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Congratulations to these students who received Honors this year: Ashley Bruder, Sara DeLacey, Dessy-Liza Epie, Hannah Risman, Caroline Silva, Charita Sodagum, Noah Taylor, Lucas Wright, and Amelia Zhou.
Prof. Jessica Wahman recently presented her paper on Theravada Buddhism and western conceptions of free will at the annual meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America (of which she is also Treasurer), held at Marquette University.
PPL major Caleb Sanders has been accepted to the Halle Institute's Undergraduate Global Research Fellowship. He will be traveling to London this summer to transcribe Jeremy Bentham's manuscripts at UCL as a part of research for his honors thesis.
Benjamin Brewer has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, Memory Remains:
Technology, Poetry, and the Non-Closure of the Past in Heidegger and Benjamin (committee: Professors Andrew Mitchell, chair; Axelle Karera, John Lysaker; Elissa Marder, and Kristina Mendicino (Brown University, Department of German Studies).
Sarah Warren has successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation, Reflective Todays for Ecological Tomorrows: Philosophies of Nature and Deweyan Metaphysics (committee: Professors John Stuhr, chair; John Lysaker; Cynthia Willett; and Karen Stolley [Spanish and Portuguese]).
"Scientific Knowledge is Metaphorical,” a podcast with Professor Jessica Wahman about creativity and experimentalism in science, particularly neuroscience, is now online here - as the first episode of the second season of the “Damn the Absolute” series at Erraticus.
Rachel Bath’s article, “Edith Stein’s Contribution to Critical Phenomenology: On Self-Formation and Value-Modification” has been published in Puncta 4, No. 2 (2021), pp. 24-42. See it here.
Professor John Stuhr’s essay, “Radical Empiricism: William James and Gilles Deleuze” has been published in Contemporary Pragmatism 18 (2021) pp. 370-392. See it here.
Bernardo Andrade was awarded the Peirce Essay Prize for his paper, “Peirce's Imaginative Community: On the Esthetic Grounds of Inquiry.” The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the 2022 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting in Baltimore and publication of the essay in the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.
Professor Marta Jimenez's new book, Aristotle on Shame and Learning to Be Good, has been published by Oxford University Press.
Congratulations to alum Matthew Homan, who has published his first book, Spinoza's Epistemology through a Geometric Lens (Palgrave Macmillan).
"Can Pragmatism Help Us Live Well?,” a podcast with Professor John Stuhr about fallibilism, experimentalism, relativism, pluralism, and flourishing lives is now online here - as the final episode of the first season of the “Damn the Absolute” series at Erraticus.
Dilek Huseyinzadegan co-wrote (with Jordan Pascoe) a blog post on the uneasy relationship between Kantian philosophy and feminism for the APA Women in Philosophy Blog, entitled, "Dismantling Kantian Frames: Notes toward a Feminist Politics of Location and Accountability." Read it here.
Three Emory philosophers presented papers at the 2021 annual meeting of The Metaphysical Society of America:
Jason E. Cabitac (“Hamann and the Subversion of Reason: Nature as the Matrix of Revelation and Response”);
John Stuhr (“Being, Experience, and Language: Plastic Naturalism and Some Meanings of the Word ‘Nature’”); and
Jessica Wahman ( “Are Metaphysics and Naturalism Contradictory?”).
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on "Continental Feminism" was updated by a collective of authors, including "Introduction" by Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan. The authors envision this as an evolving entry on feminist thought. Link here.
Senior philosophy major Devon Bombassei has published an essay, “How to Look at Facebook,” in Philosophy Now, February/March 2021. Read it here.
John Stuhr delivered “Radical Empiricism: William James and Gilles Deleuze,” his initial presentation in the Università degli Studi di Milano seminar on “Philosophy as a Method of Thinking Practices: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Post-Structuralism in the Light of Pragmatism.” The spring 2021 course includes more than 70 faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and Ph.D. students from over 30 countries.
NEW FACULTY AND STAFF FOR FALL 2020
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.Sara Howard joins the Department of Philosophy with over fifteen years of experience in higher education. She previously served as the Academic Advisor and Program Specialist for the Department of Art at Florida State University and as the Program Manager for the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. With two degrees in the humanities, focusing on art history and film theory, she retains an interest in transdisciplinary critical and cultural studies. Outside the walls of academia, Sara also works as a House Manager at the improvisation theater Dad's Garage.
Ellie Anderson's post on consent and sexual ethics in the #womeninphilosophy series made it into the top ten posts on the APA blog here.
Read a review of Emory Philosophy graduate Firmin DeBrabander's new book Life After Privacy: Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society here.
A new podcast by two Emory Philosophy graduates has launched. Overthink offers fresh takes on philosophical themes in relation to culture and everyday life. Co-hosted by Philosophy professors Ellie Anderson (Ph.D., 2016) and David Peña-Guzmán (Ph.D., 2015), each episode is a conversation based around a particular topic, such as anxiety, nostalgia, or the politics of anti-mask movements. Expect references to your favorite philosophers in discussions on cottagecore, "The Good Place," and millennials' obsession with plants. Listen here.
Read Sarah Warren's "Do Borgesians Dream of Transcendent Totality?", a review of Tar for Mortar: “The Library of Babel” and the Dream of Totality, here.
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.
Jayla Stevenson was elected to the APA's Graduate Student Council. Here are the results of the election.
Tamsin Kimoto defended their dissertation, titled "Trans Feminism and the Queer Use of Philosophy." Drs. Dilek Huseyinzadegan and Cynthia Willett co-directed it, and Drs. Rocío Zambrana, Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson (Syracuse), and Talia Mae Bettcher (CSULA) were committee members. They have accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Goucher College.
Lucilla Pan defended her dissertation entitled, "The Concept of Freedom in Kierkegaard’s Early Authorship" with committee members Dr. Thomas Flynn (advisor), Dr. Dilek Huseyinzadegan, and Dr. David Pacini and readers Dr. John Lysaker and Dr. Jeremy Bell. She accepted an assistant professor position at Manhattanville College starting Fall 2020.
Benjamin Davis defended his dissertation entitled 'Re-describing an Ethics of Responsibility with Édouard Glissant'. Drs. Cynthia Willett and Dilek Huseyinzadegan co-directed the dissertation, Dr. Valérie Loichot (French) was a committee member, and the external reader was Dr. John Drabinski (Amherst College). Davis accepted a position as the Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics at the University of Toronto's Centre for Ethics.
Professor George Yancy talks about the antiblack racism, its history and legacy, to the Turkish media in this English-language interview, contextualizing the current moment in the U.S. and beyond. View the clip here.
Professors Cynthia Willett and George Yancy received a shout out in The New York Times. Read the piece here.
Emory Philosophy Graduate Firmin DeBrabander has written a piece for The Atlantic titled "The Great Irony of America's Armed Anti-Lockdown Protestors."
Professor John Stuhr’s “Weatherlessness: Affect, Mood, Temperament, the Death of the Will, and Politics” has just been published in the 2020 volume (devoted to the topic of Affect) of disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory.
Benjamin P. Davis's essay, "Theses for Theory in a Time of Crisis," appeared in Public Seminar.
Joel Michael Reynolds, who defended in 2016, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies at Georgetown University and as a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, starting in August 2020. He was previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 2017-20 Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. Dr. Reynolds is the founder and, along with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, the editor of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability, co-director of a 2-year NEH Public Humanities grant project, The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, and chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion. He is the author or co-author of twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, author of a forthcoming book with The University of Minnesota Press (Ethics After Ableism: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality), co-editor with Christine Wieseler of a forthcoming edited volume with Routledge (The Disability Bioethics Reader), and lead editor with Erik Parens of a special issue of The Hastings Center Report (For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge). Dr. Reynolds will be giving the Edwards Lecture at Emory University this fall.
Professor Jessica Wahman’s essay, “The Insinuated Self: Kremplewska’s Interpretation of Santayana,” has been published in Limbo: Boletín de estudios sobre Santayana (Núm. 39, 2019).
Professor Cynthia Willett's new book Uproarious: How Feminists and Other Subversive Comics Speak Truth is digitally accessible for free here. She has also spoken recently about the book in several interviews, like this Q&A with the co-author for Authors Alliance, and this feature on Rising Up with Sonali.
The department is sad to announce the passing of Nick Fotion, Professor Emeritus. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1957, following undergraduate and masters work in psychology. Professor Fotion was a specialist in ethics, including military ethics, and was the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books and numerous articles. Professor Fotion came to Emory in 1970, retiring in 2017. His teaching and writing touched the lives of many students and colleagues, both at Emory and abroad, where he and his work were widely known and discussed, particularly in Korea, which he twice visited as a Fulbright Lecturer. In his passing, we remember and celebrate a teacher and scholar who gave Emory 47 years of his life. Goodbye Nick.
For the spring of 2020, Professor George Yancy is the University of Pennsylvania's Inaugural Fellow in the Provost's Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Program.
Professor Noëlle McAfee's latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, has won the American Psychoanalytic Association's Courage to Dream book award. It will be the subject of a book session at the 2020 Eastern Division meeting and another session in February at the meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Benjamin Davis had an article, "The Politics of Édouard Glissant's Right to Opacity," published in The CLR James Journal. A link is here.
Emory Philosophy Department members were almost omnipresent at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Eleven philosophy department faculty and current graduate students presented papers: John Stuhr, Kit Slover, Falguni Sheth, Miguel Gualdrón Ramírez, Andrew Mitchell, Christopher Merwin, Noëlle McAfee, Lynne Huffer, Catherine Fullarton, Jordan Daniels, and Benjamin Davis. In addition, Cynthia Willett served as a session commentator, and John Lysaker, Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Susan Bredlau served as session chairs. Erin Tarver spoke at a special book session on her The I in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity. Finally, nine recent Emory philosophy Ph.D.s were also on the SPEP program as speakers or commentators.
Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan was interviewed by Sarah Tyson about her new book, Kant's Nonideal Theory of Politics (Northwestern University Press, 2019) on New Books in Philosophy Podcast. Listen here.
Cynthia Willett's Interspecies Ethics (CUP 2014) was translated into Spanish as Etica Interespecies, ed. Alexandra Navarro (Buenos Aires, 2019), and can be downloaded here.
Rocío Zambrana joined our faculty, she began teaching in the fall of 2019.
A Department First: Essays by two Emory philosophy department faculty members are included in The Oxford Handbook of Dewey; Noelle McAfee's "Dewey and Public Philosophy" and John Stuhr's "Dewey's Pragmatic Politics: Power, Limits, and Realism About Democracy as a Way of Life." See more here.
Recent graduate Dominic Shoucair published an article titled "Blaming the Poor and Uneducated: A Terribly Rigid Habit" in the Journal of Phi Sigma Tau.
Dilek Huseyinzadegan was interviewed on Political Theory Review podcast (by Jeffrey Church) about her new book, Kant's Nonideal Theory of Politics (Northwestern University Press, 2019). More information on her book can be found here.
Taina Figueroa gave an invited lecture as part of Texas A&M's Latinx Lecture Series called "Huracán María and Coatlicue: Possibilities for a New Boricua Consciousness" on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Cynthia Willett was awarded a Digital Publishing in the Humanities/TOMO subsidy for the publication of her forthcoming book, Uproarious: How Feminist Comics and Other Subversives Speak Truth. She also published "Sociality" with animal psychologist Malini Suchak in Critical Terms in Animal Studies, edited by Lori Gruen for University of Chicago Press, and reviewed in Psychology Today.
John Lysaker's new book Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought is the subject of an interview for Rain Taxi. Read it here.
Ben Davis published "Globalization/Coloniality: A Decolonial Definition and Diagnosis" in Transmodernity. The article can be accessed here.
Cynthia Willett was awarded a Digital Publishing in the Humanities/TOMO subsidy of $15,000 for the publication of her forthcoming book, Uproarious: How Feminist Comics and Other Subversives Speak Truth.
Professors Michael Sullivan and Jessica Wahman gave responses to colloquium papers at a session on the philosophy of mind at the 2019 Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Sullivan commented on “The Nature of Implicit Bias: Advancing the Debate,” while Wahman commented on “Monothematic Delusion: A Two-Factor Expressivist Account.”
Professor John Lysaker's new book, Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports has been published by Oxford University Press. He discusses it here.
Professor Susan Bredlau has just released a new book called The Other In Perception: A Phenomenological Account of Our Experience of Other Persons. Details can be found here.
Professor Ursula Goldenbaum gave the following lecture at the Leibniz Conference in Montréal October 12-14, 2018: How Modern is Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law?
Ben Davis has been awarded the 2018 Young Scholar Award for his essay, “Pragmatic Interruption: Habits, Environments, Ethics.” The award, given by the William James Society, includes an invitation and financial support to present the essay at the 2019 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division meeting in New York City and publication of the essay in William James Studies.
Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan talks about her P.E.A.C.E. (Political, Ethical, Academic Community Experience) Living Learning Community that revolves around gaining social and political literacy, here.
John Stuhr (“Flourishing: Toward Clearer Ideas and Habits of Genius”) and Jessica Wahman (“Pragmatic Stories of Selves and Their Flourishing”) were two of the dozen scholars who presented papers at the Philosophy + Well-being conference in May at Shawnee-on-the Delaware, PA. This was the first conference of the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation and administered by the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Stuhr is the philosophy chair of this multi-year endeavor.
The Oxford Handbook of Dewey (ed. Steven Fesmire; Oxford University Press, 2018) includes chapters by two Emory philosophers: Noëlle McAfee’s “Dewey and Public Philosophy” and John Stuhr’s “Dewey’s Pragmatic Politics: Power. Limits, and Realism about Democracy as a Way of Life.” For an electronic version of the book click here.
Emory Philosophy faculty John Lysaker (“The Margins of Our Hope”), John Stuhr (“Weatherlessness: The Death of the Will, Manufactured Helplessness, and Politics”), Erin Tarver (“Football Fan Mood and Memory in the Racial Present”), and Jessica Wahman (“The Myth of the Helpless Spectator”) presented papers at the American Philosophies Forum’s 2018 annual conference on Mood, Memory, Hope, and Action in April in New Orleans.
Rachel Bath co-edited Breached Horizons: The Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion, along with Kathryn Lawson (Queen’s University), and Professors Antonio Calcagno and Steve G. Lofts (King’s University College at Western University). This edited volume, which includes scholarly essays on Marion’s philosophy as well as a previously unpublished essay by Jean-Luc Marion, was published with Rowman & Littlefield International in December 2017. See here.
Undergraduate Honors Student Ben Goldfein's research explores the ethics of artificial intelligence. Read the story here.
The 69th annual meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America (March 22-25) featured papers by Professor John Stuhr (The Politics of the Metaphysics of Agency AND the Metaphysics of the Politics of Agency”) and Professor Jessica Wahman (Psyche as Agent: Overcoming the ‘Free/Unfree’ Dichotomy”) and graduate students Andrew Culbreth(“Hope, Intention, and Courageous Agency: Aristotle’s Puzzling Description of Courage and Deliberation in Nicomachean Ethics 3.6-9”) and Tony Leyh(“From Homonoia to Sumphonia: A Shift in the Agential Conditions for Friendship in Plato’s Laws”).
Professor George Yancy and Drucilla Cornell's piece James Bond is a Wimp appeared in the New York Times.
Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan was a judge and also delivered the closing keynote address at the 19th Annual South Appalachian Undergraduate Conference at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. The title of her talk was "Is Kantian Feminism an Oxymoron?"
At the 2018 Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in snowy and icy Savannah, the Emory philosophy department was well-represented on the program. Professors Susan Bredlau, John Stuhr, Cindy Willett, and George Yancy and graduate student Christopher Merwin all were scheduled to deliver papers. Professors Nick Fotion and Noelle McAfee were commentators. And professors Marta Jimenez, Erin Tarver
Professor George Yancy co-authored (with Professor David Kyuman Kim) an open letter to Kim Jong Un. The letter was published in The New York Times.
Former Philosophy Grad Firmin DeBrander penned this essay regarding mass shootings for the Baltimore Sun.
Professor George Yancy gave the Keynote Address at the Royal College of Art in London on November 11, 2017. His interview afterward can be viewed on YouTube.
At the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Katherine Howard ("Arendt and Rancière on the 'Right to Have Rights' as Refugee Politics"), Jorge Lizarzaburu (“Beyond Totalitarian Reason: Adorno, Deleuze, and the Paradoxes of Sense”), Noëlle McAfee (“Trump and the Paranoid-Schizoid Politics of Ideality), John Stuhr (“Ineffability and Limits to Phenomenological Description”), Cynthia Willett (on “Contributions to Continental Philosophy: Moira Gatens"), Elizabeth Goodstein (“Georg Simmel’s Modernist Phenomenology of disciplinarity”), and Lynne Huffer (“Foucault’s Rhythmic Hand”) all presented papers. Tom Flynn, Andrew Mitchell, and Erin Tarver were selected as session moderators. In addition to current department members, many recent Emory alums were also on the program,
Ursula Goldenbaum was invited to lecture at Science is History and History is Science, German-French Conference Leibniz as Historian, at the Sorbonne, Paris, September 7-9, 2017 (in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute and the Maison de Henri Heine in Paris).
Faculty members Jessica Wahman (“Metaphysics in a Human Voice”), John Stuhr ("Signs of Imagination and Vision”), and John Lysaker (“Becoming What You Are Not”) all delivered papers at the “Shared Practices, Singular Voices” symposium at Penn State University September 29-30.
Ursula Goldenbaum gave many lectures over the summer, including:Leibniz on Law and Theology, Conference Leibniz about Theology and Law of the Law School at the University of Zürich, September 14-16, 2017, Zürich, Switzerland.
Thomas Hobbes’ Concept of Equity as Corrective to Justice, Conference on the Concept of Aequitas from Ancient time to Leibniz, July 13-15, 2017, hosted by Hubertus Busche, Dept. of Philosophy, Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany.
The significance of the controversy between the Berlin
Samuel König and his criticism of Maupertuis’ Principle of Least Action, Workshop Teleology within Physics, at the Dept.of Philosophy, Harvard University, April 1, 2017.
Leibniz and the German Enlightenment - Keynote at the International Conference “
Aaron Pratt Shepherd successfully defended his dissertation and has accepted a position as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of
Prof. Cynthia Willett's was interviewed on the ironies of U.S. imperialism under President Drumpf. You can read it here.
Joel Michael Reynolds has accepted a position as the inaugural Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center.
Prof. 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.
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.
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
Professor John Stuhr delivered "The Changing Rhetoric of Forgiveness" at the biennial conference of the Rhetoric Society of America in Atlanta, May 26-29.
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.