News & Blog
Welcome to the Department’s news and blog page. Scroll down to see a blog of news about the Department.
Are you a GSU Philosophy student, alumna, or alumnus with news to share? Send it to Felicia Thomas.
We are thrilled to announce that Kay Craigie (GSU Phil BA ’68) has issued a fundraising challenge to GSU’s philosophy community. For every dollar we raise, Kay will give two dollars! Her challenge to us is to raise $5,000, and then she will give $10,000. These funds will go to the Philosophy Student Support Fund. They will help philosophy students who excel academically and have financial need. We have so many philosophy majors like that!
You may give at https://netcommunity.gsu.edu/make-a-gift, choose OTHER as the Designation, and then type Philosophy Student Support Fund or the fund number 020306. Or you may give by check.*
As Kay is fond of saying, “Philosophy helps you smell the BS before you step in it.” I urge to join Kay in helping our students avoid stepping in it!
Where to go to study Nietzsche: GSU MA “remains far and away the best choice” in the US
On Brian Leiter’s Nietzsche Blog, the 2014 edition of “Where to go to study Nietzsche” reports that
“For a student looking to do a terminal M.A. […] in the U.S., Georgia State University remains far and away the best choice: in addition to solid coverage of moral, political and legal philosophy, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science, the department has two well-known scholars who work on Nietzsche (Jessica Berry and Gregory Moore), and two other faculty who work on Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy (Sebastian Rand and Eric Wilson).”
The full post can be found at
Posted on 9/12/2014
Dr. Neil Van Leeuwen featured
Dr. Neil Van Leeuwen was featured on England’s Daily Mail.
Posted on 10/23/14
Ayesha Kird featured
Our phil major Ayesha Kirk was featured on the Honors College web page.
Posted on 10/14/14
Dr. Dan Weiskopf featured
Dr. Dan Weiskopf currently the Featured Scholar on The Brains Blog.
Posted on 10/14/14
How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader (Harvard Business Review)
A recent piece on the web site of the Harvard Business Review
Posted on 10/6/14
Dr. Justin Coates (MA 2007) on Flickers of Freedom
Justin Coates’ entries on the blog Flickers of Freedom.
Posted on 10/2/14
Andrea Scarantino Wins Humboldt Fellowship
Dr. Andrea Scarantino has been awarded Humboldt Fellowship. For more information.
Posted on 9/10/14
Bret Mullin at the joint meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Society and the Hegel, Analytic Philosophy, and Formal Logic Conference
Bret Mullins’ paper, paper “The Inconsistency of Gauthier’s Market Contractarianism,” has been accepted for presentation at the joint meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Society and the Hegel, Analytic Philosophy, and Formal Logic Conference.
Posted on 9/9/2014
Jay Spitzley at Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference
Jay Spitzley’s paper, “Why Pereboom’s Four-Case Manipulation Argument is Manipulative,” has been accepted for presentation at the Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference at Florida State University.
Posted on 9/4/2014
Nathan Houck at Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference
Nathan Houck’s paper, “Arguing Against Smilansky’s Funishment Reductio on Deontological Grounds,” has been accepted for presentation at the Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference at Florida State University.
Posted on 9/3/2014
Bobby Bingle Wins 2014 Munster Award
Bobby Bingle has been chosen by the faculty as the 2014 Munster Award winner. The Munster Award is given by the faculty to a graduate student at the end of their first year on the basis of academic excellence, including (but not limited to) course grades, courses taken, and participation in academically-oriented departmental activities. This award was endowed by a generous contribution from Dr. Ralf Munster, Chair of the Department of Philosophy from 1965 to 1978.
Jason Gray (GSU MA 2005) Joins UAB Faculty
Jason Gray has joined faculty of the University of Alabama – Birmingham as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
William Allen (GSU MA 2007) Joins Morgan State Faculty
William Allen has joined faculty of Morgan State University as a visiting lecturer.
Gerald Taylor at AL Phil Society
Gerald Taylor’s paper, “Autonomy and the (Non)Problem of Manipulation,” has been accepted for presentation at the Alabama Philosophical Society.
Posted on 8/17/2014
Nathan Dahlberg at AL Phil Society
Nathan Dahlberg’s paper, “Thought Experiments as a Tool for Expanding Logical Space,” has been accepted for presentation at the Alabama Philosophical Society.
Posted on 8/16/2014
Jay Spitzley (GSU MA Student) and Sam Sims (GSU MA 2013) At Free Will Conference
Jay Spitzley’s paper, “Why Pereboom’s Four-Case Manipulation Argument is Manipulative,” and Sam Sims’ paper, “Moral Responsibility for Self-Control: Failure and the Limitations of Will Power,” will be presented at the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience’s Free Will Conference in Flint, Michigan on October 10-11, 2014.
Posted on 7/24/2014
Ayesha Kirk (GSU Phil BA Student) Wins Altman Scholarship
Ayesha Kirk has been chosen by the faculty as the new Altman Scholar. The Altman Scholarship is awarded every other year to a philosophy major on the basis of financial need and academic merit. It provides a scholarship of $1,500 a year for two years.
Posted on 7/17/2014
Brett Mullins (GSU Phil BA Student) at Pittsburgh Phil Colloquium
Brett Mullins’ paper, “On Probability Assessment in the Original Position,” has been accepted for presentation to the Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium.
Posted on 7/17/2014
Karey Perkins (GSU Phil MA 2014) Joins Institute for Studies in Pragmatism
Karey Perkins (GSU MA 2014) has been appointed a permanent member of the Institute for Studies in Pragmatism at Texas Tech University.
Posted on 7/17/2014
Jennifer Daigle’s Paper at SAGP
Jennifer Daigle’s paper “Autonomy in Plato’s Republic” has been accepted to the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham University, Oct. 24-26, 2014.
Posted on 7/13/2014
Casey Fowler (GSU BA 2014) to Pardot/Salesforce
Casey Fowler got her “dream job” as a Documentation Wizard for Pardot/Salesforce. Casey reports that “the philosophy program at GSU has been awesome, and I really appreciate the faculty. I feel like I’ve become a much better communicator and thinker, and I really feel as if you all have helped me find the tools to be successful. Again, I’m certain that my background in philosophy has helped me get to this point (I think the philosophy degree was a major selling point).”
Mr. Keith Diener is an Assistant Professor of Public Law at Richard Stockton College.
Keith William Diener was the first graduate of Georgia State University’s joint JD/MA program in law in philosophy in 2006. His thesis, “A Defense of Soft Positivism: Justice and Principle Processes” was directed by Dr. Andrew Altman. Following his graduation from GSU, Keith completed his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University and then enrolled in Georgetown University’s Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program. Keith has published articles including “The Road to Discrimination: Implications of the Thought of F.A. Hayek for Equal Employment Law,” Journal of Employment and Labor Law (Spring 2013) and “Recovering Attorneys’ Fees under CISG: An Interpretation of Article 74,” Nordic Journal of Commercial Law (November 2008).
Karey Perkins (GSU Phil MA 2014) Joins University of Maryland’s Collegiate Traveling Faculty
Karey Perkins has been appointed to the Collegiate Traveling Faculty of the University of Maryland. Collegiate Traveling Faculty teach U.S. military troops around the world. Karey will be located primarily in Europe. They will move her every semester (8 weeks) or two semesters (16 weeks) to different military bases throughout Europe. Sometimes, she will teach in the Middle East.
Posted on 6/9/2014
Ryan Born (GSU Phil MA 2011) Wins Essay Contest
Ryan Born has won Sam Harris’ Moral Landscape Challenge.
Posted on 6/3/2014
Hyoung Kim (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Stanford
Hyoung Kim has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at Stanford University.
Posted on 4/15/2014
Chetan Cetty (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Penn and ANU
Chetan Cetty has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Australia National University.
Posted on 2/28/2014, updated 4/15/2014
David DiDomenico (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Florida State and Miami
David DiDomenico in the philosophy PhD programs at Florida State University and Miami University.
Posted on 2/26/2014, updated 4/14/2014
Hyoung Kim (GSU MA Student) at Princeton-Penn Columbia Conference
Hyoung Kim’s paper, “A Preliminary Proof of the Completeness of Kant’s Table of Judgments,” has been accepted for presentation at the Princeton-Penn-Columbia conference in the history of philosophy.
Posted on 4/13/2014
Andrew Altman Wins NEH
Andy Altman and Abbas Barzegar (GSU Religious Studies) have been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the purpose of developing and teaching a new course: “What is Religious Tolerance? Ethical Perspectives from Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Secular Traditions.”
Posted on 4/11/2014
Eddy Nahmias Promoted to Full Professor
Dr. Edward Nahmias has been promoted to full professor.
Posted on 4/10/2014
Alexander Davis (GSU Phil BA Student) at GSU Undergrad Research Conference
Alexander Davis’ paper, “Incentives for Bone Marrow Transplant,” has been accepted for presentation at the GSU Undergraduate Research Conference.
Posted on 4/8/2014
Robert Vinten (GSU Phil MA 2000) in at Lisbon, Publishes Paper
Rober Vinten has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). In addition, his paper, “Leave Everything As It Is: A Critique of Marxist Interpretations of Wittgenstein,” has been published in Critique.
Posted on 4/3/2014
Brian Wilson (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Emory, GSU, UGA, Baltimore, Maryland, and Vanderbilt
Brian Wilson has been accepted into the law schools at Emory University, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland and Vanderbilt University.
Posted on 3/12/2014, updated 3/27/14
Marcos Gonzalez (GSU Phil MA Student) in at George Washington and Emory
Marcos Gonzalez has been accepted into the law school at George Washington University and Emory University.
Posted on 3/14/14, updated 3/26/14
Cameron Hamilton (GSU Phil MA Student) in at UGA
Cameron Hamilton has been accepted in the Masters of Science in Artificial Intelligence program at the University of Georgia.
Posted on 3/26/14
Ayesha Kirk (GSU Phil BA Student) Recognized by GA House of Representatives
Ayesha Kirk was accepted into the Georgia Academic and Political Scholar Fellowship (GAPS) program, a three month intensive program at the state capital. In recognition of all her work, Ayesha recently honored by a Resolution of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Posted on 3/24/14
Justin Coates (GSU Phil MA 2007) Publishes Book
Justin Coates co-edited the volume Blame: Its Nature and Norms (Oxford University Press, 2013). It was just reviewed in Ethics.
Posted on 3/21/14
Katie Punsly (GSU Phil MA Student) Instructional Innovation Conference
Katie Punsly’s presentation, “Administering Quizzes with the Socrative Method,” has been accepted for the Conference on Instructional Innovation at Georgia State University.
Posted on 3/13/2014
Adam Shmidt (GSU Phil MA Student) at GA Phil Society
Adam Shmidt’s paper, “What’s so Great about the Struggle? Virtue and Strength in Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals,” has been accepted for presentation at the Georgia Philosophical Society conference at Oglethorpe University.
Posted on 3/11/2014
Aaron Sullivan (GSU Phil MA Student) at GA Phil Society
Aaron Sullivan’s paper, “A Case For Emergent Individuals,” has been accepted for presentation at the Georgia Philosophical Society conference at Oglethorpe University.
Posted on 3/11/2014
Archie Fields (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Indiana U and Minn
Archie Fields has been accepted in to the History and Philosophy of Science PhD program at Indiana University and into the philosophy PhD program at the University of Minnesota.
Posted on 2/24/2014, updated 3/10/2014
Adam Schmidt (GSU Phil MA Student) in at BU
Adam Schmidt has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at Boston University.
Posted on 3/7/2014
Michael Nielsen (GSU Phil MA Student) in at UC Irvine and Maryland
Michael Nielsen has been accepted into the Logic and Philosophy of Science PhD program at the University of California-Irvine and the philosophy PhD program at the University of Maryland.
Posted on 2/4/2014, updated 3/3/2014
Blake Nespica (GSU Phil MA Student) in at U of Western Ontario
Blake Nespica has been accepted to the philosophy PhD program at the University of Western Ontario.
Posted on 2/22/2014
Carson Young (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Penn State and Wharton
Carson Young has been accepted into the Management and Organization PhD program at Penn State and the Business Ethics and Legal Studies Ph.D program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business .
Posted on 2/15/2014, updated on 2/21/14
Brett Mullins (GSU Phil BA Student) at Prindle Conference
Brett Mullins’ paper, “The Moral Ambiguity of Externalities in Market Contractarianism,” was selected for presentation at the Prindle Institute’s Ethics Symposium at Depauw University.
Posted on 2/20/2014
Hyoung Kim (GSU Phil MA Student) at NAKS Conference
Hyoung Kim’s paper, “Kant on Concept Generality and Logical Extensions,” has been accepted for presentation to the Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society.
Posted on 2/17/2014
Karey Perkins (GSU Phil MA Student) Paper at Loyala and Post-Docto Give Talk at Mercer U
Karey Perkin’s paper “Diamonds in the Rough: Percy’s use of Peirce’s Semeiotic in The Second Coming,” was presented at the biennial Walker Percy conference at Loyola University, New Orleans, October 11-13, 2013. In addition, she has been offered a post-doc position at Texas Tech University’s Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism.
Posted on 2/2/2014
Stephen Herman (GSU Phil MA Student) in at Mizzou
Stephen Herman has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the University of Missouri.
Posted on 2/2/2014
Aaron Sullivan (GSU Phil MA Student) to Give Talk at Mercer U
Aaron Sullivan’s paper, “How to Talk to Jerks and Poets: Using and Understanding Sarcasm and Metaphor,” will be presented to the Department of Philosophy at Mercer University on March 25, 2014 at 5 pm. Location TBD.
Posted on 12/11/2013
Jesse Gero (GSU Phil MA 2010) Graduates from NYU and Joins NYC Law Firm
Jesse Gero has graduated from NYU Law School and is an associate in the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City.
Posted on 11/26/2013
James DiGiovanni (GSU Phil MA 2012) in at Harvard Law
James DiGiovanni has been accepted into Harvard Law School.
Posted on 11/26/2013
Ethics Bowl Team at SE Tournament
Georgia State University fielded a team to compete in the annual Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl tournament in Clearwater, Florida on November 9, 2013. The Ethics Bowl features many schools in a collaborative competition. Students research and prepare to discuss the ethical issues in dozen topical cases, ranging from prayer in public schools, the ethics of markets for bone marrow, sweatshop policies, academic ethics, HIV criminalization statutes, and others. Eleven Georgia State Undergrads attended the competition:Judy Kim, Evelyn Richardson, Taylor Mumford, Sarah Vogt, BaoChau Nguyen, Ryan Le, Cameron Boone, Andrew Weyant, Ayesha Kirk, and Alex Davis. They were coached by Dr. Andrew I. Cohen. The students performed in a tournament widely regarded as among the most competitive in the United States. Their record was 2-1, beating Dartmouth (yes, that Dartmouth) and Eckerd College (a previous powerhouse in the competition), and only losing narrowly to the eventual regional champion, St. Petersburg College.
Posted on 11/22/2013
Archie Fields (GSU Phil MA Student) Wins SWPS President’s Prize
Archie Fields paper, “The Many Meanings of Success and the Failures of Fictions,” won the President’s Prize at the most recent meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. This prize is awarded to the best paper submitted by a graduate student or recent Ph.D.
Posted on 11/12/2013
Brett Mullins (GSU Phil BA Student) at Georgia Phil Society
Brett Mullins paper, “Against Indifference: Popper’s Assumption of Distribution Preference” has been accepted for presentation at the Fall meeting of the Georgia Philosophical Society.
Posted on 10/21/2013
Kevin Thurston (GSU Phil BA 2013) in American U Undergraduate Journal
Kevin Thurston’s essay, “Preference and Practical Reason: Evaluating Sen and Hausman” has been accepted for publication in The American University Undergraduate Journal.
Posted on 9/24/2013
Jim Nichols (GSU Phil BA ’13) is the winner of The Nation’s eighth annual Student Writing Contest! Jim’s winning essay focused on “how the rise and dominance of market liberalism has affected both civil society and his own life.”
Posted on 9/17/2013
GSU Philosophers Adleberg, Nahmias, and Thompson In the News
An article in Inside Higher Ed reports the findings of Toni Adleberg (GSU MA 2013), Eddy Nahmias (GSU Phil Faculty), and Morgan Thompson (GSU MA 2013) regarding the under-representation of women in philosophy. This story has been picked up by the Leiter Blog and the Feminist Philosophers blog
George Graham Wins Major Grant from Center of Theological Inquiry
Dr. George Graham has been awarded a major grant from the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton, NJ. The CTI supports “fresh thinking on the problems of religion and society.” It is “an independent, ecumenical institution” and is one of the nation’s most prestigious centers for research on religion. The grant will support work on Dr. Graham’s latest book, Abraham’s Dilemma: Religious Experience, Spiritual Delusion, and Moral Well-Being. In this book, Graham argues that while normal religious experiences may contribute to a person’s moral identity and well-being, delusional religious experiences do not. Previous attempts to differentiate non-delusional forms of spirituality from delusional forms have tended to focus on the social context of religious experiences. Graham’s book will focus on their differing effects on a person’s moral character. In addition, Graham’s most recent book on mental disorder, The Disordered Mind, is now available in second/revised edition.
Archie Fields (GSU MA Student) Publishes Paper in Southwest Phil Review
Archie Fields’ paper, “The Many Meanings of Success and the Failures of Fictions,” has been accepted for presentation that the Southwestern Philosophical Society and publication in The Southwest Philosophy Review.
Posted on 9/10/2013
Brett Mullins (GSU BA Student) Has Paper Accepted
Brett Mullins paper, “Platonic Recollection and Second Order Skepticism,” has been accepted for publication in the Marist Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.
Posted on 9/6/2013
Jason Lesandrini (GSU MA 2005) Religion and Public Life Fellow
Jason Lesandrini was recently named the 2013-2014 Religion and Public Life Fellow of the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University.
Posted on 8/22/2013
Archie Fields (GSU MA Student) at NW Philosophy Conference
Archie Fields paper, “The Many Meanings of Success and the Failure of Fictions,” has been accepted for presentation at the Northwest Philosophy Conference.
Posted on 8/22/2013
Cami Koepke (GSU MA 2013) to Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
Cami Koepke has been selected to teach an ethics course at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
Posted on 7/11/2013
Zach Hopper (GSU MA 2013) to Teach for America
Zach Hopper has been accepted into Teach for America.
Posted on 4/21/2013
Mason Arline (GSU BA 2013) in at Texas Tech
Mason Arline has been accepted into the philosophy MA program at Texas Tech University.
Posted on 4/17/2013
Matt Keeler (GSU BA 2009) in at Austin
Matt Keeler, currently in the philosophy MA program at Texas Tech, has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the University of Texas-Austin.
Posted on 4/17/2013
Pierce Randall (GSU MA 2013) in at Missouri and Penn
Pierce Randall has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the University of Missouri and the University of Pennsylvania.
Posted on 3/4/2013, updated on 4/10/2013
Cami Koepke (GSU MA 2013) in at Minnesota, UCSD, UC-Davis, Syracuse, Maryland, and Colorado
Cami Koepke has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of Minnesota, the University of California-San Deigo, the University of California-Davis, Syracuse University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Colorado.
Posted on 2/1/2013, updated on 4/9/2013
Tim Clewell (GSU MA 2013) to Georgetown Law
In the Fall of 2013, Tim Clewell will be attending Georgetown University Law School. He was also accepted into the law schools of the University of Richmond, George Mason University, and George Washington University.
Posted on 4/7/2013
Patrick Cox (GSU MA Student) at Rousseau Association
Patrick Cox’s paper, “Rousseau’s View of Authority in Emile’s Education,” has been accepted for presentation at the Eighteenth Biennial Colloquium of the Rousseau Association, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, June 27-29, 2013.
Posted on 4/5/2013
Adam Fox (GSU MA Student) & Trevor Kvaran (GSU MA 2007) Publish Article
Adam Fox and Trevor Kvaran have published an article in Law & Social Inquiry. Here is the citation: Adam R. Fox, Trevor H. Kvaran, Reid Griffith Fontaine, “Psychopathy and Culpability: How Responsible Is the Psychopath for Criminal Wrongdoing?” 38 Law & Soc. Inquiry 1 (2013).
Posted on 4/1/2013
Tyler Theus (GSU BA 2013) in at Brown, Santa Barbara, USC, and GSU
Tyler Theus (GSU BA 2012) has been accepted into the following graduate programs:
* Modern Culture and Media at Brown University (MA/PhD)
* Film & Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara (MA/PhD)
* University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies Division (MA)
* Georgia State University Moving Image Studies (MA)
He has decided to accept the offer from Brown.
Posted on 3/29/2013
Andrei Marasoiu (GSU MA 2013) in at UVA, UCSD, Wash U, Madison, and Arizona
Andrei Marasoiu has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of Virginia, the University of California-San Diego, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Arizona.
Posted on 2/2/201, updated on 3/26/2013
Morgan Thompson (GSU MA 2013) in at UCSD, UConn, Wash U, Pitt HPS, and U Mass
Morgan Thompson has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California – San Diego and the University of Connecticut. She has also been accepted into the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology PhD program at Washington University in St. Louis, the History and Philosophy of Science PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh, and University of Massachusetts.
Posted on 2/4/2013, updated on 3/24/2013
Brett Mullins (GSU BA Student) at Appalachian Conference
Brett Mullin’s paper, “An Analysis of Infinitism as Justification,” has been accepted for presentation at the Appalachian Student Philosophy Colloquium.
Posted on 3/19/2013
Kevin Thurston (GSU BA 2012) at Four Conferences
Kevin Thurston’s paper, “Money, Market, and State: Dichotomizing Forums for Private and Political Speech,” has been accepted at four conferences: the Southeast Philosophy Congress at Clayton State University, the University of Utah Intermountain West Philosophy Conference, the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Congress, and the Classic City Philosophy Conference at the University of Georgia.
Posted on 2/16/2013, updated on 3/17/2013
Hamza Cherbib (GSU-Sorbonne Exchange Student) in at Columbia International Affairs
Hamza Cherbib has been accepted into the MA program in History of International Affairs at Columbia University.
Posted on 3/16/2013
Casey Fowler (GSU BA Student) at Three Conferences
Casey Fowler’s paper, “Hume’s Perceptions And the Burden of Representation,” has been accepted for presentation at the Georgia State University Undergraduate Research Conference, the University of Georgia Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and the Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
Posted on 2/16/2013, updated on 3/14/2013
Adam Schmidt and Carson Young (GSU MA Students) at Georgia Phil Society
Adam Schmidt’s “Hume on ‘A Degree of Equality’ as a Necessary Condition of Justice” and Carson Young’s “A Defense of Rawls’s Egalitarian Retraction,” have been accept for presentation at the Georgia Philosophical Society.
Posted on 3/14/2013
Adleberg (GSU MA 2013), Nahmias (GSU Assoc Prof), and
Morgan (GSU MA 2013) at Diversity Conference
“Women in Philosophy: Why is it ‘Goodbye’ at ‘Hello’?” by Toni Adleberg, Eddy Nahmias, and Morgan Thompson has been accepted for presentation at the Diversity in Philosophy Conference at University of Dayton (Ohio).
Posted on 3/13/2013
James Messina (GSU MA Student) at Felician Ethics Conference
James Messina’s paper, “Morality, Self-Respect, and the Priority of Liberty” has been accepted for presentation at the Seventh Annual Felician Ethics Conference.
Posted on 3/7/2013
Kathryn Joyce (GSU MA 2013) in at UCSD, IU, Penn, Georgetown, and Tulane
Kathryn Joyce has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California-San Diego, Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and Tulane University.
Posted on 2/4/2013, updated on 3/6/2013
Zeyu Chi (GSU MA 2013) in at Cornell and UIC
Zeyu Chi has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at Cornell University and the University of Illinios at Chicago.
Posted on 2/25/2013, updated on 2/27/2013
Sam Richards (GSU MA 2013) in at Riverside and UC-Santa Cruz
Sam Richards has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California-Riverside and the University of Californa-Santa Cruz.
Posted on 1/18/2013, updated on 2/11/2013
Zeyu Chi (GSU MA Student) at NAK Conference
Zeyu Chi’s paper, “Kant’s Conception of Humanity in the Groundwork,” has been accepted for presentation at a joint meeting of the Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society and Indiana Philosophical Association.
Posted on 2/11/2013
Adleberg (GSU MA 2013), Nahmias (GSU Assoc Prof), and
Morgan (GSU MA 2013) at Sheffield Conference
“Women in Philosophy: Why is it ‘Goodbye’ at ‘Hello’?” by Toni Adleberg, Eddy Nahmias and Morgan Thompson has been accepted for presentation at the conference “Implicit Bias, Philosophy, and Psychology” conference at the University of Sheffield, England.
Posted on 2/7/2013
Toni Adleberg (GSU MA 2013) in at UCSD and UConn
Toni Adleberg has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California-San Diego and the University of Connecticut.
Posted on 2/4/2013, updated on 2/7/2013
Sam Sims (GSU MA 2013) in at FSU
Sam Sims has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at Florida State University.
Posted on 2/6/2013
James Messina (GSU MA 2013) in at UCSD
James Messina has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California-San Diego.
Posted on 2/4/2013
Caitlin McCoyd, William Mason Arline and Jamie Moon Win Troy Moore Contest
The winners of the 2012 Troy Moore Undergraduate Ethics Essay Contest are:
1st prize: Caitlin McCoyd, “Gauthier’s Translucent Constrainers”
2nd prize: William Mason Arline, “Graffiti and the Public Good”
3rd prize: Jamie Moon, “Honest Intentions, Problematic Results: Sexual Identity Therapy”
Posted on 1/31/2013
Andrei Marasoiu (GSU MA Student) at Midsouth Phil Conference
Andrei Marasoiu’s “Visual Experiences of, and Visual Beliefs about, Natural Kinds” has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 Midsouth Philosophy Conference in Memphis.
Posted on 1/25/2013
Matt Andler (GSU MA Student) at NC Phil Society
Matt Andler’s paper, “Understanding Subjectivation through Speech and Silence: An Application of Foucault’s Theory of Discursive Tactics,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society.
Posted on 1/16/2013
Andrei Marasoiu (GSU MA Student) at SSPP
Andrei Marasoiu’s “Can the Content of Conscious Visual Experience Represent Natural Kinds?” has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Austin, Texas.
Posted on 1/15/2013
Casey Fowler (GSU Phil BA Student) Name Co-Editor of Discovery
Casey Fowler (GSU Phil BA ’14) has been selected to be co-editor of Discovery, the research journal of the Honors College.
Posted on 1/10/2013
Toni Adelberg (GSU MA Student) at SSPP
Toni Adleberg’s “The Thought Experiments are Rigged: Mechanistic Understanding Inhibits Mentalistic Understanding” has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Austin, Texas.
Posted on 1/8/2013
Dr. Nahmias Interviewed by Closer to Truth
Posted on 12/21/2012
GSU Ethics Bowl Team in the News
The Ethics Bowl Team of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics is featured on the College of Arts and Sciences web pages.
Posted on 12/5/2012
Dr. Berry Interviewed by 3:AM Magazine
Posted on 11/23/2012
Emily Cahill (GSU MA 2012) Joins University Advisement Center
Emily Cahill has joined Georgia State’s University Advisement Center as an academic advisor. She will assist undergraduates as they work toward their degrees.
Posted on 11/23/2012
Kathryn Joyce (GSU MA Student) Presents at Georgia Philosophical Society
Kathryn Joyce’s paper, “Exploring the Role of Equality In Adam Smith’s Political Theory,” was selected for presentation at the October 2012 meeting of of the Georgia Philosophical Society.
Posted on 10/08/2012
Dr. Sarah Brosnan Joins Department of Philosophy
Dr. Sarah Brosnan has joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Brosnan’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying cooperation, reciprocity, and inequity in nonhuman primates. Her work on the evolution of key moral concepts breaks new ground and crosses disciplinary boundaries. Dr. Brosnan earned her BA from Baylor University in 1998 and her PhD from Emory University in 2004. She joined Georgia State’s Department of Psychology in 2007. Dr. Brosnan has published more than forty articles and earned an NSF CAREER award. The Baylor University Alumni Association named her as one of the 150 most influential alumni of the last 150 years.
Posted on 10/02/2012
GSU Philosophy Students at the Eastern APAs
The following current and former Georgia State University graduate students are on the program of this December’s meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association:
- William Baird (GSU MA 2011, currently in the PhD program at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale), presenting his paper, “The Apple Falls Far from the Tree: Josiah Royce’s Divergence from Joseph LeConte’s Evolutionary Totalism”
- Ryan Born (GSU MA 2011), commenting at a panel on mental models.
- Anthony Carreras (GSU MA 2005, currently Assistant Professor at Lone Star College), commenting on Rachel Lu “Is Love Blind? Reflections on Partiality and Good Epistemic Practice”
- Candice Delmas (GSU MA 2006, currently Assistant Professor at Clemson University), presenting her paper, “Political Resistance as a Samaritan Duty”
- Andrei Marasoiu (current graduate student), commenting on Adam Bowen’s “Perceptual Atomism and the Charge of Tensed Content”
Posted on 9/25/2012
Dr. Lindsay in Chronicle of Higher Education
Dr. Peter Lindsay has published an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. It has generated many comments.
Posted on 9/21/2012
Yanquing Zhang to Speak at Phi Sigma Tau
On Thursday, September 20, Phi Sigma Tau is hosting the first session of its Fall 2012 interdisciplinary brown bag series. Come join us at 12:15 PM in the conference room to hear GSU Professor of Computer Science Yanqing Zhang give a short presentation on some of his recent research on computational intelligence, followed by an informal conversation/Q&A session. It will last about 45 minutes to an hour, and everybody is encouraged to come even if you have to drop in late or duck out early because of class or other commitments. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! We will provide snacks.
Posted on 9/12/2012
Chris Fidalgo (GSU BA 2012) Working at Video Game Companpy
Chris Fidalgo writes: “After a few months of looking, I finally got a job at Irrational Games, a major video game development company in Massachusetts. I wrote about one of their games, Bioshock, in my honors thesis, defending the game as a modern example of video games as art. I start Monday as a Quality Assurance Tester. Philosophy rules!”
Posted on 8/24/2012
Michael Augustin (GSU MA 2012) to Present in Johannesburg
Michael “Augi” Augustin’s paper, “Would Epicurus Have Drugged His Followers?”, has been accepted for presentation at the Philosophy and the Moral Life conference this November at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Posted on 8/3/2012
Trevor Kvaran (GSU MA ’07) Defends PhD Dissertation at AZ
Trevor Kvaran, who is currently in the psychology PhD program at the University of Arizona, has successfully defended his dissertation, “The Influence of Social Norms and Personal Values on Charitable Giving Behavior.” Alan Sanfey and Shaun Nichols were his directors.
Posted on 7/27/2012
Alex Economides to BPP Law School
Alex Economides has been accepted at Brierley Price Prior (BPP) Law School (in London) and has been awarded full funding by Travers Smith LLP (a law firm). Travers Smith will pay his law school fees, provide a stipend, and give him a job on graduation. In return, he has to work for Travers Smith for two years, at which point he becomes a solicitor.
Posted on 7/24/2012
Hannah Spadafora to Join AmeriCorps
Hannah Spadafora has been accepted by AmeriCorps. (AmeriCorps is the domestic version of the Peace Corps and it is very selective.)
Posted on 7/9/2012.
Casey Fowler Publishes in Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal
Casey Fowler’s paper “Evaluating Heidegger’s Fundamental Mood of Dread: Intentionality and Revealing” has been accepted for publication in the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal.
Posted on 7/9/2012.
Katy Fulfer (GSU MA 2008) Publishes in Ethics and the Environment
Katy Fulfer’s “The Capabilities Approach to Justice and the Flourishing of Nonsentient Life” will in appear in the June 2013 issue of Ethics and the Environment. The paper is a critical discussion and a revision of Nussbaum’s position on non-human animals as presented in Frontiers of Justice. Ms. Fulfer is currently in the philosophy doctoral program at the University of Western Ontario.
Posted on 7/1/2012.
Kathyrn Joyce Wins Munster Fellowship
Kathryn Joyce is the winner of the Department’s 2012 Munster Fellowship. The Munster Fellowshiop is awarded annuallly to the best philosophy graduate student who will be continuing in the program in the subsequent year. Dr. Munster was Chair of the Department of Philosophy from 1965 to 1978.
Posted on 6/7/2012.
Dr. Wilson Wins Sellars Prize
The North American Kant Society has awarded the 2012 Wilfrid Sellars Prize to Dr. Eric Wilson for his essay “Kant on Autonomy and the Value of Persons.” The Sellars Prize is given annually to the non-tenured scholar who writes the best essay that demonstrates the continued relevance of Kant’s philosophy.
Posted on 6/5/2012.
Iymaan Williams (GSU BA 2012) in at UGA Law
Iymaan Williams has been accepted into the law school at the University of Georgia.
Posted on 5/31/2012.
Jay Wood (GSU MA 2012) in at Georgia State
Jay Wood has been accepted into the Rhetoric and Politics PhD program in the Department of Communications at Georgia State University.
Posted on 4/25/2012.
Casey Fowler Wins Honors College Paper Project Scholarship
Casey Fowler (GSU philosophy major) has won a GSU Honors College Paper Project Scholarship for her paper, “Anarchism and Kallipolis.”
Posted on 4/25/2012.
Dr. Scarantino Wins Provost’s Faculty Fellowship
Dr. Andrea Scarantino has been awarded a Provost’s Faculty Fellowship for 2012-2013. This fellowship is reserved for GSU’s senior scholars with a preference for full Professors. However, the only fellowship awarded for 2012-2013 was given to Dr. Scarantino, who is only in his second year as an Associate Professor. Dr. Scarantino will use this award to forward his current book project, “How To Do Things With Emotions.”
Posted on 4/24/2012.
Brandie Martinez-Bedard (GSU BA 2008) in at Louisville, Mercer, California Western, Georgia State, and Florida Coastal
Brandie Martinez-Bedard as been accepted into the law schools of the University of Louisville, Mercer University, California Western University, Georgia State University, and Florida Coastal University.
Posted on 4/23/2012.
Kara Wooldridge (GSU BA 2012) in at Texas Tech
Kara Wooldridge has been accepted into the philosophy MA program at Texas Tech University.
Posted on 4/12/2012.
Paul Wolpe Talk Friday, 4/13
Paul Wolpe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, will give a talk entitled “Is My Mind Mine? The Ethical, Social, and Legal Challenges of Emerging Neuroscience” as part of GSU’s Brains & Behavior Retreat, Friday, April 13, at 2:30 in the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30303.
Posted on 4/11/2012.
Cléo Grimaldi (GSU MA 2012) in at UVA, Rice, and Urbana-Champaign
Cléo Grimaldi has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of Virginia, Rice University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Posted on 1/20/2012, updated and moved up on 4/1/2012.
Getty Lustila (GSU MA 2012) in at BU
Getty Lustila has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at Boston University
Posted on 3/30/2012.
Anais Stenson (GSU MA 2012) in at UCSD, Emory, Georgia, and Kansas
Anais Stenson has been accepted into the pyschology PhD programs at the University of California San Diego, Emory University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Kansas.
Posted on 2/3/2012, updated and moved up 3/29/2012.
Everett Fulmer (GSU MA 2012) in at Tulane, Purdue and SLU
Everett Fulmer has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at Tulane University, Purdue University and Saint Louis University.
Posted on 2/28/2012, updated and moved up on 3/26/2012.
Isabela Quevedo (GSU BA 2012) Has Paper at CAA Confernece
Isabela Quevedo’s paper, “The Myth of Art and Craft and the Definition of Art,” has been chosen to represent GSU at the Colonial Academic Alliance’s Undergraduate Research Conference.
Posted on 3/17/2012.
Isabela Quevedo (GSU BA 2012) in at Houston, Texas Tech and Colorado State
Isabela Quevedo has been accepted into the philosophy MA programs at the University of Houston, Texas Tech University and Colorado State University.
Posted on 2/21/2012, updated and moved up on 3/15/2012.
William Brady (GSU MA 2012) in at UCSD, Denver, and NYU
William Brady has been accepted into the psychology PhD programs at the University of Denver, the University of California San Diego, and New York University.
Posted on 3/11/2012, updated on 3/15/2012.
Getty Lustila Wins Prize at LSU Conference
Getty’s Lustila paper, “Fashioning our Nature: Hume on the Fidelity to the Artificial Virtues,” won the best graduate student paper award at the 5th Annual Louisiana State University philosophy conference.
Posted on 3/11/2012.
Philosophy Rush Week
A week full of fun events sponsored by the Philosophers’ Guild to bring together GSU’s philosophical community.
MONDAY, 3/12: Ice Cream Social @ noon, Library Plaza
TUESDAY, 3/13: ‘Being John Malkovich’ @ 5:00 p.m. in CS 104
WEDNESDAY, 3/14: Game Night at the Student Rec Center @ 5:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, 3/ 15: Trivia Night! in the Lanier Suite of the Student Center (4:00-6:00 p.m.)
FRIDAY, 3/16: Philosophy on Friday! Pizza at Noon in the Philosophy Department.
SATURDAY, 3/17: Phi Sigma Tau Symposium in University Center, Rooms 460 & 480,
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Valerie Tiberius @ 4:00
Posted on 3/11/2012.
Tiberius Reading Group
The Spring 12 reading group on Valerie Tiberius’ The Reflective Life: Living Wisely Within our Limits (Oxford: 2010) will meet on select Thursdays at the Metro Grill on Hurt Street. Each meeting begins at 9:30 AM. Th 1/12: chs 1-2. Th 1/26: chs. 3-4. Th 2/23: chs 5-6. Th 3/8: chs 7-8 (and the brief conclusion, ch. 9). This schedule will have us complete the book in advance of Tiberius’ visit on 3/16-17. Contact Andrew I. Cohen email@example.com with queries.
Posted on 1/4/2012, moved up on 3/6/2012.
Drs. Rand and Weiskopf Promoted
Dr. Sebastian Rand and Dr. Daniel Weiskopf have been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. Their promotion is effective on July 1, 2012.
Posted on 3/5/2012
Rebecca Harrison (GSU MA 2012) in at UC Riverside and Memphis
Rebecca Harrison has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the University of California Riverside and the University of Memphis.
Posted on 2/17/2012, updated and moved up on 3/3/2012
Noel Martin (GSU MA 2012) Outstanding Graduate Student for 2012
The faculty of the Department have selected Noel Martin as the Outstanding Graduate Student for 2012. This award is given to the best graduate student who is completing the program in the current year.
Posted on 3/2/2012.
Eric Murphy (GSU MA 2012) Has Paper Accepted at European Society for Aesthetics Conference
Eric Murphy’s paper, “The Expanded Cluster Account of Art,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 European Society for Aesthetics conference in Portugal in June.
Posted on 3/2/2012.
Michael Augustin (GSU MA 2012) in at Santa Barbara, Purdue, and Urbana-Champaign
Micheal Augustin has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California Santa Barbara, Purdue University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Posted on 1/20/2012, updated and moved up on 3/1/2012.
Ethics and Agency Reading Group Meeting
All members of the department are warmly invited to attend the ethics and agency reading group. Meetings will be held on Mondays at the Square Pub, in Decatur (5–7:00 PM), where we will try to do some philosophy in the “careless manner” that Hume recommends. The schedule is:
February 13: Korsgaard, “The Normativity of Instrumental Reason”
March 5: Korsgaard, “Self-Constitution in the Ethics of Plato and Kant”
April 9: Korsgaard, “From Duty and for the Sake of the Noble: Kant and Aristotle on Morally Good Action”
The first reading is available on JSTOR. Please email Eric Wilson (ewilson30(at)gsu.edu) for copies of the last three readings. Alternatively, one can find these readings in Korsgaard’s collection, The Constitution of Agency (and other places).
Posted on 2/8/2012, moved up on 2/29/2012.
Shannon Nolen (GSU MA 2012) in at Madison
Shannon Nolen has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Posted on 2/29/2012.
Casey Fowler Wins Altman Scholarship
Casey Fowler is the winner of the 2012 Arlene and Alvin Altman Scholarship. The Altman scholarship is given to a student on the basis of academic excellence and economic need.
Posted on 2/24/2012.
Kathyrn Joyce and Sams Win Teaching Award
Kathryn Joyce and Sam Sims are the co-winners of the Department’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Graduate Student award.
Posted on 2/24/2012.
Shanna Slank (GSU MA 2012) in at Syracuse, UCSD, Wash U, Madison, and Nebraska
Shanna Slank has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at Syracuse University, the University of California San Diego, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the University of Nebraska.
Posted on 2/15/2012, updated and moved up on 2/24/2012.
Vincent Abruzzo (GSU MA 2012) in at U Mass Amherst
Vincent Abruzzo has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at the Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst.
Posted on 2/22/2012.
Maria Caruso (GSU BA 2012) in at Georgia State
Maria Caruso has been accepted into the philosophy MA program at Georgia State University.
Posted on 2/22/2012.
Noel Martin (GSU MA 2012) in at UCSD and UC Santa Cruz
Noel Martin has been accepted into the philosophy PhD programs at the University of California San Diego and the University of California Santa Cruz.
Posted on 2/15/2012, updated and moved up on 2/22/2012.
Andrei Marasoiu (GSU MA Student) Has Paper Accepted at Conference
Andrei Marasoiu’s paper, “Does the Hidden Indexical Theory of Belief Reports Have a Logical Form Problem?” has been accepted for presentation at in the Joint Session of the North and South Carolina Philosophical Societies, Elon University, February 24-25.
Posted on 2/21/2012.
Eric Murphy (GSU MA 2012) in at McGill
Eric Murphy has been accepted into the philosophy PhD program at McGill University.
Posted on 2/19/2012.
Neil Van Leeuwn to Give Paper on Religious Credence, Friday 2/24
On Friday, February 24 at 2pm Neil Van Leeuwen (GSU, Philosophy Dept) will give the first neurophilosophy talk of the Spring. The talk, entitled “Religious Credence ≠ Factual Belief” will take place in the Conference Room of the Philosophy Department (34 Peachtree St., 11th floor). Professor Van Leeuwen will argue that religious credence and factual belief are distinct cognitive attitudes, despite the fact that in ordinary language we use the same word (“belief”) for both of them. Further information about the talk, and a background paper, can be found at the Neurophilosophy Forum website.
Post on 2/17/2012.
Chistopher Fidalgo (GSU BA Student) Paper at GSU Research Conference
Christopher Fidalgo’s paper, “The Tempering of a Defense: Further Critiques against Error Theory in light of Russ Shafer-Landau’s Ethical Nonnaturalism,” has been accepted for presentation at the GSU Research Conference.
Post on 2/16/2012.
Billy Brady (GSU MA Student) in the Spotlight
Billy Brady is in the B&B Fellow Spotlight on the Neuroscience Institute web pages.
Posted on 2/14/2012.
Boxill Talk and Reading Group
Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) will give a talk entitled “Compensatory Justice” on Friday, 2/17, at 3:00 in the Philosophy Conference Room.
In preparation for Boxill’s visit, there will be reading group on Bernard Boxill’s Stanford Encyc entry on “Black Reparations.” The group will meet at Dania’s on Wednesday, 2/15, at 9:30 am.
Posted on 2/10/2012.
Greg Moore’s Appointment on Leiter Blog
A post on today’s Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog, the most read philosophy blog, reports on our recent joint appointment of Greg Moore to History and Philosophy. According to Leiter, “This appointment solidifies Georgia State’s position as the strongest terminal MA program in the U.S. for students interested in 18th- and 19th-century German philosophy.”
Posted on 2/2/2012.
Greg Moore Appointed to History and Philosophy
In August of 2012, Dr. Greg Moore will be joining the Philosophy faculty roster. Dr. Moore will be jointly appointed in History and Philosophy. His research is in the history of philosophy with a focus on German philosophy of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (esp. Herder, Fichte, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche). He is also interested in the philosophical reception of Darwinism and the philosophy of history. Dr. Moore earned his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many articles and two books, Herder and Philosophy (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2014) and Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor (Cambridge University Press, 2002). We thrilled about this outstanding interdisciplinary addition to our Department.
Posted on 2/1/2012.
Lucas Keefer (GSU MA 2009) Wins Prize
Lucas Keefer has won the 2011 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Prize. This prize recognizes “the most theoretically innovative article, book chapter, or unpublished manuscript of the year.” It honors theoretical articles that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. For more information, see the bottom of this page.
Posted on 1/26/2012.
Conference on Immigration, Toleration and Nationalism
Keynote speakers: Samuel Scheffler, NYU, and David Miller, Oxford. Summer 2013, dates TBA, at University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. Part of the continuing Jean Beer Blumenfeld International Conference Series on Social and Political Thought.
Posted on 1/22/2012.
Spring 2012 Neurophilosophy Forum
The Spring 2012 Neurophilosophy Forum will begin on Friday, January 27 at 2:00pm with a talk by Deena Weisberg (Temple University) on “The Limits of Imagination.” Dr. Weisberg will discuss the role of thought experiments and imaginative cognition in scientific discovery. The second talk will be given by Ingo Brigandt (University of Edmonton) on Friday, March 9 at 2:00pm. The talk, entitled “Conceptual change in biology and conceptual analysis in philosophy: a combined framework,” will offer a new theory of conceptual change in science which uses the concept of homology as a case study. Thefinal talk will be given by Don Ross (University of Cape Town) on Wednesday, April 4 at 2:00pm, and it will be entitled “Control of impulsive and addictive choice, neural learning, and ecological rationality.” Dr. Ross will introduce a neural theory of addiction, discuss why certain activities are addictive and others are not, and present an analysis of the most effective heuristics people can use to avoid addiction. All talks will take place in the conference room of the Philosophy Department (34 Peachtree St., 11th floor). For further information about the talks and about our speakers you can visit our website.
Posted on 1/13/2012.
The Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University is pleased to welcome Elliott Sober, Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as the next speaker in our 2011-2012 Colloquium Series. Professor Sober will give a talk on “Instrumentalism – Old-School and New-Fangled,” in the 11th floor Conference Room at 34 Peachtree St., at 4:00pm, Thursday, January 19th. The talk will be followed by a reception in the Department.
Posted on 1/12/2012.
Ethics and Agency Reading Group
All members of the department are warmly invited to attend the ethics and agency reading group for the spring semester of 2012. Meetings will be held on Mondays at the Square Pub, in Decatur (5–7:00 PM), where we will try to do some philosophy in the “careless manner” that Hume recommends. The first reading is Korsgaard, “Skepticism About Practical Reason, ” available on JSTOR and the Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 83, No. 1 (Jan., 1986), pp. 5-25.
Posted on 1/11/2012.
Hayden Bui (GSU MA 2010) to NYU Law
Hayden Bui has been working at the Department of Justice, and has been recently accepted to New York University Law School.
Posted on 12/18/2011.
Congrats to Fall MAs!
Congrats to the two people receiving their M.A. in philosophy from GSU this Fall: Ryan Born and Bryan Russell.
Posted on 12/17/2011.
Congrats to Fall BAs!
Congrats to all those receiving their B.A. in philosophy from GSU this Fall: Joshua Amy, Maria Caruso, Sean D’aigle, Dwayne Davis, Uriel Delgado, Jeremy Dollar, Alexis Francis, Caroline Harris, Timothy Hellstrom, Cole Just, Michael Lafleur, Nicole Massiah, John Raubach, Ryan Ritchie, Marissa Sabbath, Zachary Schaller, Ray Shin, Kalynn Smith, Brittney Sovik, Ashley Spadafora, Drew Vernick, Zawn Villines, Carrell Washington, Thomas West, Matthew Winchester, and Karen Wooke.
Posted on 12/17/2011.
Nahmias in NY Times
Dr. Eddy Nahmias’ article “Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will?” was published in the NY Times (November 13, 2011). It reached #4 for most emailed article and #14 as most viewed. UPDATE: Dr. Nahmias’ article has won a Big Questions in Free Will Essay Prize. The prize “is aimed at providing incentives for scholars…to prepare essays related to their work that would be of interest to a nonacademic audience and to publish those essays in venues of wide readership.”
Posted on 12/16/2011.
The annual Student Philosophy Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 17. This event is sponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Phi Sigma Tau (Zeta Chapter), and the Center for Ethics Student Forum. An invitation for submission of papers from students is sent nationally and internationally. Each year, the symposium has grown more competitive. Last year, there were students from as far as Illinois, Rhode Island, and Hong Kong. In fact, the student from Hong Kong won the award for best paper by a grad student. There are sessions throughout the day, giving students the opportunity to showcase their best work. The end of the day is capped off with a keynote talk. This year’s keynote speaker is Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota). Dr. Andrew I. Cohen, Director of the Blumenfeld Center, writes: “I’m humbled by the caliber of papers and commentary that students have brought to this event each year. Both graduate and undergraduate students have contributed to this event and had a great time exchanging thoughts with fellow philosophers.” The deadline for submitting a paper is Friday, January 20. Students must email their papers to Noel Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcfe/11365.html
Posted on 12/16/2011.
Paul Bloom Talks 11/11/2011
Paul Bloom came to Georgia State in November and presenting two talks. Professor Bloom is an award-winning Yale psychologist, author of How Pleasure Works and Descartes’ Baby, co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and author of dozens of scientific articles in journals including Nature and Science, as well as popular venues such as The New York Times and Slate.
“The Pleasure of Stories” at 3:00pm on 11/10/11 in GCB 300
“Just Babies: The Origins of Morality” at 2:00pm on 11/11/11 in Classroom South 600
Posted on 12/15/2011.
Altman Wins NEH Grant
Dr. Andrew Altman and Dr. C.H. Wellman have won an National Endowment for the Humanities grant to lead a summer seminar for college and university teachers in Summer 2012. The topic is “Liberty, Equality, and Justice: Philosophical Issues and Arguments.
Posted on 12/15/2011.
The Ralf F. Munster Fellowship, which goes to the “the best philosophy graduate student who will be continuing in the program in the subsequent year,” has been awarded to Alex Economides. The Excellence in Teaching graduate student award goes to William Baird. The Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to Paul Tulipana.
Posted on 12/13/2011.
Graham Publishes Book
Dr. George Graham’s Addiction and Responsibility, text book, co-edited with Jeffrey Poland, was published this summer by MIT Press. This is the second book he has published since joining the department three years ago. Graham and Poland wrote a long editorial introduction that provides an overview of the philosophical significance of connections between addiction and responsibility.
Posted on 12/12/2011.
Berry Edits Journal
Dr. Jessica Berry is guest editor of Issue 42 of The Journal of Nietzsche Studies and has published four articles, one of which is co-authored by second-year Master’s student, Getty Lustila. The title of the issue is “Nietzsche’s Ancient History” and it can be viewed at http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/jns/contents/jns-42-autumn-2011.
Posted on 12/10/2011.
The Arlene & Alvin Altman Scholarship Endowment in Philosophy is being established by their son, Dr. Andrew Altman. Dr. Altman has founded this scholarship in the hope that, over time, it will contribute to the cause of equal educational opportunity. He seeks to honor his parents through a gift that reflects the value that they placed on education and social justice.
Posted on 12/8/2011.
Berry Publishes Book
Dr. Jessica Berry’s book Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition was released by Oxford University Press. The book examines Nietzsche’s understanding of ancient philosophy and how this understanding influenced his work.
Posted on 12/4/2011.
Nahmias Publishes Book
Dr. Eddy Nahmias co-edited, along with former GSU MA student Thomas Nadelhoffer, and Shaun Nichols, Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings, which was published by Wiley-Blackwell. The volume collects historical work in philosophy with recent contributions from psychology and philosophy on topics such as altruism, character traits, moral responsibility, and moral intuitions.
Posted on 12/4/2011.
Philosophy Rush Week
The Department of Philosophy will have its first Philosophy rush week March 12—16. This week is dedicated to current and potential undergraduate majors. Your participation is encouraged. Who said philosophers don’t know how to have fun?
Posted on 12/1/2011.
The Philosophy News Blog Begins
This is the first post in the Department of Philosophy’s News Blog. The blog will keep you up to date on what is happening in the Department. Come back often!
Posted on 12/1/2011.