• FALL 2022 Office Hours: Mon - Thurs: 8:30 am - 5 pm. Closed Friday.

Department News & Congratulations

  •  The Emory University Symposium for Psychoanalysis and Politics will will take place October 20 - 22. Click here for the complete schedule of speakers and events.

  • Andrea Warmack successfully defended her dissertation, Sister, You’ve Been on My Mind: Perceptual, Affective, and Expressive Practices of Lived Flesh. Committee Members: George Yancy and Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Co-Directors) Valerie Babb (Emory - English), Cindy Willett, Alia Al Saji (McGill University), and Janine Jones (UNC Greensboro).
  • Dr. Dilek Huseyinzadegan gave the closing keynote address of Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy meeting in San Marcos, TX on June 3, 2022. Title of her talk was "Reflections on Charles Mills's Black Radical Kantianism."


William F. Edwards Lecture

What is 'Disability' for?

Joel Reynolds

Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

27 October 2022
4:15 PM Room: TBA


Disability is an everyday concept, and everyone thinks they have a grasp on what it means. But clearly defining "disability" proves exceptionally difficult. Some claim it's impossible, for the concept simply isn't coherent. What if instead of asking how to define the concept of disability, we ask what it is for? I explore a pragmatic theory of disability and argue that such an approach is better suited for the ends of not just disabled people, but everyone from medical professionals to activists to international human rights lawyers. 

2022 Edwards Lecture flyer - "What is Disability for?"


 Welcome Aminah Hasan-Birdwell


The department is delighted to announce the arrival of Dr. Aminah Hasan-Birdwell, whose research reevaluates the history of philosophy, the history of political thought, and notions of race and gender in the early modern period. A significant amount of her present research attends to marginalized figures in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her chief research sheds light on previously unattended-to figures’ responses to the theoretical and ethical discussions on war (domestic and international) and on slavery’s conditions and justification. This enables her to discuss the intersections of slavery, war, race, and gender.

Philosophically, war and slavery are conditions that highlight struggles to define the nature of freedom, human agency, the function of law, and justice. She believes the task is not only to account for the ways philosophers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have justified these conditions of human bondage but also to spotlight discourses that challenged them through metaphysical and moral arguments on human nature.

Currently she is finishing a book project that treats early modern women philosophers’ ethical and political responses to the Thirty Years’ War, the Fronde, and the English Civil War, as well as their challenges to dominant thinkers of the time. Her second project focuses on providing the conceptual grounds for slave narratives to be considered a philosophically significant genre.