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May 23, 2017

Rocío Zambrana to receive NSSR Award

Rocío Zambrana, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was chosen to receive the New School for Social Research Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2017 graduation ceremony on May 18th.

May 18, 2017

Anna Cook named a 2017-18 Graduate Student Grant Awardee

Anna Cook, PhD candidate in the UO Department of Philosophy, was awarded a CSWS Graduate Student Research Grant for her dissertation Unable to Hear: Settler ignorance and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Center for the Study of Women in Society annually awards grants of up to $3,000 to UO graduate students to support their research and/or creative work on women and gender from a range of disciplines.

For more information on CSWS Research Grants, see

May 15, 2017

Steven Brence wins Herman Faculty Achievement Award

Steven Brence has won the Herman Faculty Achievement Award for his teaching. The Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching honors senior faculty members who have achieved outstanding records as teachers. The Herman Award is presented only to faculty members who have held academic rank at the University of Oregon for at least seven years, have demonstrated long-standing excellence in teaching, and have contributed significantly to student learning at the undergraduate or graduate level.

The Herman Award includes institutional recognition for teaching excellence and a permanent salary stipend. During the first year, faculty recipients receive $4,000, with annual stipends of $2,000 beginning in the second year.

April 14, 2017

Doctoral Student Eli Portella Awarded Tinker Field Research Grant

First year PhD student Eli Portella has been awarded a Tinker Field Research Grant by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. The grant will fund international field research in Havana, Cuba in the summer of 2017.

Her research project consists of historiographical, archival, as well as translation work. The project aims to survey exemplary instances of Cuban internationalism and situate these historical examples in relation to the parallel history of the development of neoliberal globalization. Beyond the more well-known phenomena of Cuban “medical internationalism,” the project will examine Cuban involvement in the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa, as well as collaborative internationalist projects in Ethiopia, Syria, Vietnam, Congo, Bolivia, Angola, and Nicaragua. This research will work toward a more comprehensive and geographically informed critique of neoliberalism, offering critical contributions to the existing Euro-Atlantic theoretical literature on neoliberalism.

Mark Johnson Receives Herbert W. Schneider Award

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy has awarded Mark Johnson the Herbert W. Schneider Award. The Schneider Award is the Society’s highest honor and each year is awarded to an individual who, during their entire career, has made distinguished contributions to the understanding and development of American philosophy. Past recipients include Richard Bernstein, Joseph Margolis, John Smith, Justus Buchler, Charlene Haddock Siegfried and John J. McDermott.

Johnson’s work includes The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason (Chicago, 1987), Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics (1993), and The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding (2007) and most recently Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science (2014). He is co-author, with George Lakoff, of Metaphors We Live By (Chicago, 2003) and Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought (Basic, 1999). He is also author of numerous articles and book chapters on a broad range of topics including philosophy of language, metaphor theory, aesthetics, recent moral theory, ethical naturalism, philosophy and cognitive science, embodied cognition, philosophical psychology, and American pragmatist philosophy. He taught in the Philosophy Department at Southern Illinois from 1977 until 1994. Johnson moved to the Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon in 1994, where he is Professor of Philosophy and Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

April 11, 2017

Nicolae Morar receives Faculty Research Award

Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, was one of twenty UO researchers who received Faculty Research Awards for 2017 for his proposal “A Critical Edition of Gilles Deleuze’s Seminar on Michel Foucault.” Faculty members receive up to $5,500 for research expenses during the coming fiscal year, including travel, equipment, supplies, contractual services, shared facility use, graduate or undergraduate student effort, or stipends during the summer months.

Read the AroundtheO story.

March 27, 2017

Current and former graduate students receive SAAP Awards

Lauren Eichler, UO Philosophy Department candidate, won a prize at the recent Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy annual meeting. The Committee on Inter-American Relations awarded Lauren the Inter-American Philosophy Award to the best submitted paper concerning Latin American, Latinx, or indigenous philosophies across the Americas that is presented at the Annual Meeting. The Award includes a cash prize, and the winning paper will be published in The Inter-American Journal of Philosophy.

Celia Bardwell-Jones (PhD Alum, 2007) received The Jane Addams Prize at the SAAP meeting. The Prize recognizes excellence in feminist scholarship in American philosophy. It is awarded to the best paper presented at the annual meeting on issues in feminist thought as they occur in American philosophies, including their intersections with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, (dis)ability and age, etc.

March 22, 2017

Bonnie Sheehey & Gus Skorburg receive OHC Dissertation Fellowships

UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidates Bonnie Sheehey and Gus Skorburg have been awarded Oregon Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowships for 2017-2018, which will provide a term of support free from teaching and for working on their dissertations.

Following the contention of Bruno Latour that critique has “run out of steam,” Bonnie Sheehey‘s dissertation “Reparative Critique: Temporality, Action, and Transformation in James, Foucault, and Latour” offers a philosophical framework for renewing and redirecting the work of critique along reparative lines, and argues that three figures supply valuable resources and insights for critique’s much-needed reparative turn. Representing diverse philosophical styles, William James, Michel Foucault, and Bruno Latour offer methods of critical inquiry invested with a set of positive metaphors, affects, attitudes, and habits of thought. In a resonant fashion, James, Foucault, and Latour undertake the work of reparative critique by orienting their methods of inquiry around an ensemble of shared concepts – action, temporality, and transformation. After proposing and defending a methodology of reparative critique, Bonnie then maps this methodology to current debates in political philosophy and media ethics.

Gus Skorburg‘s dissertation “Extended Virtues” is being written under the direction of Dr. Mark Johnson, Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The project draws on research in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of biology, social and personality psychology, feminist philosophy, and virtue ethics to develop a novel framework for examining the many ways in which context can promote or undermine human flourishing.

More information on 2017-18 Oregon Humanities Center Fellowship recipients can be found in the Spring 2017 OHC Newsletter at

January 11, 2017

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race — New Book from Naomi Zack

oxford-handbook-of-philosophy-and-raceNaomi Zack’s new book The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race has been published by Oxford University Press.

From the publisher’s website:
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race provides up-to-date explanation and analyses by leading scholars of contemporary issues in African American philosophy and philosophy of race. These original essays encompass the major topics and approaches in this emerging philosophical subfield that supports demographic inclusion and diversity while at the same time strengthening the conceptual arsenal of social and political philosophy.

Over the course of the volume’s ten topic-based sections, ideas about race held by Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche are supplemented by suppressed thought from the African diaspora, early twentieth-century African American perspectives and Native-, Asian-, and Latin-, American views. The contributors bring philosophical analysis to bear on the status of racial divisions as categories of humanity in the biological sciences, as well as within contemporary criticism and conceptual analysis. Essays present the special applications of American philosophy and continental philosophy to ideas of race as methodological alternatives to more analytic approaches. As a collection of analyses and assessments of ‘race’ in the real world, the volume pays trenchant and relevant attention to historical and contemporary racism and what it means to say that ‘race’ and racial identities are socially constructed.

The essays analyze contemporary social issues including the importance of racial difference and identity in education, public health, medicine, IQ and other standardized tests, and sports. Additionally, the essays consider the societal limitations and structures provided by public policy and law. As a critical theory, the volume compares the study of race to feminism. Historical and contemporary, academic and popular, racisms pertaining to male and female gender receive special consideration throughout the volume. While this comprehensive collection may have the effect of a textbook, each of the original essays is a fresh and authentic development of important present thought.”

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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

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