Matthias Steup addressing graduates

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2018 Letter from the Chair

Dear Students, Colleagues, Friends, and Alumni:

In this year’s Letter from the Chair, I’d like to begin with noteworthy accomplishments of our amazing faculty members. David Boonin, Director of the Department’s Center for Values and Social Policy, has accepted an invitation to be the new Editor of the excellent journal Public Affairs Quarterly. Carol Cleland continues as the Director of CU Boulder’s Center for the Study of Origins. Michael Huemer has finished yet another book, Paradox Lost, forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan. Alison Jaggar has been elected to the American Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the US. Finally, Robert Pasnau’s book After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions appeared in print with Oxford University Press.

I’d like to continue by highlighting the extraordinary range of philosophical activities going on in our department, providing our students and faculty members with a rich and extremely stimulating intellectual environment. New faculty member Heather Demarest is off to a great start as the Chair of the Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science (CHPS). She did a terrific job organizing last year’s conference on Metaphysics and the Laws of Nature. Our Center for the Values and Social Policy (CVSP) continues to offer talks pretty much every single week and sponsors once again our unique and tremendously successful Rocky Mountains Ethics Congress (RoME), which will convene for the 11th time in August. In March, Graham Oddie’s Formal Values Workshop will commence for the third time; in April, we will host the Morris Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy, organized by Robert Pasnau. Yet another Morris Colloquium, this time on the Philosophy of Mind (The Self and its Realizations) and organized by Robert Rupert, will take place in June.

Last year saw the departure of two valued faculty members: Adam Hosein moved to Northeastern University, and Michael Tooley retired. At the same time, it gives me particular pleasure to announce the hire of two new faculty members, both from Washington University: Julia Staffel and Brian Talbot.

In conclusion, I’d like to thank our donors for helping us support our students and keeping our programs competitive, and graduate students Christopher Dengler, Sam Director, and Lorenzo Nericcio for their editorial work putting together this newsletter.


Matthias Steup
Professor and Chair