Faculty News


The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce that Dr. Andrew Jason Cohen and Dr. Dan Weiskopf have both been promoted to full Professor as of July 1st, 2019. Congratulations, Andrew and Dan!

  • Eddy Nahmias, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, presented at the 2nd International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will in March. He wrote an April 1st article for the Neuroethics Blog on robot free will http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2019/04/when-would-robot-have-free-will.html.  And he has two forthcoming publications based on a B&B seed grant with Erin Tone (Psychology) and former MA student Trevor Kvaran: “Social Anxiety and Social Behavior: A Test of Predictions From an Evolutionary Model” (also with Sarah Brosnan, Roger Bakeman, and Elizabeth Schroth) in Clinical Psychological Science; and “Social Feedback Modulates Neural Response Associated With Cognitive Bias in Individuals Expressing Anxious Symptoms” (also with Khalil Thompson, Kendrick King, Negar Fani, and Jessica Turner) in Chronic Stress.
  • Dan Weiskopf, Professor of Philosophy, delivered an invited talk entitled “Islands in the Stream of Thought” at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany as part of a conference on Concepts and Explanation.
  • Andrew I. Cohen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director for the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, presented his work on reparative justice at two conferences, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, and the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) society conference. He is busily at work on his book on the ethics of apology.
  • Tim O’Keefe, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has three book chapters forthcoming: “Living Without Fear,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy, Oxford University Press; “Lucretius and the Philosophical Use of Literary Persuasion,” in Approaches to Lucretius: traditions and innovations in reading De Rerum Natura, Cambridge University Press; and “The Normativity of Nature in Epicurean Ethics and Politics,” in State and Nature: Essays in Ancient Political Philosophy, De Gruyter.
  • Neil van Leeuwen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was on the radio show Philosophy Talk on May 5, 2019,  as the featured guest to discuss his research on religious belief. He is giving a talk on May 24 at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) on the meaning of the words “think” and “believe.”
  • Christie Hartley, Associate Professor of Philosophy, had two authors-meet-critics sessions on her book with Dr. Lori Watson, Equal Citizenship and Public Reason.  One session was at the Third Annual Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Society Meeting in New Orleans, and the other was at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Vancouver.  She is presenting her paper “Against Convergence:  A Feminist Critique”  at the Michigan Philosophy Alumni Conference and at the Future of Public Reason Conference at the University of Arizona.
  • Andrea Scarantino, Professor of Philosophy, recently published “Emotion”, co-authored with Ronnie De Sousa, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2018). He presented “How To Do Things With Emotional Expressions”, at the Deep South Philosophy and Neuroscience Workshop, Pensacola, FL. He received theB&B Seed Grant, Georgia State University (2018) for “Emotional Expressions as Speech Act Analogs: What Do Faces Tell Us?”, in collaboration with Ursula Hess from Humboldt University (Germany) and Shlomo Hareli from the University of Haifa (Israel).
  • William Edmunson, Regents’ Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, will be the Keynote Lecturer, Summer School on Social Justice and Institutional Design, at McMaster University in Canada in June. He presented  “The Property Question,” Miami University in Ohio in April.  He presented “Rawls’s Philosophical Socialism” at the University of Richmond in Virginia in April. He presented “Justice as Fairness and the Choice of Economic System,” and served as a panelist at the Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) Society, Third Annual Meeting, in New Orleans in March.
  • Neil van Leeuwen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, received a CAS Research Intensive Semester (RISe) grant (2019).
  • Dan Weiskopf, Professor of Philosophy, received the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowship (2020).
  • Eyal Aharoni, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his work, “Neurobiologically-informed risk assessment: An empirical examination Description: Investigates how measures of brain function contribute to and predict the risk of violent and antisocial behavior.”
  • Sandy Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, received a grant from the College to Career (CtC) initiative to develop a CtC module in our Phil 1010, 2010, and 2030 courses. She has begun by surveying over 800 students in these courses to find out more information about their current work, their future career goals, and their understanding of what career competencies they are learning in their courses.
  • The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics hosted a major international conference, Humanistic Perspectives on Moral Injury. Drawing together leading scholars from several countries, the Center enlisted multiple campus and local cosponsors to feature innovative scholarship on the ethics of trauma. Featured scholars included Linda Radzik (TAMU), David Rodin (Oxford), Ed Barrett (USNA), and Saba Bazargan Forward (UCSD). Among the linked programs was public symposium featuring Nancy Sherman (Georgetown), Rita Nakashima Brock (Volunteers of America) and author Josh Mantz.



Christie Hartley specializes in social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and ethics.  Her publications include articles and book chapters on topics such as justice for persons with disabilities, the inclusiveness of contractualism, and justice as reciprocity.  With Lori Watson, she defends political liberalism as a feminist liberalism, and they have written on the implications of political liberalism for sex equality, religious exemptions, integrity, and marriage.  Their new book is Equal Citizenship and Public Reason:  A Feminist Political Liberalism (Oxford University Press).




Andrew Altman, Professor of Philosophy, co-authored a book with Lori Watson, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, titled Debating Pornography (Oxford University Press)“For the past half century and more, the citizens of free and democratic societies have debated questions concerning the production, sale, and consumption of pornography. The debates have addressed such issues as whether there is a fundamental right to access pornography and whether such materials are sufficiently harmful to justify their legal regulation. Andrew Altman and Lori Watson present contrasting views on those issues and more, engaging one another in philosophical discussion of questions that should concern us all.”


Andrew I. Cohen, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Director of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics,  edited the anthology, Philosophy and Public Policy,  released by Rowman & Littlefield International. The book features original essays by theorists in policy and political morality: “Public policy debates often turn on how to get things done once we know our policy objectives. But how do we make appropriate progress when people disagree about what those objectives might be? In this volume, a team of world-renowned scholars introduce and explore the power of philosophy as a tool for understanding public policy controversies. Each chapter uses the tools and concepts of philosophy to frame an assessment of what is at stake in an enduring and recent policy debate. Organized thematically, the volume addresses issues such as disability policies, parenting, immigration, political apologies, criminal punishment, data gathering, and more.”


  • Dan Weiskopf, Associate Professor of Philosophy and associate faculty in Neuroscience, published “Anthropic Concepts” in the journal Nous. He also published “The explanatory autonomy of cognitive models” in Explanation and Integration in Mind and Brain Science (Oxford University Press).
  • Jessica Berry, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published “The Will to a System: Nietzsche on Philosophy as Psychopathology,” in The Nietzschean Mind (Routledge).
  • Andrew Jason Cohen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published “Why Paternalists and Social Welfarists Should Oppose Criminal Drug Laws” (coauthored with William Glod) in Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Routledge).
  • Eddy Nahmias, Professor and Chair of Philosophy and associate faculty in Neuroscience, published with Eyal Aharoni (Psychology, Philosophy, Neuroscience), “Communicative Theories of Punishment and the Impact of Apology and Recidivism.” in Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Routledge). He also published “Your Brain as the Source of Free Will Worth Wanting: Understanding Free Will in the Age of Neuroscience.” In Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience (Oxford University Press).
  • Christie Hartley, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published “Contractualism, Disability and Inclusion,” in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability, edited by Adam Cureton and David Wasserman (Oxford University Press, May 2018) and “Political Liberalism and Children,” Philosophical Studies 175 (2018):  1095-1112.
  • Tim O’Keefe, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published “Anaxarchus on Indifference, Happiness, and Convention,” in Early Greek Ethics (Oxford University Press).
  • Sebastian Rand, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published “Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hegel (Oxford University Press).
  • Andrea Scarantino, Professor of Philosophy and associate faculty in Neuroscience, published “Are LeDoux’s Survival Circuits Basic Emotions Under a Different Name?” in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences; “Commentary: Two Challenges for Adolphs and Andler’s Functionalist Theory of Emotions”, in Emotion Review; and “Emotional Expressions as Speech Act Analogs” in Philosophy of Science.
  • Neil Van Leeuwen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and associate faculty in Neuroscience, published “Two Paradigms for Religious Representation: The Physicist and The Playground (a Reply to Levy)” in Cognition.
  • Andrew I. Cohen appeared in August on “Speaking Broadly,” a radio show on WRFG Atlanta that covers current events and provides historical and intellectual context to the political issues. GSU Philosophy minor Adam Wadley hosts the show each week. They discussed apologies, reparations, and the political economy of recovering from chronic poverty.
  • The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program received a grant for $125,000 from the Koch Foundation to develop new programs (PI, Andrew  J. Cohen).
  • Eddy Nahmias joined best-selling author Robert Wright on his podcast recently to discuss free will and the mind-body problem. https://meaningoflife.tv/videos/41169
  • Philosophy welcomed Dr. Kinga Golus as a visiting professor through the Department’s exchange program with the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Dr. Golus, who specializes in the philosophy of education, is on a Fulbright Fellowship and is teaching a course on the philosophy of sex and love and a course on the intellectual virtues involved in learning.