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At the 2024 conference of the American Philosophies Forum, three Emory philosophers presented their work:  Prof. John Lysaker ("Friendship as Moral Education"), Prof. John Stuhr ("Public Education without a Public"), and Prof. Jessica Wahman ("Education, Communication, and the Myth of Information Transfer").  In addition, two Emory philosophy Ph.D.s were also on the program:  Dr. Mark Fagiano (Washington State U; "XR, Philosophy and Education"); and Dr. Sarah Warren (U Toronto; "Private Values, Public Wellsprings").

Congratulations to Belén Pueyo-Ibáñez who received a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Justitia Center for Advanced Studies at Goethe Universität, in Frankfurt, Germany. The center is directed by philosopher Rainer Forst and the fellowship will begin this fall.  More information here.

Prof. John Stuhr's essay, "Pluralism, Individualism, Mediation and Their Discontents:  John Lachs's Pragmatism." has been published in The Transactions of the Peirce Society:  A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy.  (See: )


Prof. George Yancy's new book Until Our Lungs Give Out was selected as one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2023.

Prof. John Stuhr presented "Reimagining the Humanities" at the University of Oregon on November 3rd.  

Congratulations to Katherine Davies ('17) for being selected as a National Humanities Center Residential Fellow for the 2023-24 academic year.  Davies will pursue research on her second book, tentatively titled Care as Custody: A Critical Feminist Phenomenology of the U.S. Foster Care System.  Read more here.

Prof. Noëlle McAfee’s major update of the entry on feminist philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has been published here.

For his writing, teaching, editing, and administrative work, Prof. John Stuhr received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Carleton College.

Prof. John Stuhr's essay, "Freedom, Solidarity, and Their Institutions" has been published by The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 37, 1, 2023 (see:

Congratulations to Belén Pueyo-Ibáñez on the completion and successful oral defense of her dissertation, "(Im)possible Communities:  The Cooperative Structure of Moral Thinking."  Her committee consisted of professors John Stuhr (director), Noelle McAfee, John Lysaker, Philippe Rochat (psychology), and Michele Moody-Adams (Columbia University).  

Congratulations to Jayla Stevenson for being inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.  The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Congratulations to Leah Kaplan who is the 2022-23 recipient of the Delores P. Aldridge Graduate Award. This award was established to support graduate students studying and/or conducting research in areas related to African American studies.

Prof. John Stuhr has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Metaphysical Society of America.  He will become President in 2024 and, as one result, the annual MSA conference will be held in Atlanta in March 2025.

Congratulations to the following undergraduates: Joe ChamounAdeline Yang, and Lara Drinan Yeganeh for being awarded the Kuntz Prize, and to Josh Rubin for being awarded the Hartshorne Prize.

Congratulations to Prof. David Marriott whose new book Before Whiteness has been selected by the California Book Awards as a finalist for their poetry prize.  Winners will be announced in May.

Catherine Fullarton was awarded a Visiting Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Phenomenology by the Danish Institute for Advanced Study's (DIAS) Movement, Culture, and Society (MoCS) research unit, at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

Congratulations to Belén Pueyo-Ibáñez who received a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Justitia Center for Advanced Studies at Goethe Universität, in Frankfurt, Germany. The center is directed by philosopher Rainer Forst and the fellowship will begin this fall.  More information here.

Congratulations to Tamsin Kimoto ('20) who just received a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at Washington University.

Congratulations to Andrew Culbreth ('20) who has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Philosophy Department at Boston College.

David Pena Guzman's ('15) article "What If Animals Have Nightmares Too?" has been published by Time Magazine

Prof. Dilek Huseyinzadegan spoke at Agitate! Journal's online workshop on February 9th, about the recent English translation of The Purple Color of Kurdish Politics

special issue of Diacritics on the topic of "Black Resistance" has published an essay by Prof. David Marriott titled, "On Revolutionary Suicide" (2023).

Prof. John Stuhr's most recent book, Philosophy and Human Flourishing (2023), has been published by Oxford Univesity Press in paperback, hardback, and e-book.

Prof. Dilek Huseyinzadegan published a paper in Kantian Review on Charles Mills's Black Radical Kantianism in November 2021. Open Access link here.

Oxford University Press has just released Prof. John Stuhr's latest book, No Professor's Lectures Can Save Us:  William James's Pragmatism, Radical Empiricism, and Pluralism(Oxford and New York:  Oxford University Press). 2023 for paperback, hardback, and e-book.

Prof. John Stuhr presented an address, "Pluralism and Individualism:  Thoughts on Mediation and its Discontents, Comfort and its Inequalities, and Institutions and Their Agents," at the Lachs Conference on American Philosophy at Vanderbilt University on October 14, 2022.

Profs. Axelle Karera and David Marriott were inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College on October 13, 2022.

Prof. Cynthia Willett joined with Tomás Saraceno’s collaborators for a conversation on the installation “Particular Matter(s): Arachnophobia to Arachnophilia” in Manhattan.

Congratulations to the following undergraduates: Hannah RismanNoah Taylor, and Ashley Bruder for being awarded the Kuntz Prize, and to Steve Gaunt for being awarded the Hartshorne Prize.

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).

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. 

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.

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Society, Politics, and Ethics is now available.

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.

Emory Philosophy Department members were almost omnipresent at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential PhilosophyEleven 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.

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).

A Department First: Essays by two Emory philosophy department faculty members are included in The Oxford Handbook of DeweyNoelle McAfee's "Dewey and Public Philosophy" and John Stuhr'"Dewey's Pragmatic Politics: Power, Limits, and Realism About Democracy as a Way of Life." 

Professor 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.

Professor John Lysaker's new book, Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports has been published by Oxford University Press.

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.

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.

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 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 BredlauJohn StuhrCindy 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 JimenezErin Tarver and Jessica Wahman and graduate students Ben Davis and Lilyana Levy were session chairs. 

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 FlynnAndrew Mitchell, and Erin Tarver were selected as session moderators. In addition to current department members, many recent Emory alums were also on the program, including: Smaranda Adea, Alia Al-Saji, Ellie Anderson, Kate Davies, Lauren Guilmette, Rebecca Longtin Hansen, Peter Milne, Mukasa Mubirumusoke, Emily Parker, David Peña-Guzman, and Joel Reynolds.

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.

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.

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