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November 14, 2018

Reviving the Social Compact — New Book from Naomi Zack

Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy, has published a new book, Reviving the Social Compact: Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics, with Rowman & Littlefield.

From the publisher’s website:
“Naomi Zack’s Reviving the Social Compact:Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics addresses current political and social upheaval and distress with new concepts for the relationship between citizens and government. Politics has become turbo-charged as a form of agonistic contest where candidates and the public become more focused on winning than on governing or holding the government accountable for the benefit of the people. This failure of the government to fulfill its part of the social contract calls for a new social compact wherein citizens as a collective whole make long-term resolutions outside of government institutions.

Analyzing present and evolving events, Zack reveals how race has exceeded intersection after formal rights have failed to correct ongoing discrimination; how class is no longer based on real life interests and has been manufactured and manipulated for political contest; how women have made spectacular progress but how the fame of elite women has left out poor, non-white women, transgender people, and sex workers; how natural disasters have not been (and perhaps cannot be) adequately prepared for or responded to by government; how environmental preservation becomes politicized; how homelessness could be fixed through capitalism; and how immigration reform has pivoted from inclusion to expulsion and why hospitality is an important civic virtue.

Reviving the Social Compact is a call for good citizenship. Voting is the first step—because in a divided two-party system, a change from one party to the other is tantamount to revolution—and a new understanding of the social compact can lead to the stable civic life we need at this time.”

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September 11, 2018

Anti-Cartesian Meditations and Transmodernity: From the Perspectives of Philosophy of Liberation — New Book from Alejandro Vallega

Professor Vallega’s collection of essays by Enrique Dussel, titled Anti-Cartesian Meditations and Transmodernity: From the Perspectives of Philosophy of Liberation, has been published by Uitgeverij Amrit/Amrit Publishers (the Hague).

Product description:
Author of more than 50 works, Argentine-Mexican philosopher of liberation Enrique Dussel (1934-) is one of the major figures in the development of world philosophies. He is one of the founders and the most recognized member of the group that begun philosophy of liberation in the early seventies in Argentina. He is also one of the major figures in the development of the theology of liberation in Latin America. Dussel’s work is generally seen in the English speaking world as related particularly to Latin American concerns such as: the social and political revolutions in Latin America in the Seventies, the birth of the theology of liberation, and the role in Latin America of pragmatism and neo-Marxist theory. However, as the present volume reveals, the scope of Dussel’s work is much larger as it points to a reconfiguration of the very way one understand the task and history of philosophy, ultimately offering a work necessary and pressing for today.

The book is edited and introduced by Alejandro Vallega and Ramón Grosfoguel.

August 24, 2018

New Editorial Team Chosen for Hypatia

After an extensive search, a new editorial team for Hypatia has been enthusiastically and unanimously accepted by the Search Committee, chaired by Kim Hall, the Task Force, chaired by Sally Haslanger, Serene Khader, and Yannik Thiem, and the newly reconstructed Nonprofit Board, chaired by Linda Martín Alcoff.

The new Co-Editors are: Bonnie J. Mann, Erin McKenna, Camisha Russell, and Rocío Zambrana, all of the University of Oregon. Sarah LaChance Adams from the University of Wisconsin – Superior, will take on the role of Managing Editor. Their five-year tenure will begin January 1, 2019.

The new editorial team is very diverse, both philosophically and demographically. They state that “Our first priority as an editorial team will be to build on Hypatia’s already strong reputation by increasing both the philosophical and the demographic pluralism of the journal.” We are confident that under their editorship Hypatia will be an important resource for feminist thinking that is philosophical, interdisciplinary, and intersectional.

This will be the second time Hypatia has found a home at the University of Oregon. The Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon is recognized as one of the foremost PhD-granting programs nationally and internationally to feature feminist philosophy as a key area of research. Its faculty includes recognized experts in a broad range of feminist thought. In Spring 2018 the University of Oregon had eighteen PhD students working in feminist philosophy as a central focus; seven of these were international students.

The new editorial team will be supported by the University of Oregon’s Philosophy Department and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, a research center that promotes scholarship on gender and sexuality. They will also be supported by the University of Wisconsin – Superior.

The Task Force and Nonprofit Board want to express our deep appreciation for all the important work done between July 2017 and December 2018 to keep Hypatia running. In particular, we would like to thank the Hypatia Interim Co-Editors: Ann Garry, Serene Khader, and Alison Stone, and Managing Editor, Miranda Pilipchuk, as well as the Interim Co-Editors of Hypatia Reviews Online, Joan Woolfrey and Simon Ruchti, and Managing Editor, Maja Sidzinska.

Nicolae Morar Receives a Second NEH Grant

Nicolae Morar (Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Environmental Studies), along with Daniel W. Smith (Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University) and Thomas Nail (Associate Professor of Philosophy University of Denver & UO Alumni) have recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to translate a series of seminar lectures given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. This is the second NEH grant that Morar, Nail, and Smith have received in order to translate and to develop a critical edition of seminar series.

The three-year award for $294,236 will allow the team to translate several lectures that Deleuze (1925–1995) gave at the University of Paris 8, where he taught for many years. The translations will be posted online and freely available to scholars at the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR).

Deleuze, who authored more than 25 books, is widely recognized as one of the most influential and important French philosophers of the second half of the 20th century. Several of his books, such as Nietzsche and Philosophy and Difference and Repetition, have become classics in their fields. Large crowds attended his seminars from 1979–1987, and recordings of Deleuze’s lectures were ultimately archived at the the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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 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.

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 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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