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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.

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.

Professor Ursula Goldenbaum presented a paper about "Pre-established Harmony as a Threat" at an International Conference on "Yet another German Philosophy" at the University of Turin, organized by Paola Rumore and Enrico Pasini, June 3-4, 2014.

Professor Ursula Goldenbaum presented a paper on the correspondence of Louis Bourguet and Jacob Hermann at the International Leibniz Conference in Hannover, Germany, May 23-24. 2014, Leibniz in Latenz - Rezeption 1716-1740.

Professor Rudolf Makkreel has been awarded a Heilbrun Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. It will support his new research project on the relation between opinion, belief and knowledge in Kant. Also his latest book, Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics, will soon be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Professor Noëlle McAfee gave a talk on “Kristeva’s Feminism” at the Kristeva Circle meeting at Vanderbilt University on March 29 and lectured on April 4 at Colby College on “Acting Politically in a Digital Age.”

Professor John Lysaker and Professor John Stuhr both presented papers to the annual meeting of the American Philosophies Forum in New York City April 3-5. Professor Lysaker's presentation was titled "Writing as Praxis" and Professor Stuhr's paper was titled "Genres, Crossings, Hybrids."

Graduate student Joel Michael Reynolds has been selected as the student speaker for the 2014 TedxEmory.

Prof. Goldenbaum will present an "Individual Lecture" at the International Leibniz Congress in Grenada, Spain, April 3-6, 2014, "Moses Mendelssohn's defense of Leibniz's Theodicy against Protestant Philosophy of History".

Emory Professor Cynthia Willett is a candidate for President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.

Graduate Student Sarah Meier recently presented a peer-reviewed paper at the International Hobbes Association group meeting at the Eastern APA, entitled "Hobbes on Natural Equality." She also provided commentary for a session in the main program at the Central APA, for a paper written by Arthur Yates, entitled "Hobbes's Theory of Punishment".

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:

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.

At the recent 2013 meeting of SPEP, Emory University was well-represented: The following graduate students presented papers: Lauren Guilmette ("In What We Tend to Feel is Without History: Foucault, Affect, and the Joplin/Seeger Ethics of Curiosity," which won the Graduate Student Prize for best submission by a graduate student), Katharine Davies ("The Triangulation of Desire: Thinking the Erosophical in Plato, Arendt, Carson), Jessica Locke ("The Two Eclipses of Foucault: Darkness and Dazzlement in History of Madness"), Ellie Anderson ("The Other (Woman): Limits of Knowledge in Beauvoir's Theory of Reciprocity"), Joel Michael Reynolds ("The Pain of Being: Tragic Bodies, Entangled Ontologies, and Pain in Heidegger," presented ?at the Heidegger Circle Satellite meeting at SPEP), and Jacob Rump ("Sedimentation, Abbau, and the Limits of Sense: On the Possibility of Access to the Original Lifeworld through Originary Kinaesthetic Activity"). The following professors presented as well: Prof. Cynthia Willett ("The Wonder of Water: A Posthumanist Vision of Cosmic Peace"), Prof. Emeritus David Carr ("Phenomenology of Crisis"), Prof. Noëlle McAfee was a speaker on a Scholar Session on Dick Howard, and Prof. Lynne Huffer, affiliated faculty with the philosophy department, presented "Foucault's Queer Love." Professors Susan Bredlau, Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Andrew Mitchell, and Tom Flynn each moderated sessions.

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."

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!