women's lives and on men's attitudes towards women? How can the
deleterious effects of this hostile environment be overcome?"
The book "defends a theory of
self-determination that makes sense of women's capacity to find
voices and rewrite their self-narratives," and
also argues that "it
is essential that patriarchal cultural contexts be reconfigured."
For a foretaste of
book you may want to look at
website where some related articles can be found. One of the online
entitled "Miroir, Memoire, Mirage: Appearance, Aging,
is on the
Cogitamus editor's list of must-read-soon material.
Miscellaneous Items of Interest
- JC Beall is co-coordinator (with Greg Restall) of a
conference on Logical Pluralism, to be held at the University of
Tasmania (Hobart, Australia) in July 2001. You may learn more about
the conference via the
- Steve McGrade, Emeritus Professor, is currently editing
The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy.
- Erik Anderson published "Group Rights, Autonomy, and the Free
Exercise of Religion" in Groups and Group Rights, eds. Christine
Sistare, Larry May, and Leslie Francis (eds.), University of Kansas
- Erik Anderson has accepted a tenure-track position starting
in the fall at Furman University, a liberal arts college in Greenville,
SC. He will teach political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy
of religion, logic and intro. to philosophy. Congratulations, Erik!
Honors, Awards, etc.
- Congratulations to Paula Droege who defended her dissertation
entitled "Second Sense: A Theory of Sensory Consciousness"
on March 9.
(Ph.D. 1990) has published two books in a Wadsworth series
on great philosophers. They are Reid (2001) and Confucius
- Keya Maitra's (Ph.D. 2000)
of the Concept of 'Indian Culture': a Naturalist Alternative"
will appear in Asian Philosophy, in the March 2001 issue.
Keya's "Leibniz's Account of Error" has been accepted by the
International Journal of Philosophical Studies.
will present a version of her paper on "Indian Culture" at
the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture conference at
SUNY Binghamton on April 27-28.
and Lisa Anderson who are expecting a baby in May!
Also, congratulations to Dan Blair
and Lisa Cutler who are expecting a
- Congratulations to Shannon O'Roarke (Ph.D.
1995) on her recent marriage!
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