C O G I T A M U S
The University of Connecticut Philosophy Department Newsletter: July 2012
This issue edited by: Hallie Liberto
Designer: Shelly Burelle
Welcome to the 33rd issue of Cogitamus! Another academic year (and almost an entire summer!) on the banks of Mirror Lake has passed. This issue of the Cogitamus presents the accomplishments and accolades accumulated by faculty and graduate students of the philosophy department since July, 2011.
Don Baxter assumed duties as the new philosophy department head on July 1, 2012, succeeding the redoubtable Tim Elder who served with distinction as head for 18 years. The transition has been smooth as Tim and Don have led a cooperative effort to win our department an unprecedented number of new hires for the Fall of 2013. Don Baxter held a charming party at his home, attended by faculty, graduate students, administrators, and family, celebrating Tim’s long term of service. Tim is not retiring yet, though! You will still be able to find him in Manchester Hall when school commences this fall.
- Anne Hiskes has taken a position as Dean of Brooks College for Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Anne has been a faculty member at UConn since 1978, and was the first female member of the philosophy department to be tenured at the Storrs campus. Besides authoring contributions to our discipline in philosophy of science and bioethics, Anne served as the graduate coordinator from 1993-1998, and was a frequent member of the department’s PTR committee until her administrative career took off in 2003. In fact, Anne and former faculty member, Margaret Gilbert, started the Cogitamus and co-edited its early issues, starting in 1998. Anne invented the now required course “Introduction to Analytic Philosophy” (5301), which our in-coming graduate students still take every fall semester. Not only will Anne’s work and service within our department be sorely missed, but her departure from two of UConn’s interdisciplinary departments will leave a sizable void. Anne was among a handful of dedicated faculty members who helped build the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UConn. That program has grown and flourished and is expected to soon build even stronger bonds with the philosophy department. Anne has also devoted her leadership skills to the Human Rights Institute and, in 2006, founded the Science and Human Rights program, which includes the endowed Heinz Hermann lecture in Science and Human Rights. Anne, with the help of former faculty member Serena Parekh, created a unique new course called “Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective” offered for the Human Rights Minor. Anne also founded Namaste, perhaps the only student-run human rights journal in the United States, and Anne served as its faculty adviser for a number of years. Anne has also taken on a variety of administrative roles in her time at UConn, including serving as Interim CLAS Associate Dean 2010-12, Special Assistant to the Provost 2010-11, founding Director of the Office of Research Ethics and Education for Stem Cell Research (2006-2009), serving on the 2007 and 2010 Presidential Search Advisory Committees; and the Provost’s Commission on Institutional Diversity (and much, much more). Her talent for this important work has culminated in her impressive deanship at GVSU. We offer Anne our heartiest congratulations and wish her a productive and fulfilling career in Michigan.
Our department is pleased to announce two new hires, which were secured this past year, and will commence in the fall of 2013.
- Suzy Killmister joins us from Massey University, New Zealand, where she has been a Lecturer since 2010. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne that same year, with a dissertation on group rights. Her research is primarily in social and political philosophy, though she is currently being distracted by the concept of autonomy. Since accepting our position, Suzy has already had another paper accepted in Social Theory and Practice entitled “Autonomy and the Problem of Socialisation.”
Further biographies on Suzy and David will be provided in next year’s Cogitamus, as both philosophers will arrive the following fall semester
- Dave Ripley is coming to UConn from the University of Melbourne, where he will have spent three years enjoying a post-doc. Dave works primarily in formal theories of language, with one eye to paradoxes of all sorts and another eye to experimental data; at the moment, he is drafting a book on inferentialism, paradox, and nontransitive logic, tentatively titled Anything Goes. (We can all be sure that, just like the musical, Dave’s Anything Goes will be de-lightful and de-lovely - though maybe not de-ontic...) Dave is also currently serving a one-year term as the president of the Australasian Association for Logic. He is very much looking forward to remembering how to sled.
Visitors and Events:
Visitors and Events:
- Tim Elder and the department hosted a conference titled “Ontology and Levels” on October 7 th and 8 th, 2011. About 90 people attended. Speakers included: E.J. Lowe , John Heil , Peter van Inwagen , Amie Thomasson , and Ned Markosian.
- The philosophy department hosted two Parcells lecturers this academic year. These guests lectured to a university-wide audience on themes chosen to engage the public. Professor Thomas Hill Jr. spoke on torture and Kantian ethics. Professor Nancy Sherman lectured on military ethics.
- The department’s colloquium series brought in an impressive group of philosophers, including: Sally Haslinger (MIT), Nathan Salmon (UCSB), Nishi Shah (Amherst), Joel Pust (U. Delaware), Branden Fitelson (Rutgers), Ben Bradley (Syracuse), Alison Simmons (Harvard), and Elliott Sober (U. Wisconsin). Thanks to Paul Bloomfield for putting together this impressive list of speakers and coordinating their visits.
- The Logic Group (http://logic.uconn.edu) had four visitors this past semester: Greg Restall (Melbourne), Jan Reimann (Penn State), David Nicolas ( Institut Jean Nicod, Paris ), and Richard Heck (Brown). The Annual Logic Lecture was given by Jeremy Avigad (Carnegie Mellon).
- Philip Ebert (Stirling, Scotland, UK) visited the UConn philosophy department in May 2012 to work with Marcus Rossberg on various Frege related projects.
Job Market News:
The department is proud to report an outstanding year of graduate student placement. Thanks to Jc Beall for his fine work as graduate coordinator, and thanks to Michael Lynch for his successful efforts preparing these students for the job market.
- Asha Bhandary (advisor: Diana Meyers), after spending a year as a visiting professor at Wesleyan College, has accepted an tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Iowa, Department of Philosophy.
- Nilanjan Bhowmick , (advisor: Sam Wheeler) has accepted a position at St. Stephens College, a constituent college of the University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
- Aaron J. Cotnoir (advisor: JC Beall), after completing Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Northern Institute of Philosophy (Aberdeen, Scotland) has accepted a lectureship (equivalent to a tenured assistant professorship) at the University of St Andrews, Department of Philosophy.
- BJ Strawser (advisors: Steven Wall & Michael Lynch): Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track), Naval Postdoctoral School, Monterey, CA; post-doc at Oxford University's Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict Center (held simultaneously) .
Graduate Student Awards:
- This year’s Research Travel Award was awarded to Jeremy Wyatt .
- Casey Johnson was awarded with the new Jerome A. Shaffer Fellowship.
Congratulations to both winners!
- Michael Lynch bought a boat and is enjoying working on it this summer.
- Sam Wheeler was made a Life Member of the Willington Hill Fire Department on June 23. He is also an Active Member and Secretary of the organization.
- Hallie Liberto and her husband bought a little house in Storrs. It is within walking distance of Manchester Hall.
Honors and Awards:
- Michael Lynch r eceived the CLAS Research Excellence Award 2011.
- Jc Beall is once again at University of Otago as a partial appointment at the distinguished professorial level.
- Don Baxter completed "Hume on Space and Time" for Paul Russell, ed., The Oxford Handbook of David Hume, forthcoming in 2013. Don Baxter and Aaron Cotnoir (St. Andrews) have a contract from Oxford University Press for a metaphysics anthology to be entitled Composition as Identity, tentatively forthcoming in 2013.
- Jc Beall’s new articles include: “Why Priest's reassurance is not reassuring” Analysis (July 72:3); “Dialetheists against Pinocchio” Analysis 71:4, pp. 689—691; “Multiple-conclusion LP and default classicality” Review of Symbolic Logic Vol 4, No 2, June 2011; “A neglected reply to Prior's dilemma,” in J. Maclaurin, ed., Defender of Reason (Kluwer, 2012)
- Paul Bloomfield authored two book reviews: "Review of Anita Superson's The Moral Skeptic" Mind 120 (479): 914-917, 2011; "Review of John Lemos' Commonsense Darwinism", The Review of Metaphysics vol. 64, no. 4: 868-71, 2011.
- Hallie Liberto wrote “Denying the Suberogatory” Philosophia 40 (2):395-402.
- Michael Lynch’s new book was published: In Praise of Reason (Cambridge: MIT Press 2012). Michael has also published three articles this year: “Expressivism and Plural Truth” Philosophical Studies, Nov. 2011 (Online First) ; “The Many Faces of Truth: A Reply to Some Critics.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (2):255-269; “Democracy as a Space of Reasons. “Truth and Democracy. A. Norris and J. Elkins (Eds.). (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).
- Marcus Rossberg wrote “Destroying Artworks”, in Christopher Mag Uidhir (ed): Art and Abstract Objects. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Lionel Shapiro wrote “Objective Being and ‘Ofness’ in Descartes,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (2012): 378-418. \
- Sam Wheeler wrote “Texts With Too Many Authors,” nonsite, June 2012
- Jc Beall has had the following papers accepted for future publication: “Tolerance Without Gluts.” Mind, forthcoming; “Two Flavors of Curry's Paradox.” Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming (with J. Murzi); “A Note on Freedom from Detachment in the Logic of Paradox” Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, forthcoming (with T. Forster and J. Seligman); “Future Contradictions” Australasian Journal of Philosophy; “Non-classical Truth Theories” In M. Glanzberg, ed., Oxford Handbook of Truth, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming (with D. Ripley); “LP+, K3+, FDE+ and their Classical Collapse” Review of Symbolic Logic, forthcoming.
- Paul Bloomfield anticipates the following publications: "The Moral Point of View", in The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, H. LaFollette (ed.), Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell; "Social Media, Self-Deception, and Self-Respect", in Social Media and the Value of Truth, M. Haney and B. Berrin (eds.), Lanham: Lexington Books.
- Sam Wheeler expects to see the following published: “Remembering Donald Davidson: His 1967 Undergraduate Philosophy of Language Course,” in Donald Davidson: Life and Words (Routledge 2012); and “Philosophy as Fine Art” in a collection of essays in honor of Beryl Lang. Additionally, Sam has a series of reviews forthcoming in The European Legacy: “Berger - Saul Kripke”; “Burgess and Burgess, Truth”; “Grondin, Introduction to Metaphysics: Parmenides to Levinas”; “Braver, Wittgenstein and Heidegger”; Maimon, Essay on Transcendental Philosophy.
- Don Baxter presented: "Assent in Sextus and Hume" in a Symposium at the Central APA; “Hume on Abstraction and Identity” at a conference entitled The Problem of Universals in Modern Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, November, 7-9, 2011. At the Central APA in Chicago this February, Don Baxter substituted for Dan Ryder in introducing our own Ruth Garrett Millikan for her Dewey Lecture. Also, eidos--the Center in Metaphysics of the University of Geneva--organized a workshop entitled Themes from Baxter, May 26-28, 2012, with participants from Italy, Sweden, the U.K. Switzerland, and the U.S. Don presented three papers there: "Aspects," "Self-Differing and Leibniz's Law," and "Identity, Discernibility, and Composition"; "Hume on Substance" at a conference entitled Substance in Early Modern Philosophy: A Memorial Conference for Roger Woolhouse at the University of York, England, June 30 - July 2, 2012; "Hume on Abstraction and Identity" at a plenary session of the 39th International Hume Conference, July 18-22, 2012.
- Jc Beall gave a number of talks at St Andrews, Munich, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Berlin, and around Storrs (e.g., Yale). Most of the talks are on his current project: making sense of how we get along with our language despite its being detachment-free (i.e., lacking any conditional for which Modus Ponens is valid).
- Paul Bloomfield presented: "Some Intellectual Aspects of the Cardinal Virtues", The Third Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics", Tucson, January 2012 ; "Immorality, Self-Respect, and Happiness", University of Nevada, Las Vegas Colloquium, December 2011 (invited).
- Tim Elder presented “Theoretical Philosophy” to faculty at Utrecht University, conducting workshop on his book Familiar Objects and Their Shadows, June 2012; and for the same place and audience, he presented a lunchtime talk titled “The Reality and Causal Efficacy of Familiar Objects”; and for the same place and audience, he gave a workshop presentation “Realist Semantics versus Branching Futures.”
- Hallie Liberto presented: “Noxious Markets vs. Noxious Gift Relationships” at the Rocky Mountains Ethics Congress, August 2011; “Specifying Moral Rights” Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium, September, 2011 ; “Moral Perpendiculars” Central States Philosophy Association, September, 2011 ; “In Support of a Restricted Specification for Moral Rights” Central APA, February, 2012 ; “Contextualizing Exploitation” Women’s Studies Spotlight Series, University of Connecticut, February, 2012 ; “In Support of a Restricted Specification for Moral Rights” Boston University Ethics Reading Group, March, 2012 ; “Moral Perpendiculars” Pacific APA, April, 2012.
- Michael Lynch presented: “The Varieties of Truth”. The Brain Korea Lectures, endowed lecture series; Three lectures given at Seoul National University Philosophy Department, South Korea May 10-12 2012; He also delivered the keynote at address at Yonsei’s University’s International Graduate Conference. May 6 th 2012. In addition, Michael has given talks at the Central APA (2012); two talks at Princeton University (April 2011); and talks at University of Edinburgh (October 2011), University of Irvine (November 2011); University of Aberdeen (October 2011); and the University of Zurich (summer 2011), (among others).
- Marcus Rossberg presented: “Platonism in Frege’s Grundgesetze?”, Frege’s Grundgesetze workshop, NYU, New York, NY, May 9, 2012 ; “Non-conservativeness in Higher-Order Logic”, New England Logic and Language Colloquium, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, December 10, 2011 ; “Destroying Artworks”, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, September 23, 2011.
- Lionel Shapiro presented: “Making Sense of (Some) Non-Contractive Solutions to Paradox,” Logica 2012, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, June 2012; “How ‘Meaning and Truth Talk Gets its Connection with the World’: Sellars on the Function of Semantical Vocabulary,” Sellars Centenary Workshop, University College Dublin, June 2012; “Relativism Without Relative Truth,” Arché Research Centre, University of St Andrews, November 2011 ; “Prospects and Problems for a Consequence Connective” (two talks), Foundations of Logical Consequence seminar, Arché Research Centre, University of St Andrews , November 2011 ; “Relativism Without Relative Truth,” Philosophy colloquium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, November 2011.
- Sam Wheeler presented “Will philosophy departments and philosophical associations make sense after 2050?” at the Philosophy in the 21 st Century conference at Pitt.
- Hallie Liberto will present “Contextualizing Exploitation” on August 12 th at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress; an invited Colloquium at Grand Valley State University Philosophy Department on November 30 th; a panel talk at Eastern APA “Exploitation, Oppression, and Sex Trafficking.”
- Lionel Shapiro will give an invited talk at a workshop on Inferentialism in the Philosophy of Language, Mind, and Action in Madrid (October 2012).
Responses to our work:
- Michael Lynch: Reviews of Truth as One and Many are still appearing, including ones in Mind, NDPR; AJP; IPQ; PQ; Analysis; Analytic Philosophy; Review of Metaphysics. Additionally, TheInternational Journal of Philosophical Studies devoted an issue to a series of papers critical of the book.
- Tim Elder: Nathan Wildman, review of Familiar Objects and Their Shadows, Philosophical Quarterly, 62 (2012), pp. 195-97; Daniel Korman, review of Familiar Objects and Their Shadows, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 1 October 2011.
- Jc Beall looks forward to this year's incoming class. He has also instituted regular end-of-semester meetings, and claims that it has been very good -- and eye-opening -- to meet with all of them for 30--60 minutes at the end of each semester. Also, he wants to give a special thanks to the Grad Pres (and liaison between DGS and grad students), Michael Hughes; he was very effective at communicating with Jc about the grad program and student issues. Next year's Grad Pres is Kathy Fazekas, with whom Jc looks forward to working. Also, he wants to give equal thanks to the Teaching Mentor Alexis Elder, who did a very good job at keeping Jc posted about teaching issues confronting the grad students, and also did a great job helping grad students continue to master the art of teaching.
- Hallie Liberto will start serving as advisor of the UConn Bioethics Club in the fall semester.
- Marcus Rossberg co-organized, together with Philip Ebert and Crispin Wright, a workshop on Frege’s Grundgesetze, held at NYU, May 7-9, 2012; Marcus Rossberg has recently joint the editorial board of the new journal Thought.
- Michael Lynch was featured in the CLAS “great teachers” video series (see youtube for a laugh). As noted above, Michael received the CLAS Research Excellence Award 2011.
- Anne Hiskes, who a few years ago anonymously established the fund for the Philosophy Department Award for Excellence, which goes to our top graduating undergraduate major, has now, upon urging, agreed to have her name associated with the award.
Bringing Philosophy to the Public:
- Michael Lynch appeared on a podcast in New Books In Philosophy (2012) and on the Colin McEnroe Show (WNPR). He also published three pieces in the NYtimes in the Stone blog: “ Science and First Principles” New York Times, “The Stone” March 11 ; “ Defending First Principles: A Response” New York Times, “The Stone” Nov, 3 ; “Reasons for Reasons” New York Times, “The Stone”, October 6.
- Sam Wheeler gave a web interview: www.newappsblog.com/2011/11/new-apps-interview-samuel-wheeler.html
- Tim Elder appeared on “ The UConn Tonight Show” on UCTV, 30 September 2011; interview on New Books in Philosophy, 16 November 2011.
Emeritus Faculty Highlights:
- A.S. McGrade published 'The Ontology and Scope of Human Rights: Forward with Ockham.' American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. 86.3 (Summer 2012):527-38.
- Joel Kupperman published "Half Truths", in the English journal RATIO this month.
- Ruth Milikan published the following in the past year: “Schwerpunkt” in the “Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie” 2011 (Four articles on Millikan's work including a reply by Millikan.); "Gedacht wird in der Welt, nicht im Kopf." Interview von Markus Wild (Berlin) und Martin Lenz (Berlin), Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, December 2010; "Natural Signs", In Computability in Europe 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Eds. S. Barry Cooper, Anuj Dawar, Benedikt Loewe, Springer 2012, 496-506.
Ruth Milikan anticipates the following forthcoming publications: "An Epistemology for Phenomenology?," In Richard Brown ed., Phenomenology and the Neurophilosophy of Consciousness, Springer's series Studies in Brain and Mind; "Spracherwerb ohne eine Theorie des Geistes." In Biosemantik. Sprachphilosophische Aufsätze, Alex Burri tr., Surkamp Verlag, 2012; "What's Inside a Thinking Animal" XXII Deutscher Kongress fur Philosophy (Proceedings); "Confessions of Rengade Daughter." In James Shea, ed., [Papers in honor of Wilfrid Sellars from the Sellars Centenary Conference] Oxford University Press; “An Epistemology for Phenomenology?” Conscousness Online Volume III, Richard Brown ed.
Ruth Milikan has given the following invited talks: "What's inside a thinking animal?," Munich, September 14, 2011. For a Colloquium on whether non-linguistic creatures act for reasons, at the yearly Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie; "Natural Information" February 13 2012, talk for a workshop on information, University of Aberdean, presented via Vis-Link from Uconn; “Accidents” February 16 2012 John Dewey Lecture for the Central Division APA; “An Epistemology for Phenomenology” March 22, 2012, Neuphi Lecture, Boston University; “Self-signs and Proto-language” Keynote lecture, Proto-Language Workshop, March 30-31, University of Virginia; “Confessions of a Renegade Daughter, Plenary session speaker, Wilfrid Sellars Centennial Conference, June 6-8 2012, Dublin; Turing Centennial conference paper, “Natural Signs” June 22, 2012; Keynote lecture: "Deflating Socially Constituted Objects; What Thoughts do to the World," Conference on Social Cognition, Aarhus Denmark, Jun 25-26.
Ruth Milikan will give the following invited talks in the coming semester: "How Ideas Refer" Wuhan University, Plenary session speaker, Conference on Philosophy of Science, August 20, 2012; St Andrews University, “Are There Mental Indexicals and Demonstratives?”, Perry Conference; Talk for Dan Sperber’s 70 th birthday, Paris, December 15, 2012 ; Talk on naturalism, Tel Aviv December 18, 2012.
Millikan and Her Critics is now in press. Ruth is slowly working on a book on natural information and “Uniceps” -- the things we really have instead of empirical concepts.
- Diana Meyers has been awarded the SWIP Distinguished Women Philosophy award.
Incoming Graduate Students:
- Nathan Kellen earned his BA in Philosophy this year at the University of Minnesota.
- Alycia LaGuardia graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University. Alycia believes the study of philosophy is at its best when it is used to help individuals lead better lives. She thinks all areas of philosophy are inherently important, but focuses on Ethics and Philosophical Psychology for their potential practical applications.
- Will Lovatt graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 where he studied business and economics. Recently, he completed his M.A. in philosophy at Simon Fraser University. His current philosophical interests include visual perception, consciousness, and the discourse of Free Will and Moral Responsibility.
- Christopher McCauley earned his BA in Philosophy at Wabash College in 2011. He is excited to begin study under the department at Connecticut.
- Michael Robillard received his B.S. in Philosophy from the United States Military Academy in 2002. He then served as a U.S. Army officer until 2007. In 2011 he received his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.. He is interested in philosophy of language and philosophy of science. He is likewise interested in issues concerning social ontology and collective responsibility.
- Christopher M. P. Tomaszewski took his B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in philosophy with a certificate in cognitive science from Villanova University in 2010. His principle philosophical interests are logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, and formal epistemology of religion; lesser interests include meta-ethics, mediæval philosophy, qualia and the history of aesthetics. When not arguing philosophy, he also enjoys travelling, folk rock music, modern British poetry and alpine skiing.
Honors and Awards:
- Kathy Fazekas is the president of the PGSA for the 2012-2013 school year.
- Paul Silva was one of twenty applicants accepted to participate in the APA/AAPT's seminar on Teaching and Learning this summer in Austin, TX.
- BJ Strawser : For the third and final time, was awarded the Fred and Kathleen Otter Scholarship for Academically Outstanding CLAS Graduate Student. BJ c ompleted one-year position as a Resident Research Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership in Annapolis, MD a nd moved to Monterey CA in June.
- Jeremy Wyatt won the Graduate Student Summer Research Grant awarded by the UConn Humanities Institute for travel to NIP, University of Aberdeen
- Alexis Elder has had her paper “Proprioception, Anosognosia, and the Richness of Conscious Experience” accepted by the Journal of Consciousness Studies.
- Michael Hughes has had his paper "Problems for contrastive closure: resolved and regained" accepted at Philosophical Studies (forthcoming).
- Chris McCauley’s “Appearance and Reference” appeared in Wabash College's Callimachus (humanities journal) .
- Paul Silva has had the following papers accepted for publication: "Epistemically Self-Defeating Arguments and Skepticism About Intuition," forthcoming in Philosophical Studies; "Ordinary Objects and Series-Style Answers to the Special Composition Question," forthcoming in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
- BJ Strawser’s previously forthcoming paper in Epoche is now in print. "Those Frightening Men: A New Interpretation of Plato’s Battle of Gods and Giants," Epoche 16, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 217 – 232. BJ anticipates the following forthcoming publications: a book, which is under contract at Oxford University Press, titled Killing By Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military. It is an edited volume on the ethics of drones and is forthcoming in 2012; “Liability and Killing: a New Proposal,” was accepted for publication in the volume Not Just Wars: Extensions and Alternatives to the Just War Tradition in the 21st Century , edited by Fritz Allhoff, Adam Henschke, & Nick Evans (forthcoming): Routledge Press; and (with Dorothy Denning) “Moral Cyber Weapons: The Duty to Employ Cyber Attacks,” will be published in a collected volume on cyber ethics edited by Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo (forthcoming) from Springer Philosophy & Engineering Technology Series. BJ’s paper in the Journal of Military Ethics is being translated into French to be published in an anthology: “ Risques inutiles et le devoir moral d'utiliser véhicules aériens sans pilote,” edited by Emmanuel Goffi (forthcoming): Paris: La Documentation française, coll. Stratégie aérospatiale. BJ has been invited to guest edit a special issue of the Journal of Military Ethics on the ethics of cyberwar.
- Notably, a response article to BJ’s work on the ethics of UAVs was published in the Journal of Military Ethics. Jai Galliot, “Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles and the Asymmetry Objection: A Response to Strawser,” Journal of Military Ethics 11:1 (2012): 58-66. In addition, two chapters in the forthcoming Killing By Remote Control will focus heavily on critical notice of BJ’s work. Uwe Steinhoff’s “ Killing Safely: Extreme Asymmetry and its Discontents ,” and Robert Sparrow’s “War Without Virtue?” – both in Killing By Remote Control, forthcoming.
- Alexis Elder commented on Susanne Burri’s (LSE) presentation “The Fair Distribution of Bad Luck”, Yale/UConn Graduate Conference in Philosophy, Yale University (New Haven), April 28, 2012 and gave a guest lecture on “Friendship and Shared Values in Zhuangzi and Confucius’ Analects” in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies 1101: Classics of World Literature course. She was invited by professor Christa Bucklin.
- Kathy Fazekas will present "B Theory Passage and Special Relativity" to the Philosophy of Time Society at the APA's Central Division meeting in New Orleans in February.
- Alycia LaGuardia presented “The Choice of Good or Evil: Moral Onus in Privation.” Conference: Long Island Philosophy Society, Malloy College, Rockville Center, NY, April 14, 2012.
- Paul Silva presented a paper titled "The Special Composition Question, Transitivity, and Ordinary Objects" at the Central APA.
- BJ Strawser presented “Terrorism and the Just,” at the Center for Applied Philosophy, Politics, & Ethics (CAPPE) Conference: The 9/11 Decade: Rethinking Reality, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, August 2011; d elivered the formal response to David Rodin (“Response to Rodin”) at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict annual invited workshop on war, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, September 2011; p resented “Evidence-Relative Wrongs and Liability to Be Killed in War,” at the International Society of Military Ethics Annual Symposium, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, January 2012; p resented “Defining Harm and the Principle of Distinction,” at the Annual McCain Conference, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, April 2012 ; delivered guest keynote lecture entitled, “Ethical Perspectives on Terrorism and War,” for “Terrorism and War” course at the University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, April 2012. BJ gave the following invited talk: “Emerging Military Technology & Moral Responsibility,” for the “Code of the Warrior” course at the United States Naval Academy, April 2012. In the coming semester BJ will talk at a variety of functions: He has been invited to serve as a respondent for the 2012 Oxford University’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict Annual Conference in August 2012; he has been invited to speak at the 2012 Asilomar Workshop: Programming the Laws of War in Unmanned Systems, Monterey, CA, November, 2012; he has been invited to serve on an expert panel on the ethics of drones at the International Studies Association’s 54 th Annual Conference 2013, in San Francisco, April, 2013. Additionally, BJ was interviewed at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Oxford’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict.
- Jeremy Wyatt presented “ Domains, plural truth, and mixed atomic propositions” 1st Seoul Philosophy Graduate Student Conference; Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea; 5-5-2012 ; “ Grounded, deflationary pluralism” Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland; 5-31-2012.
- Nilanjan Bhowmick (advisor: Samuel Wheeler)
Dissertation: That F is G: Defending Quantification
- Matt Clemens (advisor: Jc Beall)
Dissertation: New Directions for Mathematical Fictionalism
- BJ Strawser (advisors: Steven Wall, Michael Lynch)
Dissertation: The Bounds of Defense: Moral Responsibility, Autonomy, and War
- Toby Napoletano is interested in the relation between the outputs of semantic theories, meaning, and semantic competence of speakers.
- Alexis Elder refereed submissions to the 2012 Yale/UConn Graduate Conference in Philosophy.
- BJ Strawser is serving as advisor on a joint collaborative project between Oxford’s ELAC and Delft University’s 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology titled, “Military Human Enhancement: Design for Responsibility and Combat Systems.” He chaired Session at 2011 Eastern Division American Philosophical Association on “ Split Brain Consciousness," Washington, D.C., December 2011.
- Jeremy Wyatt co-organized the Yale/UConn Graduate Philosophy Conference, held at Yale .
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