Grant Ramsey (philosophy of biology, philosophy of science), currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has accepted appointment as BOFZAP Research Professor at KU Leuven, effective July 2016.
Eric Schliesser (early modern philosophy, philosophy of economics), currently at Ghent University, has been offered the Chair in Political Theory in the Political Science Department at the University of Amsterdam. (Schliesser is particularly well-known for his work on Adam Smith, among other topics.) Professor Schliesser tells me he will "almost certainly" accept this position.
Tristram McPherson (ethics, metaethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, has accepted appointment as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University, effective September 2015.
A leading figure in bioethics, Professor Arras was, at the time of his death, a professor at the University of Virginia. You can read more about his work here. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
(Thanks to Harold Langsam for the information.)
UPDATE: A memorial notice from the Hastings Center (thanks to Robert Crouch for the pointer).
The philosopher of physics David Wallace, currently at Oxford University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, where he will start in August 2016. This will solidify USC's "top ten" status and also put it on the map for students interested in philosophy of physics.
Russ Shafer-Landau (ethics, metaethics), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he will also be the Director of the Parr Center for Ethics. This will solidify UNC's status as one of the top choices for students interested in value theory.
A distinguished mathematical logician, he taught for more than twenty years in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University, among other academic appointments. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and a leading "Analytical Thomist" working across metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion and medieval philosophy, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Baylor University, where he will begin this fall.
A leading contributor to metaphysics and philosophy of science, especially to the literature on causation, Professor Menzies was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Macquarie University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
A leading figure in 20th-century philosophy of language, Professor Donnellan was Emeritus at UCLA at the time of his death. He earned his PhD at Cornell, where he taught for a number of years before moving to Los Angeles. I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.
Jonathan Kvanvig, a leading figure in both epistemology and philosophy of religion, currently at Baylor University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis, effective fall 2016. (Wash U, which jumped from 31st in 2011 to 24th in 2014, may be on track to crack the top twenty before long.)
Lynn Manning, the sister of Professor Austin, who passed away in December, asked me to share the information that a memorial service will take place on Friday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Theodore George, Interim Chair of Philosophy at t-George-at-tamu-dot-edu.
The political philosopher Massimo Renzo, currently at the University of Warwick, has accepted appointment as Reader in the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at King's College London, effective this fall. The political and legal philosopher John Tasioulas recently took over the Centre, moving to King's from the Quain Chair in Jurisprudence at University College London.
Matthew Ratcliffe (phenomenology, philosophy of emotions, philosophy of psychiatry), currently at the University of Durham, will take up the Chair in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Vienna this March.
Edouard Machery, a leading figure in experimental philosophy and philosophy of cognitive science in the HPS Program at the University of Pittsburgh, has a senior offer from Munich, with an opportunity to develop a research group there. He tells me a decision will be made before April 15, 2015, so before prospective students need to decide on US admissions offers.
UPDATE: Machery has accepted a counteroffer from Pitt, where he will be promoted to Distinguished Professor and have a postdoc attached to his position.
The political philosopher Joshua Cohen, currently at Apple, will take up a part-time post as Distinguished Senior Fellow in Law, Philosophy & Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, effective July 1, 2015, where he will spend one day each week. From Sujit Choudhry, Dean of the law faculty at Berkeley:
The centerpiece of Cohen’s engagement with Berkeley will be a workshop that will bring in outside speakers to present works-in-progress in legal, moral and political philosophy. The workshop will alternate between the School of Law’s Kadish Center and the Social Sciences Matrix in the College of Letters and Science. In addition, Cohen will serve as a member of dissertation committees in our Jurisprudence and Social Policy program [in the Law School], and in Philosophy and Political Science.
The passing of the following philosophers was noted on the blog during 2014: David Armstrong, Scott W. Austin, John Bennett Bacon, Judith Baker, Anthony Brueckner, Ted Cohen, Joyce Mitchell Cook, Joseph Flay, Laurence Goldstein, A. Phillips Griffiths, James Higginbotham, Dudley Knowles, Brian Loar, E.J. Lowe, Bernd Magnus, Dennis McKerlie, Grigori Mints, David Fate Norton, Gerhard Øverland, Stanley Rosen, Israel Scheffler, Fred Sommers, Patrick Suppes. Click on "Philosophy Updates" and scroll down for more information on these philosophers, including links to memorial notices.
A specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, known in particular for his work on Parmenides, Professor Austin taught at Boston University and then, for the last quarter-century, at Texas A&M University. I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: There is an obituary, as well as other tributes, on his Facebook page. (Thanks to several readers for the link.)
ANOTHER: For those who can not access the Facebook obituary, here is another link. (Thanks to Alex Mourelatos for sending this along.)
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario has appointed Timothy Bayne (philosophy of mind and cognitive science) from the University of Manchester to an Endowed Chair in the Philosophy of Neuroscience, effective summer 2015 and on a fractional basis; Bayne will also remain at Manchester at least until 2018, where he will continue as Director of his ERC project, "The Architecture of Consciousness." In addition, the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Applied Math have jointly appointed Markus Mueller to a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Foundations of Physics; he will come in at the rank of Assistant Professor, also in summer 2015. He was previously part of physics research groups at the University of Heidelberg and the Perimeter Institute.
Herman Cappelen, currently Arche Chair at the university of St Andrews and Director of the Arche Philosophical Research Centre, has accepted a position as professor at the University of Oslo, starting August 2015. In Oslo, Cappelen will also be a research director at the Centre for the study of mind in Nature (CSMN). He will retain a part-time continuing position at St Andrews.
Additionally, the University of Oslo has hired four new Professorial Fellows, who will all spend four weeks a year in Oslo: Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena), Berit Brogaard (University of Miami), Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University), and Agustin Rayo (MIT).
(We knew that Cappelen would be moving to Oslo, so he was not included among the full-time faculty at St Andrews during the recently concluded PGR surveys.)
Professor Griffiths, who wrote very widely in almost all parts of philosophy, taught at Aberystwyth and Birkbeck, before becoming a Founding Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick in 1965, where he later served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He also served as Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy from 1979 to 1994. I will post links to memorial notices as they appear.
An important contributor to the philosophy of science and decision theory, he spent his entire academic career (from 1950 onwards) at Stanford University, where he was emeritus. He was one of a small handful of philosophers (along with, e.g., Allan Gibbard and Brian Skyrms) elected both to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: Michael Weisberg (Penn), who took his PhD at Stanford, writes:
There are some amazing photos of Pat on the corpus website. I especially like the ones showing his pioneering work in computer-aided instruction (in the 1960s!!). These two are my favorite:
Jennifer Whiting, a leading scholar of ancient philosophy at the University of Toronto, has accepted the senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, where she will start effective January 1, 2015. Toronto will continue to be a strong choice in ancient philosophy, but this hire, had it taken place prior to the surveys, would have pushed Pittsburgh at least into the 'top ten' for ancient (Pitt was just outside the top ten without Whiting).
Jill North (philosophy of physics) and Ted Sider (metaphysics), both professors at Cornell, have accepted the tenured offers from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. As noted earlier, several Cornell faculty were being pursued by top ten departments, including North and Sider (as well as Karen Bennett, who turned down the MIT offer). This move, which postdates obviously the PGR surveys, would likely push Rutgers past Princeton in the overall rankings, and drop Cornell down two or three spots as well.
(Thanks to Derk Pereboom for letting me know yesterday about this. At his request, I held off posting about this until Professors North and Sider had a chance to communicate with their colleagues.)
A longtime member of the faculty at the University of Glasgow, Professor Knowles was well-known for his work in political philosophy and on Hegel. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
A longtime member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he was Professor Emeritus and where there is an annual lecture in his honor, Professor Magnus was a leading Anglophone scholar of Nietzsche and of Heidegger. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
ADDENDUM: John Martin Fischer reports there will be a memorial service at Temple Beth-El in Riverside on November 10 at noon.
A leading Hume scholar, Professor Norton was emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. A brief memorial notice from the Hume Society is here. (Thanks to Rico Vitz for the pointer.) I will add links to other memorial notices when they appear.
The political philosopher Joshua Cohen at Stanford University, who had been spending part of his time at Apple University, has decided to leave Stanford for a full-time post at Apple, where he now is. We are in the process of removing his name from the Stanford faculty list for PGR survey purposes.
An important contributor to metaphysics, philosophy of language and logic, Prof. Sommers, who passed away yesterday, held the Harry A.Wolfson Chair in Philosophy at Brandeis University before his retirement in 1993. His son, the philosopher Tamler Sommers (Houston), writes that, "The service will be Monday October 6 at 1 PM at Ohev Sholom Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil Street, NW Washington, DC 20012. It is open to all. My brother and I, and my stepmother Christina Hoff Sommers, will sit Shiva all of next week at his home."
I will add links to additional memorial notices as they appear.
Jeff McMahan (Oxford) has just written with the tragic news of the "death of Gerhard Øverland, a brilliant philosopher who had appointments at the University of Oslo and at CAPPE in Australia. He died of cancer in Oslo on September 19." Oslo has a memorial notice here.
The legal philosopher Andrei Marmor at the University of Southern California will join the law and philosophy faculties at Cornell University as of July 1, 2015, while his wife, legal scholar Beth Garrett, the current Provost at USC, will become President of Cornell. That should put Cornell on the radar screen for prospective students thinking of a JD/PhD in philosophy. (The Cornell press release is here. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the pointer to that.)
I felt it necessary to advise prospectives last Spring about some actual or forthcoming senior offers to faculty at Cornell. The good news for Cornell is that Karen Bennett (metaphysics, philosophy of mind) has now turned down a senior offer from MIT--a significant retention coup, that will no doubt help Cornell in retaining two other senior faculty who are likely to be recruited by a different top ten department.
Marko Malink (ancient philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Philosophy at New York University, where he will start this fall. With Malink and Kit Fine, among others, NYU will be a very attractive place for students interested in ancient logic and metaphysics in particular.
Peter Godfrey Smith (philosophy of biology & mind), Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, has accepted a half-time appointment at the University of Sydney, where he will spend every Northern Hemisphere summer and every other spring term.
Christian Wüthrich (philosophy of science and physics, metaphysics), associate professor of philosophy and of science studies at the University of California, San Diego, has been offered an associate professorship for philosophy of science at the Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
UPDATE: Prof. Wüthrich has accepted the offer from Geneva, where he will start in August 2015.
Lucy Allais, a specialist in Kant who currently teaches at the Universities of Sussex and Witwatersrand, has senior offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, San Diego (the UCSD offer is for the new Henry Allison Chair in the History of Philosophy). Hopefully her situation will be resolved before the fall PGR surveys.
UPDATE: Prof. Allais has accepted the post at UCSD, where she will spend the Winter and Spring quarters each year, remaining the rest of the time at Witwatersrand. This appointment may well push UCSD, already a strong place for Kant studies, into the very top ranks.
Marko Malink, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at the University of Chicago, and Jennifer Whiting, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, both have senior offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. (Malink also has a tenured offer from another top department, though I don't yet have permission to name the one.) While both Chicago and Toronto will continue to have strong ancient philosophy programs if they lose these faculty, Pitt will go from being strong in ancient to one of two or three best programs in the U.S. if they can recruit them both. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be resolved in time for the current PGR surveys. (Pitt has already made a junior lateral hire of Jessica Gelber in ancient from Syracuse.)
The 2014 elections to the Fellowship have been announced; philosophers elected include: Susanne Bobzien (Oxford); Matthew Kramer (Cambridge, Law); Rae Langton (Cambridge); Christian List (LSE); and Cecilia Trifogli (Oxford). In cognate fields also elected were the classical philosophy scholar Stephen Halliwell (St. Andrews) and the criminal law scholar and theorist Jeremy Horder (LSE).
Sherrilynn Roush (philosophy of science, epistemology), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calilfornia, Berkeley, has accepted appointment as the first Sowerby Chair in Philosophy and Medicine at King's College London.
...as part of a major research funding initiative by Sweden to attract leading researchers to the country. Shalom Lappin, a major figure in formal and computational semantics and linguistics, currently at King's College, London, will Direct a Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies and Probability at Gothenburg, while Paul Russell, a leading Hume scholar and contributor to the literature on free will and moral responsibility, currently at the University of British Columbia, will join the existing "Moral Responsibility Research Initiative" at Gothenburg. Gothenburg presumably wanted to make a "splash" on the international philosophical scene, and these appointments, and the funding to support the research groups, will certainly do that.
The legal and political philosopher John Tasioulas, currently holder of the Quain Chair in Jurisprudence at University College London, has accepted appointment (effective September 1) as Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London, where he will also direct the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, and Law.
UPDATE: Here's the KCL news release. Historically, KCL's law faculty trailed those at UCL and LSE, but this may be changing with recent major gifts and recruitment of international lawyer David Caron from Berkeley as Dean. Certainly in political and legal philosophy, it is the top law faculty in London at this point.
Brad Inwood, a leading scholar of ancient philosophy and currently a University Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, has accepted a senior offer from the Departments of Philosophy and Classics at Yale University, where he will start in July 2015. With three senior faculty in ancient (besides Inwood, David Charles and Verity Harte), Yale will now be a very top choice for students interested in ancient philosophy.
John Manchak (philosophy of physics & science), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, effective January 2015. (Manchak earned his PhD at Irvine, under the supervision of David Malament, who is now retired.)
ADDENDUM: John gave me permission to share the fact that as an undergraduate interested in philosophy of physics, he only discovered UC Irvine thanks to the PGR. And it obviously worked out happily!
John Brunero (ethics, metaethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, has accepted appointment as Chambers Associate Professorship of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, effective this fall.
Professor Cook was the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in philosophy in the U.S., and taught at a number of leading universities and colleges during her career, including Wellesley, Howard, and Connecticut College. There is an informative profile and interview with her here. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
Philosopher Jennifer Whiting (Toronto) invited me to share this memorial notice she wrote about Professor Baker:
Less well-known perhaps than Judith, the hypothetical sister of Shakespeare, Judith Baker, actual philosopher at Glendon College (York University), died two weeks ago today, just after her 76th birthday. Jude – as her husband Ian Hacking was prone to call her – was no doubt more obscure than she deserved, given the brilliance of her thought, to be. But she was – from her early work with Paul Grice through to her late work with Philip Clark – a quintessentially collaborative philosopher. (Clark presented some of their joint work, only days after her death, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.) One can glimpse something of the character of Baker’s mind in her frequently cited “Trust and Rationality” (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 1987). But it was in interpersonal dialogue that her brilliance shone through: she was a marvelous interlocutor, always willing to consider another’s work on its own terms; a sharp but sympathetic critic; and an imaginative source of vivid and realistic examples (which, according to Grice, enlivened his own interest in ethics in his later years). Baker was above all an amazing friend, one who never failed to ask attentively after the troubles of those who visited her bedside. Such virtues are difficult to quantify and can easily be overlooked. But we should take care not to overlook these who would not – not even on their death beds – let others be overlooked.
I will add links to other memorial notices when they appear.
Julia Markovits (ethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, has accepted appointment as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cornell, effective this fall.
Continental Philosophy Farhang Erfani, a philosopher at American University, provides a useful set of links to news, events, interviews, reviews, videos, etc. related to "Continental philosophy" (broadly construed)