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July 11, 2018

A Way Home: Oregon Essays — New Book from Scott F. Parker

Scott F. Parker, Spring 2004 R.D. Clark Honors College Bachelor of Science graduate with a double major in General Science/Philosophy with departmental honors, and with an Economics minor, is awaiting the August release of his most recent book A Way Home: Oregon Essays, published by Kelson Books. The book recently received a starred review from Kirkus: Parker has announced the possibility of giving a reading in the Eugene area later this summer.

June 28, 2018

Anna Cook Holds Dissertation Defense on Wednesday July 18

Doctoral Candidate Anna Cook will defend her dissertation “Unable to Hear: Settler Ignorance and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission” on Wednesday July 18 at 10:00am in the Philosophy Department Conference Room (250C Susan Campbell Hall) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Cook Dissertation Defense Poster

June 19, 2018

Philosophy Faculty Receive Faculty Excellence Awards

Daniela Vallega-Neu, Department Head and Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Rocío Zambrana, Associate Professor of Philosophy, are two of the fifteen University of Oregon faculty members selected for the prestigious Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards.

The award letter from the Provost includes the following description: “This honor is granted in recognition of the significant impact of your scholarly work and your enduring commitment and contribution to our shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry, and service. This fund, made possible by the generous donation of Lorry Lokey, is designed to further the University’s strategic commitment to sustain and improve academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty.”

In a very competitive process, Rocío and Daniela have been selected by a committee of senior faculty as among this University’s best.

Read the AroundtheO story.

June 12, 2018

Team led by two UO Philosophy Professors receives Collaboration Seed Project Grant

Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Environmental Studies, and Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Ethics Minor Director, and Director of New Media & Culture Certificate Program, are leaders of a group that put together and won a $15k UO-OHSU Collaboration Seed Project grant.

The project title is “Oregon Center for Law, Ethics and Neuroscience” and the description is as follows: “Data-driven advances in neuroscience – including Big Data analytics, machine learning methods, stem cell transplantation, gene editing – are rapidly transforming health, human behavior, and society. The promises of neuroscience will neither be fully realized nor responsibly pursued unless the ethical, legal and public policy challenges brought by these and other transformations are anticipated. This convening grant will help to incubate the development of a collaborative UO-OHSU Center for Law, Ethics and Neuroscience to help address these important issues.”

June 6, 2018

UO Philosophy Alum Makes Philosophical Contribution to Institutional Diversity

Dr. Amrita Banerjee (UO PhD in Philosophy, Spring 2011) has published an article “Diversity as Poise: Toward a Renewed Ethics of Diversity” in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy.

May 30, 2018

Martina Ferrari receives Iris Marion Young Prize

Martina Ferrari, doctoral candidate in Philosophy, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Iris Marion Young Prize for her essay “Decolonizing Silence” by the SPEP Committee on the Status of Women.

Congratulations, Martina!

May 22, 2018

Mark Johnson selected for Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award

Mark Johnson, Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of seven University of Oregon faculty members selected for a 2018 Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

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April 18, 2018

UO Philosophy students receive OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowships

Doctoral student Devin Fitzpatrick (soon to be ABD) and doctoral candidate Joshua Kerr are two of three UO graduate students to receive OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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

Devin’s dissertation title is “Ethics for the Depressed: On Experiences and Enhancement of Value.”

Joshua’s dissertation title is “The Hybris of Plants: Reinterpreting Philosophy through Vegetal Life.”

Congratulations Devin and Joshua!

April 17, 2018

Colin Koopman receives Faculty Research Award

Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Ethics and Director of the New Media & Culture Certificate Program, is a Faculty Research Award recipient for 2018 for his project “How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person.”

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation awarded 20 researchers and scholars in ethnic studies, philosophy, creative writing, physics, psychology, special education and clinical sciences and other fields.

Read the AroundtheO story.

April 12, 2018

Heidegger’s Poietic Writings: From Contributions to Philosophy to the Event — New Book from Daniela Vallega-Neu

Daniela Vallega-Neu, Head of Philosophy and Associate Professor of Philosophy, published her new book Heidegger’s Poietic Writings: From Contributions to Philosophy to the Event with Indiana University Press (ISBN: 978-0-253-03388-8).

Engaging the development of Heidegger’s non-public writings on the event between 1936 and 1941, Daniela Vallega-Neu reveals what Heidegger’s private writings kept hidden. Vallega-Neu takes readers on a journey through these volumes, which are not philosophical works in the traditional sense as they read more like fragments, collections of notes, reflections, and expositions. In them, Vallega-Neu sees Heidegger searching for a language that does not simply speak about being, but rather allows a sense of being to emerge in his thinking and saying. She focuses on striking shifts in the tone and movement of Heidegger’s thinking during these important years. Skillfully navigating the unorthodox and intimate character of these writings, Vallega-Neu provides critical insights into questions of attunement, language, the body, and historicity in Heidegger’s thinking.

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