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November 17, 2015

Professor Vallega to deliver lecture at Derrida Desde el Sur conference

Associate Professor Alejandro Vallega will deliver a lecture at the Derrida Desde el Sur conference in Pasto, Colombia. The conference will take place 24-26 November 2015. This international event unites key figures in the reception of Derrida in Latin America and aims to show the way Derrida’s oeuvre is being rethought today beyond its European context.

Aaron Rodriguez profiled as successful graduate with advice for job-seekers

Rodriguez, Aaron“More than Just a Faculty Teaching Position” describes the recent work of Dr. Aaron Rodriguez (UO PhD in Philosophy, Spring 2014) who is profiled in a recent article on the UO Graduate School’s website.

Read the article online at:

Aaron has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pre-Law Advisor, and Director of the Public Philosophy Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, since he accepted the tenure-track position in 2014.

November 13, 2015

Attention philosophy majors and minors: $200 in prize money available!

question 2Here at the U of O, the Philosophy Department would like to start a group that makes space for underrepresented groups to meet and talk. We hope this can be both a space in which to pursue various philosophical interests and a space to discuss the challenges and successes connected to pursuing a philosophy major or minor. In order to maintain and strengthen the vitality of philosophical discourse on the campus, it is important to increase and support the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy.

We need a name and a logo for this group. We are opening up a contest with $200 in prize money available for the chosen name and the chosen logo ($100 each). Individual and group submissions are welcome. We need at least 15 submissions to run the contest. Entries are due by December 5th at 5:00. Please direct all submissions to Prof. Erin McKenna at

November 12, 2015

Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility: New Book from Rocío Zambrana

Rocio's BookRocío Zambrana’s new book Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility has been published by the University of Chicago Press.

From the publisher:

Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility picks up on recent revisionist readings of Hegel to offer a productive new interpretation of his notoriously difficult work, the Science of Logic. Rocío Zambrana transforms the revisionist tradition by distilling the theory of normativity that Hegel elaborates in the Science of Logic within the context of his signature treatment of negativity, unveiling how both features of his system of thought operate on his theory of intelligibility.

Zambrana clarifies crucial features of Hegel’s theory of normativity previously thought to be absent from the argument of the Science of Logic—what she calls normative precariousness and normative ambivalence. She shows that Hegel’s theory of determinacy views intelligibility as both precarious, the result of practices and institutions that gain and lose authority throughout history, and ambivalent, accommodating opposite meanings and valences even when enjoying normative authority. In this way, Zambrana shows that the Science of Logic provides the philosophical justification for the necessary historicity of intelligibility. Intervening in several recent developments in the study of Kant, Hegel, and German Idealism more broadly, this book provides a productive new understanding of the value of Hegel’s systematic ambitions.”

For more information, visit the University of Chicago Press:

November 11, 2015

CONFERENCE: “What is Human?”

What_is_HumanThe Philosophy Graduate club is now accepting abstract submissions for this year’s “What is…” conference from undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.

This year’s topic will be What is Human.

The conference will be held on Saturday, 27 February 2016 the in Knight Library Browsing Room.

• Concepts of Identity (e.g. Gender, Race, Ability, Class)
• Self & Subjectivity (e.g. Consciousness, Mind, Soul, Subject, Personhood)
• Technology & Humanness (e.g. Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence, Posthumanism)
• Humanity & Animality (e.g. Biology, Species Relations, Animal Ethics)
• Humans in Society (e.g. Community, Language, Social Construction)
• And anything else related to being human!

ABSTRACTS DUE BY: Monday, 18 January 2016
Please send abstracts (roughly 200-300 words) to

November 10, 2015

Martina Ferrari receives award for recent papers

Ferrari, Martina 20151110Martina Ferrari has been awarded the Graduate Student Essay Prize by the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy (annual conference scheduled to be held 29-31 October 2015 at Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec) for her paper “The Immemorial Time of Gender: Merleau-Ponty’s Polymorphic Matrix of Original Past” which will be published in the Journal of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.

Martina was also awarded the President’s Prize from the Southwestern Philosophical Society (77th annual meeting scheduled to be held 6-8 November 2015 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee) for her paper “Transgressive Freedom: On Beauvoir’s Hegelian Philosophy of Action” which will be published in the January issue of the Southwest Philosophy Review. The President’s Prize is a cash prize of $150, awarded to the best graduate student or junior faculty paper.

October 26, 2015

Trans* Experience in Philosophy Conference, call for papers

trans-philThe University of Oregon is holding a Trans* Experience in Philosophy Conference 13-15 May 2016. This conference aims to explore the intersections between transgender studies and philosophy by bringing philosophical reflections to bear on trans* experience, representation, identity, and politics. We welcome papers that engage a variety of issues or topics, including but not limited to trans* embodiment, ethical concerns specific to trans* persons, the relationship between transgender studies and feminist philosophy, and how classical philosophical frameworks might elucidate aspects of trans* experience. Through these reflections, we also hope to interrogate our understanding and practice of inclusivity in academia. Considering the attention given to the status of women in philosophy in more recent years, we are particularly interested in addressing the practices, content, and implicit biases of philosophy with regard to non-conforming genders and non-cisgender bodies.

Call for Papers

If you have any questions about the conference email the conference committee at

For additional information, contact Fulden Ibrahimhakkioglu

October 19, 2015

Naomi Zack interviewed about her critique of white privilege discourse

Who really benefits from conversations about white privilege? Professor Naomi Zack believes that if your goal is to fight racism, a good first step is to stop talking about your own privilege. She says we should instead focus the conversation on violations of rights.

Hear Naomi Zack’s interview “Let’s Stop Talking About Privilege” her critique of white privilege discourse on Public Radio International’s online podcast.

Read the AroundtheO story.

October 7, 2015

Ancient Greek Philosophy Reading Group

GreeceA reading and translation group of Ancient Greek Philosophy will be facilitated by Malcolm Wilson, Professor of Classics and Affiliated Philosophy Faculty. The group will begin by reading one of Plato’s earlier dialogues, the Laches, which is an exploration of the virtue ἀνδρεία. Ἀνδρεία is both courage and manliness in the Ancient Greek, so there are plenty of ambiguities to be waded through in interpretation.

The group will meet at 11:00 AM on Thursdays at Espresso Roma Café (825 E 13th Avenue).

September 29, 2015

Doctoral Candidate Russell Duvernoy receives 2015 WJS Young Scholar Prize


Doctoral Candidate Russell Duvernoy has been awarded the 2015 William James Society Young Scholar Prize. Duvernoy’s paper, “‘Concepts’ and Continuity: Onto-Epistemology in William James,” will be presented at the William James Society Annual Meeting at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern division meeting in Washington, D.C., 6-9 January 2016.

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