Professor Bacon worked primarily in logic, philosophy of language and ontology, and taught for many years at the University of Sydney and, most recently, at the University of Toledo, where he was emeritus. There is a brief obituary here.
Berit Brogaard (philosophy of mind, psychology & language), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, has been offered a senior position in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami. Students thinking about either program will want to keep an eye on what happens; hopefully, it will be resolved before April 15.
UPDATE: Professor Brogaard has accepted the offer from Miami, to start this August. Miami may also be making another senior offer before long. (The Department clearly continues to enjoy strong administrative support.)
Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (ethics, metaethics, moral psychology), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University has accepted appointment as Associate Professor of Philosophy (also with tenure) at Tufts University, starting this fall.
Douglas Lavin (ethics, history of ethics, philosophy of action), presently an untenured Associate Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, has accepted a permanent post as Lecturer in Philosophy at University College London, to begin this fall.
I am sorry to report that my colleague Ted Cohen, a leading figure in the philosophy of art who taught at Chicago since 1967, has passed away. You can find out more about his work here. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: There is a memorial website here, with an opportunity for comments from friends, colleagues, and students.
Michael Caie (philosophical logic, philosophy of language, formal epistemology) and Jessica Gelber (ancient Greek and Roman philosophy), both Assistant Professors of Philosophy at Syracuse University have accepted tenure-track offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. I usually do not post lateral junior movements, but Caie and Gelber are both advanced junior faculty, and their move will no doubt be of significance to prospective students. (Pitt is also about to make two senior offers to faculty in ancient philosophy.)
Adrienne Martin (moral & political philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennslyvania has accepted appointment to the Shankar Professorship of Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Claremont McKenna College, effective fall 2014. She asked me to share that she is "sad to leave behind one completely awesome job, but excited to be moving to another completely awesome job."
Gillian Russell (philosophy of language and logic), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will start in fall 2015.
Casey O'Callaghan (philosophy of mind, metaphysics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, St. Louis. This will further consolidate Wash U's status as one of the two or three best programs in philosophy of cognitive science in the Anglophone world.
Kendall Walton, a leading figure in philosophy of art who is currently emeritus at Michigan, will be the Bonsall Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University for the Spring quarters of 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Hanna Pickard (philosophy of mind, philosophy of pyschiatry), currently Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Clinical Research Fellow at Oxford University, will take up a half-time Readership in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, effective January 2015. She will continue with the other half of the time her work as a clinical therapist.
Elizabeth Barnes and Ross Cameron, both Associate Professors of Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and both leading young figures in metaphysics, have accepted tenured offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where they will start this fall. That's a big investment in metaphysics for UVA and, given its existing strengths, will likely push UVA into the U.S. "top ten" in metaphysics, among other areas.
UPDATE: UVA has also appointed, with tenure, Walter Ott (early modern philosophy), who is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. He will join several other faculty at UVA who work primarily or partly in early modern philosophy.
A longtime member of the Harvard faculty, Professor Scheffler passed away yesterday. He was well-known for his contributions to the philosophy of science and the philosophy of education. His Harvard page has some additional information. I will link to memorial notices as they appear.
Casey O'Callaghan (philosophy of mind, metaphysics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, has a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, St. Louis. Students considering either Rice or Wash U will want to keep an eye on what happens.
Melinda Fagan (philosophy of biology, epistemology), currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah, where she will be Associate Professor and the first holder of the Sterling McMurrin Chair.
They are: Joshua Dever (philosophy of language) from Texas/Austin; Matthew McGrath (metaphysics) from Missouri; L.A. Paul (metaphysics) from North Carolina/Chapel Hill; and Gabriel Uzquiano (philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, logic) from Southern California. The appointments are for five years, commencing April 1, 2014 (except McGrath who starts September 1 2014). These are officially quarter-time appointments, though as we noted in the case of Professor Paul, her time in residence will be five weeks each year. (Professor Uzquiano confirms that he will also be at St. Andrews for five weeks each year.)
I am sorry to report that Professor Lowe, who taught for many years at Durham University, passed away suddenly on January 5 (though he had been ill since last June). He was a prolific, influential and internationally renowned contributor to metaphysics, philosophy of language, mind and logic, and the history of early modern philosophy (he wrote the volume on Locke in my Routledge Philosophers series, and did a wonderful job). An extensive list of his publications is here. I will link to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: The Durham Department just sent me their memorial notice for Professor Lowe, which they kindly invited me to share with readers:
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor E. J. (Jonathan) Lowe. Jonathan was born in Dover, England, on 24th March 1950. He went to Cambridge to read Natural Sciences in 1968, but changed to History after one year and was awarded a BA (first class) in 1971. After that, he switched to Philosophy and moved to Oxford, where he was awarded his BPhil and DPhil degrees in 1974 and 1975 (supervised by Rom Harré and Simon Blackburn respectively). After a brief period teaching at Reading, Jonathan joined the Department of Philosophy at Durham in 1980, where he stayed for the rest of his career. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer (1990), Reader (1992) and then Professor (1995). During his time at Durham, Jonathan established himself as one of the world’s leading philosophers, publishing twelve single-authored books, four co-edited collections and well over 200 articles in journals and edited volumes. His scholarship was strikingly broad, ranging from early modern philosophy through to the interpretation of quantum mechanics. His most important and sustained contributions were to philosophy of mind, philosophical logic and especially metaphysics.
Jonathan adopted a realist conception of metaphysics as an autonomous discipline concerned with the fundamental structure of reality, as exemplified by his important book The Possibility of Metaphysics (OUP, 1998). Metaphysics, he maintained, should take common sense as its starting point, while at the same time acknowledging that aspects of common sense will need to be revised or abandoned. It should also retain a healthy respect for science but resist scientism, as the role of metaphysics is to illuminate features of reality that empirical scientific enquiry inevitably presupposes. It is therefore the most fundamental form of enquiry and - as Jonathan also emphasised – something that is extremely difficult to do. But, he insisted, there are no cheap short-cuts, and no piecemeal solutions to metaphysical problems. Metaphysics is to be done systematically and patiently. Jonathan’s approach drew inspiration from Aristotle and Locke, amongst others, both of whom retained a foothold in common sense. His metaphysical writings addressed a range of themes, including volition, personhood, agency, mental causation, identity, truth, essentialism and ontological categories. In recent years, one of his many notable achievements was the formulation of a new ‘four-category ontology’, which he proposed as a metaphysical foundation for all empirical scientific thought. The most detailed account of this appears in his book The Four-Category Ontology (OUP, 2006).
Throughout his life, Jonathan was guided by a kind of faith in our ability to discover the fundamental structure of reality through metaphysical thought. He was spurred on by a constant sense of puzzlement, fascination and bewilderment at the existence and nature of reality, and would not let extraneous considerations distract him from a resolute search for truth. Those of us who knew him will remember him not just as a gifted and committed philosopher but also as an exceptionally kind, caring and generous person. He was an accomplished teacher, who did everything he possibly could to support, encourage, nurture and inspire his students, many of whom have gone on to have successful academic careers. He was similarly supportive of his colleagues at Durham and of the wider philosophical community. Philosophers from all over the world came to depend on him as a mentor and referee, and he would spend many hours most weeks writing carefully crafted letters of support. It was a privilege to work with Jonathan. He was always a keen participant in research events, at Durham and elsewhere, where he exercised his astonishingly refined critical skills and offered numerous insightful comments, without ever being dismissive. Even with his eminence in the profession and the many associated demands on his time, he insisted on doing his fair share (and usually more than his fair share) of administrative and teaching work. He was a reassuring presence in the department, who was always on hand to offer support, advice and consolation to colleagues. We are diminished by the loss of an outstanding philosopher and a great friend.
Jonathan died on 5th January 2014, after several months of illness. He leaves his wife, Susan, and their two adult children, Rebecca and Tim.
Christopher Gauker (philosophy of language and mind), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati and Charlotte Werndl (philosophy of science, physics, and math), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics, have both accepted full professorships in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Salzburg (Austria), effective fall 2014.
This is a somewhat belated announcement, as Prof. Terrell passed away in November. (Thanks to Jeffrey Roland for the pointer). Professor Terrell taught for forty years at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul. An obituary is here.
The passing of the following philosophers was noted on the blog during 2013: Edwin B. Allaire, David Braybrooke, Joseph L. Camp, Jr., Arthur Danto, Fred Dretske, Ronald Dworkin, Peter Geach, Keith Gunderson, R.I.G. Hughes, Edward McClennen, Avrum Stroll, Arthur Szathmary, D. Burnham Terrell, Dallas Willard. You can click on the "Philosophy Updates" category and scroll down for more information, including links to memorial notices and obituaries.
L.A. (Laurie) Paul (metaphysics) will join the Arche Center at the University of St. Andrews as a Professorial Fellow, where she will spend five weeks (beginning in May) each year for the next five years; she will continue full-time as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Professor Geach was well-known for many books and articles on topics in philosophy of language and mind (including what is now known as the Frege-Geach probject for ethical non-cognitivism), as well as for work in the genre now known as "analytical Thomism." He spent most of his teaching career at the University of Birmingham and then the University of Leeds, where he was emeritus. Here is Steve Pyke's famous photo of Geach and his wife G.E.M. Anscombe. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: Philosopher John Haldane (St. Andrews) has written an informative memorial of Professor Geach, which he kindly invited me to share with readers:
The death of Peter Geach on 21st December 2013 at the age of 97 marks the passing of one of Anglophone philosophy's most distinctive and gifted figures. Geach published widely over seven decades in the areas of logic, language, mind, religion and ethics. His first article "Designation and Truth" appeared in Analysis in 1948, and his last was published in the same journal in 2006. Entitled "The Labels" it begins "Once upon a time in China there was a wicked king. His hobby was logic" and it concerns the King's intellectual battles with and eventual defeat of a "very clever logician Lo-sou". Numbering fewer than 300 words, it is an illustrated example of a problem posed by his late wife Elizabeth Anscombe when she herself was 81. "Lo-sou" was the Chinese name for Bertrand Russell. In the previous issue of Analysis Geach published "The Tractatus is not all rubbish", a 200 word response to a critic of Wittgenstein's propositional logic.
Among analytical philosophers Peter Geach was without peer as a literary stylist. One may disagree with his judgements and take exception to the terms in which they were sometimes expressed; yet his writing is a model of clear and precise English, devoid of pseudo-subtlety but animated by a learned literary spirit. Like Johnson and Chesterton, (both of whom he admired) Geach is a pleasure to read; unlike them he commanded both plain prose and the technical languages of Greek and medieval philosophy, as well being a master of logic and a powerful dialectician.
He made light of any claim to be a creative logician; yet his contributions to the philosophy of logic are rightly admired, and his deployment of logical insights in the course of non-technical argumentation combines lightness with efficacy. Four examples of the latter deserve mention on account of their insight and influence:
1. In "Frege's Grundlagen" (Philosophical Review 1960) Geach observed that the development of arithmetic can proceed validly within the Fregean system from Hume's principle without reliance on the extension operator. The same point was later developed by Charles Parsons and Crispin Wright.
2. In "Good and Evil" (Analysis, 1956) Geach notes that in its most common and natural uses "good" is an attributive adjective, the criteria for its application being provided by the substantive which is qualifies - as in 'good knife'. This was subsequently deployed by Philippa Foot and many others.
3. In "Ascriptivism" (Philosophical Review, 1960) Geach pointed out that for inferences to be valid, expressions occurring in both asserted and unasserted uses have to have the same meaning, and that this poses problems for attitudinal accounts of 'voluntary', 'intentional' and 'good' and 'bad'. It is worth noting that while the 'Frege-Geach' problem is more or less universally introduced n discussions of meta-ethical expressivism, Geach's first presentation of it was mainly concerned with philosophy of action.
4. In "On Worshipping the Right God" (c. 1960, published in God and the Soul, 1969) Geach distinguishes between 'personal' and 'impersonal' uses of 'to refer' and gives examples where a speaker refers though the definite description he uses is false, and others where the description is satisfied by someone other than the person to whom the speaker uniquely refers. Later in 1960s and in the decade following, such distinctions and examples became standard in the formulation of 'direct reference' theories - though unlike many who turned in that direction he also argued that the use of proper names logically implies the existence of associated kind concepts.
Geach also made important early contributions to logic in the areas of plural quantification, the sortal-dependency of identity, entailment, and intentional identity. Some of his ideas have resulted in the entry of expressions into the philosophical lexicon including 'Cambridge Change', 'predicable', 'pronoun of laziness', 'relative identity', Shakespearean context'. To the extent that Geach drew inspiration from other philosophers it tended to be from figures of the past, though he had a high regard for Kripke, Prior, and Quine which in each case was fully reciprocated.
MOVING TO FRONT FROM NOVEMBER 19, 2013 (originally posted Nov. 8, 2013)
I last posted a list of these at the end of last year; as I explained then (basically repeating what a philosopher elsewhere had said to me): "the fact of a senior offer is a more tangible indication of how at least one other department evaluates the philosopher's work....I will [now] report senior offers declined when it is confirmed by the candidate or his/her (home or hiring) department chair." For this post, I am seeking information about tenured offers declined during 2013.
If you are the candidate or the home or hiring department chair, you may post the information below; alternatively you may e-mail me at bleiter-at-uchicago-dot-edu, and I will post an updated list next week.
Brie Gertler (philosophy of mind) at University of Virginia turned down an offer from Rice University.
Anthony Gillies (philosophy of language, epistemology) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick turned down an offer from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jonathan Schaffer (metaphysics) at Rutgers University, New Brusnwick turned down an offer from Cornell University.
Susanna Schellenberg (philosophy of mind & language, epistemology) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick turned down an offer from Cornell University.
Iain Thomson (Continental philosophy) at the University of New Mexico turned down an offer from the University of South Florida.
R. Jay Wallace (ethics, philosophy of action) at the University of California at Berkeley turned down an offer of the White's Chair in Moral Philosophy from Oxford University.
“Julius Caesar!” He looked up with genuine astonishment. He was a philosopher. Why on earth would anyone ask him to read a dissertation about Julius Caesar?
“Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.”
“Oh. Right.” As though that made it clearer.
The young woman who’d cornered him in his office was a complete stranger. He’d never laid eyes on me, nor I on him. Doubtless I was wearing a leather mini skirt and high brown boots, my usual garb back then.
My take on the play was vaguely philosophical— very vaguely. I had ideas about Shakespeare and 17th century nominalism, though no philosophical context to fit them into, nor any other context, actually, self-directed as I was, the usual experience for women graduate students at Columbia those days. The Shakespearean hadn’t liked my topic, said it was “too modern and psychological,” so I approached the Miltonist with the idea, who said, uh, no, it would be awkward for him to direct a Shakespeare dissertation. I went away and came back a year later with a completed dissertation, throwing myself on the mercy of the Miltonist, who said, okay, okay, he’d try to set up a committee, there was a theater person who might read it, and a nice young assistant professor who more or less had to say yes since he didn’t have tenure, and he suggested that I talk to Arthur Danto. And that was my committee. They more or less smuggled me out the back door, unbeknownst to the Shakespearean (who found out years later, after I was comfortably ensconced on the west coast).
So that’s what I was doing in Danto’s office that spring morning, with my request. He didn’t have to agree, he was an eminence, even then; I wasn’t his student, and the dissertation was very long. But he came through.
After the dissertation defense, I stood outside in the hall, Philosophy Hall, waiting for the verdict. The committee filed out, shook my hand, congratulated me, handed me a few pages of typed notes, and went away.
Everyone except Danto. He stood there, I stood there, an uneasy moment, then he said, “By the way, do you have a job?”
“A job?” I had, as a matter of fact, just lost the adjunct position I’d been counting on to keep me in New York for the next few years. It was 1974; the job market had crashed.
“Would you like a letter?”
“Like… a recommendation? Sure, that’d be great.” It had never occurred to me to ask, I was that clueless.
He needn’t have offered—nobody else did. And he wrote not just once but many times through the years, as I applied for grants, fellowships, positions. He wrote a good letter; I never saw it but I was told it was eloquent. It opened doors.
Those were the only times we met. We corresponded when he was writing for The Nation and, for a time, so was I; we said, the next time I was in New York, we’d get together, etc., though we never did. But I remember him more fondly and vividly than I do almost any of my Columbia professors, as the one who had a sense that there was a person on the line, a person who might need a job.
I think that’s what we take from our teachers, finally, not so much information imparted as a sense of who they are.
Anthony Appiah (ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of race) at Princeton University has accepted a senior offer from New York University, to start in 2014. According to the university press release, "He will spend half the year in New York teaching in the Department of Philosophy and School of Law; the other half of the year he will teach and lecture at NYU’s other global sites, principally Abu Dhabi."
Derrick Darby (social & political philosophy, African-American philosophy), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he will start in fall 2014. With Darby and Elizabeth Anderson, Michigan will now be one of the very top choices for students interested in philosophy of race.
Matt Evans (ancient philosophy, ethics), currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, to begin next fall. That's a significant boost for ancient philosophy at Texas, which should help re-establish it as among the top North American programs.
Peter Ludlow (philosophy of language, mind, cognitive science, & linguistics), Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he will also have an appointment in and serve as Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. (No word on whether his avatar will also be moving, however!)That's a signinficant loss for Northwestern, though I would expect them to remain solidly in the top forty even without Ludlow. (I am told they will also be doing a senior search.)
He was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University at the time of his death, and had also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Bowling Green State University and the London School of Economics at various points in his career. He was well-known for his work on the foundations of decision and game theory, and their application to a range of issues in social and political philosophy. I will post links to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: Dr. Anthony Fisher, a recent Syracuse PhD, asked me to share this obituary prepared by him and Prof. McClennen's wife, Ellen:
McClennen, Edward Francis II, aged 77, died November 2, 2013. Professor of Philosophy, Edward F. McClennen was a passionate thinker and an unrepentant liberal. He contributed foundational work to the field of decision and game theory with over fifty articles and the highly influential book Rationality and Dynamic Choice: Foundational Explorations (Cambridge University Press, 1990). He was truly an original philosopher who defended an unorthodox conception of rationality in the face of traditional theories of decision and game theory. He was a "maverick" in his field, as he would say. Ned believed that people could achieve extraordinary things by cooperating and devoted his later years to integrating economics and political philosophy in the service of a theory of a just civil society and government--a Rational Society, the title of his book manuscript.
Born in Cambridge MA, Ned received a BA in philosophy from The University of Michigan in 1959 and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He taught at Purdue University, Lehman College CUNY, Washington University, Bowling Green State University, The London School of Economics, and Syracuse University and was a visiting professor at Harvard University, The University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, The University of Rochester, The University of Western Ontario, and The University of Amsterdam. At Bowling Green as the Ohio Board of Regents Eminent Scholar in Moral and Social Philosophy, he was co-developer of a program funded by UNESCO, the Kennan Institute and others that brought young Central and Eastern European scholars to the US after the collapse of the Soviet Union as a means helping them understand the relevance of new institutional economic theory for their reemerging nations. As Centennial Professor of Philosophy at The London School of Economics, he designed and administered a highly successful interdisciplinary Masters Program in Philosophy, Policy and Social Values. From 2005-7 he participated in a group of international scholars who were brought to Libya by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to help in the writing of a new Constitution, for which Ned drafted the Bill of Rights. As many would attest, Ned was a gracious host who loved company. He enjoyed cooking fine food to share with others over long evenings of spirited conversation. He also loved art, a legacy from the George De Forest Brush side of the family, and he treasured the view of Pleasant Bay from the McClennen family home on Cape Cod. He is survived by his wife Ellen Esrock and his children, Nathaniel Esrock McClennen and Sarah Pearmain McClennen.
John Hawthorne, Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University, who had last year moved his part-time appointment to the University of Southern California, has now acccepted a full-time position in the Department of Philosophy there, effective September 2015. That's a rather significant hire for USC, and will likely put the department solidly in the U.S. top ten (the next surveys will be in early fall 2014).
David Papineau (philosophy of science and mind) at King's College London and Catherine Wilson (history of modern philosophy, ethics) at the University of York have accepted appointments at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where they will teach for one semester each for the next five years. Professor Wilson will begin in Fall 2014, with Professor Papineau following in Spring 2015; they will continue in the following fall and spring terms, respectively, through 2018-19. (They will both continue the rest of the year at their institutions in the UK.) In addition to teaching a graduate seminar when in residence, they will also work with PhD students.
Kieran Setiya (ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, has accepted a senior offer from MIT, to begin next fall. (As I noted in the earlier update, MIT, given its losses, was likely to make some senior appointments, and now they have!)
A full list is here; at the senior ranks, the new appointments include: Peter Hacker (Wittgenstein, history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of language and mind), who is emeritus at Oxford, who will be roughly quarter-time for at least the next three years, giving graduate seminars and public lectures; and Dominic Scott (ancient philosophy), who will move to Kent in fall 2014 from the University of Virginia.
During his long career at Columbia University, Professor Danto wrote very widely, including well-known books and articles on philosophy of action, philosophy of history, Nietzsche, and Sartre, though he became best-known outside the academy for his work in aesthetics and art criticism, including a long stint as the art critic for The Nation. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
MOVING TO FRONT FROM OCT. 13--a couple more minor corrections.
These are the major changes at the (primarily) tenured faculty level since the fall 2011 surveys for programs ranked then or in 2009. I've generally omitted short-term part-time appointments. I try to always list areas of specialty under the appointing school's entry (sometimes under the school that lost the faculty member as well.) The list of tenurings since fall 2011 is probably incomplete, and I welcome corrections and additions. Just about all these changes can be expected to affect the specialty rankings, and some, due to their significance and/or number, might affect the overall results; I speculate at the end about that.
Australian National University: Appointed Victoria McGeer (philosophy of mind & cognitive science, moral psychology) and Philip Pettit (ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind & social science) half-time from Princeton. David Chalmers (philosophy of mind & language, metaphysics) has accepted a tenured appointment at NYU, but continues to be part-time at the ANU (details to be determined going forward).
Birkbeck College, University of London: Appointed Hallvard Lillehammer (ethics, political philosophy) from Cambridge. Lost Miranda Fricker (epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy) to Sheffield and Ian Rumfitt (philosophy of language) to Birmingham.
Boston University: Jaakko Hintikka (logic, philosophy of language, logic, math & science) and Victor Kestenbaum (American philosophy) are retiring. Krzysztof Michalski (who was part-time) passed away.
Brown University: Appointed Paul Guyer (Kant, aesthetics) from Penn. Lost Richard Heck (philosophy of language, math & logic, history of analytic philosohy) to Rutgers and will lose Jaegwon Kim (metaphysics, philosophy of mind) to retirement at the end of this academic year. Joshua Schechter (epistemology) was tenured.
Cambridge University: Appointed Richard Holton (philosophy of action, ethics, philosophy of law) and Rae Langton (Kant, ethics, feminist philosophy) from MIT. Lost Fraser MacBride to Glasgow and Hallavard Lillehammer to Birkbeck.
City University of New York Graduate Center: Lost Alva Noe (philosophy of mind & cognitive science) back to Berkeley.
Cornell University: Lost Matti Eklund (metaphysics) to Uppsala. Nicholas Sturgeon (ethics) retired. Richard Boyd (philosophy of science, metaphysics) and Gail Fine (ancient philosophy) are on phased retirement. Nicholas Silins (epistemology, philosophy of mind) was tenured.
Duke University: Fred Dretske (epistemology, philosophy of mind), a part-time Research Professor, passed away. Peter van Inwagen (metaphysics, philosophy of religion) from Notre Dame will teach one graduate seminar each Spring for at the least the next three years.
Georgetown University: Patrick Heelan (phenomenology) retired. Bryce Huebner (philosophy of cognitive science, social science & mind) was tenured.
Harvard University: Appointed (jointly with Mathematics) W. Hugh Woodin (set theory, mathematical logic) from Berkeley. Jeffrey McDonough (early modern philosophy) and Bernhard Nickel (philosophy of language, also science & mind) were tenured.
Indiana University, Bloomington: Marcia Baron (ethics, Kant, philosophy of law) has accepted the Professorship in Moral Philosophy at St. Andrews, part-time to start, and full-time as of January 2014. Lost Karen Hanson (aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of mind) to Minnesota, where she is now Provost. Kate Abramson (Hume, ethics, early modern philosophy) was tenured.
King's College, London: Appointed Bill Brewer (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind) from Warwick and Nick Shea (philosophy of psychology, cognitive science, & mind) from Oxford.
London School of Economics: Appointed Michael Otsuka (political philosophy, ethics) from University College London. Lost Nancy Cartwright (philosophy of science) to Durham.
Massachussetts Institute of Technology: Appointed Kieran Setiya (ethics, epistemology) from Pittsburgh. Lost Richard Holton (philosophy of action, ethics, philosophy of law) and Rae Langton (Kant, ethics, feminist philosophy) to Cambridge University. Robert Stalnaker (philosophy of languagee, mind & logic) is on phased retirement, ending in 2016 (and visiting half the year at Columbia).
New York University: Appointed David Chalmers (philosophy of mind, language & cognitive science) from the ANU (though Chalmers continues to spend some time at ANU), Cian Dorr (metaphysics) from Oxford, and Jessica Moss (ancient philosophy) from Oxford. Robert Hopkins (aesthetics, philosophy of mind, Nietzsche) from Sheffield is currently visiting and has a permanent offer. Thomas Nagel (moral & political philosophy, philosophy of mind) has retired. Ronald Dworkin (political & legal philosophy), whose primary appointment was in the Law School, passed away.
Ohio State University: Appointed Chris Pincock (philosophy of math and science, history of analytic philosophy) from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Declan Smithies (epistemology, philosophy of mind) was tenured.
Oxford University: Appointed Susanne Bobzien (ancient, philosophy of language) from Yale, Karen Nielsen (ancient) from Western Ontario, Ian Phillips (philosophy of mind) from UCL, and Tom Porter (political philosophy) from Manchester. Lost Tim Bayne (philosophy of mind) to Manchester; Krister Bykvist (ethics) and Anandi Hattiangadi (philosophy of mind & language, metaphysics, epistemology), both to Stockholm; Cian Dorr (metaphysics) and Jessica Moss (ancient), both to NYU; Antony Eagle (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science & probability) to Adelaide; and Scott Sturgeon (epistemology) to Birmingham. David Charles (ancient) will leave for Yale in 2014 and John Hawthorne (metaphysics, epistemology) will leave for Southern California in 2015. Daniel Isaacson (philosophy of math, logic) retired.
Princeton University: Lost part-time faculty member John Hawthorne (metaphysics, epistemology) to Southern California. Victoria McGeer (philosophy of mind & cognitive science, moral psychology) and Philip Pettit (ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind & social science) will now be half-time at Princeton and half-time at the ANU. Sarah-Jane Leslie (philosophy of language) was tenured (and promoted to full professor at the same time!).
Rutgers University, New Brunswick: Appointed Elisabeth Camp (philosophy of language and mind, aesthetics) from Penn, Richard Heck (philosophy of language, math & logic; history of analytic philosophy) from Brown, and Peter Ludlow (philosophy of language, mind & cognitive science) from Northwestern. Lost Jason Stanley (philosophy of language, epistemology) to Yale.
Saint Louis University: Appointed Jason Turner (metaphysics) from Leeds.
Syracuse University: Appointed Janice Dowell (philosophy of language & mind, metaphysics, metaethics) and David Sobel (ethics, political philosophy), both from Nebraska.
University College London: Appointed Daniel Rothschild (philosophy of language) from a post-doc at Oxford (he was previously tenure-track at Columbia). Lost Michael Otsuka (political philosophy, ethics) to LSE and Ian Phillips (philosophy of mind) to Oxford.
University of Alberta: Appointed Katherin Koslicki (metaphysics, philosophy of language, ancient) from Colorado and Jack Zupko (medieval, metaphysics, philosophy of religion) from Winnipeg.
University of Birmingham: Appointed Ian Rumfitt (philosophy of language) from Birkbeck College, University of London and Scott Sturgeon (epistemology) from Oxford, as well as a number of prominent part-time visitors. Lost Helen Beebee (metaphysics) to Manchester, Alex Miller (philosophy of language, metaethics) to Otago, and Tom Sorell (ethics, applied ethics) to the Politics Department at Warwick.
University of British Columbia: Appointed Evan Thompson (philosophy of mind & cognitive science) from Toronto. Roberta Ballarin (metaphysics, philosophy of language & mind) and Matt Bedke (ethics, metaethics, political and legal philosophy) were both tenured.
University of Calgary: Appointed C. Kenneth Waters (philosophy of biology) from Minnesota.
University of California, Berkeley: Appointed Alva Noe (philosophy of mind & cognitive science) back from CUNY (after just a year away). Appointed Kwong-Loi Shun (Chinese philosophy) to a half-time position, beginning Spring 2014. Seth Yalcin (philosophy of language) was tenured.
University of California, Los Angeles: Joseph Almog and Terence Parsons (both philosophy of language) have both taken emeritus status.
University of Chicago: Lost Michael Forster (Kant, 19th-century German philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of language, epistemology) to a Humboldt Professorship at Bonn (though Forster is still roughly quarter-time at Chicago, teaching most of each Winter Quarter). Tenured Kevin Davey (philosophy of physics) and Marko Malink (ancient philosophy).
University of Cincinnati: Appointed Tony Chemero (philosophy of cognitive science, mind & science) from Franklin & Marshall College and Heidi Maibom (philosophy of mind, psychology & cognitive science; moral psychology) from Carleton College. Angela Potochnik (philosophy of science, esp. biology) was tenured. In addition, Valerie Hardcastle (philosophy of mind & cognitive science) has left her administrative position and returned to full-time teaching and research (she is half in Philosophy, half in Psychology).
University of Colorado, Boulder: Lost Katherin Koslicki to Alberta. Chris Heathwood (ethics) was tenured.
University of Connecticut, Storrs: Appointed Dorit Bar-On (philosophy of language & mind, metaethics) and Keith Simmons (philosophy of language & logic), both from North Carolina; also appointed Lewis Gordon (Africana philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism) from Temple, Mitchell Green (philosophy of language & mind) from Virginia, and Susan Schneider (philosophy of mind & cognitive science, metaphysics) from a tenure-track position at Penn.
University of Durham: Appointed (half-time) Nancy Cartwright (philosophy of the sciences) from LSE (Cartwright continues to teach at UCSD as well). Also appointed Julian Reiss (philosophy of science & social science) from Erasmus. The Law School appointed Thom Brooks (political and legal philosophy) from Newcastle. Lost Nick Zangwill (ethics, metaethics, aesthetics) to Hull.
University of Glasgow: Appointed Campbell Brown (ethics) from Edinburgh and Fraser MacBride (metaphysics, philosophy of math, history of analytic) from Cambridge.
University of Illinois, Chicago: Walter Edelberg (philosophy of language & logic) and Neal Grossman (early modern philosophy) both retired.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Appointed Andrew Arana (logic, philosophy of mathematics) from Kansas State University and Colleen Murphy (political philosophy, applied ethics) from Texas A&M. Robert Cummins (philosophy of mind and cognitive science) retired. Tenured Kirk Sanders (ancient philosophy), Helga Varden (moral, political & legal philosophy, esp. Kant; feminist philosophy), and Jonathan Waskan (philosophy of cognitive science).
University of Leeds: Appointed Matthew Smith (etihcs, political) from a tenure-track position at Yale. Lost Jason Turner (metaphysics) to Saint Louis.
University of Miami: Colin McGinn (philosophy of mind & language) will resign at the end of 2013.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Appointed (roughly .20 time) Timothy Williamson (philosophy of language & logic, epistemology, metaphysics) from Oxford. Kendall Walton (aesthetics) retired. Lost Matt Evans (ancient philosophy, ethics) to Texas. David Manley, Sarah Moss, and Eric Swanson were all tenured--they all work in various aspects of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: Appointed Karen Hanson (aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of mind) as Provost and Professor of Philosophy, from Indiana. Lost C. Kenneth Waters (philosophy of biology) to a Canada Research Chair at Calgary.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Lost Janice Dowell (philosophy of language & mind, metaphysics, metaethics) and David Sobel (ethics, political philosophy), both to Syracuse
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Lost Dorit Bar-On and Keith Simmons to Connecticut. Marilyn Adams (medieval, philosophy of religion) and Robert Adams (metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of religion, early modern philosophy) both retired. Matthew Kotzen (epistemology, philosophy of science) was tenured.
University of Notre Dame: Lost Marian David (philosophy of language, epistemology, history of analytic) to Graz. Peter van Inwagen is only teaching fall semesters for at least the next three years.
University of Nottingham: Lost Gregory Currie (aesthetics) to York.
Universiy of Otago: Appointed Alex Miller (philosophy of language, metaethics) from Birmingham, and Elisabeth Ellis (Kant, political philosophy) and Michael LeBuffe (early modern philosophy), both from Texas A&M University. Lost Peter Anstey (early modern) to Sydney.
University of Pennsylvania: Lost Elisabeth Camp (philosophy of language & mind, aesthetics) to Rutgers and Paul Guyer (Kant, aesthetics) to Brown; Charles Kahn (ancient philosophy) retired. Tenured Adrienne Martin (ethics).
University of Pittsburgh: Appointed to a tenure-track position Japa Pallikkathayil (ethics, political) from NYU. Lost James Allen (ancient philosophy) to Toronto and Kieran Setiya (ethics, epistemology) to MIT.
University of Reading: Appointed Gabriel Segal (philosophy of mind, psychology, language & linguistics) from King's College, London to a half-time post. Lost Bart Streumer (metaethics) to Groningen and Galen Strawson to Texas.
University of Sheffield: Appointed Miranda Fricker (epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy) from Birkbeck.
University of South Florida: Appointed Lee Braver (Continental philosophy, metaphysics, Wittgenstein) from Hiram College.
University of Southern California: Appointed John Hawthorne (metaphysics, epistemology) to a roughly one-third time position from Oxford University, which will become full-time in 2015. Also appointed (full-time) Jonathan Quong (political philosophy) from Manchester. Lost Gideon Yaffe (philosophy of action, philosophy of criminal law, early modern philosophy) to Yale. George Wilson (philosophy of action, philosophy of film) retired.
University of St. Andrews: Appointed Marcia Baron (ethics, Kant, philosophy of law) from Indiana/Bloomington, full-time starting January 2014.
University of Sydney: Appointed Peter Anstey (early modern philosophy) from Otago.
University of Texas, Austin: Appointed Galen Strawson (philosophy of mind and action, metaphysics, early modern philosophy, Nietzsche) from Reading and Michelle Montague (metaphysics) from Bristol. Also appointed Matt Evans (ancient philosophy, ethics) from Michigan. Adam Pautz (philosophy of mind) was tenured. Nicholas Asher (philosophy of language) is no longer part-time at Texas (he is now full-time in France).
University of Toronto: Appointed James Allen (ancient philosophy) from Pittsburgh. Lost Evan Thompson (philosophy of mind & cognitive science) to British Columbia.
University of Warwick: Appointed Matthew Nudds (philosophy of mind) from Edinburgh. Lost Bill Brewer to King's College, London. Politics appointed Tom Sorell (ethics, applied ethics) from Birmingham.
University of Washington, Seattle: Laurence BonJour (epistemology) has retired. John Manchak (philosophy of physics) was tenured.
University of Western Ontario: Appointed Stathis Psillos (philosophy of science, metaphysics) from Athens to the Rotman Canada Research Chair. Also appointed Carl Hoefer (philosophy of science & physics) and Genoveva Marti (philosophy of language), both from Barcelona. Lost Karen Nielsen (ancient) to Oxford.
University of York: Appointed Gregory Currie (aesthetics) from Nottingham and Catherine Wilson (early modern philosophy, ethics) from Aberdeen.
Washington University, St. Louis: Appointed Anya Plutynski (history and philosophy of science, esp. biology) from Utah.
Yale University: Appointed David Charles (ancient philosophy) from Oxford (effective July 2014) and Jason Stanley (philosophy of language, epistemology) from Rutgers. The Law School hired Gideon Yaffe (philosphy of action, philosophy of criminal law, early modern philosophy) from Southern California, who has a secondary appointment in philosophy. George Bealer (metaphysics) will retire in 2014; Susanne Bobzien (ancient philosophy, philosophy of language) left for Oxford; and Jules Coleman (philosophy of law), with a primary appointment in the Law School, left for a senior administrative position at NYU.
Now some speculations about how these moves will affect the "overall" rankings from 2011. I'd expect to see noticeable bumps up for Berekeley, British Columbia, Western Ontario, Texas, Otago, Southern California, Connecticut, Durham, Cincinnati, Birmingham, Cambridge, Syracuse, York, and Glasgow, among others. I'd expect to see noticeable bumps down for Reading, MIT, Nebraska, Indiana, Penn, BU, and Cornell, among others. But I think in each case it's more relevant for the students to focus on the areas of specialty of the faculty appointed and lost. Bear in mind, too, that many of the schools that suffered significant losses, like MIT and Penn, will likely be making new appointments this year.
A longtime member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Professor Gunderson was best-known for his work in philosophy of mind. A brief memorial notice is here.
Jonathan Dancy (ethics, metaethics, epistemology), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin (where he spends half of each academic year) will return to the University of Reading, where he is Professor Emeritus, to teach and work with graduate students on a quarter-time basis for the next three years.
Kathrin Koslicki (Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Ancient Philosophy), currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will become Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta, effective January 2014.
Elisabeth Ellis (political philosophy, Kant), Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, and Michael LeBuffe (early modern philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy, also at Texas A&M, have both accepted senior offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Otago. Ellis will be Associate Professor of Philosophy at Otago, and LeBuffe will take up the Baier Chair in Early Modern Philosophy.
(I was recently in Dunedin, where the U of Otago is located, and for those who have not been there, I recommend a visit--a cosmopolitan college town where faculty can afford to live in houses with beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. Quite stunning!)
Professor Allaire took his PhD at the University of Iowa with Gustav Bergmann, and taught there before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s, where he spent the rest of his career. There's a brief description of some of his work here. I will add a link to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: My former colleague A.P. Martinich asked me to post this obituary for Professor Allaire that he prepared in consultation with Alex Mourelatos and Stephen Phillips:
Richard Heck (philosophy of language, math & logic; history of analytic philosophy) at Brown University has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he will start in fall 2014.
Peter van Inwagen (metaphysics, philosophy of action, philosophy of religion) at the University of Notre Dame will teach a graduate seminar in the Department of Philosophy at Duke University each Spring starting in 2014 and continuing at least through 2016.
A prolific contributor to philosophy of language and epistemology in the analytic tradition, he was also, in 1963, one of the three founding faculty of the UC San Diego Department of Philosophy. (He was responsible for later hiring Herbert Marcuse, among others.) The Wikipedia entry gives some indication of the range of his philosophical writings. I will link to memorial notices as they appear.
(Thanks to Craig Callender for some of this information.)
Rutgers, with support from the Templeton Foundation, has created a new Center for Philosophy of Religion, which will be directed by Rutgers philosopher Dean Zimmerman, who is well-known for his work in both metaphysics and philosophy of religion. In addition, Marilyn McCord Adams (medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion) and Robert M. Adams (metaphysics, ethics, early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion)--who recently took emeritus status at North Carolina--have accepted appointment as Distinguished Research Professors at Rutgers, and are committed to teach one graduate seminar per year for at least the next three years. In addition, Rutgers has begun searching for a senior philosopher to be the first holder of the new William P. Alston Chair for Philosophy of Religion. (During his long career, Alston taught at Rutgers, as well as Michigan and Syracuse.)
Mary Morgan, a leading scholar of the history and philosophy of economics at the London School of Economics, will be a regular Visiting Professor (roughly quarter-time) for each of the next three years (at least) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will work with students in philosophy, history, and the sociology of science.
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)