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Amartya Sen Wins 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

Amartya Sen Wins 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

July 9, 2020

The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has awarded the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade to Professor Amartya Sen.  The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2020, in Frankfurt's Paulskirche. 

The statement of the jury noted “the association and its members have chosen to pay tribute to a pioneering scholar who has addressed issues of global justice for decades and whose...

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Ned Hall Talks Possible Worlds in Mindscape Podcast

January 10, 2020

In the December 9th installment of Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast, Ned Hall and Sean Carroll engage in a conversation about causation that explores definitions of reality.  

An excerpt from the post:

“It’s too easy to take laws of nature for granted. Sure, gravity is pulling us toward Earth today; but how do we know it won’t be pushing us away tomorrow? We extrapolate from past experience to future expectation, but what allows us to do that?”

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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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