C O G I T A M U S
The University of
Connecticut Philosophy Department Newsletter
Vol. VI, No. 1 December 2002
Anne Hiskes and Austen Clark
Designer: Shelly Burelle
Best Wishes to all Students,
Faculty, and Alumni for a Wonderful New Year!
Welcome to the seventeenth issue of Cogitamus!
This issue covers news for the period of Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2002.
Graduate students on the job market. Read about them below.
- Lisa Cassidy.
is finishing her dissertation on the issue of bodily
responsibility (to what extent and under what conditions are
for properties of their bodies) under the supervision of
Diana Tietjens Meyers. Lisa has specialized
in ethics and feminist philosophy,but
is also competent in the areas of political philosophy, continental philosophy
and the history of modern philosophy.
Lisa has presented several papers at conferences, and has taught many
courses on her own. To learn more about
Lisa's work, you may e-mail her
- Gordon Stevenson successfully defended his dissertation
"The Naturalistic Foundations of Intentional
Action", supervised by Ruth Millikan, on December 20, 2001.
Gordon's specialities are the philosophy of mind and cognitive science,
with competencies in the history of modern philosophy, ethics, logic,
and the philosophy of science. Gordon has published two papers, and
also presented a paper at an international conference. He has taught
6 different courses on his own. You may contact Gordon and learn more
about his work via email at:
- Weimin Sun is finishing his
dissertation "The Interpretation of Probability", under John Troyer, Major
Advisor. For more information about
Weimin, see his website: www.engr.uconn.edu/~weimin
been awarded a Fellowship by the National Endowment for the
Humanities for fall semester of the academic year 2003-4. Congratulations
book Ethical Knowledge, first
published in 1970 by the Muirhead Library of Philosophy, has been selected for
republication by Routledge.
appointed to the Editorial Board for a 3 volume set of books entitled
Classic Essays in Feminist Ethics to be
edited by Alison Jaggar and published by Routledge. In addition Diana was
interviewed and videotaped by Joan Callahan for an oral history project devoted
to tracing the origins and development of recent feminist
philosophy in the U.S.
The seven hours of unedited tapes will
the University of Kentucky Library, and a one-hour DVD focusing on
published work will be
available for classroom use.
Diana will hold the Laurie Chair of
the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University during Spring
published two articles in the volume
Social Facts and Collective
Intentionality edited by Georg Meggle
and published in the German Library of Sciences, Frankfurt, Hansel-Hohenhausen.
These were originally scheduled to be published in
mentioned in a previous issue of
Cogitamus. The articles are: "Acting
Together", pp.53-72, and "Aspects of Joint Commitment" (Response to
critics/comments). pp. 73-102.
- Anne Hiskes
has published "Van
Fraassen's Constructive Empiricist Philosophy of Science and Religious Belief:
Prospects for a Unified epistemology", in
Antirealism, William Alston, ed, pp.
238-252 (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2002)
published three papers: "A Messy Derivation of the Categorical Imperative",
Philosophy 77 (October 2002),
485-502; "The Purposes and
Functions of Comparative Philosophy", APA
Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 1 (fall 2002), 26-29; and "Comfort, Hedonic
Treadmills, and Public Policy", Public
Affairs Quarterly 17 (2003), 17-28.
has published "Richard Hooker on Episcopacy and Bishops, Good and Bad" in
International Journal for the Study of the
Christian Church, 2 (2002):Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography
(10,000 words). Also in press is
The Cambridge Companion to Medieval
Philosophy which is edited
- Diana Tietjens Meyers
"Nancy J. Chodorow." in
Social Theorists, Ed. Anthony Elliott
and Larry Ray. Oxford: Blackwell, as well as
"Gender Imagery, Sexism, and
the Fragility of Feminist Gains" in the
APA Newsletter on Feminism
, Vol. 2,
has published "A Theory of Representation to Complement TEC," in
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (4):
an invited participant in the Spindel Conference held this year to celebrate the
centenary of G.E. Moore's Principia
Ethica, Paul Bloomfield gave a
Ethics" as a commentary on P. Butchvarov's paper "Ethics De-Humanized". The
conference proceedings will be published as a supplementary volume of the
Southern Journal of
- Tim Elder
gave a talk at Hofstra
Univ. on November 15 titled "Alexander's Dictum and the Reality of Familiar
gave a "work in progress" talk on
October 21, 2002 to the fellows of
Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut entitled "Rights Reconsidered:
Notes on a Project".
- Steve McGrade (emeritus)
presented a paper "Objective Right and Subjective Rights: Two Medieval Ideas in
the Background of Early Modern Discussions" on December 12 at a conference on
Early Modern Ideas on Individual Rights at the University of
December 28 Steve presented his paper "Fair Play and Due Process in the
Extermination of Heresy" for the Society for Medieval and Renaissance
Philosophy, meeting with Eastern Division APA.
- Diana Tietjens Meyers
presented "Narrative and the Moral
Subject" at the meetings of the International Association of Women Philosophers
in Barcelona, Spain Oct. 2002. She also provided a commentary on Helen Stacy's
"International Human Rights in a Fragmenting World" at the meetings of the
American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and
Social Philosophy in Washington D.C, Nov. 2002.
- Ruth Millikan
presented a paper "Styles of Rationality" at the conference "Rational Animals," sponsored by the
McDonnell-Pew Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, All Souls College, Oxford, and
the British Society for the Philosophy of Science in early October. At the McDonnell/Carleton Philosophy and
Neuroscience Conference (Oct. 17-20) at Carleton University in Ottawa Ruth
chaired a session and gave commentaries on papers by Pierre Jacob and Peter
Mandik. She gave a lecture On Crossing Purposes for faculty and students at
Wesleyan University on Nov. 25. On
Dec 29 Ruth provided commentary on
Marshall Abrams "Teleosemantics and Natural Selection" at the American
Philosophical Association meetings in Philadelphia.
Work in Progress
has nearly completed the first draft of a new book
Ethics and Qualities of
Life and is about half done with the first draft
of Six Mistakes About the Good
"Housatonic Homes" magazine on 12/02/02. Susan also audited a
creative writing course this fall and completed a philosophical short story,
"Calitopia", which will appear as an appendix in her new book Equal Opportunity Individualism: An
Interpretation of the American Dream.
Diana Tietjens Meyers
interviewed by James Thomas for a television program he is producing called
"Logic for Life". One of her
lectures for Phil. 104 was also videotaped for use in the program.
(emeritus) served as an "Opponens" (examiner) on October 12 at a public
examination at the University of Helsinki of a PhD thesis on "The Theory of the
Emotions in the Philosophical Psychology of William of Ockham.
(M.A.) writes that he is
teaching a philosophy class at his high school in
Lebanon, CT which has proven to be
so popular that he is teaching two
Kupreeva (M.A) is leaving her post-doc at St.
Hilda's, Oxford to join the Ancient Commentators Project at King's College London as its Chief Assistant
Editor. Her new postal address as of mid-January will be: Department of
Philosophy, King's College
London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, Telephone: 020 7848 2231/2769/2276. In May she gave a paper "Scala Naturae and Mystical Ascent: Greek Sources of
Arabic Cosmological Theories in Ibn-Tufail's Hayy'ibn Yaqdhan"
at the conference on "The
Book of Nature" in the University of Groningen. She gave a paper
Dynamics in the 2nd"Century School Debates:
Galen and Alexander on the Concepts of Power and Motion" at the conference
"Philosophy, Science and Exegesis in Greek, Arabic and
Latin Commentaries" held in honour of Richard Sorabji at the Instituteof
Classical Studies, Univ. of London in June. In September she read a paper "Aristotelian Tradition in
the Making: Alexander of Aphrodisias on Stoic Quality and Peripatetic Form" at the University of Victoria in Canada. Inna's
review of the collection of
articles "Aspasius: the Earliest Extant Commentary on Aristotle's Ethics" (De Gruyter 1999) has appeared in the
Spring volume of Ancient Philosophy. Currently Inna is
working on a translation from the Greek of John Philoponus' commentary on
Aristotle's "On Generation and Corruption 2.5-11" for the Duckworth Ancient
Commentators series. In addition she is preparing for a graduate seminar to be
given in the coming Hilary Term in Oxford, with R. Sorabji and P. Remes, on
"Identity of things and persons in ancient Greek and classical Indian
Philosophy". She wished that
everyone from the UConn department could be present to discuss some of Don
Baxter's favorite topics
- Steve Lahey (Ph.D.) reports that his
book on Wyclif will be out in April at the bargain price of $65.00. Order now
while supplies last! He also
wrote entries for the new Dictionary of the Middle Ages on
philosophical genres in the medieval period and for the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy , 2nd ed. on medieval
logic. He's teaching a course on
Philosophy of Religion both semesters at University of Nebraskan in addition to
doing Clinical Pastoral Education
at a nursing home in preparation for the Episcopal priesthood. Most of all he
enjoys taking care of daughter Thea.
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