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February 17, 2017

Steven Brence to give NEA talk

In connection with the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” program, Steven Brence, Senior Instructor of Philosophy, will be giving a talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, at 2:00pm on Saturday March 11 titled “Gangsters, Goons, Femmes Fatale, and Losers: The Leading Role of a Noir Supporting Cast” and will be giving introductions prior to and talks after four films noir — “The Big Sleep,” “Double Indemnity,” “The Third Man,” and “The Maltese Falcon” — to be shown on consecutive Thursday evenings beginning at 7:00pm on March 9 at the Bijou Art Cinema, 492 East 13th Avenue. Dr. Brence will also introduce and give a talk after a screening of the film version of “1984” at the Bijou on Tuesday April 4.

February 7, 2017

Community Philosophy Café: “What Is Freedom?”

Paul Bodin and Caroline Lundquist will be co-facilitating the second in a series of Community Philosophy Cafés, scheduled to start promptly at 6:00pm on Tuesday February 21 in the Downtown Eugene Public Library.

This upcoming Café will begin with the questions: “What is freedom? What does it mean to be free?” At the first Café last month, the room quickly filled up with sixty people, so we recommend that you get to the library by 5:50pm to get a seat.

All ages are welcome, and all public philosophy events are free.

For more information, contact Paul Bodin or Caroline Lundquist

January 11, 2017

Community Philosophy Café: “What Is Happiness?”


Paul Bodin and Caroline Lundquist led the first Community Philosophy Café discussion at 6:00pm on Tuesday January 24 in the Downtown Eugene Public Library.

This event was free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paul Bodin or Caroline Lundquist

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race — New Book from Naomi Zack

oxford-handbook-of-philosophy-and-raceNaomi Zack’s new book The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race has been published by Oxford University Press.

From the publisher’s website:
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race provides up-to-date explanation and analyses by leading scholars of contemporary issues in African American philosophy and philosophy of race. These original essays encompass the major topics and approaches in this emerging philosophical subfield that supports demographic inclusion and diversity while at the same time strengthening the conceptual arsenal of social and political philosophy.

Over the course of the volume’s ten topic-based sections, ideas about race held by Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche are supplemented by suppressed thought from the African diaspora, early twentieth-century African American perspectives and Native-, Asian-, and Latin-, American views. The contributors bring philosophical analysis to bear on the status of racial divisions as categories of humanity in the biological sciences, as well as within contemporary criticism and conceptual analysis. Essays present the special applications of American philosophy and continental philosophy to ideas of race as methodological alternatives to more analytic approaches. As a collection of analyses and assessments of ‘race’ in the real world, the volume pays trenchant and relevant attention to historical and contemporary racism and what it means to say that ‘race’ and racial identities are socially constructed.

The essays analyze contemporary social issues including the importance of racial difference and identity in education, public health, medicine, IQ and other standardized tests, and sports. Additionally, the essays consider the societal limitations and structures provided by public policy and law. As a critical theory, the volume compares the study of race to feminism. Historical and contemporary, academic and popular, racisms pertaining to male and female gender receive special consideration throughout the volume. While this comprehensive collection may have the effect of a textbook, each of the original essays is a fresh and authentic development of important present thought.”

For more information, visit

January 10, 2017

Naomi Zack at the “Night of Philosophy & Ideas” Brooklyn Public Library, Jan 28-29, 2017

Naomi Zack spoke at A Night of Philosophy & Ideas, a philosophical all-nighter held 7pm-7am beginning on Saturday January 28, 2017 at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, check the Brooklyn Public Library’s website and/or their FaceBook page.

December 22, 2016

CFP Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology & announcement of Critical Phenomenology RIG

Dear UO Philosophy Community,

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new project taking shape within our own department. Puncta is a new, open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal seeking submissions for its inaugural issue “Critical Times” for intended publication in October 2017. It is our belief that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology via analyses of socio-political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures.

Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sara Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join our efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research.

Please see the CFP for our inaugural issue and direct all inquiries to We invite you to take a look at our website:

We want to take the opportunity to additionally announce that we have been officially recognized as a RIG, and invite anyone who has an interest in critical and applied phenomenology to please get in touch. Whether you have an interest in working on the journal, or would like to be a part of a reading group concentrating on issues in contemporary phenomenology, we invite you to join and help shape the Critical Phenomenology RIG.


The Editors and Co-founders of Puncta

Martina Ferrari, Devin Fitzpatrick, Shannon Hayes, Sarah McLay, Kaja Rathe, and Amie Zimmer

December 9, 2016

Nicolae Morar selected as OHC Research Fellowship Alternate

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Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, was selected as Alternate for a 2017 Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowship to support his completion of What if there are no individuals? From a Microbial View of Life to Environmental Ethics.

Complete List of 2016-2017 OHC Faculty Fellows

November 15, 2016

Doctoral students Eli Portella and Larry Busk publish article in Rethinking Marxism

portella-eliBusk, Larry 2016First year Ph.D. student Eli Portella and fourth year Ph.D. student Larry Busk have co-authored an essay which was recently accepted for publication by the interdisciplinary journal Rethinking Marxism. The article, titled “Who are the True Machiavellians? Althusser and Merleau-Ponty Reading The Prince” reevaluates Machiavelli’s relationship to liberal political philosophy from a materialist perspective.

October 19, 2016

UO Philosophy Alum Garners National Attention

kaag-john-3Dr. John Kaag (UO PhD in Philosophy, Summer 2007) has been featured on NPR, by Boston Globe Media, in the Congregational Library & Archives History Matters Series, and many others for his new book American Philosophy: A Love Story, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

One GoodReads review proclaims it’s “… the first philosophical page-turner I’ve ever read …”

For more information, visit the publisher’s website at

October 10, 2016

Doctoral Student Bonnie Sheehey receives 2016 WJS Young Scholar Prize

sheehey-bonnieDoctoral Student Bonnie Sheehey has been awarded the 2016 William James Society Young Scholar Prize. Bonnie’s essay “Temporality and Tragedy in William James’s Philosophy of Hope” engages published and manuscript writings by William James to “unsettle the cooperative alliance between hope and progress” that has been too easily assumed by generations of pragmatism scholars.

This is the second year in a row this prize has been awarded to a UO graduate student (Doctoral Candidate Russell Duvernoy was awarded the 2015 William James Society Young Scholar Prize for his paper “‘Concepts’ and Continuity: Onto-Epistemology in William James”).

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