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Philosophy major Mathew Rabon will be presenting his paper, “A Social Ontology of Art,” at the annual conference for the Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics in Philadelphia on April 16. His paper was anonymized (along with papers from professors and graduate students) and professionally reviewed before selection. Congratulations, Matt!

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Congratulations to Anthony Garruzzo who, sponsored by Prof. Neufeld, was awarded a Student Research Fellowship by The Humanities Council of South Carolina for his project “Nelson Goodman and Conceptual Relativism.” The fellowship will pay for travel to conferences where Anthony will present his work.

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Prof. Rachel McKinnon will be presenting her paper Yikkety Yak, Who Said That? The Epistemology of Anonymous Assertions at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in March.

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Prof. Baker will chair two sessions Personal Identity and Attribution and Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue.

Prof. Coseru will chair the session “Author Meets Critic: Jin Y. Park’s Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun: Essays by Zen Master Kim Iryop

Prof. Krasnoff  will  give a paper at a book symposium on Chris W. Suprenant, Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue

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Prof. Baker To Speak at James Madison University

Posted by: swinke | September 3, 2015 | No Comment |

Professor Jennifer Baker will be delivering a speech on Visible Hands: Virtue and the Market at James Madison University on September 16 at 5:30 in the evening.

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Prof. Nadelhoffer To Give Keynote Address

Posted by: swinke | September 3, 2015 | No Comment |

Professor Thomas Nadelhoffer will be speaking at the Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY on September 11th & 12th.

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Professor Sheridan Hough’s book Kierkegaard’s The Dancing Tax Collector: Faith, Finitude, and Silence has been published by Oxford University Press.

From the Publisher:

Kierkegaard’s account of the life of faith turns on an astonishing claim: a person living faithfully continually enjoys, and takes part in, everything. What can this assertion actually mean? The pseudonymous author of Fear and Trembling, Johannes de silentio, imagines what such a human being might look like; indeed, as de silentio puts it, “He looks just like a tax collector.” This seemingly ordinary person, in his “movements” of faith, finds infinite significance and an absorbing joy in his environment, from moment to moment. How does he do it? This characterization of faithful comportment is unique in the Kierkegaardian corpus, and becomes the tantalizing centerpiece of an exploration of the Kierkegaardian self.

Sheridan Hough embarks on a groundbreaking “existential/ phenomenological” investigation of the uncanny abilities of the faithful life through an analysis of Kierkegaard’s “spheres of existence”; each sphere reveals a specific kind of significance, and indeed a way of “being in the world.” Hough employs a distinctively original narrative voice, one that examines Kierkegaard’s ontology from the perspective of his pseudonymous voices, and from the characters that they create. This approach is both descriptive and diagnostic: by understanding what someone living out an aesthetic, ethical, or a religious existence seeks to achieve, the phenomenon of the faithful life, and its demands, comes into sharper focus. This faith is not simply some thought about God’s greatness-indeed, the “propositional content” of faith is a central issue of the book. Instead, Hough argues that Kierkegaardian faith is the hallmark of the fullest flowering of a human life, one achieved in ways only hinted at in the demeanor of the cheerful and enigmatic “tax collector,” an existential task in which “temporality, finitude is what it is all about.”

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Prof. McKinnon’s Book The Norms of Assertion Published

Posted by: Kate Kenney-Newhard | July 20, 2015 | No Comment |

Professor Rachel McKinnon’s book The Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant has been published by Palgrave MacMillan Press.

From the publisher:

Suppose that you ask me what time an upcoming meeting starts, and I say, ‘4 p.m.’ Whenever we make claims like this, we’re asserting. If the meeting is really at 3:30 p.m., you’ll be late, and probably rather upset that I told you the wrong time. In some sense, it seems like I’m on the hook for having said something false. This sense that I’ve done something wrong suggests that there are certain standards of evaluating assertions: a way of distinguishing between good and bad, appropriate and inappropriate. We call these standards norms.

This book is about the norms of assertion. Various philosophers have typically attempted to articulate the level of epistemic support required for properly asserting. Some argue, for example, that one must know what one asserts. Others argue that one merely needs to justifiably believe what one asserts–an epistemic standing weaker than knowledge. The purpose of this book is to defend what I propose as the central norm governing our practice of assertion, which I call the Supportive Reasons Norm (SRN).

In rough outline, the standards for warrantedly asserting shift with changes in context, although knowledge is never required for warrantedly asserting. In fact, in some special contexts, speakers may warrantedly lie. This latter feature particularly sets apart my view from others in the debate.

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Prof. McKinnon Interviewed for the UnMute Podcast

Posted by: Kate Kenney-Newhard | July 20, 2015 | No Comment |

Professor Rachel McKinnon was recently interviewed as part of the philosophy podcast series UnMute.  She discussed her recent work on allies and ally culture.  The episode can be found here.

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Congratulation to Our Newest Alumni

Posted by: Kate Kenney-Newhard | June 10, 2015 | No Comment |

On a beautiful spring day (May 16), nine philosophy majors walked across the Cistern to receive their diplomas and join the ranks of CofC alumni.  (Four additional        students completed their degrees, but chose not to attend the commencement ceremonies).  It is a privilege to be able to teach such fine young men and women.  Congratulations to our 2015 graduates and award winners!

2015 Graduates: (double major noted in parentheses)

Chris Carron (Psychology)
Gabriel Davidson
Patrick Ferri
Matt Fiacco
Thomas Garrison
Jason Herman
Jillian Patton
William Price (Political Science)
Nick Schloss
Rebecca Stanley (Political Science)
Erin Trent
Jordan van Horn
Jake Webb (Math; Honors College)
2015 Award Winners: The following award winners were recognized at a departmental luncheon.

Outstanding Students: Jordan van Horn, Chris Carron

Departmental Honors: Jake Webb

HSS Scholars: Rebecca Stanley and Jake Webb
Career Plans: Gabriel Davidson and Jake Webb have accepted teaching positions (in Baltimore, MD and France, respectively).  William Price will attend the University of Connecticut Law School.  Chris Carron, Patrick Ferri, Thomas Garrison Rebecca Stanley, Jordan van Horn, and Jake Webb all plan to apply to graduate or professional schools, with interests in philosophy, psychology, law school, and the ministry.

2015 GraduationAward Lunch IAward Lunch II

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