Philosophy

Department News

Spring 2014

The Department invites you to attend Faith and Philosophy: A Conference in Honor of Steve Davis on the occasion of the publication of a Festschrift in his honor by Notre Dame University Press. The conference will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 beginning at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and presentations. In addition, there will be two seminars. Professor Steve Evans from Baylor University will be speaking on "Paradoxicality as a Criterion of an Authentic Religious Revelation" and Professor Alan Padgett from Luther Seminary will be speaking on "Informal Reason and the Idea of a Christian Philosophy".

For more information and to RSVP, please see the conference flyer.

Spring 2012

The Department welcomes Richard Boyd, Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University, who will be visiting CMC this semester as a Podlich Fellow. While here, Professor Boyd will be teaching an upper division seminar on Philosophy and Science. He will also be giving a talk at the Athenaeum on February 1st entitled Evolutionary Theory as Methodological Anesthesia: Methodological and Philosophical Lessons from ‘Evolutionary Psychology’.

Congratulations to Professor Suzanne Obdrzalek, whose article “Moral Transformation and the Love of Beauty in Plato's Symposium” was recently awarded the prize for Best Article of the Year from the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Fall 2011

In December, Professor Drew Schroeder presented his paper “Measuring Health and the Problem of Changing Populations” at the Philosophy of Epidemiology conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

n September, Professor Amy Kind was one of the keynote speakers at a conference on Perceptual Memory and Perceptual Imagination at the University of Glasgow. She presented her paper, “How Imagination Gives Rise to Knowledge.”

Professor Schroeder was invited to attend and present a paper, "Prevalence, Incidence, and Hybrid Approaches to Calculating DALYs", at a meeting in Seattle focused on discussing the ethical issues involved with the upcoming Global Burden of Disease 2010 report. This year, Professor Kind is serving as Program Committee Chair for the APA Pacific Division. She will also be serving as Interim Director of the Gould Center for 2011-2012.

Spring 2011

The Department is pleased to announce that S. Anderew Schroeder will be joining us as an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2011. Professor Schroeder received his PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University in 2009, and since then he has been serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and Health. He specializes in ethics, political philosophy, and bio ethics (especially issues relating to health and health measurement.) His paper, " You Don't Have To Do What's Best," will soon appear in Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics. Next year Professor Schroeder who received six certificates for distinction in teaching while at Harvard, will teach Phil 33; Political Philosophy, Phil 158; Ethical Theory, and a new upper division course on Contemporary Political Philosophy.

Fall 2010

Two of our recent alums have begun graduate programs in philosophy this fall. Simon Shogry ’09 is pursuing a PhD at Princeton. His primary interests lie in classical philosophy. Cory Davia ’10 is pursuing a MA at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His primary interests lie in ethics and political philosophy. The Department is extremely proud of Simon and Cory, and we wish them much success in their graduate careers and beyond.

Professor Locke presented his paper, “Quiddities Without Quidditism” in July at the Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, and Analytic conference in Prague. Professor Kind’s article, “Transparency and Representationalist Theories of Consciousness,” has recently been published in Philosophy Compass.

Fall 2009

Amy Berg '08, who began the PhD program in Philosophy at UCSD this fall, has been awarded a Javits Fellowship. This is an extremely prestigious fellowship, which carries a stipend of $30,000/year for four years. All of us in the Department are extremely proud of Amy, and we wish her the best in her graduate studies. Professor Hurley’s book, Beyond Consequentialism, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Professor Rajczi’s article, “Consequentialism, Integrity, and Ordinary Morality” recently appeared in the journal Utilitas. Professor Davis presented his paper, “The Metaphysics of Kenosis” in September at a conference on “The Metaphysics of Incarnation” at Oxford University.