Department News & Congratulations

  • Rebekah Spera successfully defended her dissertation, titled “The Speculative Philosophy of History and Normativity: Habermas' Middle Period,” on July 17th, 2020. Dr. John Lysaker directed the dissertation. Committee members were Professors Noëlle McAfee and Michael Sullivan. Professors Rocío Zambrana and Eduardo Mendieta were readers.

  • Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan's article on Kant's political philosophy was highlighted in a virtual special issue of Kantian Review, entitled, Kantian Thinking in a Time of Crisis. Huseyinzadegan's article is among the six previously published pieces that the Editors curated to demonstrate the continued relevance of Kantian thinking for our times. Read her essay and re-framing as well as the Editors' Introduction for free, here.

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Fall 2020

Please Welcome Our New Faculty Member, Axelle Karera

Axelle Karera received her PhD in philosophy from Penn State University. Prior to joining Emory University, she was assistant professor of philosophy and African American studies at Wesleyan University. Karera works and teaches at the intersection of 20th century continental philosophy, the critical philosophy of race (particularly Black critical theory), contemporary critical theory, and the environmental humanities. In addition to a project on Blackness and ontology, as well as a forthcoming paper on Blackness and hospitality for the journal Diacritics, she is currently completing her first monograph titled The Climate of Race: Blackness and the Pitfalls of Anthropocene Ethics. In the book, Karera turns to the question of relationality in new materialist ontology and speculative realism's purported return to metaphysics. More importantly, the book's investigations attempt to discern the ethical core of critical thought in the age of the Anthropocene, with the aim to attend to its powerful - and perhaps even necessary - disavowals on matters pertaining to racial ecocide.