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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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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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Doyle publishes "No Morality, No Self"

March 30, 2018

James Doyle, Lecturer in Philosophy at Harvard, has recently published No Morality, No Self: Anscombe's Radical Skepticism, which will be released in April through Harvard University Press.

 

Frequently cited and just as often disputed, Elizabeth Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy” (1958) and “The First Person” (1975) are touchstones of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Though the arguments Anscombe advances in these papers are familiar to philosophers, their significance remains widely misunderstood, says ...

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Susanna Siegel speaks on The Rationality of Perception at Brooklyn Public Library

December 14, 2017

On Wednesday, December 13th, Professor Susanna Siegel--Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard-- joined BPL Presents and Brooklyn Public Philosophers to share work from her recent book The Rationality of Perception. Siegel's book takes as its point of departure the truism that different people see the world differently and investigates whether, given this truth, perception itself be rational or irrational and, if so, how we can tell. As the...

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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.