Anne Hiskes and Austen Clark
Designer: Shelly Burelle
Welcome to the sixteenth issue of Cogitamus!
This issue covers news for the period of May 1 - Sept. 30, 2002.
Welcome to our new graduate students. Read about them below.
Liars and Heaps: The Logic and Semantics
Congratulations to Susan Anderson who has been named one of two winners of the American Philosophical Association Centennial Prize for her op-ed article "September 11: Valuable Lessons in Ethics Learned," published in The New Milford Times, December 14, 2001. The honor comes with a $1,000.00 check. The selection committee consisted of Carlin Romano of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Frank Sutherland of the Nashville Tennessean, Nancy Tuana, Ken Knisely, and John Lachs.
JC Beall has been invited to be the guest editor of a special volume of The Monist to be devoted to truth. Those who wish to contribute a paper should read the "call for papers" (with plenty of time to write!) that is available online at: http://monist.buffalo.edu//callsforpapers.html#Truth
In addition JC has been invited back to the Arche program at St Andrews in Scotland, where he will spend some time in November working on truth, vagueness, and modality. (Alas, he will spend only a little time there, given teaching commitments!)
Margaret Gilbert has been named a Fellow at the University of Connecticut's new Humanities Center for the academic year 2002-03. Her research project is entitled "Rights Reconsidered".
Congratulations to Ruth Millikan who received the Jean Nicod Prize in Cognitive Science from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at a special ceremony in Paris on May 27.
has been appointed to the APA Edinburgh Fellowship Committee, August 2002.
J.C. Beall reports the recent publication of three articles: "Further Remarks on Truth and Contradiction" (w/ Brad Armour-Garb), The Philosophical Quarterly 52:207, 2002, pp. 217-225; "Deflationism and Gaps: Untying 'not's in the Debate", Analysis 62.4, 2002; and ``Defending Logical Pluralism'' (with Greg Restall) in Bryson Brown and John Woods, eds. Logical Consequence: Rival Approaches (Hermes Science Publications). J.C.'s book review of Sorensen's Vagueness and Contradiction appeared in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2002:08.13, and is available online at: http://ndpr.icaap.org/content/archives/2002/8/beall-sorensen.html
Austen Clark has now published the source code for the Bertie3 and Twootie logic programs. Both programs are distributed under the "open source" or "copyleft" provisions of the GNU General Public License. The source code and documentation are available at a new web site: http://www.ucc.uconn.edu/~wwwphil/btsource.htm
The software developed by Austen for the self-paced logic project is also available (along with documentation and a report of the project) at http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~py102vc/selfpace.htm
The latter distribution does not include any of the actual test items.
Margaret Gilbert has published an invited article in the online journal Protosociology pp. 35-69 (http://www.protosociology.de). The topic of the article is whether the so-called beliefs of groups are well so-called. She has also published the invited article "Collective Guilt and Collective Guilt Feelings" in the Journal of Ethics in a special issue on collective responsibility. The issue also contains a discussion of Margaret's views by Burleigh Wilkins.
A. Steve McGrade's (emeritus) 1974 book, The Political Thought of William of Ockham: Personal and Institutional Principles, has been digitized by Cambridge University Press and is now available in paperback.
article "In Defense of Public Language" has been published in L.
Antony and N. Hornstein eds., Chomsky
and His Critics, [Oxford:Blackwell].
Her paper "Biofunctions: Two Paradigms" has
been published in Cummins, A.
Ariew and M. Perlman, eds., Functions:
New Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology
and Biology, [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002]
JC Beall has been invited to give a talk at the State University of New York (Stony Brook) on 17 October 2002. He will present a talk either on "Weak Dialetheism" (using a non-motonic version of FDE, a logic with both gaps and gluts) or a talk on "Bare Disquotationalism" (an attempt to give a philosophical motivation for a Tarskian-style approach to truth--but without the various metalanguages!).
Paul Bloomfield was an invited speaker for the German Library of Sciences conference "Foundations of Ethics: Objectivity and Normativity" held in Frankfurt Germany from August 9-11. Paul presented his paper "Truth or Power?", forthcoming in the proceedings of the conference.
Tom Bontly presented a paper "Modified Occam's Razor" at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology conference in Edmonton Alberta in June.
In June Austen Clark chaired a colloquium on PAIN at the conference for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Edmonton Alberta. (How appropriate. Austen is still recovering from his skiing accident of last March.) In addition Austen presented his paper "Feature-placing" at Washington University in St. Louis on September 13.
Len Krimerman presented a paper and ran a follow-up workshop "On the Need for 'Insurgent Incrementalism' in Grassroots Economic Democracy Movements" at the annual International Institute for Self-Management Conference in Teeside, England (July 2-3, 2002). He also co-facilitated a workshop at the first East Coast Democratic Workplace Conference at the University of Maryland (July 19. 2002). The workshop was designed to connect democratic workshops with one another and with technical assistance or support groups for worker ownership.
Ruth Millikan provided the commentary on Alvin Goldman's "Imitation, Simulation and Mindreading" at the Royamount Abbey Conference on Imitation, May 25, 2002. She presented the Jean-Nicod Lectures, titled "Varieties of Meaning" for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris France, May 27, 29, June 4,6, 11. Later in June (June 21-23) she presented the keynote address "The Cake Under the Icing of Teleological Theories of Content," for the international conference "Intentionality" at the University of Miskolc, Hungary.
presented an invited paper "Analytic and Continental" at a session
on Comparative Philosophy at the APA Pacific Division meeting (March 26-30).
The paper is appearing in the APA Newsletter on Comparative Philosophy, Fall
2003. Sam also gave a colloquium "Harmless Epistemicism" at Bryn
Mawr College, April 3, 2002, and delivered his paper "Harman on `That'
Clauses" at the Rutgers Semantics Conference on May 16, 2002.
JC Beall spent much of July in Melbourne Australia (and Tasmania) working with Greg Restall on their forthcoming book Logical Pluralism (under contract with OUP). According to JC the Melbourne Philosophy Department is easily the best department in all of Australia (even better than the ANU RSSS), at least for philosophical logic and formal philosophy of language. "Visit if you can!", he says.
During the summer Tim Elder completed his book manuscript Real Natures and Familiar Objects. The book unifies and further develops arguments found in some of Tim's previously published articles. Contributions of rabbits' feet, talismans, or anything else that might help his manuscript to appear soon in your friendly neighborhood bookstore are welcome, says Tim.
Margaret Gilbert spent a week in Paris this summer working with a colleague from the Sorbonne on the final version of her forthcoming book "Marcher Ensemble", a collection of her essays translated into French and especially selected for this volume. It will be published by the Presses Universitaires de France early next year.
Len Krimerman is a volunteer advisor for Sweat X, the new unionized and worker-owned garment factory in Los Angeles whose workers for the most part previously have been sweat shop employees. He also advises an initiative to create a community-shaped bakery and food service incubator in Willimantic, CT.
(emeritus) is currently devoting most of his waking hours to completion of The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy, but he did take a
week off in August to attend a congress of 400+ researchers in medieval
philosophy in Portugal (Societe pour l'Etude de Philosophie Medievale ).
Sandy Boucher (with Ian Gold) published the paper "A Computational Approach to Linguistic Knowledge" in Language and Communication, July 2002.
is the author of "A Critical Response to Zhang Longxi" in which he
discusses the relationship between Taoism and deconstruction. The article is
forthcoming in the next issue of
Karl Stocker presented
"What I Learned over the Summer: Lessons from the AAPT Teaching
Seminar" on Sept. 12 as part of the University of Connecticut Graduate
Student Gruebag series.
Also as part of the University of Connecticut Graduate Student Gruebag series Sandy Boucher presented "The Species Concept: Is 'Pluralistic Realism' an Oxymoron?" on Sept. 26.
Steve Lahey (UConn Ph.D.) is teaching Philosophy of Religion this year at the University of Nebraska while he continues his studies to become an Episcopal priest. Mostly he is busy taking care of Thea who learned to walk at 8 months and is now learning the art of running.
Joel Marks (UConn
Ph.D.) is happy to report that he is now the Chair of the recently formed
Department of Philosophy at the University of New Haven.
He is also the author of a forthcoming article in Teaching Philosophy addressing the problem of how to teach students who cheat, particularly in ethics courses. Joel also contributes regularly to the magazine Philosophy Now http://www.philosophynow.demon.co.uk/ with his column "Moral (and other) Moments" and occasionally to the New Haven Register. But he says that these contributions pale by comparison to having finally achieved guest columnist status in the "Focal Point" section of Sky and Telescope Magazine (November '02 issue) in which he cites Kant on morality and the starry heavens. He is also the author of a forthcoming article in The Connecticut Journal of Science Education in which he quotes the wise sayings of an obscure philosopher named "John Troyer".
Peimin Ni (UConn Ph.D.) was honored this past year by receiving an early promotion to Professor, and by receiving the Glenn A. Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan. Peimin is co-author (with Stephen Rowe) of the forthcoming book Wandering - Brush and Pen in Philosophical Reflection (Shanghai: Orient Press, and Chicago: Art Media Resources). He has published two papers: "Toward a Broader Notion of Causation (and Technology)," in Technology and Cultural Values on the Edge of the Third Millennium, ed. by Roger Ames and Peter Hershock, Honolulu: The University of Hawaii Press; and the paper "How is Qigong Science Possible?" in a special issue (co-edited by Peimin and Ruiping Fan) of the journal Chinese & International Philosophy of Medicine on the topic of the Philosophical Exploration of Qigong and the Human Body. In addition Peimin presented "Confucianism, Inter-cultural Dialogue, and World Harmony," at The Conference of Globalization: The Crash of Civilizations and the Dialogue among Civilizations, March 15-17, 2002, Harvard University.
Matt McKeon (UConn Ph.D) reports that he participated in a six week NEH Summer Seminar in the philosophy of mathematics called "Proofs and Refutations" at Case Western Reserve in 2001. In December 2001 Matt presented his paper "Truth Simpliciter and Logical Consequence" at the Eastern APA conference and his paper "Russell on the Substantiality and Universality of Logic" for the Bertrand Russell Society at the same meeting. Matt and his wife are happy to announce the birth of their fourth child Matthew Evan, born Sept. 30, 2001. Matt is currently on the philosophy faculty at Michigan State University.
(UConn Ph.D) is currently Associate Provost and Director of Continuing
Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His
responsibilities include program development in Chicago, oversight of credit
and non-credit programs in Urbana, and oversight of the Robert Allerton Park
and Conference center - a historic nature preserve in central Illinois. Last
spring David taught a graduate seminar on environmental ethics and
environmental policy, and he is currently writing a paper on concept of
sustainability and its place in ethics.
Tom Bontly has moved temporarily to Boston while his significant other Allison Ponce does her clinical internship at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Tom opens his apartment in Boston to visitors from Storrs who wish to enjoy its culinary and cultural delights. (Tom - does Allison know about your invitation?)
This past summer Ruth Millikan spent a month removing the history of her family from
the cabin built by her grandfather and father over the years 1929- 1948.
Ruth and her father built the last room, the big kitchen, for Ruth's mother
in 1948. All building supplies
came from the surrounding woods, and only hand tools could be used since
there was no power for miles. The cabin, now part of the stunningly
beautiful Voyageur's National Park, is one of 18 buildings out of the
original 300 that will be maintained as historical properties by the
government (the rest removed or burned). The cabin, called the
"Peterson-Garrett Cabin", is located on Pederson's Island (the old
map-makers misspelled the name of Ruth's grandfather) one mile from Canada on
Rainy Lake in Minnesota, and will be open to visitors starting summer of
2003. Ruth and her family had
to move everything out of the cabin - 5 miles over water to the mainland in
small boats. Ruth brought home
the drawshave that she had used to peeled the kitchen rafters and the
notorious 24 oz hammer that had hit her head while she was trying to drive
home a 30penny spike under the
frame. As Ruth says, she now has a crack in her heart to match the crack in
Welcome to the
new Philosophy Graduate Students!
Welcome to the
new Philosophy Graduate Students!
I was born in Los Angeles California and attended school in San Francisco (SFSU). My interests lie in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology (especially neuroscience), and the philosophy of psychology. I am also interested in Ancient philosophy.
I am currently finishing up a study entitled "Event-related Gamma Potentials Demonstrate Perceptual Quanta in the Visual Modality" for the 42nd SPR meeting. In it I present evidence that, as Llinas showed for the auditory modality, percepts are bound in discrete quanta by distinct 40Hz waveforms. I am also working on a paper, "We Both Know That You Know That I Know" in which I argue that even though knowledge is closed under known implication, and this may lead to skepticism, it shouldn't bother us, because we can have knowledge in skeptical scenarios. I am also busy trying to flesh out my own theory of qualia that I have tentatively called 'referentialism'. This theory is meant to oppose representationism (which seems to be the dominant view).
Chi Kit Lam
I grew up in Hong Kong, and received a BA in Film Studies at University of California, Irvine, then a Masters in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. I am interested in Chinese Moral Theory (Confucianism and Daoism), and in Comparative Philosophy. I am specifically interested in the similarity between the care elements in Chinese Philosophy and in Feminism; and between responsibility to others in Confucianism and the project of radical freedom found in humanist existentialism.
Although I have previously visited Toronto, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, this is the first time I have lived on the East Coast of the United States, and a project of mine is to visit various east coast cities: New York, Boston, Providence, etc.
I have a B.A. in Philosophy and East Asian studies from Oberlin College, and a Masters in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. I am interested in Chinese and Western Ethics and Comparative Philosophy. I hope to study Confucian philosophical classics and Western theories of justice in detail.
I am originally from Gwinn, Michigan, a small town not far from the shores of Lake Superior. Although I did not realize it at the time, I first became interested in philosophy in high school: I became fascinated by statements from my peers such as, "I could get good grades if I wanted." Such statements made me wonder: isn't the wanting a necessary component of the ability? I received a B.A. in Philosophy from Luther College, and an M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan. I have spent the past five years as a systems librarian at an Air Force Base library in New Mexico.
My current areas of interest include Philosophy of Social Science (especially Information Science), Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Identity, Logic, and Pragmatism. I am particularly interested in self-knowledge and how individuals orient themselves to society and environment. My hobbies include hiking, backpacking, racquetball, tennis, chess, and (someday, I hope) kayaking.
After I earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, I did two years of National Service in AmeriCorps in the area of special education. I decided to pursue graduate study with the hopes of combining my interests in teaching and philosophy. Given my Political Science background, I have (so far) been drawn to Social and Political philosophy, and to Ethics.
Outside of academics, I have a strong interest in Native American culture and am looking forward to making another trip to South Dakota, where I spent some time last summer at the Standing Rock Lakota Reservation in the town of Little Eagle.
I grew up in Glastonbury, CT and received my Business Finance degree from University of Connecticut in May of 2002. My working knowledge of business and awareness of ethics from my philosophy classes caused me to question the logistics of our society's pursuit of Capitalism on a global level. Instead of starting a career in Business, I wish to help educate people about the importance of ethical responsibility in our current market-oriented society.
I enjoy playing the guitar, bass and drums, and am always looking for the next great song.
I have a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Concordia in Montreal, and a MA from Dalhousie University in Halifax. I am interested in philosophy of mind, and I am particularly interested in exploring the following three areas in philosophy of psychology: self-knowledge, error in attributing mental states to the self and to others, and what those areas can tell us about the connection between explanations at the personal level and the sub-personal level.
A paper I have currently in the works is called "Bodily Self-Awareness and Immunity to Error through Misidentification", about the application of Sydney Shoemaker's account of introspective awareness to proprioception. Along with philosophy, I like hiking and motorbiking.
I grew up and studied in Bucharest. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Bucharest University, and then subsequently pursued a Masters degree in Philosophy. Some years ago I was excited about Philosophy of Mathematics, but after a while I switched to Cognitive Science. My main actual interests are related to Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science. Right now, I am working on the possible ways of grasping the kind of emergent processes from neural level to (whatever we can call) the conceptual one. I am focusing particularly on the emergent processes in connectionist networks and Cellular Automata.
I am from Austin, Texas where I got a BA in Liberal Studies (concentrations in Philosophy and Religion) from St Edward's University. I discovered philosophy while studying the interactions of science and religion. My interests at this point are fairly wide-ranging, but tend to concentrate in the areas of Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion, with background interests in Philosophy of Biology.
I received my B.A. and M.A. degrees from Peking University in Beijing, China. I am particularly interested in the puzzling and complicated problems in the human moral domain.
Any questions or comments should be directed to Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.