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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

March 10, 2017

Nicolae Morar on UO Today

Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor & 2016-2017 Wulf Professor of Humanities in the UO Departments of Philosophy & Environmental Studies, was interviewed by Paul Peppis for UO Today along with John Holmes, Director of Ethics for PeaceHealth Oregon & Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. In the interview (available as streaming video online), Morar and Holmes discuss teaching PHIL 410: Clinical Ethics, crn 25022, at the University of Oregon during Winter 2017. The class examines theoretical ethical problems that arise in medical care. Half of the class is held at Sacred Heart Hospital River Bend Campus where students explore the practical application of ethics in a health care setting. Dr. Morar developed the class with support from the Oregon Humanities Center’s Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities.

Read the AroundtheO story.

March 7, 2017

TK Landázuri celebrates 30 Years of Service

The UO Philosophy Department’s Undergraduate & Graduate Program Coordinator, TK Landázuri, celebrated 30 Years of Service with her UO colleagues in the Ford Alumni Center on Thursday February 9, 2017. As the event coincided with the annual Faculty Meeting for PhD Admission Decisions, none of the Philosophy Department Faculty were able to attend; however, the intrepid and ingenious instructors surprised TK with a celebration three weeks later.  In this photo, TK is seated to the right of her supervisor, Pat Martin.  Standing behind, from left to right are Beata Stawarska, Naomi Zack, Steven Brence, Bonnie Mann, Daniela Vallega-Neu, Erin McKenna, Peter Warnek, Colin Koopman, and Nicolae Morar.

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.”

For more information, visit

December 22, 2016

CFP Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology & announcement of Critical Phenomenology RIG

Dear UO Philosophy Community,

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new project taking shape within our own department. Puncta is a new, open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal seeking submissions for its inaugural issue “Critical Times” for intended publication in October 2017. It is our belief that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology via analyses of socio-political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures.

Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sara Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join our efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research.

Please see the CFP for our inaugural issue and direct all inquiries to We invite you to take a look at our website:

We want to take the opportunity to additionally announce that we have been officially recognized as a RIG, and invite anyone who has an interest in critical and applied phenomenology to please get in touch. Whether you have an interest in working on the journal, or would like to be a part of a reading group concentrating on issues in contemporary phenomenology, we invite you to join and help shape the Critical Phenomenology RIG.


The Editors and Co-founders of Puncta

Martina Ferrari, Devin Fitzpatrick, Shannon Hayes, Sarah McLay, Kaja Rathe, and Amie Zimmer

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