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Prof. Cynthia Willett's was interviewed on the ironies of U.S. imperialism under President Trump. You can read it here.

Professor John Stuhr will serve as the philosophy project chair for a multi-disciplinary three-year initiative on human flourishing and the arts and humanities, funded by a new $2.5 Million award from the Templeton Foundation and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

At the 10th annual conference of the American Philosophies Forum, sponsored by Emory University, Professors John Lysaker (“Giving Voice to Philosophy” and John Stuhr ("Lost, Looking Around, Looking Ahead”) presented papers.  The 2018 conference will be in New Orleans; see:

Cynthia Willett gave talks in March and April from her forthcoming book On Humor for the Keynote address and the Women and Gender Studies Distinguished Lecture at Ethics and Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy at Bucknell and also as the Keynote for the Critical Philosophies of Life conference at Dusquesne. She also gave a talk on her book Interspecies Ethics at Bucknell.

Emory’s Department of Philosophy was well-represented at the 2017 meeting of PhiloSOPHIA. Papers were delivered by the following graduate students and faculty: Taina Figueroa, “‘Baby Hair and Afros,’ Communal Pride and Political Action,” Katherine Howard, “Shame, Responsibility, and ‘Being Moved’ to Act: Affect and Response in Butler,” Marta Jimenez, “Aristotle on Anger and Indignation as the Motives for Revolution,” Noëlle McAfee, “Fear of Breakdown and the Work of Mourning,” Mukasa Mubirumusoke, “Affect and the General Economy of White Supremacy,” Joel Michael Reynolds, “The Silence of the Abled: Kristeva, Levinas, and the Sagamihara 19,” and Cynthia Willett, “The Belly Laugh: A Catharsis of Slut Shame and Other Negative Emotions.” Recent former Emory PhDs Jacob Rump (Boston University) spoke on “Motivations Beyond Words: Affect Scripts and Embodied Meaning,” David M. Peña-Guzmán (John Hopkins University) on “Primate Affects: Can Non-Human Animals Mourn?” and Ellie Anderson (Muhlenberg College) on “The Imaginary Space Between Us: Response Ethics and Affect Theory.” Former Emory PhD Lauren Guilmette (Florida Atlantic University) organized and ran the conference.

In February, Dilek Huseyinzadegan gave a talk on "How to be a Kantian Feminist" at Vanderbilt University's philosophy department speaker series.

On February 7th, Joel Michael Reynolds was invited to give a talk at Ryerson University on “The Future of Bioethics: Ableism and the Life Worth Living.”

Professor John Stuhr’s essay, “Redeeming the Wild Universe:  William James’s Will to Believe,” is now in print, a chapter in Understanding James, Understanding Modernism (ed. David Evans; New York and London:  Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017):

In February, Professor John Stuhr gave talks on forgiveness, on pragmatism and ethics, and on graduate education in philosophy at the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and Rollins College.

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the APA Eastern Division in Baltimore (January 4-7), George Yancy received one of the 2016 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Prizes, and Marta Jimenez presented a paper entitled 'Aristotle's Two Justices and Nussbaum's "Distributive Conception'"' at the panel on "Women Do History of Philosophy - Recent Scholarship."

Cynthia Willett co-authored with Hasana Sharp “Ethical Life After Humanism: Toward an Alliance between an Ethics of Eros and the Politics of Renaturalization” in Feminist Philosophies of Life just published.

The winter 2016 Journal of Speculative Philosophy contains articles by two members of Emory’s philosophy department:  Mukasa Mubirmusoke’s “Rapping Honestly:  NaS, Nietzsche, and the Moral Prejudices of Truth” and Professor John Stuhr’s “The Unexamined Life and Surface Pleasures.”

Cynthia Willett presented on comic catharsis at the American Aesthetics Society meeting in Seattle in November.  Also in November, the APA awarded funding to a proposed conference featuring her keynote on the topic of stand-up comedy, Ethics and Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy Conference.

In October, Professor Marta Jimenez gave a talk on "Aristotle's Two Justices and the Proper Lover of Self" in the Union College's philosophy speaker series. More info here.

Professors Cynthia Willett and Susan Bredlau gave talks the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy in Halifax, Nova Scotia in October.  Professor Bredlau spoke on the phenomenology of eros and Professor Willet gave a keynote on the politics of music.

Joel Michael Reynolds recently published two articles, “Infinite Responsibility in the Bedpan: Response Ethics, Care Ethics, and the Phenomenology of Dependency Work” in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 31 (4) and “Toward a Critical Theory of Harm: Ableism, Normativity, and Transability (BIID)” in the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine 16 (1).

At the recent 2016 meeting of SPEP, Emory’s Department of Philosophy was well-represented. The following graduate students presented papers: Benjamin Brewer (“The Truth of the Treatise: Walter Benjamin’s Theological Epistemology”), Christopher D. Merwin (“Thinking the Unthinkable: Deleuze, Nonrepresentation, and the Plane of Immanence”), Mukasa Mubirumusoke (“Heidegger’s Ontological Critique of Schmitt’s Concept of the Political”), and Joel Michael Reynolds (“Ableist Saturation: The Case of Anna Stubblefield and the Intelligibility of Radical Disability”). Prof. Cynthia Willett was a speaker for a panel entitled, “Contributions to Continental Philosophy: Kelly Oliver.” Prof. Andrew Mitchell was a respondent on a panel dedicated to his most recent book: The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger. Prof. Emeritus Rudolf Makkreel was also a respondent for his latest book: Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics. Professors Susan Bredlau, Tom Flynn, and Michael Sullivan each moderated sessions.

Professor Noëlle McAfee recently gave two talks in Europe: on October 11 she gave a lecture on “Humanity and the Refugee: Another Stab at Universal Human Rights” to the philosophy and social sciences colloquium of the University of Crete, Greece, and on October 15 she gave a talk, “’Let’s Make Donald Drumpf Again’: Drumpf’s Adolescent Syndrome of Ideality and his many Paranoid-Schizoid Positions,” at the Kristeva Circle meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum delivered a plenary lecture to the Xth International Leibniz Congress July 18-24, 2016, in Hannover, organized by the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz-Stiftungsprofessor, in cooperation with national Leibniz Societies of China, France, Israel,  Italy, Japan, Romania, Spanien, the US, and with the Ibero-American network and the Francophone Association of Leibniz research.

Cynthia Willett will be presenting “The Musicology of Urban Ethics” at the Music and Social Justice Workshop in Sidney in August 2016. She will also be delivering a presentation on interspecies ethics at the Institute for Social Justice in Australia.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum gave a lecture on "The young Leibniz and his turn to the Modern Mathematical Sciences” at the conference Leibniz in Mainz, June 2-3, 2016, organized by the Leibniz institute for European History at Mainz.

Professor John Stuhr delivered "The Changing Rhetoric of Forgiveness" at the biennial conference of the Rhetoric Society of America in Atlanta, May 26-29.

Cynthia Willett’s “La sintonía afectiva en la relación cuidador-infante y entre especies. Ampliando el alcance ético de eros” has recently appeared in Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales. See link.

Prof. Noëlle McAfee will present a keynote address at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Social Philosophy this July at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, on “Humanity and the Refugee: Another Stab at Universal Human Rights.”

Joel Michael Reynolds recently published an article, “The Ableism of Quality of Life Judgments in Disorders of Consciousness: Who Bears Epistemic Responsibility?” in the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, Vol. 7, Issue 1. Also, this spring he presented papers on topics in continental philosophy and philosophy of disability at the Eastern APA, Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, Florida Atlantic University, and at Emory’s interdisciplinary Critical Junctures conference.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum will give a lecture at the conference Das Naturrechtsdenken von Leibniz – Säkularisierung der Moralphilosophie im historischen Kontext, May 11-13, 2016.

Susan Bredlau recently published an article, “Husserl’s ‘Pairing’ Relation and the Role of Others in Infant Perception” in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3-4.

Several Emory philosophers delivered papers at the recent American Philosophies Forum 2016 annual conference:  Professors John Lysaker (“Assemblages:  Eno’s Generative Music”), John Stuhr (“The American Dream:  Reassembling Equality, Opportunity, and Education”), and Michael Sullivan (The New Jurisprudence:  Supreme Court Decisions that Don’t Speak Like One”) and Visiting Assistant Professors Alex Robins (“Contested Assemblages in Art Theory and Philosophy”) and Jessica Wahman (“The Idea(s) of America”).

The 2016 Annual Conference of the Metaphysical Society of America on“Thinking With the Pre-Socratics:  History, Myth, Metaphysics (March 17-20, Annapolis, MD) included 4 presentations by Emory philosophers:  Professor John Stuhr (“The Permanence of Change:  Empedocles, Dewey, and Two Kinds of Metaphysics of Force”), Visiting Assistant Professor  Jessica Wahman (“Materialism in Limbo: Democritus, Santayana and the Ethics of Metaphysics”) and Graduate Students Andrew Culbreth (“Time, Unity of Being, and the Cycle of Opposites in Parmenides & Heraclitus”) and Margaret Matthews (“The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Presocratics for Life”).

Prof. Dilek Huseyinzadegan will host the Third Biennial Meeting of North American Kant Society at Emory University, from May 27-29, 2016. For more information and the program, click here:

New books by Professor John Stuhr (“Pragmatic Fashions:  Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd”) and Professor Emeritus Rudi Makkreel ("Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics") were featured in the February 10 editor of The Emory Wheel, along with a story on Professor George Yancy’s recent work on racism and American society.

At the 2016 Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, several members of Emory’s philosophy department presented papers:  Professor Michael Sullivan spoke on “Legal Pragmatism, Rights, and Democratic Community;” Rebekah Spera and Jessica Locke (along with recent Emory Ph.D. David Pena-Guzman) presented papers at a session on “The Turbulent Ethics of Water;” and, Joel Reynolds delivered “The Charmed Pendulum of Ability:  Ethical Theory at the Intersection of Ableism and Affect” (at a session with a paper by another recent Emory Ph.D., Lauren Guilmette).  Professor Ursula Goldenbaum and Dustin Peone both chaired sessions.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum will give an opening keynote at the International Leibniz Conference “Theatrum naturae et artium. Leibniz und die Schauplätze der Aufklärung”, held by the University of Leipzig, the Max-Planck-Institute of Mathematics in Natural Sciences, and The Society of the 18th Century in Leipzig, from September 28 – October 1, 2016.

Christopher Kluz (PhD from  Emory) and Ursula Goldenbaum edited Doing Without Free Will: Spinoza and Contemporary Moral Problems (Lexington Books 2015), including papers of Julia Haas (PhD from Emory), Matt Homan (PhD from Emory), and J. Thomas Cook (Rollins College).

John J. Stuhr recently published Pragmatic Fashions:  Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd (Indiana University Press, 2015/2016).  The book’s chapters, paintings, photographs, and poetry set forth an original expressivist account of philosophy and address broadly pragmatic themes of pluralism and difference, experimentalism and fallibilism, radical democracy and alternatives to war, and this-worldly meaning and love. More info at Indiana University Press and Amazon.

Prof. Cynthia Willett co-authored “Beastly Morality” with Lori Marino, Ani Satz and Jonathan Crane in Crane’s edited volume of the same title with Columbia University Press (November, 2015).  For review in Psychology Today see here.

The Philosophy department hosted the 54th annual Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) conference at the Marriott Buckhead Conference Center October 8-10, 2015. This was the first time that Emory hosted this conference.

Andrew J. Mitchell recently published The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger (Northwestern, 2015), a comprehensive presentation of Heidegger's later thinking organized around the notion of "things."

Andrew J. Mitchell co-edited with Peter Trawny the volume Heidegger, die Juden, noch einmal (Klostermann, 2015; text in German and French), a collection of essays devoted to exploring themes in Heidegger's Black Notebooks.

Joel Michael Reynolds has been named a 2015-16 Emory ORDER Teacher-Scholar Fellow. Through this fellowship, he will be teaching about his research on ethics, phenomenology, and disability in co-taught, interdisciplinary seminars for freshman and seniors. Joel has recently presented papers at the Heidegger Circle, Hypatia, PhiloSOPHIA, the Society for Disability Studies, and at an international forum on “Translating Pain” at Monash University. In the spring, he was selected as a participant for the NEH Accessible Futures Workshop and as a delegate for BEINGS 2015: A Global Summit on Biotechnology and the Ethical Imagination.

Check out the new version of the encyclopedia article "Feminist Perspectives on the Self" that Cynthia Willett and Ellie Anderson wrote for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Prof. Rudolf Makkreel has just published a book entitled Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics with the University of Chicago Press. He presented a paper on some aspects of this book at the last annual meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics as well as at a Kaplan Institute seminar in the Philosophy Department of Northwestern University. Makkreel is currently a Heilbrun Fellow and working on a new book that explores how Kant’s epistemology can integrate the informal ways we assimilate information with the formal ways we acquire cognition.

Jordan Stewart-Rozema will present her paper "Curiosity's Potential in Education for Social Justice: Freire, Dewey, and Flexible Epistemology" at the 2015 International Social Philosophy Conference sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy.

Prof. Cynthia Willett has given invited talks on Interspecies Ethics at the Georgia Philosophical Society (keynote), Georgia College and University, University of West Georgia and Public Library; at the Author meets Critics Panel on Interspecies Ethics at SAAP, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, March, 2015;  she delivered the Issa Lecture on Environmental Ethics, at Case Western Reserve University at  Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities 2015 where she is a resident scholar. She gives a talk at Stony Brook in April.

“Radical Pragmatism” (in The Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism), an essay by Professor Michael Sullivan and his co-author, Dan Solove, was identified by Jotwell as one of the best works of recent scholarship on constitutional law.  For a full review, see:

Check out a review of Prof. Thomas Flynn's new Sartre bio in The Economist.

Prof. John Stuhr was a participant in the February 2015 interdisciplinary meeting on “The Humanities and the Science of Well Being:  Toward a Strategic Collaboration for Understanding, Measuring, and Cultivating Human Flourishing,” funded by the Templeton Religious Trust and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

Essays by Prof. John Lysaker—“Writing as Praxis”(vol 28, #4, 2014)—and by Prof. John Stuhr—“Genres, Hybrids, Crossings” (vol 29, #1, 2015)—have been published in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy’s two issue Symposium on “Crossings, Hybrids, Genres.”

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Joel Michael Reynolds has accepted a position as the inaugural Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center.

Smaranda Aldea has accepted a tenure track posiiton at Kent State University.

David Pena-Guzman has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University.

Joel Michael Reynolds successfully defended his dissertation, “The Life Worth Living: Ethics and the Experiences of Disability.” His committee consisted of Professors John Lysaker (chair), Cynthia Willett, Andrew J. Mitchell, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (English), and Eva Kittay (Stony Brook University).

Joel Michael Reynolds won the 2016 M.C. Dillon Memorial Award at the International Merleau-Ponty Circle for his paper, “On Being Outside The (Normate) Body: Merleau-Ponty’s Aveugle and Crip Phenomenology.” It will be published in Chiasmi International, Vol. 19. Joel also won the 2016 Graduate Student Paper Award for Best Submission at the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities for his paper, “The Ableist Conflation: Empirical Folly, Inductive Risk, and Disability Bioethics.” A version of that paper was recently published in a special issue on Medical Humanities and Health Communication Studies in the Review of Communication, available here

Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan was awarded a "Friend in Faculty" award by the Division of Campus Life for her service as a Faculty-in-Residence at Clairmont campus.

Professor Ursula Goldenbaum has been promoted to Full Professor.

Cynthia Willett was appointed Samuel Candler Dobbs Chair of Philosophy.

Christopher Kluz accepted a position as Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.

Lucas Scripter has accepted a position as Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.

Ellen Anderson successfully defended her dissertation titled "Alter Ego: Toward a Response Ethics of Self-Relation."

Jessica Locke successfully defended her dissertation titled "The Worlds We Shape through Habit: On Ethical Self-Cultivation in Merleau-Ponty, Aristotle, and the Tibetan Buddhist Lojong Tradition."

Osman Nemli successfully defended his dissertation titled "Enduring Crisis and Critique: Adorno's Negative Dialectics and Sites for a Critique of Political Economy."

Lauren Caryer successfully defended her dissertation titled "Floraphilia: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and the Philosophical Significance of Plant Life."

Jennifer Lobo Meeks successfully defended her dissertation titled "Speaking Wisdom Otherwise:  The Role of Allegory in Early Greek Thought."

Dustin Peone successfully defended his dissertation titled "Memory as Philosophy: Hegel, Montaigne, and the Philosophical Tradition of Recollection."

Congratulations to Harrison Farina, Alexa Cucopulos, Gino Elia, and Joseph Gerth all received Highest Honors for their honors theses.

Joel Michael Reynolds received the Mellon Teaching Fellowship to teach at Dillard University next year.

Congratulations to the following philosophy faculty who will be pursuing full-time research projects in 2016-17:  Nick Fotion (via an Emory College research grant for the 2016-17 academic year); Marta Jimenez (via an Emory College pre-tenure research semester for fall 2016); Dilek Husyinzadegan (via an Emory University URC award for fall 2016); Noelle McAfee (via a Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellowship and sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year); Andrew Mitchell (via an ACLS collaborative fellowship for the 2017-17 academic year); and John Stuhr (via appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University and sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year).

Jessica Locke has accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Karen McCarthy won the 2016 Karl Jaspers Award from The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry for her submission “Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the Feeling of Being One’s Self.” She shares the honor with Sam Fellowes of the University of Lancaster, UK.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum will receive this year’s Moses-Mendelssohn-Prize from the City of Dessau and the Moses-Mendelssohn-Foundation there (where Mendelssohn was born), in recognition of her scholarly work about the Jewish philosopher. 

Sarah Meier has accepted a position as assistant professor at Xavier University of Louisiana.

David Pena-Guzman has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC) housed at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

Craig Henchey received the Mellon Teaching Fellowship to teach at Agnes Scott next year.

Visiting Assistant Professor Jacob Rump has accepted a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University, beginning fall 2015.  He will teach a writing-intensive interdisciplinary course on "Modernity and its Discontents" while continuing his research in philosophy.

David Pena-Guzman successfully defended his dissertation, “The Rational Turn in Continental Philosophy – Bachelard, Canguilhem and Foucault." His committee consisted of Professors Cynthia Willett (chair), Michael Sullivan, Mary Beth Mader, Lynne Huffer, and Thomas Flynn. Dr. Pena-Guzman also accepted a post doc in ethics and evolution at Laurentian University.

Alex Robins successfully defended his dissertation, “Aesthetic Experience and Art Appreciation:  A Pragmatic Account.”  His committee consisted of Professors John Stuhr (chair), John Lysaker, Andrew Mitchell, Dilek Huseyinzadegan, and Kevin Karnes (music).  Congratulations Dr. Robins (who completed all Ph.D. Requirements in less than five years)!  

Lynette Dixon received a Mellon Mays fellowship to work on a hip hop project with Professor Cynthia Willett.

Congratulations to Martin Sigalow for earning High Honors after successfully defending his honors thesis, “Legal Positivism in the case of Florida v Jardines.”  His thesis committee consisted of Professors John Stuhr (chair), John Lysaker, and Thomas Walker (political science).  

African Studies major Jovonna Jones has been selected as the 2015 McMullan winner.  Jovonna Jones has completed an honors thesis   "Seeing Between the Lines:  Frederick Douglass, Carrie Mae Weems, and the Photographic Folds of Black Subjectivity” with Professor Cynthia Willett.  The thesis earned highest honors. She begins the MFA program in photography this fall at Georgia State.

Jordan Stewart-Rozema recently presented a paper on fan-fiction and Walter Benjamin for a Philosophy and Popular Culture panel at the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference, for which she won an award for best graduate student paper.

Timothy Harfield accepted a position at Georgia State University as Project Director in the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success.

Professor Ursula Goldenbaum has been elected president of the North American Leibniz Society, beginning December 1st, 2014.

Lucas Scripter accepted a two-year contract as a Lecturer in Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University’s College of International Education.

Julia Haas accepted a two-year McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University St. Louis, to start in Fall 2014. She was also invited to give a talk on "Recruiting Computational Neuroscience to Explain Weakness of Will" at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London in January of 2014.

Dustin Peone successfully defended his dissertation prospectus, "Memory as Philosophy: Hegel, Montaigne and the Philosophical Tradition of Recollection" on April 23. Committee members were Donald Verene (director), Ann Hartle, and Susan Bredlau.

Joel Michael Reynolds successfully defended his dissertation prospectus, "Ethics of Bodies: Pain, Disability, and the Claims of Corporeal Variability" on April 22 (John Lysaker, chair; Cynthia Willett and Andrew Mitchell, committee members).

Kate Schweitzer successfully defended her dissertation, "Principled Compromise in Theorizing about Justice," on May 15. Professor Michael Sullivan directed the dissertation; the committee members were John Stuhr and Cindy Willett. Readers were John Lysaker and Melvin Rogers. Congratulations on completing all the requirements for the Ph.D., Dr. Schweitzer!


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The Emory University Department of Philosophy is very pleased to announce the appointment of George Yancy as Professor of Philosophy beginning the 2015/16 academic year.  Currently Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University, Professor Yancy’s work in the critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, philosophy of the Black experience, and African-American thought is internationally known. 

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