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Siegel and Ichikawa on Schadenfreude

Siegel and Ichikawa on Schadenfreude

August 31, 2020

Susanna Siegel and Kelsey Ichikawa have written an editorial titled "Why We Revel in Opponents' Adversity" for the Tampa Bay Times. In it, they explain why Schadenfreude is as satisfying as it is politically toxic:

"The logic of emotional manipulation by schadenfreude is simple: if the “other side” has abandoned concern for an opponent’s welfare, the way is cleared for responses that do the same. Just as learning that someone was happy about your injury would probably leave you offended, accusing others of schadenfreude in public will provoke indignation, offense and,...

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Congratulations to our Graduating Doctoral Students!

July 22, 2020

The Philosophy Department congratulates Ewa Bigaj, Zoe Jenkin, Ronni Sadovsky, and David Thorstad on receiving the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in May 2020.

This coming year, Ewa Bigaj plans to focus on painting, writing, and translating poetry.

Zoe Jenkin is very grateful for a wonderful time in the PhD program at Harvard. She'll miss all of her friends and colleagues, but she is excited to start her new job as an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis....

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2020 Department of Philosophy Prize Winners Announced

July 17, 2020

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!

Bechtel Prize:

  • Rachael Goodyer for her essay, "How to (mis)read ‘The Human Prejudice’ ”

Bowen Prize:

  • David Thorstad for his essay, “Norms of Inquiry”
  • ...
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Nine Department Members Receive "Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching”

July 13, 2020

Nine department members received “Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching” for the fall term of 2019.  Each semester, the Office of Undergraduate Education awards Certificates of Distinction in Teaching and Certificates of Teaching Excellence to TFs, TAs, CAs, lecturers, and preceptors. These awards are based on an overall score of 4.50 or higher with a minimum of 5 evaluations on the Q...

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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?”

You can read more and listen to the full podcast...

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