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Sen receives Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Sen receives Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

May 9, 2017

Thomas W Lamont University Professor Amartya Sen has been awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Sen was awarded the prize for a body of scholarship that "combines insights into human vulnerability with knowledge about the potential of democratic political power to redress and relieve this deprivation." The award ceremony will take place on September 30, 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden and will be accompanied by a public lecture.

The Department of Philosophy congratulates Professor Sen on receiving this well-deserved award.

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Moran publishes The Philosophical Imagination

May 9, 2017

Brian D Young Professor of Philosophy Richard Moran has published a collection of essays entitled The Philosophical Imagination (Oxford UP, 2017).

The essays in the collection explore a range of philosophical topics—aesthetics, philosophy of mind and action, and moral psychology—drawing together topics that are often treated in isolation. Moran's book, which will be available in June, takes a keen interest in the role the imagination plays in "our… Read more about Moran publishes The Philosophical Imagination

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Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen named faculty deans of Dunster House

April 25, 2017

Philosophy department faculty members Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen have been named the new faculty deans of Dunster House, one of the twelve undergraduate residence houses at Harvard and "one of the first two dormitories constructed under President Lowell's House Plan." First opened in 1930, Dunster House recently underwent a 15-month long renewal project… Read more about Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen named faculty deans of Dunster House

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Siegel publishes The Rationality of Perception

January 18, 2017

Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy Susanna Siegel has published a new book, The Rationality of Perception, with Oxford University Press. The Rationality of Perception makes an important contribution to our understanding of the human mind and, specifically, to how we think of perception. According to a traditional conception of the human mind, reasoning can be rational or irrational, but perception cannot. Perception is simply a source of new information, and cannot be assessed for rationality. Susanna Siegel argues that this conception is wrong. Drawing on examples… Read more about Siegel publishes The Rationality of Perception

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Shelby's Dark Ghettos fills "normative gap" in discussions of urban poverty

December 8, 2016

In a country of obvious wealth—and one that purports to embrace the ideal of equality of opportunity for all of its citizens—why do American ghettos persist? Many theories have been advanced over the years to explain the persistence of American ghettos and various measures proposed and, occasionally, undertaken to address the problem of concentrated urban poverty. But for Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University, the social scientific discourse about the ghetto has been marked by a curious omission.

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Susanna Rinard speaks at Res Philosophica Conference

Susanna Rinard speaks at Res Philosophica Conference

May 9, 2016

At the 2016 Res Philosophica Conference hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, Professor Susanna Rinard delivered a talk on "Imprecise Probability and Higher Order Vagueness." The focus of this year's conference was "Bridging Formal and Traditional Epistemology."

Rinard's paper, which addresses problems in both orthodox Bayesian models and popular efforts to fix them, will appear in a special issue of the journal Res Philosophica.

Benjamin Bagley receives Teaching Award

Benjamin Bagley receives Teaching Award

March 30, 2016

Lecturer on Philosophy Benjamin Bagley has received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University for his work in Phil 13: Morality and Its Critics. Bagley, who is in the second year of his lectureship in the department, completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina in 2013, where his work focused on normative ethics, moral psychology, and the philosophy of action. Prior to joining the department as Lecturer, Bagley was a postdoctoral fellow at Vassar College.