Upcoming Events

2018 Nov 29

Autumn Patricia Ahn: "Documentation as Poetic-Witness"

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211

Autumn Patricia Ahn "Documentation as Poetic-Witness": a workshop

In this workshop, we will use listening and writing as a form of complex “secondary” poetry. “Secondary” in this case, meaning a peripheral consciousness. Using rapid association, this technique allows the senses to take precedent to the consciousness. Akin to the “automatic writing” practices developed by the Surrealist & Dada-ist art movements of the early 20th century, also recognized and employed by early psychologist philosophers such as William James and writers such as Gertrude...

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Cornel West becomes new faculty affiliate

October 24, 2018

The Department of Philosophy is thrilled to announce that Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School and in the Department of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, will be joining the department as part of its affiliated faculty.

Professor West--who has taught at Yale, Harvard, the University of Paris, Princeton, and, most recently, Union Theological Seminary--returned to Harvard in 2017.  The philosophy faculty are extremely excited to welcome him to the department...

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Belonging Conference featured in Harvard Crimson

October 4, 2018

The Harvard Crimson has a feature on the recent conference "Belonging: The Challenges of Reentry,: a conference on the challenges and successes of people reentering society after having been incarcerated. 

The conference, which took place on Friday, September 28th, was organized by Philosophy Department PhD candidates Darien Pollock and Diana Acosta Navas and African along with African American Studies PhD candidate Bréond Durr. You can read more about the conference at...

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Siegel to give Royce Lectures at Brown University

September 21, 2018

Susanna Siegel, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard, will give the Royce Lectures at Brown University on October 1-3, 2018. The title of the three lectures Professor Siegel will deliver each address the question, "Does Perception Come in Degrees?," with each lecture taking up a different approach to this topic: Epistemology (October 1); Phenomenology (October 2); and Cognitive Science (October 3). The times and locations for the three lectures are available on the...

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Selim Berker appointed Alford Professor

July 26, 2018

The Department of Philosophy at Harvard University is pleased to announce the appointment of Selim Berker to the position of Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity. Berker succeeds T.M. Scanlon in this position, who retired from the department in the spring of 2016.

The Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity is among the oldest endowed chairs at Harvard University, having been first established in 1789. Past holders of the chair include Josiah Royce, Gerge Herbert Palmer, William Ernest Hocking, and Roderick Firth...

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2018 prizes awarded

Carrier and Adams Prizes Announced

June 26, 2018
The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce the winners of this year's Carrier and Adams Prizes, awarded annually to an undergraduate and graduate student. You can read more about the history of these prizes below. Congratulations to all of these deserving undergraduate and graduate students!
 
The recipients of this year's Carrier Prize are:
 
Theresa (Tez) Clark for her senior thesis, “Understanding Against the Evidence: On Believing What's Good over What's True”
Michael Rabenberg...
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Zoe Jenkin awarded Bechtel Prize

May 30, 2018
Doctoral student Zoe Jenkin was recently awarded the Bechtel Prize by the Harvard University Department of Philosophy for her essay "The Epistemic Role of Core Cognition." The prize was established through the generosity of Edwin D. Bechtel and is awarded annually for the best essay on a philosophical subject. Read more about Zoe Jenkin awarded Bechtel Prize
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Sandy Diehl awarded Bowen Prize

May 30, 2018
Doctoral student Sandy Diehl was recently awarded the Bowen Prize by the Harvard University Department of Philosophy for his essay "Why Immanent Critique?" The prize, established in 1938 by a bequest from Miss Maria Bowen as a memorial to her father who held the Alford professorship of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity from 1853 to 1889, is awarded annually for the best essay upon a subject in moral or political philosophy. Read more about Sandy Diehl awarded Bowen Prize
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Alison Simmons receives Mendlesohn award for mentoring

May 14, 2018
The Graduate Student Council recently named Professor Alison Simmons as one of five recipients of the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award, named for Professor emeritus in the History of Science Everett Mendelsohn, recognizes faculty members who have made distincitve and generous contributions towards the lives and scholarly development of their graduate advisees. Simmons has previously been recognized for the excellence of... Read more about Alison Simmons receives Mendlesohn award for mentoring
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Doyle publishes "No Morality, No Self"

March 30, 2018

James Doyle, Lecturer in Philosophy at Harvard, has recently published No Morality, No Self: Anscombe's Radical Skepticism, which will be released in April through Harvard University Press.

 

Frequently cited and just as often disputed, Elizabeth Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy” (1958) and “The First Person” (1975) are touchstones of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Though the arguments Anscombe advances in these papers are familiar to philosophers, their significance remains widely misunderstood, says ...

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