Department News

danielle allen

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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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