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September 27, 2016

David Craig Baumeister Holds Dissertation Defense on Tuesday October 18

Doctoral Candidate David Craig Baumeister will defend his dissertation “Kant on the Human Animal: Anthropology, Ethics, Nature” on Tuesday October 18 at 1:00pm in the Leona Tyler Conference Room (111A Susan Campbell Hall) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Baumeister Dissertation Defense Poster

September 6, 2016

Nicolae Morar Receives NEH Award

Deleuze and Foucault slideNicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, along with Daniel Smith (Project Director, Purdue University) and Thomas Nail (UO Philosophy Alumnus and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver), have been recently awarded a grant of $175,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to translate Deleuze’s 1985-1986 seminar on Michel Foucault.

Read the press release from Purdue University:

September 2, 2016

Affiliated Faculty Jerry Rosiek Receives Book Award

Resegregation as Curriculum: The Meaning of the New Racial Segregation in US Public Schools (Routledge 2016), a new book written by affiliated faculty member Jerry Rosiek with COE (the UO College of Education) was selected for the O.L. Davis, Jr. American Association for Curriculum and Teaching (AATC) Outstanding Book in Education Award for 2016.

Additional information on Dr. Rosiek’s book from the publisher’s website.

Contact Jerry Rosiek at

July 11, 2016

Philosophy in Seven Sentences — New Book from Douglas Groothuis

Philosophy in Seven SentencesDr. Douglas Groothuis, UO PhD in Philosophy (Spring 1993) and Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary, has written a new book Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Short Introduction to a Vast Topic (InterVarsity Press, January 2016).

Author’s Statement:
“Each chapter looks at a particular philosopher and a representative sentence.
1. Protagoras – Man is the measure of all things.
2. Socrates – The unexamined life is not worth living.
3. Aristotle – All men by nature desire to know.
4. Augustine – You have made us for yourself, and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in you.
5. Descartes – I think, therefore I am.
6. Pascal – The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
7. Kierkegaard – The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.”

For more information, visit the publisher’s website:

June 20, 2016

Ph.D. Student Larry Busk Publishes in Philosophy Today and Constellations

Busk, Larry 2016Fourth-year Ph.D. student Larry Busk has landed papers in two major professional journals—one in Constellations, a top critical theory journal, and one in Philosophy Today, one of the leading journals for general articles in continental philosophy. The Constellations paper (titled “It’s a Good Life? Adorno and the Happiness Machine”) uses Adorno’s work to critique the contemporary cultural trend of “socially mandated optimism.” The essay to appear in Philosophy Today (“History as Chiasm, Chiasm as History”) connects Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of history and his later ontology. The former article will appear in print early in 2017; the latter will appear in the summer of 2018. Busk is currently in the early stages of a dissertation on Arendt and radical democratic theory under the direction of Dr. Rocío Zambrana.

May 16, 2016

Philosophy Department Graduate Featured in Cascade Spring 2016

Nathan SchmittNathan Pai Schmitt (BS Spring 2011) is featured in the Spring 2016 issue of CAScade, the magazine for the University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences.

You can find a virtual edition of the magazine here:, and the Cascade website, here:

May 5, 2016

Ontic Ethics — New Book from Hollis Garrett Wright

Wright Ontic EthicsDr. Hollis Garrett Wright (UO PhD in Philosophy, Spring 2002) has published his second book Ontic Ethics: Exploring the Influence of Caring on Being (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2016).

Author’s Statement:
“I claim that there is grounding for an ethics of care in the ontololgy of the self. If anyone in the department is interested in the intersection of ethics and metaphysics, and still hopes for an ontological grounding for virtue ethics, the preface and the first chapter can be found on Google Books under H. G. Wright Ontic Ethics. With this book I complete a long circle that started when I was an undergraduate in philosophy. I decided that I was too bookish and would need a career outside of academia in order to understand life and philosophy better. So I went to medical school and had a wonderful, varied 40 year career in medicine. I came back to philosophy for a graduate degree at U. of O. Since then I have volunteered for a free clinic and taught biology and philosophy at a college and a nursing school. Now I am completely retired except that I still read philosophy and am reviving an old love, music.”

For more information, visit the publisher’s website:

April 19, 2016

Erin McKenna Joins UO Philosophy Faculty

erin-mckennaThe Department of Philosophy welcomes Erin McKenna to a tenure-track position as Professor of Philosophy beginning in Fall 2016. Erin McKenna is the former Chair of Philosophy, former Chair of Women’s Studies, and former Chair of the Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University where she began teaching in 1992.

Erin McKenna specializes in feminist theory and American Pragmatism, focusing on issues of social and political philosophy. She has recently co-authored, along with Scott Pratt, American Philosophy: From Wounded Knee to the Present (Bloomsbury, April 2015). Her book Pets, People, and Pragmatism (Fordham UP, 2013) explores the history and ethical implications of humans’ relationships with other animal beings. She also co-edited a volume on this topic titled Animal Pragmatism: Rethinking Human Nonhuman Relationships (Indiana UP, 2004). Her book The Task of Utopia: A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) focuses on the work of John Dewey. Some of her articles include “Pragmatism and Primates,” “Women, Power, and Meat,” “Feminism and Vegetarianism,” “The Occupied West Bank,” and “Some Reflections Concerning Feminist Pedagogy.” She has chapters in The Philosophy of the X Files (University Press of Kentucky, 2009) and Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy (Open Court, 2008). Erin McKenna also co-edited Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy for Open Court in 2009.

Her current project is a book on the ethics of human relationships with livestock.

April 14, 2016

Rocío Zambrana selected for Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Rocío Zambrana, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies, was selected to receive a 2016-2017 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Zambrana will use the Fellowship to complete her second book, Neoliberal Coloniality and the Crisis of Critique.

April 4, 2016

Martina Ferrari receives Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award

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Martina Ferrari, doctoral student in Philosophy, was one of five recipients of the 2016 Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award. This award provides support to outstanding master’s or doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development, or training enrichment opportunities during the summer. Ferrari will be traveling to Città di Castello, Italy, to attend the Collegium Phaenomenologicum to further her inquiry into the relationship between temporality and racial and gendered oppression.

Read more about Martina’s award on the UO Graduate School’s website.

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