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Philosophy Department Appoints Nine Undergraduate Peer Concentration Fellows

November 15, 2019
The Philosophy Department has appointed nine undergraduate Peer Concentration Fellows to help other undergraduates in philosophy. Their main role is to allow students who are taking a current philosophy course the chance to talk to a Fellow who has taken the same course previously. They are also a particularly good resource for students considering philosophy as a concentration, and who are interested in comparing or connecting philosophy with other fields. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of interests in philosophy and adjacent disciplines, and undergraduates... Read more about Philosophy Department Appoints Nine Undergraduate Peer Concentration Fellows
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Susanna Rinard appointed John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities

September 27, 2019

Professor Susanna Rinard has been appointed the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities as of July 1st, 2019. The Loeb chair is one of a small number of endowed positions for Harvard Faculty of Arts and Science’s most distinguished tenure-track faculty, recognizing achievement in teaching, research, and departmental citizenship.

Previously, Rinard was an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her research...

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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."

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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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