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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”).

September 28, 2016

Maggie Newton Receives Kimble Award

newton-maggie-resizedPh.D. student Maggie Newton was recently awarded the Kimble Teaching Award for leading outstanding discussion sections during 2015-2016.

The Kimble First-Year Teaching Award, named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, is jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies, and is administered by the Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP). The award is designed to recognize outstanding teaching performance and reflective practice by graduate employees (GEs) in their first year of college-level classroom experience.

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 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.

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