On the occasion of his retirement, Professor Hoke Robinson will deliver a farewell
lecture on "Kant on Intuitions, Concepts, and Communal Interaction." The lecture will
take place on Friday, April 24, from 3-5pm in Clement Hall 317. A celebration of Professor
Robinson's contributions and retirement will follow at the opening reception of the
PhD Alumni 25th Anniversary Conference on April 30.
Professor Robinson, who received his PhD at SUNY Stony Brook, joined the department
in 1981. He is a specialist on Kant, rationalism, and the history of modern philosophy,
and his work has appeared in Kant-Studien, the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and
the Journal of the History of Philosophy. Professor Robinson has been a Humboldt Fellow
at the Universities of Mainz and Freiburg, and he is a past president of both the
North American Kant Society and the Southwestern Philosophical Society.
Professor Robinson has also served the department in various ways, most recently as
Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The faculty, staff, and students at the Department of Philosophy at the University
of Memphis will miss Professor Robinson and wish him joy and happiness in the years
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.