Dear Alumni and Friends of the Philosophy Department:
Welcome to our website!
I wish to introduce myself: I am Matthias Steup, the Department’s new Chair.
When, after eight years of being Department Head at Purdue University, I arrived on campus this past summer, I could immediately tell that CU Boulder’s Department of Philosophy is a thriving place well on its way to leaving the recent turbulent past behind and moving forward to an exciting future. Here are just a few recent events that have particularly impressed me:
I would like to tell you a bit more about the Department’s Center for Values and Social Policy (CVSP), its Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science (CHPS), the Climate Committee, the local chapter of the national Minorities and Philosophy Group (MAP), and its newly instituted practice of hosting visiting fellows:
All of this adds up to an amazing amount of intellectual energy and scholarly activity – a wonderful environment for stimulating of philosophical thought and discussion. I am extremely grateful to CU Boulder’s administration, particularly Dean Steve Leigh and Associate Dean Valerio Ferme, not only for supporting these activities with generous multi-year funding support for the CVSP, CHPS, and the Climate Committee, but also for giving the Department the green light for a new faculty line. Next year, we will be joined by Heather Demarest, who is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Heather received a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in physics from CU Boulder, a B.Phil. from Oxford, where she studied with Timothy Williamson and John Hawthorne, and then her Ph.D. from Rutgers, with Barry Loewer, Jonathan Schaffer, and Branden Fitelson as her advisors. As a specialist in metaphysics and the philosophy of science, she will meet our teaching needs in the area of philosophy of physics and strengthen our profile in the metaphysics/epistemology area. We expect that she will take over as the new director of CHPS and bring valuable expertise to our Climate Committee.
You are always welcome at our colloquia, conferences, and special lectures. You can find notices of these events here. If you can’t make it in person, drop your former teachers a line and let them know how you are doing and your favorite memories of the department. We’d love to hear from you. If you have suggestions for Commencement speakers, or for alumni about whom we could do a profile in our newsletter, please contact me and let me know.
Finally, let me thank those of you who have supported our department and our students over the years. Whether you have encouraged other students to major in philosophy as you did, or have helped our graduates find a career path, or donated to our programs or helped to fund students, you have helped us in our mission to bring philosophy to as many students as possible, and to make CU-Boulder a leading center for philosophical education and research.
We are the grateful and fortunate recipient of many generous gifts, including a renewing anonymous donation to fund summer research by graduate students, and the Wille fellowship that funds an MA student each year. We have received generous donations to the Morris Reading Room. And we are grateful to the Morris family and friends for funding the annual Morris Colloquium, as well as to the Reinhardt family for funding the annual Reinhard Lecture in the Philosophy of Mathematics.
Current fund-raising priorities include endowed chairs for faculty and endowed fellowship funds to support our graduate students. We are also seeking to fund efforts to increase women and minorities in philosophy. We would also be grateful for gifts to sponsor the research and travel opportunities for both our undergraduate and graduate students.
All the best,
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy