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John Stuhr will present the 2013 Goutman Lecture at George Washington University on April 26. His title is "Pragmatism about God, Death, and the Absurd."
"Philosophy in the Age of Euler: Science and Enlightenment" will feature Ursula Goldenbaum as the the keynote speaker at The University of Ghent, July 7-8, 2013.
Emory philosophy professors John Lysaker, Noelle McAfee, John Stuhr, and Cindy Willett, visiting scholar Jessica Wahman, and current graduate student Mark Fagiano all presented papers at the American Philosophies Forum 2013 Conference on "The Ineffable: Singularity, Life, and the Limits of Language." The 2014 APF, co-sponsored by Emory and SUNY Stony Brook, will be held in New York City on the topic of "Crossings, Hybrids, and Genres." See: www.americanphilosophiesforum.org
Emory Professor Cynthia Willett is a candidate for President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.
Welcome Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan! We are very pleased to announce the appointment, effective with the 2013-14 academic year of Dilek Huseyinzadegan as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Professor Huseyinzadegan, now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Koç University in her native Istanbul, Turkey, received her B.A. with honors in philosophy at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy (with a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies) from DePaul University in Chicago. Her dissertation, supported by several grants and fellowships including a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship, was titled "Politics, History, Critique: An Interpretation of Kant's Political Philosophy in Light of His Critical-Regulative Method." She specializes in Kant and German Idealism and also in social and political philosophy. In addition to these topics, her teaching interests include feminist theory, aesthetics, philosophy and film, and critical theory. She states: "I very much look forward to joining Emory's Philosophy Department and becoming a member of the Atlanta community. In addition to my current book project, in which I establish a systematic and methodological connection between Kant's three Critiques and his writings on history and politics, I am at the moment writing a few essays on the significance of anthropology and geography in Kant's corpus."
Ursula Goldenbaum was a keynote speaker at the conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy, on Controversies and Public Debates, Jan 20-Feb 1, 2013.
At the recent Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Emory faculty and graduate students were busy and much in evidence.
Professors Noelle McAfee ("The Interiorization of Mortality: The Unconscious and Kristeva's Death Drive") and John Stuhr ("Philosophy, Literature, and Dogma: Santayana and the View from Somewhere" and also "The Need for a Reconstruction of American Philosophies") presented papers. As did Visiting Research Scholar Jessica Wahman ("Literary Psychology and Philosophical Method" and also "American Philosophy: Notes From a Liberal Arts College"). And also current graduate students Lauren Guilmette ("The Affective Power of Green: Hype, Hope, and Hubris in 21st Century Biotechnologies"), Rebecca Longtin Hansen ("Poetically We Dwell: On the Relation Between Facticity and Poetry in Dilthey and Heidegger"), Osman Nemli ("Sartre, Genet, and the Question of Collective Responsibility"), and David Pena-Guzman ("Meaning-making and Mediating: Unfolding Uexkullian and Umwelten" and also "Undisciplining Philosophy in a Discipline World: Gearing Philosophy into the 21st Century"). Graduate student Sarah Meier presented a paper at the session for Early Modern Philosophy at the APA. Graduate student Edward Glowienka delivered comments at a session on Leibniz. Julia Haas (graduate student) and three recent alumni of our department (Prof. Ericka Tucker, Dr. Matthew Homan and Dr. Christopher Kluz), presented at this year's meeting of the North American Spinoza Society during the APA.
In addition, Professors Tom Flynn, Ursula Goldenbaum, Marta Jimenez, John Lysaker, and Andrew Mitchell, and graduate student Mark Fagiano, all served as session chairs. The department's first annual Emory APA party for friends and family on Saturday night ran from 9pm until past 2am, ensuring a repeat performance next year!
PS: happy 2013, despite the end of break!
Osman Nemli successfully defended his dissertation prospectus, "Between Crisis and Critique: Adorno and a Critique of Political Economy," on April 16 (John Lysaker, chair; Cynthia Willett and Michael Sullivan, committee members).
Edward Glowienka successfully defended his dissertation, "Leibniz's Metaphysics of Harmony," on April 4 (Ursula Goldenbaum, chair; Ann Hartle and Richard Patterson, committee members).
Alex Robins successfully defended his dissertation prospectus, "A Pragmatic Theory of Aesthetic Criticism," on March 27 (John Stuhr, chair; John Lysaker; Andrew Mitchell).
Jong Hwan Lee successfully defended his dissertation, "The Unity of Philebus: Continuity in Plato's Philosophy," on March 19. Richard Patterson directed the dissertation and Ann Hartle and Richard Parry (Agnes Scott) were on the committee.
Stephanie Rodgers successfully defended her dissertation prospectus, "Between the Virtual and the Real: A Study of Relations," on February 25. Professor Cynthia Willett directed the prospectus; the committee members were Dr. John Stuhr and Dr. Noelle McAfee.
Mark Fagiano successfully defended his dissertation, "The Meanings and Values of Race: Pluralism and Social Melioration," on October 31. His dissertation committee consisted of John Stuhr (director), Noelle McAfee, Cindy Willett, Melvin Rogers, and Paul Taylor (Penn State University). Congratulations on completing all the requirements for the Ph.D., Dr. Fagiano!
Jacob Rump successfully defended his dissertation, "The Phenomenological Dimension of the Theory of Meaning: a Critical Inquiry through Husserl and Wittgenstein," on October 17. His dissertation committee consisted of David Carr (director), Professors Thomas Flynn and Mark Risjord. The Readers were Professors Rudolf Makkreel and Søren Overgaard (Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen). Congratulations on completing all the requirements for the Ph.D., Dr. Rump!
Eric Wilson, 2007 Ph.D., recipient of the 2012 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize, for his submission "Kant on Autonomy and the Value of Persons." The Sellars Prize is given annually to the non-tenured scholar who writes the best essay that demonstrates the continued relevance of Kant’s philosophy.
The Billi and Bernie Marcus Foundation for awarding the Philosophy
Department a five-year grant to fund the Institute for the Study of the History of Philosophy.
The Ronald and Patricia Nicholson Endowment for awarding the Philosophy Department
a gift to be used for the enhancement of our undergraduate program.