Faculty News

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."


  • The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics co-hosted a conference at the London School for Economics in June on ‘Injustice, Resistance, and Progress’.  In May, the Center also hosted a manuscript workshop on Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division on Labor by Gina Schouten (Harvard Philosophy).
  • Philosophy welcomed Dr. S.M. Love as an assistant professor, with a secondary appointment in the College of Law.  She specializes in political and legal theory, considering how Kant’s theory of freedom can be informed by Marx’s economic theory to argue for robust socioeconomic rights inconsistent with capitalism. She recently published “Kant after Marx” in the journal Kantian Review. https://philosophy.gsu.edu/2018/06/15/welcome-dr-suzie-love/
  • 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.
  • Dan Weiskopf, Associate Professor of Philosophy and associate faculty in Neuroscience, published “Anthropic Concepts” in the journal 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.
  • Philosophy is now offering a new undergraduate Minor in Ethics and Law.  And at the graduate level, it is offering a new concentration in the history of philosophy designed to prepare students to follow up the MA in philosophy with a Masters in Teaching (MAT) and become certified to teach history in public schools.
  • 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).