Department News and Faculty Books Archive


Mellon Postdoc

The department is very pleased to welcome Stephen Ogden as its Mellon Postdoc for 2015-16 and perhaps 2016-17. Dr. Ogden will teach one course per semester in the department and participate in the Mellon Postdoc program. In the fall term 2015 he is teaching Arabic-Islamic Philosophy. He will also be giving a talk to the […]


The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making

The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making
Ex nihilo nihil fit. Philosophy, especially great philosophy, does not appear out of the blue. In the current volume, a team of top scholars-both up-and-coming and established-attempts to trace the philosophical development of one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Featuring twenty new essays and an introduction, it is the first attempt of its […]


Graduate Student News: March 2015

Arash Abazari has been awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year.


Peter Achinstein lectures at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Peter Achinstein delivered two lectures at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy (University of Western Ontario) in November 2014; their titles were “What is a Theory of Everything and why should we want one?” and “Who needs proof: James Clerk Maxwell on Scientific Method”. Videos of them are available at www.rotman.uwo.ca. A symposium on his recent […]


Faculty News

Justin Bledin’s paper “Modus Ponens Defended” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Philosophy.


Graduate Student News: August 2014

Anton Kabeshkin presented a paper at the North American Schelling Society, August 2014. John Brandau has had a paper accepted for presentation at the Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop, January 2015.


Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship

The department has been awarded a Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship jointly with the Department of Cognitive Science.  These interdisciplinary positions range across all units of the university and are awarded on a competitive basis from the Provost’s Office.  A search will take place in the 2014-15 academic year.  The advertisement for the position is to be […]


Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Prometheus, the International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal at Johns Hopkins University, will host a second Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on April 12, 2014. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Nancy Sherman of Georgetown University, whose recent research has focused on military ethics, emotions, and the history of moral philosophy. The title of her […]


Graduate Student News: February 2014

A paper by Genco Guralp (Philosophy) and Mohammadtaher Safarzadeh (Physics and Astronomy) has been accepted at the sixth Models and Simulations conference (MS6) at the University of Notre Dame, May 2014. The paper is called “Simulation and Model Confirmation in Cosmology: The Case of Lyman-Alpha Forest Power Spectrum.”


Graduate Student News: September 2013

“Skepticism and Semantic Blindsight”, by John Waterman, has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 APA Central Division meeting.