Doctoral candidate Alan Reynolds is presenting his work at two professional conferences this month. He presented “Political Liberalism, Pragmatism, and Pluralism” at the Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association Annual Meeting, which took place at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from October 4-5. The paper develops a critique of the political liberal tradition as insufficiently responsive to value pluralism and examines some ways in which figures in the American pragmatist tradition (William James and John Dewey) might help correct this deficiency.
Alan Reynolds was also selected to present his paper “Why Public Reason Liberalism Cannot Overcome Disagreements about Basic Matters of Justice” (co-authored with University of Oregon Political Science graduate student Greg Liggett) at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Conference, which takes place in Vancouver B.C., Canada from October 17-19. The paper develops a critique of contemporary defenders of political liberalism (Jonathan Quong and Gerald Gaus) by arguing that we cannot generate agreement about matters of basic justice without unacceptably restricting the range of reasonable pluralism.
Skorburg Awarded Ila and John Mellow Prize by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Gus Skorburg‘s paper, “Beyond Embodiment: John Dewey and the Integrated Mind”, which won the Ila and John Mellow Prize for best paper advancing the American philosophical tradition at this year’s meeting for the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, will be published in the upcoming edition of The Pluralist (vol. 8, no. 3).
In the paper, Gus argues that while it is certainly true that Dewey was an important figure in early formulations of the embodied mind, construing Dewey solely as an embodied mind theorist does not do justice to his robust notion of embodiment. Rather, recent formulations of the extended mind (as formulated by Andy Clark) and the integrated mind (as formulated Richard Menary) offer a better framework for appreciating the import of Dewey’s thought to contemporary philosophy of mind.
Gus joined the Philosophy Department at Oregon this fall after completing an MA at the University of Toledo with a thesis on John Dewey’s conception of human nature and intelligence. He plans to continue to work on the contributions of classical American philosophy to contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
Russell Duvernoy (Philosophy doctoral student) was selected for a 2013-2014 Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $3,100. The fellowship was established by UO alumnus Norman Brown (1968) to support graduate student excellence. Russell’s specializations include Process Ontologies and Metaphysics, Pragmatism, Philosophy and Ethics of Reading and Literature.
This is Russell’s second year receiving this award.
The late Mr. A.J. Ersted established the Award so the University of Oregon could annually honor faculty members who have taught for comparatively short periods and have demonstrated exceptional abilities to induce students to reason and not merely memorize. The Ersted Award is presented only to faculty who are early in their teaching careers, and who have taught at the University of Oregon for at least two years (this teaching may occur at the undergraduate or graduate level).
This is the University’s most prestigious teaching award for younger faculty; the other two recipients are Richard York from Sociology and Sara Hodges from Psychology. The official award announcement can be viewed at:
Dr. Bonnie Mann, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has been selected as one of two Williams Fellows for 2013-14. The award recognizes faculty who have “demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate education by challenging their students academically, creating an engaged learning environment, striving to improve the learning process, and fostering interdepartmental collaboration.” Williams fellows each receive an award of $5,000 to support their teaching, and their departments each receive an additional $5,000, which is intended to affect the teaching and learning experiences of undergraduate students.
Tom and Carol Williams, formerly of Eugene, established and endowed the fund that bears their names in 1995 to provide financial support for innovative ideas that contribute to the quality of the educational experience for undergraduate students at the University of Oregon. The Williams Fund has awarded more than 75 grants to faculty in various disciplines since 1996.
University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson’s official announcement is here:
Doctoral Candidate Elizabeth Grosz received a Summer Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for 2013 for the study of Japanese. This award covers tuition and fees for full-time summer enrollment in an eligible program (up to $5,000), plus a living stipend of $2,500. Elizabeth will use the award to attend Middlebury College’s Japanese School for 8 weeks this summer.
On 1 May 2013, David Craig (doctoral candidate in Philosophy) and Anna Baumeister (doctoral student in Comparative Literature) were awarded the UO Translation Studies Working Group’s Graduate Research Award. These two students are producing a translation of Friedrich Schiller’s 1780 dissertation “Über den Zusammenhang der tierischen Natur des Menschen mit seiner geistigen” which they translate as “On the Connection of the Animalic and Intellectual Natures of the Human.” Craig and Baumeister will use their $1,000 award to financially support the trip they will take to Germany this August to conduct the archival research (at Marbach and elsewhere) needed to append scholarly references and a translator’s preface to the translation, which they expect to complete and submit for publication by the end of Summer 2013.
On 29 May 2013, David Craig was awarded an additional Graduate School Research Award in the amount of $500, which he will use for other expenses related to this archival research in Europe.
Doctoral Student Fulden Ibrahimhakkioglu was selected as one of the recipients of the 2013 Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award. The award is designed to support outstanding master’s and doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development, or training enrichment opportunities during Summer 2013, and carries with it a stipend of up to $3,000. Fulden plans to use her award to attend seminars for the “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons” program at Dialogo Global’s Summer School in Barcelona, Spain.
The new and improved website for Philosophical Installations is now up and running at philinstall.uoregon.edu (you might have to refresh/reload your browser to see the changes).
Production is now ongoing, and participation in specific projects and ideas continue to be very welcome.