News

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prof. Rebecca Stangl will be a College Fellow beginning in Spring 2018

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prof. Paul Humphreys co-directs new project on Human and Machine Intelligence

Members of the Philosophy Department are participating in a three year research project on Human and Machine Intelligence. The project is co-directed by Paul Humphreys and Vincent Ordonez Roman (Computer Science) and is designed to identify differences and similarities between human and computer modes of learning, understanding and representation. More information can be found at http://hmi.virginia.edu

 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Prof. Sahar Akhtar participates in University teach-in on refugees, migration, and borders

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/02/teach-in-on-refugees-migrat...

One of the goals of the teach-in was to help attendees realize the complexity of the issues, Asst. Bioethics [sic] Prof. Sahar Akhtar said.

“Hopefully [this] helped students and the public have an opportunity to ask really important and complicated questions that they might not be able to ask inside the classroom or among their peers,” Akhtar said. “I don’t know that there’s any single moral or political response that we should have towards the current immigration order. I have a range of moral concerns.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ian McCready-Flora in a WalletHub debate on whether money is the root of evil

Ian McCready Flora in a WalletHub debate on whether money is the root of evil. 

https://wallethub.com/blog/money-is-the-root-of-all-evil/31418/#ian-mccready-flora

Monday, January 30, 2017

Elizabeth Barnes discusses her new book, The Minority Body, on New Books in Philosophy podcast

Elizabeth Barnes discusses her new book, The Minority Body, on the New Books in Philosophy podcast. The podcast is available here:

http://newbooksnetwork.com/elizabeth-barnes-the-minority-body-a-theory-o...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A. John Simmons discusses his new book, Boundaries of Authority, on New Books in Philosophy podcast

A. John Simmons discussed his new book, Boundaries of Authority, on the New Books in Philosophy podcast. The podcast is available here:

http://newbooksnetwork.com/a-john-simmons-boundaries-of-authority-oxford...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Jim Cargile featured in new book: "interviews with some of the world's most influential and prominent scholars working on philosophy of logic."

Philosophy of Logic: 5 Questions is "a collection of interviews with some of the world's most influential and prominent scholars working on philosophy of logic."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Elizabeth Barnes' "Well-Being" course profiled in UVa Today

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Department welcomes Ian McCready-Flora

Ian McCready-Flora, a specialist in Ancient Greek Philosophy, joins the department this fall as Assistant Professor. 

McCready-Flora specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy and has substantial side interests in contemporary Aesthetics, Epistemology and Applied Ethics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and was previously Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University.

His book-length project concerns Aristotle's conception of rationality. What is it about human thinking that distinguishes it from the sorts of thinking other animals are capable of? Of particular importance is our capacity to form beliefs. Unlike wisdom, understanding and expertise—all high-level perfections of reason—beliefs are piecemeal and fallible, yet still beyond the reach of any non-human mind. Aristotle's theory of belief, however, gets relatively little attention compared to his deductive model of science and knowledge. A serious effort at understanding it, then, can tell us what on his view distinguishes the rational from the non-rational.

McCready-Flora is also writing on ancient conceptions of knowledge and its relation to other mental states; Aristotle’s response to Protagoras, both the sophist himself and his Platonic shadow; and the history and prehistory of the emotions and their place in our mental lives.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cora Diamond delivers 2016 Georg Henrik von Wright lecture

Cora Diamond gave the third annual Georg Henrik von Wright lecture in Helsinki on May 18. There is a link to a video of the lecture, plus an explanation of the lecture series, here:
http://www.helsinki.fi/wwa/von_Wright_Lecture.html
There was a conference on Cora's work, "Morality in a Realistic Spirit", at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, in July.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Grounds - The Virginia Journal of Bioethics

Find your voice in mounting bioethical debates with Grounds, the Virginia Journal of Bioethics. Grounds offers news and op-ed pieces and is staffed by University students and alumni. 

Friday, August 05, 2016

Six recent PhDs will be taking up tenure-track positions in Fall 2016

Beginning in Fall 2016:

Galen Barry (PhD 2015) will be Assistant Professor at Iona College.

Matthew Duncan (PhD 2015) will be Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College.

William Hasselberger (PhD 2012) will be Assistant Professor ("Professor Auxiliar") at Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal.

Luke Hunt (PhD 2016) will be Assistant Professor at Radford University.

Gwendolyn Nally (PhD 2014) will be Assistant Professor at The University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Douglass Reed (PhD 2015) will be Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island.

CONGRATULATIONS, ALL!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Prof. Tal Brewer delivers keynote speech at Weissbourd Conference on "Does liberal education need saving?"

Talbot Brewer was a keynote speaker at the 2016 University of Chicago Society of Fellows Annual Weissbourd Conference, on the question “Does liberal education need saving?” His talk was discussed in Inside Higher EdA video is available here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Profile of Prof. Cargile: 50 years at UVa

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Philosophy Department Welcomes Lecturer Joshua F. Schwartz

Joshua Schwartz earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of logic, and metaphysics. He is currently working on Peirce's logic graphs and thinking about diagrammatic logic more generally.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Prof. Sahar Akhtar was featured in WalletHub’s recent article about 2015's best and worst cities for pet lovers.

Prof. Sahar Akhtar was featured in WalletHub’s recent article about 2015's best and worst cities for pet lovers.  You can find the piece here: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-pet-lovers/5562/#sahar-akhtar

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Galen Barry has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. Congratulations Galen!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Matt Duncan has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College. Congratulations, Matt!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nicolas Frank has been appointed Assistant Professor at Lynchburg College. Congratulations, Nick!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gwen Nally has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College. Congratulations, Gwen!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bryan Cwik has been appointed Assistant Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Bryan!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Department mourns the passing of John Arras

The department mourns the passing of our colleague John Arras, Professor of Philosophy and Porterfield Professor of Bioethics, who died unexpectedly on March 9th. John was a widely respected scholar of bioethics and a beloved member of our department, which he joined in 1995. At the time of his passing, he was serving on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and Director of the UVa program in Bioethics. John was passionate about his teaching, and won several prestigious teaching awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education (2006).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

John Simmons was named to the Board of Advisors of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nicolas Frank successfully defended his dissertation, "A Limited Political Obligation". Congratulations, Nick!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Matthew Duncan successfully defended his dissertation, "Thinkers". Congratulations, Matt!

Matt Duncan successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Thinkers", on October 24th.  Congratulations, Matt!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Galen Barry successfully defended his dissertation, "A Dissertation Forged in Hell: An Account of Power and Possibility in Spinoza". Congratulations, Galen!

Galen Barry successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "A Dissertation Forged in Hell: An Account of Power and Possibility in Spinoza", on October 15th.  Congratulations, Galen!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gwen Nally successfully defended her dissertation, "Good Beliefs, Bad Arguments: Pragmatic Reasons in Plato's Dialogues". Congratulations, Gwen!

Gwen Nally successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "  Good Beliefs, Bad Arguments: Pragmatic Reasons in Plato's Dialogues"  .  Gwen will be teaching at the University of Richmond beginning this fall.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations to Charles Rathkopf, who was awarded the Philosophy of Science essay prize.

Congratulations to Charles Rathkopf, who was awarded the Philosophy of Science Recent PhD Essay Award, for his paper "Localization and Intrinsic Function," Philosophy of Science, 80 (2013) 1-21.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Philosophy department to welcome three new faculty members, one affiliated faculty member in Fall 2014

Three newly hired Associate Professors of Philosophy, and one affiliated faculty member with a primary appointment in the Law School, will be joining the UVA Philosophy Department in August 2014:

Elizabeth Barnes will be joining the UVA Department of Philosophy in August of 2014.  Barnes and her husband Ross Cameron, who will also be joining UVA, are among a small handful of the most influential young specialists in metaphysics.  Together with Trenton Merricks, who has been at UVA since 2001, they make UVA one of the top metaphysics departments in the world.  Barnes received her PhD in 2006 from the University of St. Andrews, and has taught at the University of Leeds since that time, first as a lecturer and since 2010 as an Associate Professor.  In the eight years since completing her PhD, Barnes has published at least 17 articles in leading journals in philosophy, including Nous, Mind and Ethics.  Barnes is particularly known for her work on indeterminacy and vagueness, truth-makers, and emergence, but her philosophical interests extend well beyond metaphysics.  She has a book under contract with Oxford University Press on the nature of disability and its relation to well-being, and she is interested in the forms of thought that shape our understanding of disability and other social categories, including gender and race.  While at UVA she will be teaching courses on this entire array of topics, both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level.  Barnes has given invited talks at, among many other places, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Rutgers, and the Aristotelian Society.  She is Editor in Chief of the journal Philosophy Compass.

Ross Cameron will join the UVA Department of Philosophy in August of 2014.  Cameron and his wife Elizabeth Barnes, who will also be joining UVA, are among a handful of the most influential young metaphysicians at work today.  With Trenton Merricks already on hand, the arrival of Cameron and Barnes establishes UVA as one of the best places in the country to work in this area.  Cameron earned his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in 2006.  In 2006 he became a Lecturer in Philosophy at Leeds, and in 2009 he was made Associate Professor.  Since December 2009 Cameron has also been an Associate Fellow at the Northern Institute of Philosophy (Aberdeen).  From 2006 to 2011 he was an Associate Fellow at the Arché Research Centre (St Andrews) and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews.  In the eight years since he has received his PhD, he has published at least 33 papers, has co-edited an anthology, and has written a book that is now under contract with Oxford University Press.  Cameron’s work addresses a wide array of topics in metaphysics, including truthmakers, the nature of ontological commitment, the theory of parts and wholes, the logical structure of dependence, conventionalism about necessity and possibility, and—the subject of his forthcoming book—the philosophy of time.

Walter Ott, a gifted and prolific historian of modern philosophy, will be joining the UVA Philosophy Department as an Associate Professor in August of 2014.  With Antonia LoLordo and Jorge Secada already on hand (not to mention John Simmons, who is perhaps the world’s foremost authoritiy on Locke’s political philosophy), Ott’s arrival will solidify UVA’s stature as one of the nation’s premier programs in the history of modern philosophy.   Ott, who has been an Associate Professor in the Virginia Tech Philosophy Department since 2009, is especially well known for his work on Locke, Malebranche, Descartes and Hume.  He has published two excellent and highly regarded books in the history of philosophy: Locke’s Philosophy of Language (Cambridge, 2004), and Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford 2009).  He currently has a third book manuscript, The New Riddle of Sensation, under review.  Ott has published a long list of influential essays in some of the most distinguished journals in the profession, and has also put together an open-source textbook of modern philosophy, combining selections from primary sources with introductions, annotations and exercises.

Kimberly Ferzan, a distinguished philosopher of law, has joined the UVA Law School and will be an affiliate of the UVA Philosophy Department.  Ferzan has served on the faculty of Rutgers University School of Law since 2000, most recently as Distinguished Professor of Law, Associate Graduate Faculty member of the Philosophy Department, and Co-Director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy.  At Rutgers, Ferzan received the campus-wide Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010, and she was selected as Professor of the Year by the Classes of 2004 and 2010.  Ferzan teaches criminal law, evidence, advanced criminal law, and advanced law and philosophy seminars.  Her courses on legal philosophy will count towards graduate degree requirements within the UVA Philosophy Department.  Ferzan is co-editor in chief of Law and Philosophy, and is also on the editorial boards of Legal Theory and Criminal Law and Philosophy. She is the author of numerous articles, and the co-author of Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press), with Larry Alexander and Stephen Morse.  Her paper, "Beyond Crime and Commitment," was selected for the 2013 American Philosophical Association's Berger Memorial Prize, for the best paper written in law and philosophy for the prior two years, and her paper, "Beyond Intention," was selected for the 2006 Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in the category of criminal law.  She is currently at work on a book about self-defense and its relation to the theory of preventive detention.  Ferzan has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania Law Schools.  For the academic year 2012-13, Ferzan was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton's University Center for Human Values.