On Sunday, March 13, 2016, the world and our department lost one of contemporary philosophy's great voices, Hilary Putnam. Hilary's contributions to philosophy were both broad and deep, and his way of philosophizing and of being in the world were marked by intense self-scrutiny, immense generosity, and genuine kindness. It will take us time to come to terms with this loss and to find words appropriate to take the measure of his life.
Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy Frances Kamm has recently published The Trolley Problem Mysteries (Oxford UP, 2015), a collection of Kamm's Berkeley Tanner Lectures with responses by Judith Jarvis Thomson, Thomas Hurka, and Shelly Kagan.
Oxford University Press describes The Trolley Problem Mysteries as "A rigorous treatment of a thought experiment that has become notorious within and outside of philosophy - The Trolley Problem - by one of the most influential moral philosophers alive today": Read more about Kamm publishes The Trolley Problem Mysteries
Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy Alison Simmons recently shared her work on the mind-body problem on the blog Philosop-her. Simmons' work, as she herself states in the essay, is devoted in large part to "restor[ing] the human in [Descartes's] philosophy," a task that involves countering a widespread (mis)understanding of Descartes that is based, Simmons argues, on a highly partial reading of his work.
The American Philosophical Association recently announced the establishment of the Israel Scheffler Prize in Philosophy of Education, in memory of Harvard University Professor of Philosophy Israel Scheffler. The prize will be awarded every third year for a book or a connected set of three or more papers, the most recent of which was published no more than five years previous, on a topic in philosophy of education, broadly construed. Read more about APA establishes Israel Scheffler Prize in Philosophy of Education
Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy Frances Kamm delivered the keynote address to the Northwestern Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP) on May 22, 2015. NUSTEP hosts an annual spring conference in moral and political philosophy addressing some of the most difficult and important questions of moral and political philosophy. Kamm's address focused on the topic of torture.
Kamm is the third member of our department to be invited by NUSTEP to deliver a keynote address, joining professors Scanlon (2012) and Korsgaard (2010)
Littauer Professor of Philosophy & Public Policy Frances Kamm delivered the Biever Lecture at Loyola University in New Orleans on March 12, 2015. Professor Kamm's lecture was entitled "Torture: Rescue, Prevention, and Punishment."
The Biever Lecture aims to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty and the Loyola University New Orleans community at large by bringing individuals to campus who are distinguished in their respective fields.
Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy Christine Korsgaard addresses the understanding of human value that underlies objections against treating people "like animals" in her guest blog for Practical Ethics.