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August 26, 2020

Beata Stawarska publishes on Fanon and Beauvoir’s views of violence with Wits UP

Violence, Slavery and Freedom between Hegel and Fanon
Ed. Ph. Van Haute, U. Kistner

Hegel is most often mentioned – and not without good reason – as one of the paradigmatic exponents of Eurocentrism and racism in Western philosophy. But his thought also played a crucial and formative role in the work of one of the iconic thinkers of the ‘decolonial turn’, Frantz Fanon. This would be inexplicable if it were not for the much-quoted ‘lord-bondsman’ dialectic – frequently referred to as the ‘master-slave dialectic’ – described in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Fanon takes up this dialectic negatively in contexts of violence-riven (post-)slavery and colonialism; yet in works such as Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth he upholds a Hegelian-inspired vision of freedom.

The essays in this collection offer close readings of Hegel’s text, and of responses to it in the work of twentieth-century philosophers, that highlight the entangled history of the translations, transpositions and transformations of Hegel in the work of Fanon, and more generally in colonial, postcolonial and decolonial contexts.

July 20, 2020

Colin Koopman publishes article with Public Books

Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Pre-Law Advisor, Ethics Minor Director, and Director of New Media & Culture Certificate Program, has published an article with Public Books “How to Hear Campus Free Speech” which asks if a pragmatic approach to free speech on campus can produce more inclusive institutions.

Monthly Data Ethics Webinar

The Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon — in collaboration with the Oregon Humanities Center as well as with faculty at the University of Kansas and Koç University — is pleased to host a monthly webinar-style conversation series on Data Ethics.

The webinar will consist of two online meetings a month. The first meeting will be a seminar style discussion based on assigned readings for the monthly topic; a second monthly public meeting will be reserved to welcome a speaker for a thorough discussion/talk of a topic in data ethics.

To attend the speaker series please visit this webpage. In order to attend (via Zoom) the monthly discussion sessions please email Ramón Alvarado at with subject line “data ethics webinar”

Webinar Program

June 30, 2020

Ricardo Friaz elected to the APA’s Graduate Student Council

Ricardo Friaz was elected to one of the two open positions on the American Philosophical Association’s Graduate Student Council (GSC). All members of the GSC serve two-year terms. Terms begin each year on July 1. GSC members’ terms are staggered: half of the GSC members (four appointed members and two elected members) serve terms beginning in even years and the other half serve terms beginning in odd years. Created in 2017, the GSC serves as a liaison between the graduate students in the discipline of philosophy and the APA, with the aim of reporting to the board of officers on issues of interest, concern, and relevance to philosophy graduate students. The GSC advises the board on how to best serve and support graduate students and may take up projects of its own, either by decision of the GSC or by assignment of the board of officers.The GSC consists of eight appointed members, and four elected members.

June 16, 2020

Anti-racism statement

Black Lives Matter! The philosophy department at the University of Oregon categorically rejects racism, white supremacy, and police brutality.

The philosophy department at the University of Oregon stand in solidarity with our Black brothers, sisters, and non-binary siblings against anti-Black racism in all forms. As a community of scholars who are committed to studying race and other voices in the margins as part of our core curriculum, we know that this violence is not new. The United States is built upon stolen and looted Indigenous land under the justification of manifest destiny and settler-colonialism. Furthermore, the infrastructure of this country was built with the stolen and enslaved labor of Black bodies. Racism is the legacy of this country that is still be carried out to this day. Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Justin Howell are just some of the more recent victims in the history of a system that was designed to uphold white supremacy.

Furthermore, as philosophers we recognize the role that some philosophy has had in a justification for past actions in this country. But we also recognize the incredible role the philosopher can play in a revolution. People like Franz Fanon, bell Hooks, Cornel West, Angela Davis and various other Black scholars have showed us through their words and through their actions the vital importance of standing in solidarity with Black voices speaking and working against racism on departmental to global scales. Black philosophers continue to do the work of their own liberation while dealing with blatant racism, discrimination, and crushing micro-aggressions. In this department, we are committed to protecting and celebrating our Black professors, graduate students, undergraduate and staff. The work before us require herculean effort; however, racial justice can only be achieved by understanding the breadth and depth of white supremacy and working together to radically shift the balance of power. We cannot ever be complacent. We must fight racism in all its form. We must not be afraid to challenge and resist the status quo imposed by white supremacy. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

June 12, 2020

Amie Zimmer receives Best Submission Award

Amie Leigh Zimmer (UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidate) received the award for the “Best Submission by a Graduate Student” for the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s (SPEP) 59th annual meeting for the paper “Kant’s Conjectures: the Genesis of the Feminine.” The meeting has been postponed until 2021.

Amie Zimmer publishes in JSP

Amie Leigh Zimmer (UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidate) has published an article “Fichte’s Existential Logic” in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (JSP):

May 4, 2020

Maggie Newton selected for Englund Dissertation Fellowship

Maggie Newton, doctoral candidate in Philosophy, was selected to receive the 2020-21 Eric Englund Dissertation Research Fellowship, which gives a full year of funding to complete her dissertation.

April 29, 2020

Beata Stawarska publishes a new book with Palgrave Macmillan

Beata Stawarska, Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology, Palgrave Macmillan (2020)

This is the first English-language guidebook geared at an interdisciplinary audience that reflects relevant scholarly developments related to the legacy and legitimacy of Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics (1916) today. It critically assesses the relation between materials from the Course and from the linguist’s Nachlass (works unpublished or even unknown at Saussure’s death, some of them recently discovered). This book pays close attention to the set of oppositional pairings: the signifier and the signified, la langue (language system) and la parole (speech), and synchrony and diachrony, that became the hallmark of structuralism across the humanities. Sometimes referred to as the “Saussurean doctrine,” this hierarchical conceptual apparatus becomes revised in favor of a horizontal set of relations, which co-involves speaking subjects and linguistic structures. This book documents the continued relevance of Saussure’s linguistics in the 21st Century, and it sheds light on its legacy within structuralism and phenomenology. The reader can consult the book on its own, or in tandem with the 1916 Course.

March 23, 2020

Doctoral Candidate receives OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Rebekah Sinclair has been awarded an OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The purpose of the Graduate Research Support Fellowship program is to stimulate humanities research and support graduate education by providing doctoral students with resources to assist with their doctoral research and the completion of their dissertations.

Rebekah’s dissertation title is “Species Trouble: A Pluralist Problematization of the Discourse of Species”

Congratulations, Rebekah!

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