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Talk by Maria Brincker (UMass Boston)

This Friday, Maria Brincker (UMass Boston) will deliver a lecture on "Aesthetic Perception and the asymmetry of beholder and beheld." The lecture will take place from 3-5 pm in Clement Hall 317.

Professor Tollefsen publishes new book

Professor Deborah Tollefsen's new book Groups as Agents has been published with Polity. Professor Tollefsen offers a survey of contemporary philosophers' answers to questions about group minds, collective intentionality, and moral and legal responsibilities of groups. She argues that certain groups should be treated as agents and deserve to be held morally accountable.

Groups as Agents

Professor Anderson delivered Procter Memorial Lecture at Wellesley College

Professor Luvell Anderson delivered the Thomas Hayes Procter Memorial Lecture at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, on March 11. In his lecture, titled "Can White People Appreciate Rap?," Anderson argued that certain background experiences are necessary for appreciating particular cultural art forms.

Changing the Face of Philosophy

In the most recent newsletter of the College for Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department at the University of Memphis is recognized for its efforts to contribute to diversity in the profession. With the support of the University and the Graduate School, the Provost Predoctoral Diversity Awards for qualified students of underrepresented groups have been critical in the department's success. Having already graduated ten African American philosophers, the department is currently training six Black doctoral students, four Hispanic graduate students, as well as one Asian-American student. 

The article is available here.

Schedule of events, spring 2015

Jan. 23

Faculty Research Forum: Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis), 3-5 pm, CL 317

Jan. 24

Faculty Retreat, 9 am-2 pm, Alumni Center

Jan. 30

Philosophy Circle Workshop “Applying to Philosophy Graduate Programs,” Mary Beth Mader (Memphis), 1-3 pm, CL 329 [All interested students are welcome.]

Feb. 13

Pizza and Pedagogy, 1-3 pm CL 329

Graduate Student Colloquium, 3-5 pm, CL 213

Feb. 25

Sina Kramer (Loyola Marymount), "Derrida's 'Antigonanette:' On the Quasi-Transcendental," 12.30pm, CL 213

Feb. 27-28

Graduate Conference “Behind the Bars: The Future of Prisons”  

Mar. 20

Simco Lecture: Louise Antony (UMass Amherst), 3-5pm, CL 317

Mar. 27

Moss Lecture: Dorothée Legrand (ENS, Paris), "Ethical Practice: How does the Body shape the Clinical Encounter?" 3-5pm, CL 317

Mar. 28

Marie Curie and Moss Workshop: "Anxiety: a workshop on the phenomenology and embodiment of anxiety"

Speakers: Dorothée Legrand (ENS, Paris), Drew Leder (Loyola), Louis Sass (Rutgers), Dylan Trigg (Memphis/UCD)

For more information see the workshop website.

Apr. 3

Maria Brincker (UMass Boston), "Aesthetic perception and the asymmetry of beholder and beheld," 3-5pm, CL 317

Apr. 10

Pizza and Pedagogy, 1-3 pm, CL 329

Graduate Colloquia, 3-5 pm, CL 213

Apr. 17

Philosophy Circle Talk: Jon Cogburn (LSU), 12:30-2:30 pm, CL 329

Department Speakers Series: Jon Cogburn and Mark Allen Ohm (LSU), 3-5 pm, CL 317

Apr. 24

Professor Hoke Robinson will deliver a farewell lecture on the occasion of his retirement titled "Kant on Intuitions, Concepts, and Communal Interaction." 3-5pm, CL 317

April 30-May 2

PhD Alumni 25th Anniversary Conference, University Center, Details TBA

New issue of Sophia

The Fall 2014 issue of Sophia, the department's newsletter, is now available. Read about recent developments and the department's various programs, and get to know our faculty and students here.


Faculty Books: New, Forthcoming, In Press, Under Contract

- Stephan Blatti (co-edited with Paul Snowdon) Essays on Animalism: Persons, Animals, and Identity (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
- Stephan Blatti (co-edited with Sandra Lapointe) Ontology After Carnap (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
- Stephan Blatti (ed.) Spindel Supplement (“The Lives of Human Animals”), The Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (2014).
- Pleshette DeArmitt, The Right to Narcissism: A Case for an Im-possible Self-Love (Fordham University Press, 2014).
- Remy Debes (ed.) Dignity: The History of a Concept (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
- Remy Debes (co-edited with Karsten Steuber) Ethical Sentimentalism (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).
- Shaun Gallagher (co-edited), Oxford Handbook of Cognition: Embodied, Enactive, Extended (under contract, Oxford University Press).
- Shaun Gallagher, The Phenomenological Mind (2nd ed.) appeared in Spanish and Korean translations (2013).
- Kas Saghafi and Pleshette DeArmitt (co-editors), Remains: Jacques Derrida (under contract, Edinburgh University Press).
- Deborah Tollefsen, Groups as Agents (Polity, 2015).
- Somogy Varga, Naturalism, Hermeneutics and Mental Disorder (under contract, Oxford University Press).
- Somogy Varga, Ruptured Selves: Embodied Cognition and Mental Disorder (under contract, MIT Press).
- Somogy Varga (co-edited with Michelle Merritt) Special Issue of Cognitive Systems Research (“Socially Extended Mind”) (2013).

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