Department News Archive

Graduate Student Conference

The department’s graduate students have organized a conference entitled Nature and Norms: Values in a Material World. It will take place on Saturday October 17 in 210 Hodson (not Gilman 50, as previously announced). The keynote speaker is Professor Sharon Street of NYU.

Thalheimer Lectures

On October 28-30 (Wednesday-Friday), the department will be hosting Prof. David Chalmers (New York University and Australian National University) as the 2015 Thalheimer Lecturer. The department sponsors the Thalheimer Lectures every few years, inviting philosophers who, besides being highly distinguished, are likely to be of interest to faculty and students in a variety of fields […]

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 […]

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 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.”