In The News:
Cynthia Willett and Julie WIllett's coauthored essay "Going to Bed White and Waking Up Arab: On Xenophobia, Affect Theories of Laughter, and the Social Contagion of the Comic Stage" was published in Critical Philosophy of Race vol. 2 no. 1, 2014. Get more info here.
In January, Professor John Lysaker lectured at The Penn State University. His talk, drawn from a book in progress, was entitled: "Be Like Me: The work of art." In February, he was an invited participant in "Managing the Self: A NIAS/KNAW Workshop." Convened in Wassenaar, Holland, the workshop brought together theorists and clinicians from the fields of philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, and psychosomatics, and participants from the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Australia, and the US. John's lecture was entitled: "Integrating Self-Experience: The Task of Being Human."
Emory's 2014 production of The Vagina Monologues brings strong representation from women in Philosophy: directed by Ellie Anderson and advised (through the Center for Women) by Lauren Guilmette--both graduate students and former instructors of the introductory course in feminist philosophy--and produced by undergraduate majors Priyanka Krishnamurthy ('15) and Alexa Cucopulos ('16). Distinct from previous years, our 2014 production will feature playwright Eve Ensler's monologue on violence faced by trans* women, and will open with a performance from Atlanta WordWorks, a local non-profit working with teens through slam poetry workshops and performances. Ticket are still available: 7pm, Harland Cinema (in the DUC), Friday 2/28, Saturday 3/1, or Sunday 3/2. Please join us! Click here to purchase.
Professor Cindy Willett published "Water and Wing Give Wonder: Cross Species Cosmopolitanism" in PhaenEx 8 (fall/winter: 2013).
This past December, Professor Noëlle McAfee was a "critic" at the Eastern APA's author-meets-critic session on Enrique Dussel's Ethics of Liberation. Her remarks are available here. This month she is featured on the Diet Soap podcast discussing the late philosopher Rick Roderick, Marxism, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and her own work on the political unconscious, available here.
In the past months, Cynthia Willett has given plenary talks at philoSOPHIA in Banff and Carbondale's Building Bridges Conference on eros and the Marcuse Society in Lexington, and talks at for the Philosophy Department at Penn State and at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Victoria, Canada, SPEP, and Philosophy and the City in Brooklyn. Her book Interspecies Ethics is forthcoming from Columbia University Press (2014).
Professor John Stuhr has been selected as a participant in Emory's 2014 Piedmont Project, a curricular innovation and faculty development initiative concerned with sustainability and the environment. For more information, see: http://piedmont.emory.edu/index.html
Professor Ann Hartle's new book, Montaigne and the Origins of Modern Philosophy, has just been published by Northwestern University Press. For more information, click here.
Professor John Stuhr's 2013 APA lecture on "Philosophy, Literature, and Dogma: Santayana and the View from Somewhere," has been published in Overheard in Seville and can be read here.
Julia Haas's work was chosen as one of the top 25 poster abstracts at the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting in San Diego, California November 7-8, 2013.
Dr. Donald Verene just published the book "Moral Philosophy and the Modern World" and you can find out about it here.
Undergraduate Coordinator Debbie Miller was recognized for her five years of service with Emory at the Annual College Staff Service Award Reception in August. Please congratulate her on her award next time you are in the Philosophy office!
Professor Rudolf Makkreel presented two papers in Europe this past summer. One was at the University of Vienna for a conference on Dilthey and the Sciences. The other was at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England for a conference entitled "Language, Mind and World: from Dilthey to Wittgenstein."
Andrew J. Mitchell delivered the paper "The Art of Exposure: Thinking Sculpture with Heidegger" at Vanderbilt University in September 2013.
Prof. Mitchell also had a very busy summer, delivering these lectures, papers, and courses:. "The Botany of Romanticism: Goethe, Hegel, Schelling" at the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy; "The Healing of Being: Heidegger's Heil" at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum; "Wagner's Rhythmic Subject: Nietzsche, Adorno, Lacoue-Labarthe" at the Royal Music Association's Music and Philosophy Study Group (with Kevin Karnes from Emory's Music department); "Hermeneutic Phenomenology: From Heidegger to Gadamer" at the Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology; "On the Publication of Thought: Heidegger's Open and the Publishing Industry" at the conference Heideggers Esoterik? Zum Verhältnis von Philosophie und Öffentlichkei; "Heidegger's Fourfold: On the Relationality of Things" at the 47th annual Heidegger Circle meeting; and "Heidegger and His Publishers: On the Making Public of Thought" at the Stony Brook University alumni conference Frontiers of Philosophy: 42 Years of Ph.D.s from the Philosophy Department.
Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum and Emory alumna Prof. Ericka Tucker participated at the Arctic Circle Conference on Early Modern Philosophy, in Kilpisjärvi, Finland, from August 1 – 4, 2013.
The Emory University Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP) hosted its sixth annual summer workshop on June 9–21, 2013, on the topic of "Renewing the Ancient Quarrel: Plato, Hegel, Adorno." Co-directors for 2013 were Emory's John Lysaker and John Russon from the University of Guelph.
Ursula Goldenbaum presented several papers this summer: "Moses Mendelssohn's Use of Perfect and Imperfect Rights to Argue for Freedom of Speech" at the International Workshop On complete and imperfect human beings: Between Enlightenment anthropology, theology, and political theory; "Bilingual Character of the Public Debate on the Jugement of the Berlin Academy against Samuel König (1752)," at the International Conference on Le gallotropisme dans la correspondance en français d'auteurs germanophones au 18e siècle; and "Was Spinoza a Moral Relativist?" at the Workshop on Moral Philosophy at the University at Helsinki.
John Stuhr presented the 2013 Goutman Lecture at George Washington University on April 26. His title is "Pragmatism about God, Death, and the Absurd."
"Philosophy in the Age of Euler: Science and Enlightenment" featured Ursula Goldenbaum as the the keynote speaker at The University of Ghent, July 7-8, 2013.
Emory philosophy professors John Lysaker, Noelle McAfee, John Stuhr, and Cindy Willett, visiting scholar Jessica Wahman, and current graduate student Mark Fagiano all presented papers at the American Philosophies Forum 2013 Conference on "The Ineffable: Singularity, Life, and the Limits of Language." The 2014 APF, co-sponsored by Emory and SUNY Stony Brook, will be held in New York City on the topic of "Crossings, Hybrids, and Genres."
Emory Professor Cynthia Willett is a candidate for President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.
Welcome Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan! We are very pleased to announce the appointment, effective with the 2013-14 academic year of Dilek Huseyinzadegan as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Professor Huseyinzadegan, now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Koç University in her native Istanbul, Turkey, received her B.A. with honors in philosophy at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy (with a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies) from DePaul University in Chicago. Her dissertation, supported by several grants and fellowships including a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship, was titled "Politics, History, Critique: An Interpretation of Kant's Political Philosophy in Light of His Critical-Regulative Method." She specializes in Kant and German Idealism and also in social and political philosophy. In addition to these topics, her teaching interests include feminist theory, aesthetics, philosophy and film, and critical theory. She states: "I very much look forward to joining Emory's Philosophy Department and becoming a member of the Atlanta community. In addition to my current book project, in which I establish a systematic and methodological connection between Kant's three Critiques and his writings on history and politics, I am at the moment writing a few essays on the significance of anthropology and geography in Kant's corpus."
Ursula Goldenbaum was a keynote speaker at the conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy, on Controversies and Public Debates, Jan 20-Feb 1, 2013.
At the recent Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Emory faculty and graduate students were busy and much in evidence.
Professors Noelle McAfee ("The Interiorization of Mortality: The Unconscious and Kristeva's Death Drive") and John Stuhr ("Philosophy, Literature, and Dogma: Santayana and the View from Somewhere" and also "The Need for a Reconstruction of American Philosophies") presented papers. As did Visiting Research Scholar Jessica Wahman ("Literary Psychology and Philosophical Method" and also "American Philosophy: Notes From a Liberal Arts College"). And also current graduate students Lauren Guilmette ("The Affective Power of Green: Hype, Hope, and Hubris in 21st Century Biotechnologies"), Rebecca Longtin Hansen ("Poetically We Dwell: On the Relation Between Facticity and Poetry in Dilthey and Heidegger"), Osman Nemli ("Sartre, Genet, and the Question of Collective Responsibility"), and David Pena-Guzman ("Meaning-making and Mediating: Unfolding Uexkullian and Umwelten" and also "Undisciplining Philosophy in a Discipline World: Gearing Philosophy into the 21st Century"). Graduate student Sarah Meier presented a paper at the session for Early Modern Philosophy at the APA. Graduate student Edward Glowienka delivered comments at a session on Leibniz. Julia Haas (graduate student) and three recent alumni of our department (Prof. Ericka Tucker, Dr. Matthew Homan and Dr. Christopher Kluz), presented at this year's meeting of the North American Spinoza Society during the APA.
In addition, Professors Tom Flynn, Ursula Goldenbaum, Marta Jimenez, John Lysaker, and Andrew Mitchell, and graduate student Mark Fagiano, all served as session chairs. The department's first annual Emory APA party for friends and family on Saturday night ran from 9pm until past 2am, ensuring a repeat performance next year!
Apaar Kumar has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH), Manipal University, Karnataka, India.
Jong Hwan Lee (Emory Ph. D., 2013), has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Seoul, one of Korea's leading universities.
Edward Glowienka has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy, tenure track, at Carroll College, effective August 2013.
Katharine Schweitzer has accepted an Instructor position at The University of Nevada, Reno.
Matthew Homan has accepted a position at Christopher Newport University.
Osman Nemli successfully defended his dissertation prospectus, "Between Crisis and Critique: Adorno and a Critique of Political Economy," on April 16 (John Lysaker, chair; Cynthia Willett and Michael Sullivan, committee members).
Edward Glowienka successfully defended his dissertation, "Leibniz's Metaphysics of Harmony," on April 4 (Ursula Goldenbaum, chair; Ann Hartle and Richard Patterson, committee members).
Alex Robins successfully defended his dissertation prospectus, "A Pragmatic Theory of Aesthetic Criticism," on March 27 (John Stuhr, chair; John Lysaker; Andrew Mitchell).
Jong Hwan Lee successfully defended his dissertation, "The Unity of Philebus: Continuity in Plato's Philosophy," on March 19. Richard Patterson directed the dissertation and Ann Hartle and Richard Parry (Agnes Scott) were on the committee.
Stephanie Rodgers successfully defended her dissertation prospectus, "Between the Virtual and the Real: A Study of Relations," on February 25. Professor Cynthia Willett directed the prospectus; the committee members were Dr. John Stuhr and Dr. Noelle McAfee.
Mark Fagiano successfully defended his dissertation, "The Meanings and Values of Race: Pluralism and Social Melioration," on October 31. His dissertation committee consisted of John Stuhr (director), Noelle McAfee, Cindy Willett, Melvin Rogers, and Paul Taylor (Penn State University). Congratulations on completing all the requirements for the Ph.D., Dr. Fagiano!
Jacob Rump successfully defended his dissertation, "The Phenomenological Dimension of the Theory of Meaning: a Critical Inquiry through Husserl and Wittgenstein," on October 17. His dissertation committee consisted of David Carr (director), Professors Thomas Flynn and Mark Risjord. The Readers were Professors Rudolf Makkreel and Søren Overgaard (Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen). Congratulations on completing all the requirements for the Ph.D., Dr. Rump!
Eric Wilson, 2007 Ph.D., recipient of the 2012 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize, for his submission "Kant on Autonomy and the Value of Persons." The Sellars Prize is given annually to the non-tenured scholar who writes the best essay that demonstrates the continued relevance of Kant’s philosophy.
The Billi and Bernie Marcus Foundation for awarding the Philosophy
Department a five-year grant to fund the Institute for the Study of the History of Philosophy.
The Ronald and Patricia Nicholson Endowment for awarding the Philosophy Department
a gift to be used for the enhancement of our undergraduate program.