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February 4, 2016

43rd Annual SAAP Meeting

SAAP logoThe Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP) will hold its 43rd Annual Meeting March 3-5, 2016, at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. SAAP exists to advance American philosophy by promoting interest and research in its history, encouraging original and creative work in its spirit, and providing forums for the exchange of information and ideas. The theme of the conference this year is “Inter-American Philosophy,” highlighting prominent philosophies from the South, Central, and North Americas, including Indigenous philosophy. In addition to papers and panels on a wide range of topics in American Philosophy, the conference will also include a keynote address by Guillermo Hurtado, director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosofícas, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. The conference will also include the annual Coss Dialogue, this year featuring Charles R. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Washington and the author of The Middle Passage.

This event is sponsored by the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. For more information, contact Pat Martin.

January 29, 2016

Public Philosophy Event: Philosophy for Children May 20-21, 2016

4thGradeStudentsInspired by the success of PHIL 399: Teaching Children Philosophy (a 4-credit undergraduate course drawing students from Pre-Education, Ed Foundations, and Philosophy), Paul Bodin (Philosophy Adjunct Instructor), Caroline Lundquist (UO PhD in Philosophy, Spring 2013), and Kimberley Parzuchowski (UO PhD in Philosophy, Fall 2015), are working to organize a public event that engages a wider community in a series of conversations and workshops about the value and hands-on curriculum of philosophical inquiry with children and young adults in public school settings.

“Teaching Children to Think Philosophically: A Public Forum for Students, Teachers, Parents, and Administrators” is scheduled for May 20-21, 2016 and will be held at the Eugene District 4J Education Center. A public keynote address will be held the evening of May 20th, followed by a full day of concurrent sessions that will include a number of panel presentations, similar to a formal philosophy assemblage; however, unlike conventional philosophy conferences (which generally cater almost exclusively to academics), this event is aimed at numerous stakeholder groups within the Eugene 4-J, Springfield, and Bethel School Districts. These stakeholders include philosophers of education, public school educators, education students, educational administrators, parents of public school students, and current public school students.

Three leading practitioners of pre-college philosophy outreach have been invited to attend this event: Peter Worley (President of SOPHIA — the European Foundation for the advancement of doing philosophy with children — and Visiting Research Associate at Kings College London), Jana Mohr Lone (Director and founder of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children and Affiliate Associate Professor), and Sara Goering (Program Director for the UW’s CPC and Associate Professor).

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon Philosophy Department and the University of Oregon Education Studies Department; the University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences has granted $6,000 to support the program.

For more information, contact Paul Bodin (, 541-686-9270).

January 25, 2016

Colloquium with Marilyn Fischer on Thursday, March 10

Fischer_MMarilyn Fischer, Professor Emerita at the University of Dayton, will speak on Thursday, 10 March 2016, in the Knight Library Browsing Room, 4:00-5:30 PM. The title of Dr. Fischer’s talk is “Pacifism and the Science of War: Addams on World War One.”

In the early twentieth century, scientists debated the implications of Darwinian evolution for human warfare. Some scientists identified war as an integral part of the competitive Darwinian struggle for the survival of the fittest. Other scientists stressed cooperation among members of the human species as having greater survival value. This lecture will explore how Jane Addams used arguments of “peace biologists” to support her commitments to pacifism throughout the war and to humanitarian relief efforts afterwards.

Addams to WILPF 1915The photo on the right is of the American Delegation on the ship, on their way to the International Congress of Women at The Hague, a gathering of women from both sides of the war and from neutral nations who wanted to see what they could do to bring the war to an end.

Addams McDowell Peace sign
In the photo to the left, Mary McDowell is on the left, and Jane Addams on the right.

For more information, please contact Scott Pratt

December 11, 2015

Rocío Zambrana selected for Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowship

Rocío Zambrana, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies, was selected to receive a 2016-2017 Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowship.

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

Read more about Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowships at:

Nicolae Morar selected for Wulf

Nicolae Morar, PhD Sept 2012 003_2Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, was selected to receive a 2016-17 Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf
 Professorship in the Humanities. Morar will use his Fellowship to design a new course in Clinical Ethics – a 10-week program (one week in the classroom and one week in the hospital, alternating) in order to explore ethical dilemmas as they emerge in a hospital setting. This opportunity would not be possible without the help of John Holmes (Director of Ethics at the Sacred Heart Medical Center) and the Oregon Humanities Center.

Read more about the Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities at:

Philosophy Undergraduate selected to participate in HURF program

Sarah Carey
Sarah Carey, a senior majoring in Philosophy, was selected to participate in the Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HURF) program while writing an Honors College thesis on colonialism, French identity, and film (Dr. Steven Brence, Senior Instructor in the University of Oregon Philosophy Department, is her advisor).  Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend to support them during their research experience.

Read more about the HURF program at:

December 10, 2015

Philosophy Undergraduate receives Gilman Scholarship

Ghoncheh Azadeh
Ghoncheh Azadeh, a junior majoring in Philosophy, was one of five students chosen (out of eleven UO applicants) to receive the Spring 2016 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad program costs.

Read the AroundtheO story.

December 8, 2015

Biopower: Foucault and Beyond — New Book from Nicolae Morar

Biopower_FullCoverNicolae Morar’s new book Biopower: Foucault and Beyond has been published by the University of Chicago Press.

Michel Foucault’s notion of “biopower” has been a highly fertile concept in recent theory, influencing thinkers worldwide across a variety of disciplines and concerns. In The History of Sexuality, Foucault famously employed the term to describe “a power bent on generating forces, making them grow, and ordering them, rather than one dedicated to impeding them, making them submit, or destroying them.” With this volume, Vernon W. Cisney and Nicolae Morar bring together leading contemporary scholars to explore the many theoretical possibilities that the concept of biopower has enabled in debates ranging from health-care rights to immigration laws, HIV prevention discourse, genomics medicine, and many other topics.

Biopower is a remarkable book. Although it contains essays written by the most important and well-known commentators on Foucault, it is really more than a study of Foucault’s concept of biopower. The majority of the essays expands, extends, and transforms the concept of biopower. Like all of the essays in the volume, the introduction written by Morar and Cisney is excellent. They are to be congratulated not only for organizing such an impressive volume, but guiding us through it with their analysis. This will be the definitive volume on biopower for decades to come.” (Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University)

For more information, visit the University of Chicago Press:

November 17, 2015

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 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.”

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