Matthew Boyle, a philosopher of mind at Harvard with substantial interests as well in Kant and German Idealism, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy here at Chicago; this should push Chicago squarely back into the U.S. overall top 20.
Katie Steele (environmental philosophy, philosophy of probability, rational & social choice theory), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics, has accepted appointment as Associate Professor in the Philosophy Program at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, where she will start later this year.
Thomas Johansen, Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Oxford University, has accepted a senior offer at the University of Oslo, where he will start April 1, 2016. With Terence Irwin running up against mandatory retirement shortly, and with Christopher Shields leaving for Notre Dame, and Jessica Moss for NYU, both in the last couple of years, ancient philosophy at Oxford is in transition.
UPDATE: Prof. Johansen writes to note "that Oslo will now have an unusual concentration of expertise in ancient philosophy. There’ll be five of us: Panos Dimas, Eyjolfur Emilsson, Øyvind Rabbås, Franco Trivigno and myself. In addition to our PhD program we are instituting a new Masters in Ancient Philosophy." This will certainly make Oslo a major center for scholarship in ancient philosophy in Europe.
The passing of the following philosophers was noted on the blog this year: Aldo Antonelli, John Arras, Robert L. Arrington, Claudia Card, Leigh S. Cauman, Keith Donnellan, Richard Flathman, John Forrester, Roger Gibson, Jaakko Hintikka, Georg Kreisel, Michael L. Martin, Peter Menzies, William L. Rowe, Irving Singer, Alan Wertheimer.
Best-known for his work on the history and philosophy of psychoanalysis, Professor Forrester served on the History and Philosophy of Science faculty at Cambridge University at the time of his death. There is an obituary from The Indepenenthere.
Kevin Toh, Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, has accepted appointment as Senior Lecturer in Jurisprudence on the law faculty at University College London, where he will start in 2016-17. Toh has done very important work on issues at the intersection of general jurisprudence and metaethics. (UCL's law faculty has also appointed the legal philosopher Scott Shapiro [Yale] as the Visiting Quain Professor of Jurisprudence; he will be in residence each June for at least the next three years.)
Charles Mills (social-political philosophy, philosophy of race) at Northwestern University has accepted a senior offer from the MA/PhD Program in Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he will begin in August 2016.
Mathias Frisch, a philosopher of science and physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been offered a Chair at the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, which has a large group of philosophers of science already. Germany academia has become a much more attractive place to work (no doubt due to government investment in higher education) over the last twenty years, so much so that we have seen a number of senior figures--Stephann Hartmann, Hannes Leitgeb, Michael Forster, among others--leave top British and American universities (or turn down offers from top British and American universities) in order to take up posts in Germany.
UPDATE: Frisch has accepted the offer, and will start in Spring 2016 at Hannover.
I am very sorry to report the untimely passing of the logician Aldo Antonelli, who spent most of his career at the University of California, first at Irvine, then at Davis. His colleague Robert May asked me to share the following:
Our colleague, friend and collaborator, Aldo Antonelli, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis and expert in pure and applied logic and philosophy of logic, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 11, 2015 while bicycling in Sacramento, California. He is survived by his partner, Elaine Landry, brother, David, sons Federico and Riccardo, and their mother Giovanna Fogli.#
To read a memorial, contribute reflections and reminiscences, or contribute to a fund in memory of Aldo, click here.
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Gibson was especially well-known for his influential work on the philosophy of Quine. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
(Thanks to Gil Harman for the information about Prof. Gibson's passing and Eric Morton for supplying the year of his birth.)
Professor Card joined the philosophy faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1966; at the time of her death, she was Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy there. She wrote widely about issues in moral, political and social philosophy, often from a feminist perspective. You can learn more about her work here and there is a very nice memorial from her former student, the philosopher Kate Norlock (Trent), here.
I will add links to other memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: The Wisconsin memorial notice. (Thanks to Paula Gottlieb for the link.)
There's a brief notice here in Finnish (though Google translate does a pretty good job with it). Hintikka taught at the University of Heslinki, Stanford University, Florida State University, and Boston University, where he was professor emeritus. He made seminal contributions to mathematical and philosophical logic, but also wrote widely on other topics in philosophy. I will add links to English-language memorials as they appear.
UPDATE: Philosopher Brad Wray kindly sends along the English-language announcement from Helsinki:
We noted in the Spring, that the University of Chicago was making a bid for Clinton Tolley (Kant, history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of logic and math) at the University of California, San Diego. Tolley has now declined the offer, and will remain at UCSD. With Tolley and Eric Watkins full-time, and Lucy Allais part-time, UCSD will continue to have one of the strongest Kant groups in the country.
In other offer news: Chicago still has an offer outstanding to Matt Boyle (philosophy of mind and action, Kant, Hegel) at Harvard, while Harvard has senior offers outstanding to both A.J. Julius (ethics, political philosophy) at UCLA and Sharon Street (ethics, metaethics) at NYU.
A.P. Simester, a leading philosopher of criminal law on the law faculty at the National University of Singapore, will also take up a half-time Professorial position on the law faculty at King's College, London. It's fair to say that, outside Oxford, KCL now clearly has the strongest law & philosophy group in the U.K. and one of the best in the world.
A longtime member of the Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University, which he helped develop into one of the leading MA programs in the country, he was perhaps best-known for his work on Wittgenstein. There is an obituary here.
In addition to the moral philosopher David Owens, King's College, London has also made part-time appointments at the Professorial level of Peter Adamson (late ancient and Islamic philosophy) from Munich (he was previously full-time at KCL) and Michael Beaney (history of analytic philosophy) from York.
KCL has come a long way from the crisis of five years ago, and, happily, it's clear they are investing in their outstanding philosophy department.
(Thanks to Clayton Littlejohn for the information.)
Paul Audi (metaphysics, philosophy of mind), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska, Omaha has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rochester.
Adam Pautz (philosophy of mind, metaphysics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Brown University. That's a significant catch for Brown, which will solidify its top twenty status even after Jaegwon Kim's retirement.
Professor Emeritus at Boston University, he was especially well-known for his philosophical work in philosophy of religion, where he was a defender of atheism. (He also wrote one of the only books in English on American and Scandinavian legal realism.) There is an obituary here.
Rachael Briggs (metaphysics, epistemology, decision theory), currently at the Australian National University, has accepted appointment as Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. (Still confirming the start date.)
Ann Cudd (political philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of economics), University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Vice-Provost at the University of Kansas, has accepted appointment as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University, where she will also hold an appointment in the Department of Philosophy.
David Owens (ethics, philosophy of action), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, has accepted appointment as Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College, London. Together with the strong group in moral and political philosophy on the law faculty at KCL, this will make KCL one of best places in the UK for work in these areas.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine has made (so far) two senior hires for 2015-16: Annalisa Coliva (philosophy of language and mind, metaphysics, epistemology, history of analytic philosophy) from the University of Modina, and Karl Schafer (epistemology, ethics, history of modern philosophy, Kant) from the University of Pittsburgh. Coliva starts in Spring 2016, Schafer starts this fall.
(Thanks to Aaron James, Chair of the Department, for confirming the particulars.)
A well-known political philosopher, he was emeritus at the University of Vermont. Larry Solum (Georgetown) has a bit more.
UPDATE: Philosopher Don Loeb at Vermont gave me permission to share the message he sent to his colleagues about Prof. Wertheimer's passing:
I am sorry to have such sad news to relay. Our beloved friend and colleague, and one of the most honest and fearless philosophers I have ever known, Alan Wertheimer, died this afternoon at 4 PM. He was surrounded by his family and not in pain.
ANOTHER: Philosopher Jerry Dworkin sends along this interview with Wertheimer.
Jason Turner (metaphysics, philosophical logic, free will), Associate Professor at Saint Louis University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, where he will start this fall.
Philosopher Allen Hazen (formerly Melbourne, now teaching at Alberta) writes:
It is perhaps worth noting that Leigh Cauman (under her maiden name, Steinhardt) was Quine's first Ph.D. supervisee (at "Radcliffe College," Harvard University in those days not giving degrees under its own name to women), in 1940. Her dissertation was about "the variable" and semantics-- I think that Quine's well-known emphasis on the analogy between variables and pronouns was something she also stressed. I am sure that student learned from teacher and also teacher from student: I have no idea to what, if any, degree Quine's ideas should be attributed to "Miss Steinhardt," who is credited in footnotes with a few minor improvements to his "Mathematical Logic."
Mrs. Cauman believed that a male philosopher writing a thesis under Quine would have had more opportunities for a (non-adjunct, non-editorial) academic career than she had: doubtless wanting to live in the same city as her husband (who was, I think, an art historian, though I am not sure of that) limited her ability to seek teaching appointments.
I was never officially affiliated with the Columbia philosophy department, but often called on it when visiting family in the neighborhood. My sense is that Leigh's general friendliness and generosity contributed a great deal to the sense of a philosophy "community" there.
Dr. Cauman was Managing Editor of the Journal of Philosophy from 1962 to 1987, and also taught logic in the School of General Studies at Columbia University. Professor Charles Parsons, now Emeritus at Harvard, but who taught at Columbia for many years as well, informed me of her passing and noted that, "She was greatly respected in these roles and others she assumed in the university community."
UPDAE: Philosopher Laura Franklin-Hall (NYU, though she did her PhD at Columbia) kindly passed along information about a memorial service:
With decision time coming for PhD applicants, here is a summary of lateral moves with tenure since the fall PGR:
Jonathan Kvanvig (epistemology, philosophy of religion) from Baylor University (where he was undoubtedly Baylor's leading senior figure) to Washington University, St. Louis.
Tristram McPherson (ethics, metaethics) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University to Ohio State University.
Alyssa Ney (metaphysics, philosophy of mind) from University of Rochester to the University of California, Davis.
Jill North (philosophy of physics) from Cornell University to Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Russ Shafer-Landau (ethics, metaethics) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ted Sider (metaphysics) from Cornell University to Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
David Wallace (philosophy of physics) from Oxford University to the University of Southern California.
Jennifer Whiting (ancient philosophy) from the University of Toronto to the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to affecting the programs involved in the specialty area rankings, these moves would likely have some effects on the "overall" rankings: Rutgers, I would expect, to be at #2 by itself, rather than tied with Princeton; Cornell would likely drop out of the top 20 (but will remain in the top 25 and will still be strong in metaphysics); the hiring of Wallace will solidify USC's "top 10" status; Wash U will move closer to the top 20; among others.
In addition, Chicago has voted out senior offers to Matthew Boyle (philosophy of mind and action, Kant) from Harvard University and Clinton Tolley (Kant, German Idealism, history and philosophy of mathematics and logic, history of analytic philosophy) from the University of California, San Diego (Tolley is a Chicago PhD). If these offers are accepted, that would almost certainly push Chicago back into the U.S. top 20.
On a different note, I have extended an offer to another philosopher to take over as co-editor of the PGR with Brit going forward; I hope we'll have an announcement about that soon.
----at PhilJobs. (And special congratulations to Nir Ben-Moshe, the first of the PhD students I've had the privilege of working with here to go on the job market; he will start in a tenure-track position at Illinois/Urbana-Champaign!)
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.
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)