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March 18, 2020

Doctoral Candidates receive Douglas Greenlee Prize

UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidates Maggie Newton and Rebekah Sinclair won the Douglas Greenlee Prize for best paper (“A/Peracernos: Rethinking the Multipliciious Self as ‘Haunted’ with Anzladúa, La Malinche, and Other Ghosts”) by a graduate student or scholar awarded a PhD within the last 5 years at the recent SAAP Conference.

March 16, 2020

Philosophy Alum Publishes first book

Larry Alan Busk (Ph.D, 2018) has published his first book with Rowman and Littlefield International, Democracy in Spite of the Demos: From Arendt to the Frankfurt School.

The book features a preface by Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers, and examines the limits of “democracy” as a critical category in twenty-first century political thought, and argues that phenomena such as climate skepticism and popular xenophobia indicate that democracy cannot be understood as an end in itself.

More information is available at:

March 9, 2020

Two New Books 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, has announced two new books, both with titles evoking undergraduate studies in philosophy.

The first, The Joy of Running qua Running, was published 3 March 2020 by Inside the Curtain Press. The second, Being on the Oregon Coast, will be published in September 2020 by Homebound Publications.

January 24, 2020

UO Philosophy team funded for Data Science Ethics

A joint UO-OHSU interdisciplinary team was selected for funding to organize a series of workshops on topics in “Responsible Data Science: Social Impacts and Ethical Challenges”. The team includes Colin Koopman, Department of Philosophy; Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy & Environmental Studies; Kristen Bell, Law School; Ramon Alvarado, Department of Philosophy; and graduate student Paul Showler, Department of Philosophy. The OHSU side of the collaboration is headed up by bioethicist and neurologist Eran Klein along with computer scientist and ethicist Steven Bedrick. The team will deliver workshops for research faculty and their lab researchers on both campuses beginning this spring term. Topics will include: algorithmic bias & discrimination, data privacy, and the impacts of information systems in human agency & identity. Other projects funded through the Data Science Initiative are noted at AroundtheO:

Ramón Alvarado on UO Today

Ramón Alvarado, assistant professor of Philosophy and an affiliate of UO’s Data Science Initiative, discusses his work in data ethics. He defines the concepts of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; and talks about the bias of algorithms and the emergence of surveillance capitalism.

January 16, 2020

New MAP (Minorities in Philosophy) Chapter at UO

Minorities and PhilosophyAt the end of Fall 2019, Annie Ring (philosophy doctoral student) and Audrey Saltarelli-Fayad (philosophy master’s student) succeeded in establishing a MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Chapter here at the University of Oregon. Although MAP is primarily an organization for graduate students, the effort here will be to more fully integrate our undergraduate and graduate students.

The first event hosted by the chapter is scheduled to be held on Thursday January 16 from 4-5pm in 250C Susan Campbell Hall. ALL undergraduate philosophy students are invited to attend and participate. This will be the first meeting of a weekly reading group. The text being considered tonight is an article by Professors Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang titled “Decolonization is not a metaphor.”

You can read about the international MAP organization at

Audrey has described the mission of the UO Chapter this way:

“Our goal with Map is two fold:
1) our goal is to amplify more marginalized voices in the field of philosophy and create a space for multicultural and intersectional discussions in relation to the field. Every week we will we will have a different article lead by a different grad student. The goal is to create a comfortable space were we are all able to discuss ideas as equals.
2) our second goal is to build better connections between grads and undergrads. The goal is to create a strong community among the students here at UO and to learn from each other and support each other in new and exciting ways.”

The goal of the chapter is one of inclusion, so everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. If you share the goal of a strong and inclusive community in our department, regardless of whether you come from an underrepresented group or not, please come and be assured that you will be entirely welcome.

January 15, 2020

Amie Zimmer published in APA Blog series

Amie Leigh Zimmer (UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidate) has published in the APA Blog’s series on Women in Philosophy:

January 9, 2020

Philosophy Alumna receives MLK award

Celena Simpson (Ph.D. 2019) received the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Diversity Practitioner Award. Celena is being recognized because she demonstrates excellence in her role as a diversity practitioner on and beyond campus.

December 19, 2019

Beata Stawarska appointed as 2020 STIAS Fellow

Beata Stawarska has been appointed a 2020 Fellow at in South Africa (for Winter and Spring 2020). Stawarska will be working on a research project titled: The Morality of Martiality: Beyond Good and Evil in Liberation Struggles. More information is available at:

Beata Stawarska awarded Wulf Professorship

Beata Stawarska has been awarded the 2020-21 Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities by the Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon. Stawarska will be developing an upper division undergraduate course: African Philosophies (PHIL 399), and she will teach the course in Fall 2020. She will also sponsor lectures by distinguished contemporary African philosophers in Fall 2020.

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