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Embedded EthiCS launches new website

December 13, 2018

Embedded EthiCS @ Harvard--a project that brings "ethical reasoning into the computer science curriculum"--has launched its new website, bringing even greater visibility to an exciting new collaboration between members of the Department of Philosophy and the department of Computer Science. As noted on its website, Embedded EthiCS " works by embedding philosophers into courses to teach a module for the course that explores an ethical issue that the course material raises."...

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Professors Matherne and Hall recipients of Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship

December 10, 2018

Two members of the department--Assistant Professor of Philosophy Samantha Matherne and Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy Ned Hall--are among the recipients of awards from the Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship.

The purpose of the Dean's Competitive Fund for...

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Danielle Allen joins department as new faculty affiliate

December 7, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, will be joining the department as a faculty affiliate.

Professor Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political...

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Call For Papers: Bad Romance: The Ethics of Love, Sex, and Desire

December 3, 2018

Call For Papers: Bad Romance: The Ethics of Love, Sex, and Desire
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Harvard
March 29-30
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Panel Respondents: Moira Weigel, Robert Reid-Pharr, and others (TBD)

The #MeToo movement has raised questions about the ethics of love, sex, and desire. Narrowly, it has raised questions about sexual consent and violation; broadly, it has raised questions about attraction, power, monogamy, adultery, sex work, and more. Thinkers and artists throughout history, from Plato and Sappho to...

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Applications invited for Embedded EthiCS Fellowship 2019-2020

December 3, 2018

The Harvard Program for Embedded EthiCS invites applications for two postdoctoral fellow positions based in the Philosophy Department beginning September 1, 2019. One is a two-year fellowship (pending a review at the end of the first year). The other is a one-year non-renewable fellowship. The postdoctoral fellows will be expected to spend 50% of their time working with the Embedded EthiCS program and 50% of their time on their own independent research.

Harvard’s Embedded EthiCS is a collaborative pedagogical program that embeds the teaching of ethics directly into the...

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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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