C O G I T A M U S
The University of Connecticut Philosophy Department Newsletter: October 2013
This issue edited by: Daniel Silvermint
Designer: Shelly Burelle
Welcome to the 34th issue of Cogitamus! This issue shares the accomplishments and accolades accumulated by the faculty and graduate students of our growing philosophy department, from July 2012 through September 2013.
Our department is absolutely thrilled to welcome six new faculty members to Manchester Hall – assistant, associate, and full professors who bring with them warmth and expertise in aesthetics, Africana philosophy, existentialist philosophy, feminist philosophy, Jewish philosophy, language, logic, mind, moral philosophy, and social/political philosophy.
- Lewis Gordon (Yale) comes to UConn after teaching at Temple University for nine years, before which he taught at Brown University for eight. He taught in the Philosophy Department at Temple, where he had founded the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies and the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought. He was also a joint faculty member of Jewish Studies and an affiliate faculty member in African American Studies and Religion. At Brown, his achievements included being the founding chair of the Department of Africana Studies.
- Mitch Green (Pittsburgh) joins the Department in the fall of 2013 from the University of Virginia. He works in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, and Aesthetics, and in recent years has been focusing on pragmatics and on the evolution of communication.
- Suzy Killmister (Melbourne) is joining UConn from Massey University, where she’s been the resident political philosopher in their politics department for the last three and a half years. Her current project focuses on personal autonomy. She’s getting to the closing stages of developing a theory of autonomy, which will then form the basis of an exploration of the political obligations states may have to protect and/or promote citizens' autonomy. She’s particularly interested in the intersection of these liberal demands with the rights of minority groups, especially around children's education.
- David Ripley (Chapel Hill) has research interests in logic and philosophy of language. Recent publications include "Revising up" in Philosophers' Imprint (forthcoming), “Paradoxes and failures of cut” in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming), and “Structures and circumstances” in Synthese (2012). His recent joint publications with Pablo Cobreros, Paul Égré, and Robert van Rooij include “Reaching transparent truth” in Mind (forthcoming) and “Tolerant, classical, strict” in the Journal of Philosophical Logic (2012). He is currently working on a monograph on nontransitive logic and paradoxes.
- Susan Schneider (Rutgers) works primarily in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and
philosophy of cognitive science. Her books include The Language of Thought: a New Direction, The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (with Max Velmans), and Science Fiction and Philosophy. In a book she is currently working on, The Mind-Body Problem, she urges that neglected issues in metaphysics should lead us to revise, or even discard, leading approaches to the mind and person, and she advances a different sort of approach, one that is grounded in metaphysics. Her papers have appeared in journals such as Nous, Mind and Language, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophical Studies.
- Daniel Silvermint (Arizona) specializes in political philosophy and feminist philosophy, and his work centers on oppression. He’s mainly interested in the normative situation of victimhood, which includes understanding how victimhood affects one’s agency as well as obligations. In addition to his research on resistance, which has appeared in The Journal of Political Philosophy and will be the focus of his first book, Daniel is pursuing topics such as oppressive body image norms, the moral emotions of anger and shame, and the nature of privilege. He was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University from 2012-2013, and won two teaching awards during his time at the University of Arizona.
In addition, Dorit Bar-On and Keith Simmons will be joining us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Fall 2014. Dorit’s work is in language, mind, epistemology, and metaethics. Keith’s work is in logic, language, and Kant’s ethics. Further biographies for Dorit and Keith will appear in next year’s Cogitamus.
- Paul Bloomfield was promoted to Full Professor.
This November the philosophy department will welcome Debra Satz (Stanford) to give a public lecture on “Markets and Corruption.” Debra Satz is a leader in the philosophical study of value and economics. She has published books and articles on commercial surrogacy, organ sales, prostitution, and other controversial markets. She is perfectly suited to the aims of the Parcells Lecture, which is meant to be a philosophical talk on a topic of public concern.
This September the Philosophy Department held a workshop on the duty to resist oppression, which featured a keynote by Ann Cudd (University of Kansas) as well as new research by junior faculty members from around the country. The workshop also included talks on virtuous resistance and autonomy in the face of oppression by our new faculty members Suzy Killmister and Daniel Silvermint, respectively. Thanks to Hallie Liberto for coordinating the event, and to the Human Rights Institute and the Humanities Institute for funding and support. The workshop also served as the kickoff event of the new Injustice League Lecture Series, which aims to bring together early-career scholars around the Northeast working on questions broadly related to social and political justice. Suzy Killmister, Hallie Liberto, and Daniel Silvermint will coordinate this lecture series.
In April, the Philosophy Department co-sponsored a workshop on Sex Trafficking and Women’s Agency with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The workshop welcomed back Distinguished Professor Diana Tietjens Meyers (Loyola University).
The department’s colloquium series brought in an impressive group of philosophers, including: Jason Stanley (Rutgers), Loren Lomasky (Virginia), Valerie Tiberius (Minnesota), Larry Shapiro (Wisconsin), John Burgess (Princeton), Gunnar Bjornsson (Umea University), Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University), and Lisa Downing (Ohio State). Thanks to Paul Bloomfield for putting together this wonderful list of speakers and coordinating their visits.
The Logic Group had three visiting speakers last academic year: Bruno Whittle (Yale), Graham Priest (CUNY), and Igor Yanovich (MIT). The Annual Logic Lecture was given by Stewart Shapiro (The Ohio State University). And they have an exciting semester ahead of them, with five external speakers: Paul Égre (Institut Nicod), Shawn Standefer (Pittsburgh), Carl Mummert (Marshall), Zach Weber (Otago), and Tamar Lando (Columbia). There will also be four work-group meetings on paraconsistent set theory, leading up to a workshop on this topic on October 26-27. Thanks to Marcus Rossberg for coordinating.
Job Market News:
The department is proud to report another fine year of graduate student placement. Thanks to Jc Beall for his work as graduate coordinator, and thanks to Paul Bloomfield for his efforts as chair of the placement committee.
- Matthew Clemens ’ (advisor: Jc Beall) first appointment was as a Research Associate at the Polinsky Language Sciences Lab, Harvard University. His second appointment is as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Indiana.
- Alexis Elder (advisor: Paul Bloomfield) has taken a one-year fulltime appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, and will be going on the market this fall.
- Paul Silva (advisor: Michael Lynch) has accepted a position as a Lecturer in Philosophy at Monash University.
Graduate Student Awards:
- This year, both the Research Travel Award and the Jerome A. Shaffer Fellowship were awarded to Kathy Fazekas. Congratulations, Kathy!
- Jc Beall (with his partner Katrina Higgins) have tried to preserve a little bit of Mansfield farmland; and to make it real, they have a 37hp tractor, which they use to move manure and brush hog invasives.
- Tom Bontly and his wife Allison had a baby, Eliana Rose, in January 2013. Big sister Adeline, now 2 and 1/2, was very excited to meet her.
- Lewis Gordon says the best things about last year were his youngest daughter’s becoming a Bat Mitzvah and he and his wife becoming members of UConn’s faculty.
- Suzy Killmister and David Ripley got married on January 5 th, 2013, and they thought it was such a good idea that they’re doing it again on October 20 th of this year!
- Michael Lynch bought a sailboat, and spent the summer living on it much of the time with his family, writing and trying to capture the wind.
Honors and Awards:
- Lewis Gordon ’s accolades include the Europhilosophy Visiting Chair at Toulouse, France, which, he is informed, is rarely offered to a non-European, and the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in Political and International Studies, which will take him to South Africa to lecture across the country and give a special seminar at Rhodes University in early fall of 2014 and the summer and early fall of 2015.
- William Lycan has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
- Susan Schneider is currently on a fellowship with the ACLS, working on a book on the mind-body problem.
- Jc Beall published (or has had accepted) various papers: one in Journal of Philosophy, two in Mind, one in Nous, two in Analysis, one in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, various collections and more, including a few in some logic journals (Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic and Review of Symbolic Logic).
- Lewis Gordon published “Decoloniality and the Geography of Reason in an Age of Disciplinary Decadence” in Transmodernity; “Below Even the Other: Colonialism’s Violent Legacy and Challenge, with Respects to Fanon” in TransEuropeennes: International Journal of Critical Thought; “ Essentialist Anti-Essentialism, with Considerations from Other Sides of Modernity” in Quaderna: A Multilingual and Transdisciplinary Journal ; “Reasoning in Black: Africana Philosophy Under the Weight of Misguided Reason” in The Savannah Review; “ Frantz Fanon, Fifty Years On: A Memorial Roundtable” ( with George Ciccariello-Maher and Nelson Maldonado-Torres) in Radical Philosophy Review ; “La philosophie a-t-elle le blues?” (trans. Émilie Notéris and Seloua Luste Boulbina) in Rue Descartes ; “ Race, Theodicy, and the Normative Emancipatory Challenges of Blackness” in The South Atlantic Quarterly ; and “Thoughts on Dussel’s ‘Anti-Cartesian Meditations’” in Human Architecture. In the last year Lewis has also published eight chapters for anthologies, as well as forewords, encyclopedia pieces and a dictionary entry, book reviews, and a co-edited annotated bibliography.
- Mitch Green published “On Saying What Will Be” in Belnap on Indeterminism and Free Action , ed. T. Mueller (Springer); “Assertions” in Handbook of Pragmatics , eds. M. Sbisà and K. Turner (Mouton); “Davidson, Emotion, and Reason” in The Blackwell Companion to Davidson , eds. Lepore and Ludwig (Wiley-Blackwell); “Metaphysics in the High School Classroom” in Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People, eds. J. Mohr Lone and R. Israeloff (Cambridge Scholars Press); and “Project High-Phi” in Philosophy in Schools: An Introductory Handbook for Philosophers and Teachers, eds. S. Goering, N. Shudak, and T. Wartenberg (Routledge). In addition, Mitch co-edited (with Jana Mohr Lone) a special issue of Teaching Philosophy, devoted to the topic of teaching philosophy in high school, which appeared in summer.
- Suzy Killmister published “Autonomy and the Problem of Socialisation” in Social Theory and Practice.
- Hallie Liberto published “Noxious Markets versus Noxious Gift Relationships” in Social Theory and Practice and “Denying the Suberogatory” in Philosophia .
- Michael Lynch published “Three Questions for Truth Pluralism” in Truth Pluralism, eds. N. Pedersen and C. Wright (Oxford University Press); “Expressivism and Plural Truth” in Philosophical Studies, and “Truth and Freedom” in The European Legacy, Issue on Richard Rorty.
- David Ripley published “ Revising up” in Philosophers' Imprint; “Paradoxes and failures of cut” in Australasian Journal of Philosophy; and “Sorting out the sorites” in Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications, eds. Berto, Mares, and Tanaka (Springer).
- Marcus Rossberg published “ Too Good to Be ‘Just True’” in Thought, and co-edited (with Daniel Cohnitz and Peter Pagin) a special issue of Erkenntnis: Monism, Pluralism, Relativism: New Essays on the Status of Logic .
- Lionel Shapiro published two papers that pursue his interests in intentionality by engaging with some of his philosophical heroes. “Intentional Relations and the Sideways-On View: On McDowell's Critique of Sellars” appeared in the European Journal of Philosophy and “Intentionality Bifurcated: A Lesson from Early Modern Philosophy?” is included in the collection Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought, eds. M. Lenz and A. Waldow (Springer).
- Samuel Wheeler ’s new book Neo-Davidsonian Metaphysics: From the True to the Good (Routledge) is out. He notes that it’s pretty good.
- Don Baxter and Aaron Cotnoir (St. Andrews; formerly UConn) have delivered their co-edited anthology Composition as Identity to Oxford University Press and expect publication early next year. It includes Don’s paper “Identity, Discernibility, and Composition.” The European journal Axiomathes solicited a paper on his theory of instantiation for a special issue on Exemplification, and so got “Instantiation as Partial Identity: Replies to Critics.” His “Hume on Space and Time” is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of David Hume, ed. Paul Russell.
- Paul Bloomfield ’s book The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life was finished and will be released in spring of 2014 by Oxford University Press - NY.
- Lewis Gordon ’s articles “Africana Philosophy and Philosophy in Black” and “One Black Philosopher in the White Academy” are forthcoming in The Black Scholar and Philosophy and Social Criticism, respectively. In addition, he is hoping to complete several projects over this academic year: an edited volume, Transcending Disciplinary Decadence for Routledge-India; What Fanon Said, for Schocken Books; and No Longer Enslaved, Yet Not Quite Free: On Freedom, Justice, and the Decolonization of Knowledge, for Fordham University Press; and then move on to several others that include The Afro-Jewish Question, a study of relationality in physics and metaphysics, and a book on black existentialists.
- Mitch Green ’s book Pragmatics and the Philosophy of Language is under contract with Cambridge University Press. His article “Rousseau’s Essay on the Origin of Language ” will appear inSourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language, eds. B. Hill, H. Lagerlund, and Robert J. Stainton (Springer).
- Suzy Killmister has two forthcoming publications: “Autonomy, Liberalism and Anti-Perfectionism” in Res Publica and “Resolving the Dilemma of Group Membership” in How Groups Matter: Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies , eds. Calder, Bessone and Zuolo (Routledge).
- Hallie Liberto ’s forthcoming publications are “The Exploitation Solution to the Non-Identity Problem” in Philosophical Studies, Selected Papers from the 2013 Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference; “Exploitation and the Vulnerability Clause” in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Special Issue from the British Society of Ethical Theory Meeting ; and “The Moral Specification of Rights: A Restricted Account” in Law and Philosophy .
- Michael Lynch wrote several forthcoming articles, including articles on pragmatism and epistemic commitments. He is also hard at work on a new book about knowledge under contract with W.W. Norton.
- David Ripley wrote, with Pablo Cobreros, Paul Égré, and Robert van Rooij, the forthcoming “Vagueness, truth, and permissive consequence” in Unifying the Philosophy of Truth, eds. Achourioti, Galinon, Fujimoto, and Fernández (Springer) as well as “Reaching transparent truth”, forthcoming in Mind. In addition, David wrote, with Zach Weber, Graham Priest, Dominic Hyde, and Mark Colyvan, “Tolerating gluts: a reply to Beall”, forthcoming in Mind.
- Marcus Rossberg co-wrote the “Nelson Goodman” entry for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy , which will be included in the next edition . And he is particularly excited that Gottlob Frege's Basic Laws of Arithmetic (Oxford University Press), which he co-edited and co-translated with Philip A. Ebert, hits the shelves in October.
- Susan Schneider authored a new piece on uploading, with Joe Corabi, for a special issue on David Chalmers’ paper on this topic (for the Journal of Consciousness Studies) and which is to be reprinted in a collection by Wiley.
- Lionel Shapiro has been thinking about “substructural” responses to semantic paradoxes recently. Three papers on this topic are forthcoming: “Validity and Truth-Preservation” (with Julien Murzi) in Unifying the Philosophy of Truth, eds. T. Achourioti et al; “Naive Structure, Contraction and Paradox” in a special volume of Topoi on Paradox and Logical Revision; and “Validity Curry Strengthened” in Thought.
- Daniel Silvermint ’s article “Resistance and Well-being” is forthcoming in The Journal of Political Philosophy, and will appear in the December issue.
- Don Baxter ’s talks included “Hume’s Two Kinds of Assent” for the 40th International Hume Conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; “Hume, Bradley, and Identity-in-Difference” for a conference on Bradley at the University of Quebec at Montreal; “Hume on Substance: A Critique of Locke” for the Hume Society Session at the Central Division American Philosophical Association in New Orleans; and “Hume on Abstraction and Identity” for a plenary session at the 39th International Hume Conference in Calgary.
- Jc Beall has done a number of talks, including ones in Cagliari, Berlin, Scotland, Canada, Dunedin, Australia, and more. He is currently giving a series of lectures at MIT on new directions (in his thinking) in philosophical logic, finding it especially valuable to have regular interaction with that community (and especially Vann McGee).
- Tom Bontly presented a paper called “Deconstructing the Future: Causation, Interventionist Thinking, and the Non-Identity Problem” at Soberfest: a conference in honor of Elliott Sober in at the University of Wisconsin in May 2013.
- Austen Clark spoke on “Some varieties of motor control” as the invited main speaker for the first day of the annual convention of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Austin, Texas, on February 27, 2013.
- Lewis Gordon did several public lectures and keynotes across the globe (in France, Italy, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK) and received the honor of symposia and seminars devoted to his work.
- Suzy Killmister presented “Autonomy and the Self” at the Australasian Association of Philosophy (NZ) Conference, Wellington, December 2012; “What About Woody Allen?” at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Brisbane, July 2013; and “Autonomy Under Oppression: Tensions, Trade-Offs and Resistance” at UConn’s Workshop on the Duty to Resist Oppression, September 2013.
- Hallie Liberto presented “Promises, Guarantees, and Epistemic Injustice” at the University of Missouri – St. Louis; “The Exploitation Solution to the Non-Identity Problem” at the Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, at Monash University, at The University of Sydney, and at Macquarie University; “What It Takes to Be Wrongfully Exploited” at the Conference of the British Society for Ethical Theory; “The Moral Problem with Monogamy Promises” at Connecticut College, the University of Edinburgh, and Mt. Holyoke College; “What Isn’t Ours to Promise” at the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Leeds, the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick, and the MSPT Seminar at the Australian National University; “Misfires, Pass-Backs, Blocks, and Interceptions: A Metaphysics of Failed Promises” at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne and at Charles Sturt University; “Exploitation, Oppression, and Sex Trafficking” at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Special Panel on Sex Trafficking; “When Exploitation is Oppression” at Calvin College and at the Minorities and Philosophy Group at Yale University; “Familial Politics, Cosmopolitanism and Deliberative Democracy” (with Elizabeth Holzer) at the Workshop on ‘Cosmopolitanism and Deliberative Democracy’ in Bucharest; and “Contextualizing Exploitation” at Grand Valley State University and at the Rocky Mountains Ethics Congress.
- Michael Lynch has given numerous talks over the last year, including lectures in South Korea, various places in the UK, and the presidential address at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, among others.
- David Ripley presented “ Anything goes” at the Paradox & Logical Revision workshop at MCMP; “How many degrees of truth do we need for vague predicates?” (with Paul Égré; joint work with Pablo Cobreros and Robert van Rooij) at Three-valued logics and their applications workshop, ESSLLI 2012; “Vagueness and hysteresis: a case study in colour categorization” (with Paul Égré; joint work with Vincent de Gardelle) at Logic and cognition workshop, ESSLLI 2012; “Coherent bilateralism” at Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne; “Confusion and collapse” at Otago University, at Victoria University of Wellington, at Auckland University, and at the University of Sydney; “63 Negations” as the Presidential Address of 2013 meeting of the Australasian Association for Logic; and “Contracting noncontractive consequence” (joint work with Rohan French) at the Truth & Paradox workshop at MCMP.
- Marcus Rossberg presented “Non-conservativeness in Higher-Order Logic” at the Society for Exact Philosophy in Ohio; “Too Good to be ”Just True’” at the Society for Exact Philosophy in Quebec; “Against (General Elimination) Harmony” at the Northern Institute of Philosophy in Scotland; and was an invited participant of the Round Table Discussion at the conference Frege’s Epistemology of Basic Logical Laws in Scotland.
- Susan Schneider has just returned from several months as a research fellow at Australian National University, where she gave a series of talks. She keynoted the Society for Philosophy and Psychology last year, and keynoted the Southern Society for the Philosophy of Psychology this year.
- Lionel Shapiro spoke on “Relativism and Inferentialism” at a workshop in Madrid and presented “Naive Structure, Contraction and Paradox” at a workshop at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy.
- Daniel Silvermint presented a chapter of his book project at the Arizona Current Research Workshop in March 2013, with Marilyn Friedman and Samantha Brennan commenting. He presented “Rage and Virtuous Resistance” at the Toronto/Montreal Joint Ethics Workshop in April 2013 as well as at UConn’s Workshop on the Duty to Resist Oppression in September 2013.
- Don Baxter will deliver “Social Complexes, Aspects, and Many-One Identity” at a conference on social complexes and metaphysics in Lund, Sweden in October, and again as the keynote at the “Themes from Baxter, II” conference in Ligerz, Switzerland, sponsored by eidos--the Center for Metaphysics in Geneva.
- Tom Bontly will be presenting “Causation, harm, and the non-identity problem” in a symposium session at the upcoming meeting of the APA Pacific Division in April 2014.
- Mitch Green will be giving many talks this upcoming year. They are “Learning to be Good (or Bad) in (or through) Fiction”, London Aesthetics Forum, November 2013; “Organic Meaning”, University of Glasgow, November 2013; “How Much of Meaning Requires Minds?”, Berlin Institute of Mind and Brain, November 2013; “&*(%#!: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Charged Language”, University of Connecticut Cognitive Science Program, January 2014; “Can the (or a) Force/Content Distinction be Sustained?”, New Work on Speech Acts Conference, Columbia University, September 28 2013; “Learning from Metaphors”, Go Figure Conference, University of London, June 2013; and “Expressing, Showing, and Representing”, Emotion and Expression Conference, University of Manchester, June 2013.
- William Lycan will be going to Antwerp in December to speak at a conference on olfaction, with all the other top smell people.
- Michael Lynch anticipates returning to Korea this year, and is also giving talks in Switzerland, Scotland, and at Northwestern, among others.
- Marcus Rossberg will present “Inferentialism and Conservativeness” at the 14th Midwest PhilMath Workshop at the University of Illinois-Urbana, and is invited to speak at the Book Symposium of Patricia Blanchette's book Frege's Conception of Logic at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA in San Diego, California. He has also been invited to give a colloquium at the University of Minnesota in May 2014.
- Lionel Shapiro ’s u pcoming talks include “Why and How to Get One's Head around Noncontractive Responses to Paradox” at a workshop organized by the LOGOS research group of the University of Barcelona and a colloquium for the Logic and Language group at the University of Amsterdam.
- Don Baxter has spent the year getting accustomed to his new position as department head.
- Jc Beall has been doing some exciting though very, very time-consuming University service with the Provost's Office, along with the CLAS Dean's Office and Graduate School and even at the School of Fine Arts.
- Tom Bontly chaired the Senate's University Budget Committee in 2012 and served on the Nominating Committee as well. In 2013, he was again elected to the Executive Committee of the UConn-AAUP after several years off.
- David Ripley accepted an editorship at the Australasian Journal of Logic .
Bringing Philosophy to the Public:
- Lewis Gordon did quite a few television and radio interviews, continued his weekly broadcast for GCN Radio, and appeared in 400 Miles to Freedom (2012), a film on an Ethiopian Jew’s search for memory through an exploration of Jewish diversity.
- Michael Lynch submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the ACLU’s case against the NSA and wrote several pieces of public philosophy, including three pieces in the New York Times.
Other Academic Reports:
- Jc Beall is looking forward to being a Professorial Fellow at the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, along with the other two new Professorial Fellows Greg Restall (Melbourne) and Øystein Linnebo (Oslo). He has also enjoyed a brilliant and diverse class of incoming graduate students and faculty, along with enjoying the good work of our other current students and faculty, and Hongguage Wang from China (a China National Scholarship winner coming to UConn to work on truth and paradox).
- Austen Clark plans to look at some of the literature on motor control, and the arguments by neuroscientists that it disproves the existence of “free will”, in his Spring 2014 course Phil 3249w: Philosophy and Neuroscience.
- Lewis Gordon ’s book Disciplinary Decadence was translated into Spanish as Decadencia disciplinaria: Pensamiento vivo en tiempos difíciles, traducción: Marina Anatolievna Dekaldieva y Dana Keen-Morales; Nota liminar: Catherine Walsh, para la Serie Pensamiento decolonial (Quito-Ecuador: Ediciones Abya-Yala). This translation was done by a group of scholars in Ecuador. The book has had quite an impact on activist scholars working among grassroots communities there. Its argument brought researchers together across the humanities and the sciences, which is why the translation is published by one of the prestigious academic presses in the region. Lewis continues to publish across languages, as his concerns are global.
- Michael Lynch ’s 2012 book, In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy was translated into Korean.
- David Ripley organized three workshops: with Paul Égré, Three-valued logics and their applications, at ESSLLI 2012, Opole University, Opole, Poland; Priestfest: A conference in honour of Graham Priest, June 2013, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; and the 2013 Meeting of the Australasian Association for Logic, June 2013, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
- Susan Schneider ’s book Science Fiction and Philosophy appeared in Arabic.
Emeritus Faculty Highlights:
- Gary Brodsky retired as a professor in 1997 and then taught three more years as an adjunct, and retired completely in 2000. One of things he’s done during his retirement is read and re-read philosophical works. He has not been disappointed.
- Tim Elder published “On the Reality and Causal Efficacy of Familiar Objects” in Philosophia, and wrote “Artifacts and Mind-Independence” for The Metaphysics of Technical Artefacts, eds. Maarten Franssen, Peter Kroes, and Pieter E. Vermaas (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014).
- Len Krimerman was elected co-chair in the summer of 2013 of the Community Advisory Board, aka Kitchen Cabinet, of the Windham Hour Exchange; this local time bank began operations a year ago, and now has over 110 members. He gave a talk on the world-wide Transition Town movement (over 2,000 initiatives on five continents) to the Alliance for Holistic Living, in Manchester, CT (October 17th, 2013). He was the primary editor of the 30th Anniversary issue of Grassroots Economic Organizing, which appeared in May of 2013. He became one of four coordinators of a Conference on “Revisiting Self-Management – Lessons from its Past; Reflections on the future of social economy and self-managed work”, to be given at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2-4. And he presented a paper on “Reconstructing Anarchism” at the New Orleans conference of the North American Anarchist Studies Network, January 4-6.
- Joel Kupperman writes that Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman, edited by Chenyang Li and Peimin Ni, both UConn PhDs, is to be published in 2014 by the SUNY press. Chenyang Li is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore, where he founded the program in philosophy, and Peimin Ni, past President of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, is Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character includes papers presented at two conferences in Joel's honor in the spring of 2011: the UConn philosophy department's conference, Character: East and West, and a conference organized by Professors Li and Ni that took place during the Tenth East-West Philosophers' Conference at the University of Hawaii's East-West Center. Among the volume's contributors are leading scholars in Chinese and comparative philosophy, including Roger Ames, Henry Rosemont, Jr., David Wong, Kwong-loi Shun, Robert Neville, P.J. Ivanhoe, and Bryan van Norden.
- Ruth Millikan wrote replies and an afterward for Millikan and Her Critics, eds. D. Ryder, J. Kingsbury, and K. Williford (Basil Blackwell, 2013), which features thirteen essays on her work. Other publications include “Accidents”, the John Dewey lecture for the Central Division American Philosophical Association 2012, in Proceedings and Addresses of the APA; “Spracherwerb” in Biosemantik. Sprachphilosophische Aufsätze, tr. Alex Burri (Surkamp Verlag, 2012) (the translation also contains five other but previously published essays of Ruth’s on language); “What's Inside a Thinking Animal”, XXII Deutscher Kongress fur Philosophy, Proceedings Welt der Gründe, Kolloquium 19; “Do animals live in the space of reason?” in Action and Decision in Non-human Animals, 2012; “Natural information, intentional signs and animal communication” in Animal Communication Theory: Information and Influence, ed. Ulric Stegmann (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Are There Mental Indexicals and Demonstratives?” in Philosophical Perspectives 26, Philosophy of Mind, eds. J. Hawthorne and J. Turner (Blackwell, 2012); “Teleosemantics” in Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, ed. Byron Kaldis (Sage Publications, 2013); “An Epistemology for Phenomenology?” in Consciousness Inside and Out: Phenomenology, Neuroscience, and the Nature of Experience, ed. Richard Brown, Studies in Brain and Mind (Springer, 2013); and “Troubles With Plantinga's Reading of Millikan” in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Her lectures include “How Ideas Refer”, 2nd Wuhan International Conference on the Philosophy of Science - Reference and Scientific Realism, Wuhan, China; “Indexicals and Demonstratives”, lead talk for Workshop on John Perry's Philosophy, University of St Andrews, and also the Keynote Lecture, Graduate Conference on Theoretical Philosophy, University of Groningen; “How to Out-Relevance Relevance Theory”, Conference for Dan Sperber's 70th birthday, Ecol Normal Superior Paris; “Explanation by Reference to Proper-functional Kinds”, for the conference Between Biology and Physics, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem; “Direct Reference for General Terms” at Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, and for Perception and Concepts, 9th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication, University of Latvia, Riga, and at Osnabrück Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück, and for the workshop What is Cognition at Ruhr-University, Bochum, and at University of Girona; “Why Teleosemantics?” at Free University of Tblisi, Tblisi, Georgia; and “Our Clotted World” at Free University of Tblisi, Tblisi, Georgia.
Incoming Graduate Students:
- David Baldwin received his BA at Brown University and did some graduate work in philosophy at Rutgers University and UMass before coming to UConn. He anticipates working in philosophy of language and mind.
- Emma Bjorngard earned her BA in philosophy from California State University Long Beach in 2013. Her current philosophical interests are in British empiricism and continental rationalism, but she’s now finding herself more and more interested in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language.
- Ralph Difranco did a BA in philosophy at Cleveland State University. Next he went to Texas Tech for an MA in philosophy. He spent the last three years as a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Virginia. He’s coming to UConn after working on a dissertation under Mitch Green for about a year. His interests are in philosophy of language, especially pragmatics, as well as philosophy of mind. In addition to his philosophical pursuits, he enjoys playing and watching others play basketball.
- Hanna Gunn completed her undergraduate study at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. This was a BA with a major in philosophy and a minor in English. She also gained a First Class BA(Hons) degree at the University of Canterbury, where her research focused on representational theories of mind.
- Madiha Hamdi completed her BA at Stony Brook with an English minor, earning university and departmental honors for her senior thesis on two-dimensional semantics. Her interests are in philosophy of language and logic.
- Junyeol Kim did a BA and a MA in philosophy at Seoul National University. His main philosophical interest is in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. Especially, he is now working on truth deflationism.
- Tithi Basu Mallik completed her undergraduate education from Jadavpur University in India. She also earned an MA in philosophy and M.Phil in cognitive science from the same institution. One of her main interests is cognitive science. She is also interested in philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind.
- Tom Meagher did his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. He is interested in Africana Philosophy and Caribbean philosophers, and more broadly interested in political philosophy, epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, and philosophy of the human sciences.
- Jordan Ochs earned a Philosophy BA with Honors from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in spring 2013 where she also completed a minor in Art History. She was inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the International Honor Society in Philosophy in 2012. She will begin graduate studies at UConn in the spring of 2014, with a focus on issues in philosophy of mind, language, truth and logic.
- Nick Thomas graduated from Arizona State University, where he studied psychology, philosophy, and mathematics. He is working on paraconsistent set theory in LP. Meanwhile his peers are inspiring him and stimulating his thoughts on other philosophical issues.
Honors and Awards:
- Kathy Fazekas was awarded both the Research Travel Award and the Jerome A. Shaffer Fellowship. She used the RTF this summer to study with one of her dissertation committee members, Josh Mozersky, at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She also received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the graduate school.
- Alexis Elder has had two papers accepted for publication: “Why Bad People Can't Be Good Friends” will be appearing in Ratio, and “Zhuangzi on Friendship and Death” will be appearing in the Southern Journal of Philosophy.
- Kathy Fazekas presented “Special Relativity and Multiple B-series” to the Philosophy of Time Society at the APA's Central Division Meeting in New Orleans in February. This December she’s also commenting at the Philosophy of Time Society – on Anthony Adrian's “Of Time's Dependence on Change” – at the APA's Eastern Division Meeting in Baltimore. She’ll be presenting “Death, Disappearance, and the Philosophy of Time” at an interdisciplinary graduate conference, Disappearance: Spatial and Temporal Horizons, at the Graduate Center, CUNY in November 2013, as well as “Multiple B-Series and the Passage of Time” at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA in San Diego next April.
- Casey Johnson presented “ Reconstituting Assertion” at the Northwestern Epistemology Research Group in Evanston in January. She presented “The Contextual Knowledge Norm of Assertion: An Answer to Lackey” at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Austin in February.
- Tom Meagher presented a paper on Sylvia Wynter and the environment at a Center for Race & Gender conference in Berkeley in spring. Later this fall, he will be presenting a paper on the peculium and peculiarity at the Caribbean Philosophical Association meeting in San Juan.
- Jordan Ochs presented “The Phenomenology of Presence: Embodiment, Technology, and Contemporary Art” at the UMass Amherst Undergraduate conference in Spring 2013, and “Rejecting the Parity Principle: How a New Perspective on Embodiment Preserves the HEC” at the Northern New England Philosophy Association Conference, Dartmouth College, Summer 2013.
- Andrew Parisi gave a presentation on modal logic at The Society For Exact Philosophy in May.
- Michael Robillard will present his paper “On The Moral Exploitation of Soldiers” at the International Society for Military Ethics conference at Notre Dame in October. He also participated as a commentator for The Duty to Resist Oppression workshop at UConn.
- Christopher M. P. Tomaszewski presented “Two New Objections to a Detachment-Free Language” at the Louisiana State University Graduate Conference in March, and “Persons as Substance-Relation Fusions in the Trinity” at the Eastern Regional Conference of the Society for Christian Philosophers in October.
- Mark Downing Lowe (advisor: Crawford Elder), 2013. Dissertation: “ Implications of Species-as-Individuals: Kinds, Essentialism, Induction, De-Extinction”
- Alexis Elder (advisor: Paul Bloomfield), 2013. Dissertation: “Metaphysics of Friendship”
- Paul Silva (advisor: Michael Lynch), 2012. Dissertation: “ The Epistemology of Intuition and Seemings ”
- Christopher M. P. Tomaszewski will most likely be attempting a metaphysical grounding of the mediaeval thesis that the transcendentals of truth and unity are convertible.
- Alexis Elder served as the coordinator of the UConn branch of the Society for Women In Philosophy (SWIP). Kathy Fazekas will serve as the coordinator this year.
- Casey Johnson served as head TA mentor for the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Nathan Sheff is serving as the president of the Philosophy Graduate Student Association this year.
- Christopher M. P. Tomaszewski is the department’s senator to the Graduate Student Senate this year. He also helped organize and refereed submissions for the Yale/UConn conference this past May.
- Christopher McCauley is working on the dynamic relations between physical objects and the ontological character of qualities/properties.
- Andrew Parisi is currently working on a paper about disquotationalism, and is trying to figure out what modality could be like in proof-theoretic contexts.
- Nathan Sheff ’s research focuses on some of the questions surrounding group knowledge, e.g. whether groups can have intentional states, whether their actions can be evaluated from the epistemic point of view, and whether we have objectionably inflationary commitments to the existence of group minds.
- Christopher M. P. Tomaszewski has been invited to contribute a paper, tentatively entitled “The Moral Responsibility of the Soul as an Incomplete Substance”, to a forthcoming volume Personal Identity and the Afterlife, eds. Alexander Hall and Gyula Klima.
- Casey Johnson used the Shaffer Fellowship she won last year to travel to Northwestern University.
Former Graduate Student Updates:
- Chenyang Li received his PhD from UConn in 1992. After serving as Professor and Department Chair of philosophy at Central Washington University for over a decade, Chenyang is now Associate Professor and founding director of philosophy programs at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He recently published a monograph on The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony (Routledge) and a co-edited volume with Daniel A. Bell on The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press). His co-edited volume with Peimin Ni (UConn PhD 1991; Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University) on Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman is forthcoming with SUNY Press in 2014.
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