Admissions open for Fall 2015
The Department is pleased to announce we will be accepting new graduate students for the 2015-2016 academic year. For information on applying click here. Deadlines for AY 2015-2016 will be December 15 for international students and January 7 for domestic students. (10/15/14)
30th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science, Oct. 10-12
The 30th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science will be held October 10-12 in Duane Physics. For full schedule and list of speakers click here. (10/3/14)
Tucker Marks awarded MA scholarship
The deparment is pleased to announce that the first winner of The Wille Family Fund for Graduate Studies in the Humanities MA Scholarship is Tucker Marks. (9/8/14)
New book by Mitzi Lee
Mitzi Lee has published an edited volume of essays on ancient philosophy, Strategies of Argument: Essays in Ancient Ethics, Epistemology, and Logic (Oxford 2014). It includes contributions by leading scholars in the field, including James V. Allen (Toronto), Jonathan Barnes (Oxford/Geneva), Susanne Bobzien (Oxford), Charles Brittain (Cornell),
Sarah Broadie (St. Andrews), Dorothea Frede (Berkeley/Hamburg), Verity Harte (Yale), Brad Inwood (Yale), Mi-Kyoung Lee (CU-Boulder), Marko Malink (Chicago), Dana Miller (Fordham), John Schafer (Northwestern), Mark Schiefsky (Harvard), Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson (Iceland), and Jennifer Whiting (Toronto).
Iskra Fileva and Raul Saucedo join the Department
The Department welcomes Assistant Professors Iskra Fileva and Raul Saucedo, starting Fall 2014. (8/21/14)
High GRE Scores for Philosophy
A report released by ETS shows students planning to attend graduate school in Philosophy have the highest average verbal reasoning and analytical writing scores across all disciplines, as well as the highest quantitative scores of all groups outside of the natural sciences and engineering, with the exceptions of economics, banking and finance, and business-other. (8/13/14)
Mid-career Median Salary for Philosophy Majors Tops $80,000
See this Wall Street Journal table. (7/14/14)
Upcoming conferences: Morris Colloquium, Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference
August sees the 2014 Morris Colloquium, honoring the work of Alison Jaggar, August 6-7, and the 7th annual Rocky Mountain Ethics conference (RoME), August 7-10. (7/11/14).
Update on admissions policy
Graduate Admissions to the Department of Philosophy were closed during AY 2013-14. The Department hopes to re-open admissions as soon as possible. We will make an announcement once a final decision is reached. Please check back on Nov. 1, 2014, if not sooner.
Noel Saenz to Illinois Urbana-Champaign
PhD graduate Noel Saenz has accepted a one-year lectureship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. (6/4/14).
Ryan Jenkins to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
PhD graduate Ryan Jenkins has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at California Polytechnic State, San Luis Obispo, starting in January 2015. (5/30/14)
Claudia Mills' commencement address
Retiring professor Claudia Mills delivered the 2014 commencement address at the department commencement on May 9th. See the video here. (5/12/14)
Department of Philosophy establishes two new teaching awards for TAs/GPTIs
The Department of Philosophy has established two new prizes for excellence in teaching: one to be awarded to the best TA of the year and the other to the best GPTI of the year. Inaugural awards will be made at the end of academic year 2014-2015. These awards will be named after two of the Department's most committed, skilled, and well-loved teachers, Professors Claudia Mills and Wes Morriston, both of whom are retiring at the end of Spring Semester 2014. Each winner will receive a $250 cash prize. Information about the application process will be available next fall. (5/12/14)
Duncan Purves to University of Wyoming
PhD graduate Duncan Purves has accepted a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at the University of Wyoming. (5/8/14)
Ryan Jenkins wins Teaching Excellence Award
PhD student Ryan Jenkins has won a campus-wide 2014 Teaching Excellence Award. (5/6/14)
Robert Pasnau wins Kayden Book Award
Professor Robert Pasnau has won a 2014 Kayden Book Award for his book "Metaphysical Themes, 1274-1671", published by Oxford University Press in 2011 (paperback, 2013). The prize brings with it funding for a mini-conference on the book, to be held in the near future (4/28/14)
Kelly Weirich wins 2013-14 Jentzsch Prize
Kelly Weirich has won the Jentzsch Prize for best graduate student paper for 2013-14. The title of her paper is "Conditional Flexibility". (4/28/14)
Chad Vance to College of William and Mary
PhD graduate Chad Vance has accepted a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at the College of William and Mary. (4/28/14)
2014 Morris Colloquium to honor Alison Jaggar
The 2014 Morris Colloquium, "In the Unjust Meantime" will be held August 6-7. This year's colloquium will celebrate the work of CU Boulder Philosophy Professor of Distinction Alison Jaggar. (4/18/14)
Ryan Mott to Emmanuel College
PhD graduate Ryan Mott has accepted a two-year position at Emmanuel College in Boston. (4/16/14)
Rebecca Chan awarded fellowship at Notre Dame
PhD student Rebecca Chan has been awarded the Visiting Graduate Fellowship at Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion for the 14-15 academic year. (4/4/14)
16th Annual Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference (RMPC)
The 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference will be held April 4-5 at the Fleming Law Building. The RMPC is a graduate conference run by the Department's graduate students. (3/31/14)
Daniel Lowe awarded Summer Graduate School Fellowship
PhD student Daniel Lowe has been awarded a 2014 Summer Graduate School Fellowship. The award is in the amount of $6,000 and covers June, July, and August of 2014. (3/31/14)
Graeme Forbes appointed Associate Chair
Professor Grame Forbes has been appointed Associate Chair and Departmental Executive Officer, effective February 1st, 2014. (3/10/14)
Chelsea Haramia to Spring Hill College
PhD student Chelsea Haramia has accepted a tenure-track position at Spring Hill College to start in Fall of 2014. (2/21/14)
Scott Wisor appointed tenure-track Lecturer at Birmingham (UK)
PhD graduate Scott Wisor has been appointed at the University of Birmingham, UK, as Lecturer in Philosophy and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics. In the UK, the job title of lecturer is equivalent to assistant professor in the US. The job is tenure track and calls for multi-disciplinary research and teaching, a desire to influence policy and practice, and ability to work with policy-makers, practitioners and activists. (2/10/14)
Andrew Cowell appointed Chair
Andrew Cowell has been appointed Chair of the Department as of February 1st, 2014. (2/3/14)
New book: Gender and Global Justice
Gender and Global Justice, by Alison Jaggar, has been published in the US by Polity, January 2014. (1/14/14)
Admissions closed for AY 14-15
Due to a complex internal reorganization now in progress, the University of Colorado Boulder Philosophy Department will not be admitting any new graduate students for the 2014-15 year. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will refund the application fees for those who have already paid. Thanks so much for your interest in us. We expect to re-open enrollments for 2015-16. (12/11/13)
Robert Pasnau recipient of Boulder Faculty Assembly Recognition Award
Robert Pasnau has been selected as one of three recipients of the Boulder Faculty Assembly Recognition Award. This award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated continued support of the CU community through their service activities. (10/28/13)
Contemporary Kantian Philosophy project
The Luxembourg National Research Foundation has fully funded the first year of Robert Hanna's three-year contemporary Kantian philosophy (CKP) project. Professor Hanna will be at the University of Luxembourg for AY2013-14, working with Dietmar Heidemann. Information about the project can be found here. (10/28/13)
New book: In Defense of Intuitions
In Defense of Intuitions: A New Rationalist Manifesto, co-authored by Robert Hanna (CU Professor of Philosophy), Henry Pickford (CU Assistant Professor of German and Slavic Languages and Literature), Tyler Hildebrand (CU Ph.D. in philosophy, now at UW-Seattle), Addison Ellis (CU M.A. in Philosophy, currently in the Philosophy Ph.D. program at U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Andrew Chapman (currently in our Ph.D. program), has been published by Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013.(10/23/13)
Alison Jaggar appointed part-time at Birmingham (UK)
Alison Jaggar has been appointed to a part-time position as a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Birmingham, UK. She will supervise postgraduate research for at least four weeks each year in Birmingham, and will also present her own work in seminars and be the focus of colloquia and workshops led by postgraduates. Alison's appointment will begin in late 2014, after she completes her term at the University of Oslo. (10/16/13)
Paper by Saenz to appear in Philosophical Quarterly
Graduate student Noel Saenz has had a paper accepted for publication in the Philosophical Quarterly, a highly selective journal of philosophy. The paper is entitled "The World and Truth about What Is Not." In it, Saenz argues against widely held positions concerning the nature of truthmakers -- that is, the things the existence of which are supposed to ground true statements or propositions -- and the relation between truthmaker theory and negative existentials, that is, statements asserting that certain things don't exist. (7/22/13)
Rob Rupert appointed Fellow at Edinburgh
Professor Rob Rupert has been appointed a Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He will spend much of this summer and the next three in residence in Edinburgh supervising graduate students, leading seminars, giving talks, and contributing to the intellectual and professional life of Eidyn, the U. of E.'s new Center for Epistemology, Mind, and Normativity. (7/10/13)
Duncan Purves to hold One-Year Lectureship Position
PhD graduate Duncan Purves has accepted the Department's One-Year Lectureship position for the academic year 2013-2014. (5/30/13)
Thomas Metcalf awarded 2013 EDAO Fellowship
Instructor Thomas Metcalf has been awarded a 2013 Enhancing Diversity Through Action and Outreach (EDAO) fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences. (5/24/13)
Robert Pasnau to be Visiting Professor at Oxford University
Professor Robert Pasnau will be Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor in the History of Ideas at Oxford University in spring 2014, and will be giving a series of Isaiah Berlin Lectures during that time. (5/16/13)
PhD Defense, Annaleigh Curtis
Annaleigh Curtis successfully defended her dissertation "Socially Situating Moral Knowledge" under Alison Jaggar, with committee members Adam Hosein, Alastair Norcross, Graham Oddie, and Celeste Montoya (Women and Gender Studies), on 5/13/13. (5/13/13)
Martin Chamorro awarded Spring 2013 Jentzsch Prize
PhD student Martin Chamorro has been awarded the Spring 2013 Jentzsch Prize for his paper "Proportionality and Borders". (5/6/13)
PhD Defense, Beth Seacord
Beth Seacord successfully defended her dissertation "Unto the Least of These: Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil" under Wes Morriston, with committee members Claudia Mills, Chris Heathwood, Michael Tooley, and Paul Draper (Purdue), on 5/4/13. (5/6/13)
PhD Defense, Duncan Purves
Duncan Purves successfully defended his dissertation "Who Should Exist: A Welfare-based Solution to the Non-identity Problem" under Alastair Norcross, with committee members David Boonin, Michael Huemer, Michael Tooley, and Ben Hale (ENVS), on 4/30/13. (5/1/13)
Chad Vance awarded Teaching Excellence Award
PhD student Chad Vance has been awarded a Teaching Excellence Award from the Graduate School (4/25/13)
Kelly Vincent awarded Graduate Summer Fellowship
PhD student Kelly Vincent has been awarded a $6,000 Graduate Summer Fellowship from the Graduate School (4/24/13)
PhD Defense, Chad Vance
Chad Vance successfully defended his dissertation "In Defense of The New Actualism: Dispositional Modal Truthmakers and the Branching Conception of Possibility" under Graeme Forbes, with committee members Michael Tooley, Graham Oddie, Robert Rupert, and Allan Franklin (Physics), on 4/23/13. (4/23/13)
Mary Krizan to University of Wisconsin La Crosse
PhD graduate Mary Krizan has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (4/23/13)
Beth Seacord to Grand Valley State University
PhD candidate Beth Seacord has accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan (4/22/13)
PhD Defense, Martin Chamorro
Martin Chamorro successfully defended his dissertation "A Theory of Just Immigration Policy" under Claudia Mills, with committee members Alison Jaggar, Adam Hosein, Michael Blake (University of Washington), and Steve Vanderheiden (Political Science), on 4/8/13. (4/8/13)
Michael Huemer awarded first E. Maynard Adams Prize
Professor Michael Huemer has won the first E. Maynard Adams Prize from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (4/8/13)
Dominic Bailey awarded Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship
Professor Dominic Bailey has won a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship from Harvard University for 2013-2014. (4/2/13)
15th Annual Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference, April 5-6
Keynote speakers: Elizabeth Harman (Princeton),Ruth Chang (Rutgers), Ed Curley (University of Michigan) (4/1/13)
Carol Cleland awarded BFA Faculty Excellence Award
Professor Carol Cleland has won a BFA Excellence in Research Award for 2012-13 (3/22/13)
Pamela Lomelino to Loyola University
PhD graduate Pamela Lomelino has accepted a tenure-track position at Loyola University in Chicago. (3/5/13)
Amandine Catala to University of Quebec at Montreal
PhD graduate Amandine Catala has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Quebec at Montreal in social and political philosophy and ethics with an emphasis on feminism. (2/22/13)
Corwin Aragon to Concordia College
PhD graduate Corwin Aragon has accepted a tenure-track position at Concordia College in social and political philosophy. (2/20/13)
Adam Hosein Awarded CHA Fellowship
Adam Hosein has been awarded a Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) Fellowship for the Fall 2013 term to work on a project focusing on the treatment of immigrants. (1/14/13)
PhD Defense, Corwin Aragon
Corwin Aragon successfully defended his dissertation "Situating Responsibility for Injustice" under Alison Jaggar, with committee members Claudia Mills, Alastair Norcross, Adam Hosein, and Steve Vanderheiden (Political Science), on 1/9/13. (1/14/13)
Call for Papers: 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference (RoME): August 8-11, 2013
The call for papers can be found here. (12/19/12)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Interviews Rob Rupert
Professor Rob Rupert was twice interviewed on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's radio show "The Philosopher's Zone". Podcasts are here and here.
Alison Jaggar Wins "Best Should Teach" Award
Congratulations to Alison Jaggar, who is a 2012 winnerof the Graduate Teacher Program's "Best Should Teach" Gold Award. There is more about the award at
This is the second time in three years the Department has had a winner in this competition.
Bradley Monton Wins Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize
Congratulations to Prof. Bradley Monton for winning one of three 2011 Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prizes for his article, "Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics," Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Volume III, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 142-165.
Call for Papers: SCP (Society of Christian Philosophers) Mountain-Pacific Region
Conference: March 8-9, 2013
The call for papers can be found here.
28th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science (CHPS): September 14-16, 2012
Conference program is here.
RoME (Rocky Mountain Ethics) Congress: August 9-12
Conference program and information about registration can be found here.
Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy: July 23 - August 10
More information here and here. [7/12/12]
The 38th Annual Society for Philosophy and Psychology Meeting: June 21-23, 2012
Invited speakers: Susan Schneider, Joshua Greene (Stanton Prize Winner), Terry Horgan, Sharon Thompson-Schill, and Brian Scholl (President) More information on the Society page. [6/4/12]
Matthew Kopec to Join CU Philosophy as Visiting Instructor
Matthew Kopec, who is completing his PhD in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, will join our department this fall as a 3-year visiting instructor. Mr. Kopec specializes in epistemology, philosophy of science, and applied ethics. His dissertation, under the direction of Elliott Sober, is called Norms of Group Rationality: Essays in Social Epistemology. [5/29/12]
Noel Saenz Wins Jentzsch Prize
Philosophy PhD student Noel Saenz has been awarded this year's Jentzsch Prize for his paper, "A Non-Revisionary Solution to the Grounding Problem." A statue and the lump of clay that constitutes it don't share all of their features. For example, the lump could survive being smashed, while the statue could not. What grounds such differences? Mr. Saenz's answer, unlike other answers, does not require accepting certain revisionary views in metaphysics. His theory also solves a number of related problems. The Jentzsch Prize is given once a year for the best graduate student paper. It includes a cash award and an invitation to present the paper as part of next year's Colloquium series. [4/24/12]
The 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference: April 20-21
Keynote speakers: Jerry Fodor, Kit Fine, Russ Shafer-Landau. More information on the RMPC page. [4/15/12]
The 2012 Morris Colloquium: March 15-16
Topic: Immigration. Speakers: Michael Blake, Kit Wellman, Adam Hosein. More information on the Morris page. [3/12/12]
Chris Heathwood, Kathrin Koslicki, and Noel Saenz Win Fellowships
Professor Heathwood has won a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University's University Center for Human Values for the 2012-13 academic year. Professor Koslicki has won the Alvin Plantinga Fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame for the 2012-13 academic year. And PhD student Noel Saenz has won a Visiting Graduate Fellowship also at Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion for 2012-13. [3/5/12]
Three-Year Instructor Position
The Department of Philosophy invites applications for a three-year, non-tenure-track instructor position. The AOS is open, and all strong applicants are encouraged to apply, but the department has special interest in someone with an AOS in epistemology, broadly construed. The appointment will begin in August 2012, and the appointee's PhD must be in hand by then. Also, applicants must have received their PhD within the past three years. The salary will be around $40,000, plus benefits. The position has a 3/3 teaching load, with typical non-teaching duties. Applicants should send a dossier including CV, writing sample, and at least three letters of recommendation to
Search Committee, c/o Bradley Monton
Dept. of Philosophy,
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0232.
Applications should ideally arrive by March 20, but will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment, and we encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in Philosophy. [2/28/12]
Michael Huemer Gives TED Talk
Last month, Prof. Huemer have a short talk on political irrationality as part of Denver's TEDxMileHigh event. [2/24/12]
News Feature on Alison Jaggar
This month's news section of the University website contains a feature on Prof. Jaggar's work in bringing a feminist perspective to contemporary philosophy. [2/22/12]
Richard Lamm to Give Commencement Address
We are pleased to announce that Richard Lamm, former Governor of Colorado and current Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, will give the commencement address at this year's Philosophy Department graduation ceremony, on May 11, 2012. [1/30/12]
Alison Jaggar Wins Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award
The Gee Award recognizes and honors an outstanding CU faculty member for efforts to advance women in academia, for interdisciplinary scholarly contributions, and for distinguished teaching. It carries with it a $1000 prize. Prof. Jaggar will present her scholarly work at the CU Women Succeeding Annual Professional Development Symposium on February 24, 2012. [1/24/12]
Call for Papers
The Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Climate Science, September 14th-16th, 2012. Submission deadline: May 15, 2012. [1/10/12]
CU Philosophy Achieves Highest Ranking to Date
The Blackwell Philosophical Gourmet Report for 2011-13 has just been released. The Report is the most influential ranking of graduate programs in philosophy in the English-speaking world. In the new edition, the Philosophy program at CU Boulder is ranked 24th= among American programs (29th= worldwide, 11th= for U.S. state universities), which is the highest ranking the program has achieved to date, and reflects a significant improvement since its 2004 ranking of 36th. The Report also ranks programs in various specialties. The CU Boulder program was placed in the top group for Applied Ethics, along with Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, and Rutgers. It was also placed in the top group for Feminist Philosophy, along with MIT, Sheffield, and the University of Washington. In addition, it was strongly ranked in a wide range of other specialties, including Metaphysics, Ethics, and various areas in the history of philosophy. [12/12/11]
Rob Rupert Wins ANU Fellowship
Rob Rupert has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the Australian National University. He will be in Canberra from mid-February to mid-April, 2012. While down under, he'll be giving talks at various departments, having tea, and working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Embodied Cognition and the Philosophy of Mind. [12/1/11]
Three Calls for Papers
14th Annual Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference (RMPC), April 20-22, 2012. Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012.
38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, June 21-24, 2012, University of Colorado at Boulder. Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012.
5th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME), August 9-12, 2012, University of Colorado at Boulder. Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012.
Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science: September 23-25
More details on the conference website. [9/20/11]
RoME (Rocky Mountain Ethics) Congress: August 4-7
Conference program and information about registration can be found here. [7/26/11]
Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy: July 18 - August 5
More information here and here. [7/18/11]
Upcoming Symposium on Judith Thomson's "A Defense of Abortion"
Judith Jarvis Thomson's "A Defense of Abortion" After Forty Years:
A Critical Appreciation. Wednesday, August 3, 2011. [6/29/11]
Rob Rupert Wins Kayden Book Award (Honorable Mention to Koslicki)
Professor Rob Rupert has won the 2011 Kayden Book Award for his book, Cognitive Systems and the Extended Mind (Oxford University Press, 2009). The 2011 Prize is awarded by the CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences for the outstanding books published by its faculty in the fields of classics, philosophy, and religious studies. The Prize carries a $1,000 award and $4,000 to organize an author-meets-critics symposium on the book.
Congratulations also to Kathrin Koslicki, whose book, The Structure of Objects, won honorable mention. Prof. Koslicki will also receive a cash award. [5/19/11]
Amandine Catala awarded LSE Fellowship
Recent graduate Dr. Amandine Catala has accepted a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the LSE Fellow in Philosophy. [5/13/11]
PhD student Kelly Vincent wins Katherine Lamont Scholarship [5/12/11]
John Fisher's Retirement
After over 40 years as a member of the Philosophy Department, Professor John Fisher is retiring at the end of this term. Please join us in honoring him at a reception at
the Koenig Alumni Center on Monday, May 9 from 3-5pm. For more information or to RSVP,
contact Maureen Detmer. [5/4/11]
Christian Lee wins Jentzsch Prize
Philosophy PhD student Christian Lee has been awarded this year's Jentzsch Prize for his paper, "Vague Intuitions and Knowledge." It is vague how much money you need to be rich. Does this mean that no one can know how much money you need to be rich? Mr. Lee argues that it does. He claims that some putative evidence to the contrary relies upon an implausible account of the
way in which vagueness presents itself in intuition. The Jentzsch Prize is given once a year for the best graduate student paper. It includes a cash award and an invitation to present the paper as part of next year's colloquium series. [4/28/11]
Think! Talk: Ajume Wingo, "The Paths for the Perplexed: The Perils of Leadership in Modern Africa"
Wednesday, April 27, 2011. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [4/27/11]
David Chalmers to Give Two Public Talks
World-renowned philosopher David Chalmers (Australian National University) will present two lectures, both open to the public: "Two Puzzles about the Contingent A Priori," and "The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis." The first talk will cover slightly more technical material, and the second will be aimed at a broad audience. Free and open to the public. Additional information. [4/22/11]
Martin Chamorro, Winner of This Year's Stahl Prize
The Stahl Prize is given in memory of Professor Gary Stahl, who taught at CU from 1962 to 1996, to recognize a graduate student who has made a significant contribution toward bringing the discipline of philosophy to bear on some demanding and crucial human problem. This year's winner, Martin Chamorro, has been working closely with the Boulder community and beyond to bring awareness to the issue of immigration rights and, in particular, rights for the children of immigrants. He is a member of Boulder VOICE, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and CU group Eye-Resist. Martin has also been heavily involved in efforts on behalf of the DREAM Act and Colorado ASSET. Martin recently defended his dissertation prospectus, in which he argues that current U.S. immigration policy is unjust, and that it is our obligation to change it. [4/18/11]
The 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference: April 15-16, 2011.
Visit the conference page for details. [4/14/11]
Cory Aragon and Tyler Hildebrand Win Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards
giving Philosophy two of the ten awards given for the entire College of Arts and Sciences. [4/12/11]
Michael Huemer Interviewed in Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine
on the 'moral illusion' of governmental authority. [4/2/11]
Call for Papers
The 27th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science. September 23-25, 2011. Topic: History and Philosophy of Physics. [3/28/11]
Barrett Emerick Accepts Tenure-Track Job at St. Mary's College
Philosophy PhD student Barrett Emerick will join the philosophy faculty this fall at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In his dissertation, Apology as an Indispensable Practice of Moral Repair, under the direction of Alison Jaggar, Mr. Emerick develops and defends a number of fundamental theses regarding the moral practice of apology and the work it can do to satisfy duties of reparation. He will defend the dissertation this May. [3/7/11]
The 2011 Morris Colloquium: March 10-11
Charles Mills -- the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University -- will give us three talks. [3/3/11]
2010 Philosophy Department Newsletter
available here: 2010 newsletter (pdf). [2/25/11]
Beth Seacord Wins Templeton Dissertation Fellowship
and will join the Program in Evil, Pain, and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind at the Center for the Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame University. Beth's Research will focus on the nature of pain and suffering among non-human animals, especially as it bears relevance to the problem of evil. Dissertation Fellows receive a $25,000 fellowship award, plus up to $5,000 for relocation, travel and research. In addition, fellows will have joint access to up to $12,000 to select and bring in outside speakers and visitors for short periods during their tenure. [2/22/11]
Mary Krizan Accepts Tenure-Track Job at Spring Hill College
Recent CU Philosophy PhD Mary Krizan, who defended her dissertation last year, will join the philosophy faculty this fall at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. In her dissertation, Metaphysical and Explanatory Implications of Aristotle's Elements in On Generation and Corruption, under the direction of Mitzi Lee, Dr. Krizan examines the most basic physical things in Aristotle's metaphysics - his four "elements" - arguing that a particular kind of hylomorphic analysis is needed to make sense of simple bodies, their relations to one another, and their role in constituting more complex things. [2/16/11]
Michael Huemer Wins Center for Humanities and the Arts Fellowship
which he will use to complete his book on political authority. Theories of political authority are meant to explain why individuals are obligated to obey the law, and why agents of the state are entitled to coerce individuals to obey. Prof. Huemer's book, Freedom and Authority, will argue, among other things, that political authority is in fact an illusion: no one is obligated to perform any action merely because it was commanded by a particular agent, and no act of coercion is justified merely because it was performed by a particular agent. The award provides for a two-course teaching reduction for the 2011-12 academic year, at the end of which Prof. Huemer will present a workshop on his research. [2/4/11]
Think! Talk: John Corvino, "What's Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [1/31/11]
Alison Jaggar’s edited volume Thomas Pogge and His Critics published by Polity Press
The volume contains an introduction by Prof. Jaggar, critical essays by eight authors (Neera Chandhoke, Jiwei Ci, Joshua Cohen, Erin Kelly, Lionel McPherson, Charles Mills, Kok-Chor Tan, and Leif Wenar) and a response to the critics by Thomas Pogge. Henry Shue calls it an “imaginatively conceived collection … combining some of the best leading scholars with diverse fresh voices.” [1/24/11]
Final Call for Papers: 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
April 15-16, 2011 at CU Boulder. Keynote speakers: Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame) and Peter Railton (Michigan). Submit papers by February 1, 2011. [1/22/11]
Robert Hanna to Moderate and Present at Webcasted New York Academy of Sciences Event
Prof. Hanna will be the moderator for and a presenter at a philosophical event entitled "Me, Myself, and I: The Rise of the Modern Self," at 7pm EST on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in New York City -- the second in a six-part series, "Perspectives on the Self: Conversations on Identity and Consciousness." A live webcast will be available from the NYAS. [1/20/11]
Claudia Mills Invited to be the Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at the Prindle Institute of Ethics at DePauw University
Prof. Mills will take up this position this fall, and return to CU in Fall 2012. [1/17/11]
Carol Cleland and Claudia Mills Both Featured in Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine
on "weird life" and advising Ivan Ilych. (Scroll down for both.) [1/11/11]
Ajume Wingo in the Coloradan, CU Boulder’s alumni magazine
asking age-old questions. [12/30/10]
Five questions with Philosophy Professor Claudia Mills
in CU's latest Faculty and Staff Newsletter. [12/20/10]
Think! Talk: Bradley Monton, "Time Travel"
Tuesday, December 7, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [12/1/10]
Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado (POPCO) is featured on the University's Outreach "Highlights" page
Think! Talk: Michael Huemer, "Report on the Search for the Worst Thing in the World"
Tuesday, November 9, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [11/3/10]
Attention Applicants to our Graduate Program
The Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program, which means that students from the Western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) can enroll in our MA program at in-state Colorado tuition rates. Students need not demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the WRGP tuition rate, students simply apply directly to our program and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants. WGRP students must fulfill all of our usual requirements for admission, meet all admission deadlines, and must be selected for admission. [10/21/10]
The 26th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science: Oct 22-24, 2010.
Topic: Field Science.
Conference flyer and schedule now on CHPS website. [10/13/10]
Ajume Wingo Interviewed on ABC Radio
Listen to Prof. Ajume Wingo on "Being a Person in West Africa" on ABC Radio's "The Philosopher's Zone." [10/5/10]
Chris Heathwood Wins Provost Faculty Achievement Award
Congratulations to Prof. Chris Heathwood for winning a Provost's Faculty Achievement Award for his article, "The Problem of Defective Desires," Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2005). In that paper, Heathwood argues that the desire-satisfaction theory of welfare can adequately accommodate the fact that sometimes it is bad for a person to get what he or she wants. Heathwood will receive recognition at the Fall Convocation in October and a $1,000 research grant. [9/20/10]
Updates about the activities of our Philosophy Club's will now take place through their new Facebook page. The Philosophy Club is a meeting place for undergraduate philosophy majors, graduate students, and faculty to discuss a particular topic as presented by a speaker. The Philosophy Club meets every Wednesday evening (except the first and last Wednesdays of the semester), usually in Hellems 269 (the Morris Reading Room), at 6pm. [9/17/10]
Wes Morriston Wins Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize
Congratulations to Prof. Wes Morriston for winning one of three 2009 Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prizes for his article, "What if God commanded something terrible? A worry for divine-command meta-ethics" Religious Studies (2009). Morriston argues that divine-command theorists have no satisfactory answer to the question of whether we would have a moral obligation to do something obviously evil if God commanded us to do it. The award carries a prize of $2,000. [9/15/10]
Claudia Mills Wins Best Should Teach Gold Award
Congratulations to Prof. Claudia Mills for winning one of three 2010 Best Should Teach Gold Awards. The Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences give Best Should Teach Gold Awards to
outstanding faculty on the Boulder campus to recognize excellence in teaching, leadership on campus,
and service particularly to enhance teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder. [8/23/10]
The Third Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress: August 5-8, 2010.
See the conference website for the program and other conference information. [8/3/10]
We are pleased to announce Graeme Forbes as the new Chair of the Philosophy Department. Prof. Forbes joined CU Philosophy in 2006 and is a leading scholar in the areas of language, metaphysics, and logic. Our previous chair, David Boonin, is now Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities. Graham Oddie, who is retiring from his role as Associate Dean, will be returning fully to the Department after completing a fellowship this academic year at Oxford University. [7/14/10]
Call for Papers
The 26th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science: “Field Science." Oct 22-24, 2010. Keynote Speakers: Naomi Oreskes (UC San Diego)
Peter Ward (Washington)
Papers should be of suitable length for a thirty-minute presentation.
Both faculty and graduate students
are encouraged to submit. Graduate students whose submissions are
accepted will receive $100 towards their travel
expenses. Deadline: September 1, 2010.
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org - or - Carol Cleland,
Department of Philosophy, Campus Box 232,
University of Colorado at Boulder,
Boulder, CO 80309-0232
Congratulations to Noel Saenz, Jentzsch Prize Winner
Noel Saenz has been awarded this year's Jentzsch Prize for his paper, "Is Modal Fictionalism a Fiction?" People are interested not only in the way things actually are, but in the ways things could have been. In other words, we are interested in possible worlds. Some philosophers have suggested that talk about possible worlds is nothing more than a useful fiction. Noel's paper argues that this suggestion is in some sense self-refuting. The Jentzsch Prize is given once a year for the best graduate student paper. It includes a cash award and an invitation to present the paper as part of next year's colloquium series. [5/6/10]
David Meens, Winner of This Year's Stahl Prize
The Stahl Prize is given in memory of Professor Gary Stahl, who taught at CU from 1962 to 1996, to recognize a graduate student who has made a significant contribution toward bringing the discipline of philosophy to bear on some demanding and crucial human problem. This year's winner, David Meens, traveled throughout Mexico in summer 2009 with a group of CU students enrolled in the INVST Community Leadership Program. There he facilitated an experience that involved first-hand encounters with diverse voices on issues of international trade, immigration and human rights, and the history and current situation of various Mexican social movements. His encounter with one community in particular -- the "Pancho Villas" -- inspired his master’s thesis. In the past year David also helped to redesign INVST’s domestic service-learning trip. As chair of the INVST Curriculum Committee, David updated the learning experience to address the most relevant and crucial issues currently affecting the American Southwest. He worked to create a cutting-edge 5-week-long experience focused on issues of Energy and the Environment in the Southwest. [5/3/10]
Mitzi Lee Wins Graduate Mentor Award
Congratulations to Prof. Mitzi Lee who has won the 2009-2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Faculty Award
for the help and encouragement she gives to graduate students as our Director of Graduate Studies.
The honor comes with a cash award of $1,000.
Recognition of this award will be presented at a reception on Tuesday, May 4th in the University Memorial Center. [4/29/10]
Brian Talbot Wins Seed Grant to Do Experimental Philosophy
Visiting instructor Brian Talbot has won a large grant from the University's Innovative Seed Grant Program for his project, "Automatic Activation and Philosophical Conceptual Analysis." It will apply reaction time tests to study the sources of contentious intuitions used in philosophical debates, such as those about about the morality of euthanasia and the nature of knowledge. Talbot believes that the project will show that sophisticated psychological methods have philosophical application, and will lead to more collaboration between psychologists and philosophers. It will also be the seed of an experimental philosophy lab at CU Boulder, one of the few such labs in the country. [4/28/10]
Undergraduates: A course for Fall 2010 that's still open - one you may not have noticed.
Life, Death, and Meaning (PHIL 4830-001) with Wes Morriston. More information here. [4/26/10]
Congratulations to Our Recent Graduate Student Fellowship Winners:
- Amandine Catala won a dissertation fellowship from the James R., Anne M. and R. Jane Emerson (McCall) Student Support Fund in the Humanities
- Kristin Demetriou won a dissertation fellowship from the Florence Husted Lowe and F. Rex Lowe Student Support Fund
- Barrett Emerick won a dissertation fellowship from the Florence Husted Lowe and F. Rex Lowe Student Support Fund
- Christian Lee won a Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship [4/22/10]
2010 Morris Colloquium with David Benatar
David Benatar (University of Cape Town, South Africa) will be this year's Morris Colloquium guest, April 19th and 20th, 2010. He will give a department talk on Monday, April 19 and a public lecture the evening of April 20 in Old Main Chapel. More information here.
Think! Talk: Brian Talbot, "Virtues and Video Games: How Should You Feel About Simulated Evil Acts?"
Tuesday, April 13, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.
Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference (RMPC): April 9-10, 2010.
Visit the conference website for more information. [4/9/10]
Rocky Mountain Phi: New CU Philosophy Blog
We are pleased to introduce our new graduate-student-run philosophy blog, Rocky Mountain Phi. [4/8/10]
Think! Talk: Prof. Wes Morriston, "Divinely Mandated Genocide in the Bible: Is God Bad? Or Is the Bible Wrong about God?"
Tuesday, March 6, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.
David Barnett Wins Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Teaching
Congratulations to philosophy professor David Barnett who has been awarded a Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prof. Barnett teaches a popular Introduction to Philosophy course that touches on a range of topics, from the nature of morally right action to the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. Highlights of the course include homemade videos, with Barnett as the main character, to illustrate central ideas from the lectures. Barnett also teaches Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, and various special topics in philosophy of mind and language for graduate students. [3/12/10]
John Martin Fischer to Teach in Our Faculty-In-Residence Summer Term (FIRST) Program
John Martin Fischer, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, will teach PHIL 3180 - Critical Thinking: Contemporary Topics in Summer Term B: July 6 - August 6, 2010. Human beings -- unlike certain other animals -- are capable of leading meaningful lives. Whatever else is involved, being capable of leading a meaningful life includes having a mental life and having free will. Professor Fischer's course will investigate those aspects of the nature of the mind and human freedom that give rise to a variety of contemporary controversies involving life and death. Click here for more information.
Think! Talk: Michael Tooley, "What Is Wrong with the World, and Who Is to Blame?"
Tuesday, February 2, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.
2009 Newsletter Out Now
Check out the Philosophy Department's 2009 newsletter (pdf). [1/15/10]
Kathrin Koslicki Receives NEH Fellowship
Congratulations to philosophy professor Kathrin Koslicki who has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year. According to Professor Koslicki, a reorientation is under way in the field of metaphysics, away from questions of existence ("What is there?") and towards questions of dependence, e.g., questions concerning the grounding of one type of phenomenon by another (e.g., the relation exemplified by a smile and a mouth that is smiling). Despite the central role dependence has played in philosophy since its inception, interest in a systematic study of this concept has only recently surged among contemporary metaphysicians. Professor Koslicki's project consists of a book-length study of the concept of dependence and the role it can play in shaping a viable approach to metaphysics for the 21st century. [1/12/10]
Call for Papers: Third Annual RoME Congress
Our Center for Values and Social Policy is pleased to invite paper proposals for the third annual RoME Congress to be held August 5-8, 2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Papers from all areas of ethics and political theory are invited. To encourage the participation of junior scholars, the University of Colorado will be awarding a Young Ethicist Prize of $500 for most meritorious submission by a younger scholar. Click here for a pdf of the Call for Papers. [1/7/10]
Call for Papers: 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
April 9-11, 2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Keynote speakers: Nathan Salmon (UC Santa Barbara) and Penelope Maddy (UC Irvine). Submit papers (of length suitable for 20-minute presentation) to email@example.com by January 1, 2010. Visit the RMPC website for more information.
Congratulations to Scott Wisor for Position at ANU
PhD Candidate Scott Wisor has just accepted a three-year position as Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University in Canberra. He will be working on a collaborative project to develop a gender-sensitive poverty metric that can be used across the world. Scott will defend his dissertation, Developing a New Global Poverty Metric: Toward a Pro-Poor Approach, under the direction of Alison Jaggar, this December. Congratulations, Scott! [10/19/09]
25th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science: October 9-11
See the full schedule of events. [10/8/09]
Graduate Students Accomplishments
Congratulations to our graduate students on their many accomplishments for the 2008-2009 academic year. [9/30/09]
New Philosophy Club Website
The Philosophy Club's website can now be found at http://cuphilosophyclub.blogspot.com/. The Philosophy Club is a meeting place for undergraduate philosophy majors, graduate students, and faculty to discuss a particular topic as presented by a lecturer. The Philosophy Club meets every Wednesday evening (except the first and last Wednesdays of the semester) in Hellems 269 (the Morris Reading Room) at 6pm.
Graham Oddie Receives Starr Fellowship
Congratulations to philosophy professor Graham Oddie who has been offered the Starr Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University for the 2010-11 academic year. The
purpose of the Starr Fellowship is to enable the Visiting Fellow to undertake
research in Oxford and to foster intellectual links between the USA and the UK. During his tenure at Oxford, Professor Oddie will work on a new book on ethics and art. His aim is to analyze the nature of ethics and art, their boundaries and their interconnections, from the deeper, more fundamental perspective: that of value. [8/20/09]
RoME (Rocky Mountain Ethics) Congress: August 6-9
The conference program and information about registration can be found here
Two New Books
Rob Rupert's Cognitive Systems and the Extended Mind has been published by Oxford University Press. It develops a systems-based theory of cognition and draws on this theory to criticize the more radical forms of situated cognitive science.
Bradley Monton's Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design has been published by Broadview Press. It considers the arguments for intelligent design and argues that intelligent design deserves serious consideration as a scientific theory. [7/26/09]
Brian Talbot to Join CU Philosophy as Visiting Instructor
Brian Talbot, who is completing his PhD in philosophy at the University of Southern California, will join our department this fall as a 3-year visiting instructor. Dr. Talbot specializes in epistemology and has interests in cognitive science and the intersection of psychology with philosophical methodology. His dissertation, under the direction of James van Cleve, is called How to Use Intuitions in Philosophy. [7/22/09]