MOVING TO FRONT FROM NOVEMBER 28, 2012
For a long time, my basic policy was not to report senior offers that had been declined unless I had also reported the fact of the offer. At least, I thought that was my policy (one designed to save me time), but some readers point out that there have been occasional exceptions going back a few years, and also point out that such information is useful, since, of course, the fact of a senior offer is a more tangible indication of how at least one other department evaluates the philosopher's work. That latter point strikes me as especially persuasive, so I am officialy revising the practice going forward: I will report senior offers declined when it is confirmed by the candidate or his/her (home or hiring) department chair. I will periodically post an aggregation of such information, like the one below.
What follows is a list of philosophers who declined senior offers in 2012 or 2011. I am opening comments, and invite additions either by the candidate or the candidate's chair of department of other offers those years that were declined that are not listed below. Here are those I know about during this period (and which were not otherwise posted because the fact of the offer had been posted):
Thomas Christiano (political philosophy) at the University of Arizona turned down an offer from the University of Southern California.
Carl Craver (philosophy of neuroscience and biology; metaphysics, moral psychology) at Washington University, St. Louis turned down an offer from Duke University.
Joshua Dever (philosophy of language) at the University of Texas at Austin turned down an offer from the University of St. Andrews.
John Martin Fischer (philosophy of action, metaphysics, ethics) at the University of California at Riverside turned down an offer at the University of California at Irvine.
Mark Johnston (metaphysics) at Princeton University turned down an offer from the University of Notre Dame.
Niko Kolodny (ethics) at the University of California at Berkeley turned down an offer from Harvard University.
David Owens (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics) at the University of Reading turned down an offer from the University of Texas at Austin.
Adam Pautz (philosophy of mind) at the University of Texas at Austin turned down an offer from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Agustin Rayo (philosophy of language and logic) at Massachussetts Institute of Technology turned down an offer at Stanford University.
Mark Schroeder (ethics) at the University of Southern California turned down an offer from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.