Department News

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Gina Schouten's "Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor" (Oxford, 2019) published

July 26, 2019

The Department of Philosophy congratulates Professor Gina Schouten on the publication of her new book, Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor (Oxford University Press, 2019). Schouten's book engages questions of whether state interventions to subsidize gender egalitarian lifestyles can be defended within a pluralistic, liberal society in which often profound differences exist regarding feminist aims. Schouten argues that they can and "that they can even by the lights of political liberalism, a particularly demanding theory of liberal legitimacy."

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Embedded EthiCS makes cover of Communications of the ACM

July 25, 2019

A new article on Harvard's Embedded EthiCS program is the cover story at Communications of the ACM, the monthly journal for the Association for Computing Machinery. The article--which was co-authored by Barbara J. Grosz, David Gray Grant, Kate Vredenburgh, Jeff Behrends, Lily Hu, Alison Simmons, and Jim Waldo--makes a strong case for the many benefits to be had from close collaboration between colleagues in...

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Tommie Shelby elected Vice President of APA Eastern Division

June 10, 2019

The Department of Philosophy offers it warm congratulations to Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University, on being elected Vice President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.

Shelby will begin his three-year term of office on July 1st. According to APA rules, "divisional vice presidents serve a one-year term as vice president, followed by a one-year term as president, and finally a one-year term as past president."

You can see the results of all the recent APA...

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2018-19 prizes awarded

Department announces Carrier, Adams, Bechtel, and Bowen Prizes

May 28, 2019

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce the winners of this year's Carrier, Adams, Bechtel, and Bowen Prizes, awarded annually to our undergraduate and graduate students for essays and theses/dissertations. You can read more about the history of these prizes below. Congratulations to all of these deserving undergraduate and graduate students!

Essay Prizes

Graduate Bowen Prize: "Blameworthiness and Constitutive Control" by Rachel Achs

Graduate Bechtel Prize: "Inquiry Consequentialized" by David Thorstad

Undergraduate Bechtel...

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David Thorstad receives Derek C. Bok Award

May 22, 2019

Doctoral candidate David Thorstad has received the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. David was one of only five graduate students at Harvard to receive this prestigious award in 2019. The citation that accompanied the award highlights David's exceptional creativity in making notoriously difficult material come alive, as well as his...

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Ned Hall named Harvard College Professor

May 8, 2019

On Tuesday, May 7th, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced that Professor Edward J. ("Ned') Hall,  Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy, would join four other Harvard faculty members as Harvard College Professors.

Launched in 1997 through a generous gift from John and Francine Loeb, the Harvard College Professorships provide five years of support for new research and scholarly activity.

Hall plans to use his time as a Harvard College Professor to continue development of a course called "Reclaiming Argument," which aims to help...

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Embedded EthiCS receives $150K grant

May 1, 2019

The Department of Philosophy was thrilled to hear that the Embedded EthiCS program at Harvard--led by Barbara J. Grosz, the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the department's own Alison Simmons, the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy and interim chair of the department--was recently awarded a $150,000 grant through the Responsible Computer Science Challenge....

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Tommie Shelby Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 17, 2019

Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy Tommie Shelby has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Shelby is one of twelve new members of the Philosophy and Religious Studies section of the Academy.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an honorary society, founded in 1780, that "honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues...

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Nine Department Members Receive "Excellence in Teaching" Award

April 8, 2019

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard recently announced the recipients of its "Excellence in Teaching" award for Fall 2018. Nine members of the Department of Philosophy received the award: seven graduate student teaching fellows and two faculty members. The department offers all of them its warmest congratulations on this superb achievement.

The recipients and the courses for which they received the award are:

Graduate Students

Samuel Dishaw for Phil 178z

Caitlin Fitchett for Phil 34

Zachary Gabor for Phil 3...

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