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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.  The recipient of many scholarly awards and the author or scores of articles and book chapters, his many books include:  “Black Bodies, White Gazes” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), “Look, a White:  Philosophical Essays on Whiteness (Temple U P, 2012), and “White Self-Criticality beyond Anti-racism,” ed. (Lexington Books, 2015).  In addition, his recent series of interviews on race, white privilege, liberalism and racism in the New York Times “The Stone” is well-known.  Professor Yancy received his B. A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in philosophy from Yale University, an M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University, and his Ph.D. from Duquesne University in 2005.  Professor Yancy notes:  "I am honored and thrilled to join the thriving community of philosophers at Emory University. I am particularly excited by the pluralist philosophical practices and values of the department. Given the stature and productivity of the philosophers at Emory, I am eager to join a philosophical community that shares so many of my philosophical sentiments.”   

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.”

Prof. Cynthia Willett was celebrated with a panel on her scholarship at SPEP in October in New Orleans.  Also in October, at International Association for Environmental Philosophy, she delivered “The Africana Origins of Interspecies Ethics.”  She presented the keynote, “Urban Art as Urban Uprising: From Ferguson to Mexico City,” in Mexico City in December at the Philosophy of the City Conference.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum lectured on Leibniz’s Strategy to avoid Necessitarianism while keeping the Geometrical Method at the Philosophy Department at the University of Konstanz, Germany, on November 13, 2014.

Emory Philosophy alum Firmin DeBrabander's new book Do Guns Make Us Free: Democracy and the Armed Society is now available to pre-order from Yale Books.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum delivered a Keynote at the Leibniz Conference of the NorthAmerican Leibniz Society at the University of South Florida, Tampa, held from October 31 to November 2, 2014, on "Leibniz and Joachim Hermann ".

Prof. Andrew J. Mitchell organized the conference Heidegger's Black Notebooks: Philosophy, Politics, Anti-Semitism at the Emory Conference Center September 5–6, 2014, with speakers Peter Trawny, Bettina Bergo, Robert Bernasconi, Martin Gessmann, Sander Gilman, Peter E. Gordon, Michael Marder, Eduardo Mendieta, Richard Polt, and Tom Rockmore. You can listen to this provocative event, the first conference of its kind in the US, on iTunes.

Prof. Goldenbaum delivered a lecture at the conference on early modern philosophy in honor of Daniel Garber, on September 19-20, 2014 at Princeton University. The subject is Leibniz on tolerance and truth.

Visiting Assistant Professor Mark Fagiano signed a book contract with Indiana University Press. The work, Pragmatism About Race, traces the rise and fall of race science traditions for the purposes of addressing both the ambiguity of contemporary race discourses as well the persistence of social racisms. ​

Professor Cynthia Willett’s latest book Interspecies Ethics is now available here.

Emory University will host the 9th annual meeting of the feminist philosophy society philoSOPHIA May 14-16, 2015. For more information and the call for proposals (due 12/1/14) go here:

Graduate student Christopher Merwin has just signed a contract with Indiana University Press to translate (from the German) professor Günter Figal’s forthcoming book Inconspicuousness. Chris has spent a busy and productive summer presenting papers at the University of Freiburg, the Nordic Society for Phenomenology, the Nordic Wittgenstein Society, and as a speaker at a workshop on Heidegger at the University of Sussex. He is currently assisting in editing and has translated a contribution (from the original French) for the forthcoming volume Later Paths in Heidegger’s Thought (Indiana University Press, forthcoming), and is organizing a volume tentatively entitled Thinking Through Technology: Essays on the Later Works of Martin Heidegger to be ready for publication in 2015.

John Stuhr's essay, "Peirce, Pragmatism, and Purposive Action" has been published in Charles Sanders Peirce In His Own Words:  100 Years of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition, eds. Thellefsen and Sorensen (De Gruytner, 2014), an international collection that explores and develops the impact of Peirce's philosophy a century after his death in 1914.

Professor Thomas Flynn's new book, Sartre: A Philosophical Biography, is now available for pre-order here.

Graduate student Joel Michael Reynolds has been chosen as the 2014-15 Laney Graduate School Disability Studies Fellow, a fellowship which comes with the role of Program Coordinator for the Emory Disability Studies Initiative. Joel has had a busy spring and summer, presenting papers at conferences including the Society for Disability Studies, the South Carolina Society for Philosophy, Derrida Today, and the Summer Institute in American Philosophy.

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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!


Mark Your Calendars

June 14 - 26, 2015

IHP Summer Seminar: Aristotle on the Emotions
The Emory University Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP) will host its seventh annual summer workshop.
Organizers: Marta Jimenez and Christof Rapp (Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich)
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