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The University of Connecticut Philosophy Department Newsletter Vol XIII, Issue 1: October 2010

This issue edited by: Lionel Shapiro

Designer: Shelly Burelle

Welcome to the 31st issue of Cogitamus! This issue covers news for the period of December 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.


Department News

On May 20-21, 2011, it will be our pleasure to host a conference celebrating Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Joel Kupperman's 50th year at UConn. Entitled "Character: East and West," the conference will bring together distinguished theorists to discuss the centrality of character in both Eastern and Western traditions of philosophy, and shed light on current debates between virtue theory and situationist psychology, communitarians and liberals, and moral relativists and realists. Speakers will include Steve Angle, Roy Brooks, John Doris, John Kekes, Chenyang Li, Loren Lomasky, Gustavus McLeod, Peimin Ni, Elise Springer, and David Wong. For more information, please contact the organizers, Serena Parekh and Paul Bloomfield.

On October 7-8, 2011, the department will hold a small conference, organized by Crawford (Tim) Elder, on the question "Does Ontology Need Levels?" Speakers will be Jonathan Lowe, Peter van Inwagen, Amie Thomasson, John Heil, and Ned Markosian. A link to information about the conference will soon appear on the department website.

The UConn Logic Group (, which is made up of linguists, mathematicians and philosophers, continues its series of regular discussions and lectures. Jc Beall is Acting Director and Marcus Rossberg is Acting Secretary. Last year's Annual Logic Lecture was given by philosopher Michael Glanzberg (UC Davis); this year, the group looks forward to a visit in October by linguist Angelika Kratzer (UMass).

Comings and Goings:

During his spring term sabbatical, Don Baxter completed a paper entitled "Aspects" arguing that the same thing can differ qualitatively from itself, though not in virtue of having parts or being a plurality of things.

The department is pleased to welcome back our own Rik Hine as University Postdoctoral Fellow.

Last year, the department was awarded a Provost Distinguished Guest Professorship for Patrick Greenough of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In the spring semester, we were fortunate to have Patrick in Storrs for three weeks, during which he delivered two departmental talks and a lecture to the UConn Logic Group, and discussed philosophy with graduate students. Patrick will be in residence again from Oct. 25 through Nov. 18, during which time he will again give three talks and participate in a joint workshop with Mark Richard (Harvard) on The Nature of Disagreement.

Anne Hiskes has returned to campus following a 13-month fellowship through the American Council on Education Fellows Program. Her fellowship focused on studying best practices for supporting interdisciplinary programs and faculty, faculty development and mentoring, diversity initiatives, and international and global initiatives. During 2009-10 she resided at the College of New Jersey where she worked with the Provost and President. This year she is applying what she learned as a fellow by serving as Interim Associate Dean in CLAS and assisting Women's Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies in their transition into CLAS. For more information see an article in CLAS Today.

Michael Lynch is on sabbatical this fall, giving talks (see below) and writing a book.

Lionel Shapiro has returned to Storrs from a three-semester leave during which he held a research fellowship at the Centre for Time of the University of Sydney.  

Steven Wall has accepted a position at the University of Arizona, where he is Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Freedom Center. We very much miss having Steve as a colleague, and look forward to keeping in touch with him.

The UConn Logic Group and Philosophy Department are delighted that Zach Weber, a philosophical logician at Melbourne University, will be an official visitor for 5 weeks in the Spring semester. Weber is a recent PhD who holds a research postdoc at Melbourne, working on paraconsistent foundations of set theory. He has interests in a variety areas of logic and philosophy. Weber has work published not only in some of the prestigious logic journals (e.g., Journal of Philosophical Logic, Review of Symbolic Logic, and the like), but also in mainstream journals such as Mind and Journal of Philosophy. During his visit, Weber will be working with UConn logicians on both broadly philosophical projects concerning vagueness and also philosophy of mathematics, but also on some technical logical-cum-mathematical problems. Weber will give various talks to the Logic Group and Philosophy Department, as well as hold a seminar for graduate students on a topic (to be announced) in philosophical logic.

Personal News:

Andrew Ely reports that he and Laurie are expecting their third child in February. Andrew has been installed as president-elect of the New London Kiwanis Club for 2010.

Marcus Rossberg has moved again. He now lives in Stafford Springs.

Sam Wheeler has been recertified as a Medical Response Technician, recertified for interior fire-fighting, and began his forty-first year as a volunteer firefighter in Willington.


Honors and Awards:

Jc Beall has been made Professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, an appointment to be held part-time for the next few years.

Michael Lynch completed his National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship this past spring.

In Spring 2010, Serena Parekh was awarded a General Education Course Development Grant to develop "Philosophy and Gender" into a large-format course.

Marcus Rossberg was awarded a three-month visiting scholarship at the University of Stirling, Scotland, funded by the British Academy. Marcus is currently a Faculty Fellow at the UConn Humanities Institute, where he is finishing the first complete English translation of Gottlob Frege's Basic Laws of Arithmetic (co-translator: Philip Ebert).


An article by Susan Anderson (with Michael Anderson) appears in the October issue of Scientific American magazine. Susan writes that the editor is responsible for the title "Robot Be Good" (and that the article went through a "long, drawn-out, painful editing process to 'pop' up the material").

Jc Beall's "Can u Do That?", a joint paper with G. Priest and Z. Weber, is forthcoming in Analysis. Jc's "Necessity, Truth, and Abnormal Worlds" appeared in the Logica 2009 Yearbook. His Logic: The Basics (Routledge) appeared earlier this year, and a supplement to it is now being done.

Paul Bloomfield's invited comments on Brian Leiter's " Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement" appeared in March as part of the National Humanities Center's forum On the Human, edited by G. Comstock ( ). Paul has also published two reviews: of Valerie Tiberius's The Reflective Life, in Mind 119 (2010): 258-62, and of Terence Cuneo's The Normative Web, in Social Philosophy and Policy 36 (2010): 157-64.

Crawford (Tim) Elder's paper "Persistence, Stage Theory, and Speaking Loosely" was published in Annales Philosophici (University of Oradea, Romania), March 2010.

Joel Kupperman's book Theories of Human Nature has just been published by Hackett Publishing Company. His "Why Ethical Philosophy Needs to be Comparative" was the lead article in the Spring issue of Philosophy (the journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy), vol. 85: 185-200.

Michael Lynch has published "Epistemic Circularity and Epistemic Incommensurability" in Social Epistemology, ed. Haddock, Millar and Pritchard (OUP, 2010)

Ruth Millikan's "On Knowing the Meaning: With a Coda on Swampman" appears in Mind 119 (2010): 43-81. She has also published "It Is Likely Misbelief Never has a Function" (a commentary on R. McKay and D. Dennett, "The Evolution of Misbelief" ) in Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (2009): 529-530 .

Serena Parekh has published "Turning Rational Agents into Souls," Annales Philosophici, April 2010, and "Reframing Violence Against Women as a Human Right Violation: Evan Stark's Coercive Control" (co-written with Kathy Libal), Violence Against Women 15 (2009): 1477-89. Her review of Beyond Blood Identities: Posthumanity in the Twenty-First Century by Jason D. Hill appears in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, June 21, 2010.

Lionel Shapiro's review of Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism by Robert Brandom appears in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2010): 367-71.

Sam Wheeler's paper "Pure Realism: Platonism as a Serious Contemporary Alternative" was published in Annales Philosophici, Fall 2010. His review of John McDowell's Having the World in View appears in Review of Metaphysics 64 (2010), and a review essay "Analytical vs. Continental Philosophy: Bridging the Gap" appears in TheEuropean Legacy, Fall 2010.

Forthcoming Publications:


Don Baxter presented "Assent, Reason, and Hume's Pyrrhonian Empiricism" at the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy, meeting at Yale (May), and in a colloquium at the University of Kansas (September). In connection with his visit to Kansas, he led a discussion of Hume's theory of space in John Bricke's graduate seminar. Don also presented "Hume's Account of Duration: An Empiricist Successor to Descartes's" in a Symposium on Early Modern Philosophy of Time at the APA's Central Division Meeting in Chicago (February), and to the Yale University Society for Early Modern Philosophy (February). He participated in an Author-Meets-Critics session on his book, Hume's Difficulty, at the 27th International Hume Conference in Antwerp, Belgium (July).

Jc Beall gave a colloquium on "Vagueness and Gluts" at Princeton University, as well as talks at a two recents events presented by the Arché Research Centre at the University of St Andrews, Scotland: a conference on Foundations of Logical Consequence (June) and a workshop "Logic or Logics?" (September). Jc also spoke at a "Logic and Language" conference at the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (September).

Paul Bloomfield presented "Eudaimonism and Practical Rationality" at Union College (January) and in Tucson as part of The Fifteenth Annual Arizona Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy: The Work of Julia Annas (February). Paul commented on C. Kurth's symposium paper "Moral Realism and Fashion Models" at the APA's Central Division Meeting in Chicago (February).

Crawford (Tim) Elder presented "Mental Causation, Invariance, and Teleofunctional Content" at the University of California at Irvine (Jan. 29) and the University of Calgary (March 19), and "Sparse Realism about Two Forms of Sameness" at Auburn University (Feb. 26).

Anne Hiskes gave two talks during Spring 2010: "The Politics and Rhetoric of Stem Cell Research" at the Politics Forum of The College of New Jersey (Jan. 28) and "Aristotle, Biotechnology, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences," at The College of New Jersey's Phi Beta Kappa Initiation (April 7).

This last spring, Michael Lynch presented "Epistemic Incommensurability" at a conference on Epistemic Normativity, Fordham University (April 17), "Expressivism and Truth" at The Hannah Arendt Conference, The New School (April 18), and "Disagreement and Epistemic Incommensurability" at Union College (May 20). More recently, he gave a plenary lecture on "Democracy and Incommensurability" at a conference on Epistemology and Democracy at the University of Copenhagen (Aug. 18), and presented "After Truth Gives Way" at the Language and Linguistics Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia (Sept. 8). These were followed by a three-lecture series on Epistemic Incommensurability at the Northern Institute of Philosophy of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Sept. 22-30).

Ruth Millikan gave a series of two talks at the University of Sydney (Dec. 8-9): "How Children Learn Language Without Having a Theory of Mind" and "The Tangle of Biological Purposes That Is Us." She also presented "The Tangle of Biological Purposes That Is Us" as a Darwin Bicentennial Lecture at Smith College (April 1). As part of Ohio University's yearly Philosophy Forum (May 6-8), Ruth gave a public lecture "Learning Language (Without a Theory of Mind)." For philosophy faculty and graduate students, she held two seminars on Millikan on the nature of concepts as well as a discussion of her paper "Of Knowing the Meaning." Finally, Ruth presented "A Different Model for Empirical Concepts" as the very first lecture for the very first international meeting of the newly formed Brazilian Society for Analytic Philosophy, at Unisinos University (May 31).

Serena Parekh presented "Hannah Arendt on Conscience, Judgment, and Human Rights" as a philosophy department colloquium at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH (Sept. 21).

Marcus Rossberg presented "Non-Conservativeness in Higher-Order Logic" at the Montreal Inter-University Workshop on History and Philosophy of Mathematics at McGill University (March 12), "Proof Theory, Model Theory, Plurals" at a workshop on The Variety of Higher-Order Logics at Birbeck College, University of London (June 18-19), and two talks on "Impredicativity" and "Goodman's Relativism" at the Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (July 6-8). Marcus also spoke on "Destroying Artworks" as part of the symposium on Art and Abstract Objects at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Denver (Oct. 21-24 2009) and commented on papers of the symposium "New Angles on Photography" at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Philadelphia (April 16-17).

Lionel Shapiro presented "'That' Clauses and the Theory of Content" at a workshop on Propositions and Same-Saying at Macquarie University, Sydney (January), "What Are We Thinking 'Of'? Case Studies in Descartes and Locke" as a History and Philosophy Seminar, University of New South Wales, Sydney (April), "Can Representationalist Theorists of Content Do Without 'That' Clauses?" at the annual meeting of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, Sydney (July), and "Sellars on Intentionality: Does Sideways-On View Reflect a Blind Spot?" at the conference Engaging McDowell presented by the Centre for Time, University of Sydney (July).

Sam Wheeler presented "The Sorites, Davidsonian Truth, and Davidsonian Pragmatic Epistemicism" as one of four speakers at a conference on Davidson and Pragmatism at the University of Zurich (April 27). He commented on Yu Izumi's "Fine-Grained Events and Coarse Situations" at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology meeting in Atlanta (April).


Upcoming Presentations:

Jc Beall is one of five speakers/panelists at a Deviant Logic Symposium presented by UMass Dartmouth (Nov. 19), and will give a talk at the University of Minnesota in February. Jc and Michael Lynch will both participate in a conference on Truth at Princeton University in April. In June, Jc will be one of two keynote speakers (G. Priest the other) at a conference in Berlin on the logic, philosophy, and history of contradiction.

Paul Bloomfield will give a talk on "Truth, Decepti on, and Social Media" at a symposium on Social Media and the Value of Truth presented by University of North Florida's Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions, Jacksonville (Oct. 2010).

Crawford (Tim) Elder will present "Sparse Realism about Two Forms of Sameness" at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (Oct. 28).

Michael Lynch continues his tour of Scotland and Ireland (see above) with talks on "Epistemic Realism" at the University of Edinburgh (Oct. 6), "Epistemic Incommensurability" at University College, Dublin (Oct. 7), "Motivations for Truth Pluralism" for Aporo: Irish Philosophical Research Network, Dublin (Oct. 8), and "Three Questions about Truth" at a Dublin workshop on Truth: Concept and Property (Oct. 9). He will then present "Epistemic Naturalism and Epistemic Incommensurability" at a conference on Naturalism and Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati (Oct. 22), and "Three Questions about Truth" at the University of Minnesota (Nov. 11) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Dec. 9).

Ruth Millikan will give two talks at the University of Nebraska (Oct. 21-22): "Learning Language" as the Cedric Evans Memorial Lecture and "Utterly Direct Reference" as a philosophy colloquium.

Serena Parekh will be presenting "Reconciliation or Abandonment: How Should Arendt Have Responded to Heidegger?" at the conference Heidegger and Politics, Boston College (Oct. 8-9), "Agamben on the Problem of Refugees" for the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston (Nov. 11-13), and "Response to Dobe, 'Confronting Contingency in Kant's Antinomy of Taste'" at the APA's Eastern Division Meeting, Boston (Dec. 29).

Responses to our work:

Jc Beall's Spandrels of Truth (Oxford University Press, 2009) has received a number of positive—though not uncritical—reviews in various places (including Analysis Reviews and Mind), in addition to responses in journal articles, conference talks, and new books.

Morality and Self-Interest , edited by Paul Bloomfield (Oxford University Press, 2008), was reviewed by John Lemos in Mind 119 (2010): 193-99.

At the APA's Central Division Meeting in Chicago in March, the Society for Realist/Antirealist Discussion sponsored an Author-Meets-Critics session on Michael Lynch's book Truth as One and Many (Oxford University Press, 2009). The critics were Stewart Shapiro and Claire Horisk, and Michael responded. Reviews of Truth as One and Many have now appeared in Analysis Reviews, Mind, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Review of Metaphysics, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. A workshop/conference devoted to the book in Dublin (Oct. 9) is sponsored by Aporo: Irish Philosophical Research Network.

Ruth Millikan defended her paper "On Knowing the Meaning" at NYU's Seminar on Mind and Language (Sept. 14).

Reviews of Serena Parekh's book Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity (Routledge, 2008) have appeared in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (Dec. 2008), Human Rights Quarterly 13 (2009): 278-82, Political Studies Review 8 (2010): 82, Polish Journal of Philosophy 4 (2010): 251-71, and Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net Reviews, Sept. 2010).

Notable Service:

Jc Beall is now the department's Director of Graduate Studies.

Paul Bloomfield is now running the department's colloquium series. In September, he was one of two invited leaders for a graduate student organized round table discussion on Truth and Falsity sponsored by the UConn Humanities Institute.

Tom Bontly continues to serve as Director of the Cognitive Science Program and in the University Senate, and has been elected to a three-year term on the Senate Nominating Committee. Tom led a workshop on science and engineering ethics for the School of Engineering's Joule Fellows Program (July). He also gave several talks on research ethics to graduate Responsible Conduct of Research courses.

During this last spring, Crawford (Tim) Elder served as External Examiner at the Ph.D. defense of Travis Dumsday (University of Calgary) and the M.A. examination of Jesse Mulder (Utrecht University, the Netherlands).

Anne Hiskes has been appointed Senate Representative to the UConn Board of Trustees and member of the Institutional Advancement Committee. She will serve as chair of the Senate Diversity Committee during Spring 2011. She continues as a member of the State of Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee.

Major Work in Progress:

Susan Anderson's book Machine Ethics (co-written with Michael Anderson) is under review by Cambridge University Press.

Don Baxter has agree to write an essay on Hume on space and time for the Oxford Handbook of David Hume to be edited by Paul Russell.

Jc Beall continues work on Theories of Truth (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Ruth Millikan is working on the replies for the Blackwell volume Millikan and her Critics, edited by Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury and Ken Williford.

News from our Professors Emeritae at other institutions:

Margaret Gilbert (Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy at the University of California at Irvine) has published "A Real Unity of Them All?", The Monist 92 (2009): 268-85, in a special issue on Europe, "Shared Intention and Personal Intentions," Philosophical Studies 144 (2009): 167-87, and "Pro Patria: An Essay on Patriotism," Journal ofEthics 13 (2009): 319-46, in a special issue on patriotism edited by I. Primoratz. Margaret has five articles in press: "Collective Action," in A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, ed. T. O'Connor and C. Sandis (Wiley-Blackwell), "Culture as Collective Construction" (with a commentary), Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, "Joint or Collective Action," Encyclopedia of the Mind (Sage Publications), and "Mutual Recognition and Some Related Phenomena" in Recognition and Social Ontology, ed. H. Ikaheimo and A. Laitinen (Brill).

Recent talks include "Agreements, Claim-Rights, and Shared Intentions" at a Harvard University Philosophy Department colloquium (Oct. 2009), "Foundations and Consequences of Collective Moral Responsibility" at a symposium at the APA's Eastern Division meeting in New York (Dec. 2009), "De-Moralizing Political Obligation" at a Stanford University Political Science colloquium (Spring 2010), "Three Dogmas About Promising" at a UCLA Law and Philosophy seminar (Seana Shiffrin, commentator, Spring 2010), "Giving Claim-Rights Their Due" as an invited paper at a conference on claim-rights at King's College, University of London (Peter Jones, commentator, May). Margaret also gave four lectures, on joint commitment, rights, authority, and shared intention, at the University of Palermo, Italy (June). She will speak on "'Dark Duties': On the Practical Import of Commands" at a Philosophy and Law workshop on authority at the University of Southern California (Gideon Yaffe, commentator). Margaret also writes: "Have been teaching a 'mega' introductory ethics course for the first time, at UC Irvine. I'm finding it quite fun."

Diana Meyers (Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Social Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University) has edited a special issue of Hypatia (vol. 25(1), January 2010) sponsored by FEAST, the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought. Diana also organized a conference on Poverty, Coercion, and Human Rights that will take place at Loyola University, Chicago, in April of 2012. Recent and upcoming talks include "Jenny Saville Remakes the Female Nude – Representing Agentic Womanhood" as part of the 2009-10 Distinguished Lecture Series on Gendered Agency presented by the Institute for Research on Women,

Rutgers University (March 4), "Corporeal Selfhood, Self-Interpretation, and Narrative Selfhood" at the Conference on Diachronic Agency, University of Bern (October 2010), and "Critical Commentary on The Politics of Persons: Individual Autonomy and Socio-historical Selves" at Penn State (October 2010).



Graduate Program News

Incoming Graduate Students:

Originally from Maryland, Sean Dansberger attended the United States Military Academy, where he majored in German and Spanish. Since graduation in 2002, he has been in the Army's aviation branch, where he is trained to fly UH-60 Blackhawks. Sean served two deployments (to Afghanistan in 2004-2005 and to Iraq in 2008-2009) as pilot and officer in charge of 30-90 soldiers. His most recent assignment was to Fort Hood, Texas, where he was the battalion operations officer in charge of aviation training for National Guard and Reserve units preparing for deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Currently he is a Captain. Upon completing his M.A., he will teach philosophy at West Point. Primary interests include applied ethics and political philosophy, with secondary interests in metaphysics. Sean and his wife Christine have a 3-and-1/2-year-old son Elliott, and reside in Bolton.

Howard Landis graduated with an M.A. from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2008.

Nathan Lindsey received a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA in 2000. His philosophical interests include philosophy of mind and psychology. Nathan lives in New Haven with his wife Anne-Marie and their puppy Lewis. After ten years in the corporate world, he is so happy to be back in academia that he is even enjoying the commute.

Toby Napoletano received his B.A. from UConn in 2007 in psychology. Generally, his interests have been in philosophy of mind and personal identity, but these will likely change by the end of the semester, if not sooner.

Benjamin Nelson received his B.A. from the University of South Florida in 2008.

David Pruitt graduated with an M.A. in Philosophy from University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2009 and completed a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2005. His primary interests are value theory, normativity, and especially philosophy of logic with an emphasis on how theories of logic and even logic itself may be influenced by one's views in metaphysics or the philosophy of language.

Chelsea Ruxer graduated from University of Evansville in May with a B.F.A. in creative writing and spent the summer showing horses. She is from Jasper, Indiana, and is most interested in philosophy of mind and epistemology.

John Somers graduated with an M.A. from Elms College in 2009.

Maureen Stringham received her B.A. from Arizona State University in 2010.

Ross Vandergrift received a BS in Mathematics in 2005 and a B.A. in Philosophy in 2010, both from the University of Delaware. In between, he spent five years as the principal network architect for a major web hosting provider. His primary interests are in philosophy of mathematics, logic, and metaphysics.

Job Market News:

Aaron Cotnoir was awarded a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Honors and Awards:

Theodore Bach was awarded The Richard M. Griffith Memorial Award (philosophy paper of “the highest merit” by a recent Ph.D./graduate student) at the 102nd Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in 2010.

Asha Bhandary has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship at the UConn Humanities Institute. As the top-ranked applicant for the Fellowship, Asha was named CLAS Dean's Graduate Fellow in the Humanities.

Bradley Jay Strawser has been awarded the Fred and Kathleen Otter Scholarship for Academically Outstanding CLAS Graduate Student.

Congratulations, Ted, Asha and BJ!


Theodore Bach’s paper "Structure-Mapping: Directions from Simulation to Theory" is forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology.

Aaron Cotnoir's paper "Nargarjuna's Logic" was accepted for publication in the volume Analytic Philosophy and Asian Thought, ed. Y. Deguchi, G. Priest, and K. Tanaka. His "Pluralism and Paradox" was accepted for publication in the volume Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates, ed. N.J. Pedersen and C.D. Wright.

Rik Hine's paper "Attention as Experience: Through 'Thick' and 'Thin'" has been published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (2010): 202-20.

Bradley Jay Strawser's paper "Frankfurtian Volitional Necessities and the Impact of Choices upon Identity" has been published in Proceedings of the Future(s) of Critical Theory Conference, 2009. He has several forthcoming publications: "Rea's Revenge and the Persistent Problem of Persistence for Realism" will appear in Philosophia , "Moral Predators: The Duty to Employ Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles" is forthcoming in the Journal of Military Ethics , and a review of James Griffin's On Human Rights (co-written with Paul Bloomfield) is forthcoming in Analysis Reviews.


Theodore Bach presented: "Gender, Essentialism, and Historical Kinds" at the APA's Eastern Division Meeting in New York (Dec. 2009), "Varieties of Simulation-Theory Hybrids" at the APA's Central Division Meeting in Chicago (Feb. 2010), “The Objects of Pretense” at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology meeting in Atlanta (April 2010), and will present "Relational-System Natural Kinds and the Function of Analogy" at the APA's Pacific Division Meeting in San Diego (April 2011).

Asha Bhandary presented "A Conception of Personal Autonomy for the Capabilities Approach" at the International Social Philosophy Conference in Toronto (July 17). Asha also gave "Freedom to Care," a talk on her dissertation, to the UConn Humanities Institute (Sept. 23).

Matt Clemens presented "Fictionalism and Mathematics" at the Alabama Philosophical Society Annual Conference, Pensacola Beach, Florida (Sept. 24).

Aaron Cotnoir gave a talk entitled "Validity for Truth Pluralism" at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Jan. 7)

Alexis Elder presented "The Congruence of Cosmopolitanism and Self-Interest" at Marquette University's graduate conference on Existing Ethically in the 21st Century (March 27) and "Cosmopolitanism, Self-Interest, and Immigration" at the University of Toronto graduate conference on Social Bonds: From Self to Polis (May 15-16).

Andrew Ely spoke on " Conducting Ethical Military Operations Other Than War in Cultures Other Than Our Own" at a symposium on Conflict Management in Culturally Complex, Uncertain, and Volatile Environments presented in Washington, D.C. by the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (Sept. 25).

Rik Hine presented "Paying Attention to Consciousness" at the annual meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Atlanta (April).

Bradley Jay Strawser spoke "Against Autonomous Weapon Systems" at the 7th Global Conference on War & Peace in Prague, Czech Republic (April), and on "UAVs as Ethically Obligatory" at the Annual Symposium of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) in San Diego (January). He has been invited to give two talks in January to the 2011 Annual Symposium of the ISME in San Diego: "The Offensive/Defensive Distinction and Asymmetry: What Kind of Treaties Should the World Want?" and "Neutrality, Necessity, and Power Asymmetry." In August, he presented "Peer Mentor Teaching Programs and the Constructive Use of Videotaping" (together with Daniel Massey) in a workshop for the American Association of Philosophy Teachers Annual Meeting, Coastal Carolina University.

Dissertation Defenses:

Congratulations to three graduates for successfully defending their dissertations!

Aaron Cotnoir, "Non-classical mereologies and their applications" (April 31)

Rik Hine: "Paying Attention to Consciousness" (May 5)

Theodore Bach: "Folk Psychology and Analogy" (Aug. 17)

Dissertation Topics:

Tim Bos is working on issues surrounding epistemic contextualism and invariantism, particularly with regard to the role of propositional knowledge attributions in practical reasoning.

Michael Hughe's dissertation will be an attempt to understand the epistemic role(s) of coherence; it will investigate how we can and do use the coherence of propositions and witness testimony to revise our beliefs.


Notable Service:

Asha Bhandary reports: "We had another excellent meeting of the Society of Women in Philosophy this fall. This is now the 3rd year of the program, which is designed to welcome new female graduate students and improve the pipeline for women in philosophy. Our meeting this fall was supported and funded by the philosophy department."

Alumni News:

William Cornwell's"Human Nature Unbound: Why Becoming Cyborgs and Taking Drugs Could Make Us More Human" will appear in Values and Technology, vol.. 37 of the series Religion and Public Life, ed. Gabriel Ricci (Transaction Publishers, 2010). He writes: "I can only hope that Ruth Millikan will forgive me for dragging her work into an essay with this title!" In January, he presented "The Ethics of Cognitive Augmentation" at a Philosophical Psychology Lab Workshop at Gordon College, Wenham, Mass. He received tenure in 2010, and has served since July as chair of the Philosophy Department of Salem State University, where he has also developed a new upper-division course on the philosophy of science.

Stephen Lahey sends this update: "Lahey has published John Wyclif with Oxford University Press, and will soon publish translations of Wyclif's works with Brill, Paulist Press, and Cambridge University Press. After that, a book on 14th century moral theology is in the works. Lahey goes up for tenure in the dept of Classics and Religious Studies at University of Nebraska Lincoln this year, and is dwarfed by his wife Julia, who goes up for Full in the Sociology Dept this year as well. Their daughter is not going up for anything except being a teenager, which seems to be much closer than it needs to be."

Brian Leahy's postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Konstanz, Germany, has been extended for another two years.

After eleven years as a professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Central Washington University, Chenyang Li (UConn Ph.D. 1992) has accepted a position of Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. There he is building a philosophy program from scratch. In August, he was invited to give a talk on Confucian ethics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, believed to be the first public presentation on Chinese philosophy in the history of that university.

Peimin Ni's Confucius: Making the Way Great, a comprehensive introduction to Confucius (as a historical figure, spiritual leader, philosopher, political reformer, educator, and person), has been published by Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2010. His "The Scientification of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Two Senses of Being Scientific" appears in the inaugural issue of a new journal published in China: Philosophical Analysis 1 (2010): 139-46, and his "Seek and You Will Find It; Let Go and You Will Lose It—Exploration of the Confucian Approach to Human Dignity" is forthcoming in Social Sciences, published in Shanghai. His chapter "Confucius" will appear in the Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, ed. J. Garfield. Peimin has presented talks at Wuhan University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the annual conference of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, of which he is President. Peimin adds: "A memoir I wrote for my parents (about the first half of their life) is published by Shanghai People's Press this Fall. The book is titled My Parents, the Story of Two Underground Chinese Communist Party Members."

David Slutsky has a paper titled "Confusion and Dependence in Uses of History" forthcoming in Synthese on the metaphysics and epistemology of historical properties. Interested readers can find more on this and related matters at David's philosophy website .

Xinli Wang reports that he has been promoted to full professor at Juniata College, and that his Symbolic Logic Study Guide has been published by University Readers. Three of his papers have appeared in journals: "The Propositional vs. Hermeneutic Models of Cross-Cultural Understanding," South African Journal of Philosophy 26: 312-331, "On Davidson's Refutation of Conceptual Schemes and Conceptual Relativism," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90: 140-64, and "Linguistic Communication versus Understanding," Philosophia 38: 71-84. He has developed a new course devoted to philosophical thinking about death.


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