A longtime member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, Professor Linsky was well-known for his work in philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy. There is a page for remembrances here. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
Thom Brooks, Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at Newcastle University, has accepted appointment as Reader in Law at the University of Durham, where he will also be an associated faculty member of the Department of Philosophy. The appointment is effective December 1 of this year.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin has made two senior hires: Galen Strawson (metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, history of early modern philosophy, Nietzsche), currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, will take up a new Chair in philosophy at Texas; and Michelle Montague (philosophy of mind, metaphysics), currently at the University of Bristol, will come in as an Associate Professor with tenure. Montague and Strawson are teaching at UT in 2012-13, will be back at their UK institutions in fall 2013, and then return to UT full time in spring 2014.
In addition to these hires, UT made two additional junior appointments, and a lateral junior hire of Katherine Dunlop (Kant, philosophy of math) from Brown University. Taken together, these five appointments will probably push UT back towards the overall top 15 in the US.
Professor Nakhnikian was largely responsible for leading two different departments to positions of national prominence: Wayne State in the 1950s and 1960s, and Indiana/Bloomingon in the late 1960s and 1970s. The memorial notice from the Indiana department is here.
Michael Otsuka (political philosophy, ethics), Professor of Philosophy at University College London, has accepted a senior appointment in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics, effective September 2013. That's a good break for LSE, after the departure of Nancy Cartwright, and will make the program an attractive choice for students interested in political philosophy and cognate issues in social choice and rational choice theory.
Chris Bertram (Bristol) points out to me that Durham (not philosophy) has recently hired the political theorist David Held from LSE. Held, like Nancy Cartwright (who is also moving to Durham, as noted), was involved in supervising Saif Gaddafi's PhD thesis (which is suspected to have been plagiarized), and both were implicated in the resulting scandal about the Libyan government's involvement with the LSE. (The full report is here, and the key bits are at pp. 28 ff.) What role the unpleasantness of this affair played in the decion of these two scholars to leave I do not know, but several readers remarked on it.
Nancy Cartwright (philosophy of science, physics & social science), who is roughly two-thirds time at the London School of Economics, and her former student Julian Reiss (philosophy of science and social science), currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Erasmus University, have accepted appointments at the University of Durham, where they will work together to run a new center for "Knowledge, Culture and the Public Good." Cartwright will be half-time at Durham (she is leaving LSE altogether) and Reiss full-time. These hires are likely to push the Durham department into the ranks of the top 15 UK programs.
UPDATE: Just to be clear, Professor Cartwright will continue to teach every Winter Quarter in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, which she has done for many years now. She will also continue to supervise PhD students there throughout the year. The new Durham appointment only replaces her LSE appointment.
Fraser MacBride (metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, history of analytic philosophy), currently Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge University, has accepted the Chair in Logic at the University of Glasgow. That's a significant appointment for Glasgow, which could move it into the ranks of the top 15 UK programs.
Robert Hopkins, a leading writer in aesthetics and philosophy of mind at the University of Sheffield (who also has a serious side interest in Nietzsche), has a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at New York University, where he will visit next year (2012-13). Students interested in aesthetics, in particular, will want to keep an eye on this.
Stephan Hartmann, presently at Tilburg, has accepted the Humboldt Professorship at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where he will also occupy a Chair in Philosophy of Science and co-direct the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy with Hannes Leitgeb, himself a Humboldt Professor as well. Hartmann works in formal epistemology and philosophy of physics, psychology, social science, and economics. Munich will now clearly be a major international center for formal work in philosophy.
Professor Sihvola was the former Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, a leading scholar of the history of Greek philosophy and philosophy of religion, and Professor of History at the University of Jyväskylä. He was also a respected public intellectual in Finland, and did much to raise the profile of Finnish humanities scholars on the international stage.
Tony Chemero (philosophy of cognitive science, mind, and science), currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati, where he will also have an appointment in Psychology. This appointment complements Cincinnati's already strong group of young and mid-career faculty in these areas.
Japa Pallikkathayil (moral and political philosophy), currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at New York University, has accepted a tenure-track offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. I usually don't note junior lateral moves, but this one is notable and likely of relevance to graduate students interested in her areas.
Andrew Arana (logic, philosophy of mathematics), currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kansas State University, has accepted a tenured offer of Associate Professor from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (where he will also be appointed in Mathematics), effective this August.
It's perhaps interesting to note that KSU has had a remarkably strong track record of hiring good young philosophers who have later been recruited by departments with PhD programs, including Sandra Lapointe (now at McMaster), Sergio Tenenbaum (now at Toronto), Marleen Rozemond (now at Toronto), Phil Clark (now at Toronto), & Steven Wall (now at Arizona).
John Symons (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, effective this fall.
Gideon Yaffe, Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Southern California has accepted a senior offer from Yale Law School, effective July 1. Professor Yaffe has been a leading contributor to philosophy of action, and, more recently, philosophy of criminal law. He has also written on early modern philosophy.
Professor Clarke, a longtime member of the Berkeley faculty, died in February. There is a brief notice on the Berkeley departmental homepage. I will add links to longer notices if and when they appear.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham has made two new appointments: Maja Spener (philosophy of mind and psychology, epistemology), currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp and previously Faculty Lecturer and Junior Research Fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, will join Birmingham as Lecturer; and Scott Sturgeon (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind), currently Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University, will take a Professorial position. The Administration at Birmingham has committed to an expansion of the Department of Philosophy, so further appointments at various levels are likely in the near future. In the wake of the double loss of two Professors (Beebee to Manchester, and Miller to Otago), things are now looking very promising at Birmingham.
Victoria McGeer (philosophy of mind and cognitive science, moral psychology), a tenured member of the Research Faculty at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, and Philip Pettit (philosophy of mind, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of social science), who teaches in Politics and Philosophy at Princeton, have accepted half-time appointments at the Australian National University, beginning in Spring 2013. McGeer will be Fellow in Philosophy and Pettit will be Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. The rest of the year they will be at Princeton.
Matthew Nudds (philosophy of mind, philosophy of perception), currently Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, has accepted appointment as Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at the University of Warwick, an appointment that will sustain Warwick's place as one of the UK's major centers for philosophy of mind, even after Bill Brewer's departure for KCL.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Manchester has appointed two professors: Tim Bayne, currently University Lecturer in Philosophy of Mind at Oxford; and Helen Beebee (metaphysics), currently Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at Birmingham, who will also take up the Samuel Hall Chair at Manchester, previously held by the late Peter Goldie.
Nick Shea (philosophy of psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science; philosophy of mind), previously Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford and Research Fellow in Philosophy, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, has accepted appointment as Reader in Philosophy at King's College, London.
Two philosophers are among the recipients of the lucrative Humboldt Professorships in the latest competition. The terms of the Professorship and the award are described in detail here, and they are quite extraordinary, including millions of euros of research support.
Michael Forster, one of the three or four leading scholars of 18th- and 19th-century German philosophy in the Anglophone world (who has also done major work on Wittgenstein and on ancient philosophy), and who is currently Glenn A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy here at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a Humboldt Professsorship to be located at the University of Bonn. This would, alas, be a huge loss for Chicago, though I'm hopeful that, if he goes, Forster will find ways to retain ties with the university here.
Stephan Hartmann, currently at the University of Tilburg (and previously at the LSE), is a leading contributor to work in formal epistemology, philosophy of science and physics, and social choice theory. His Professorship would be taken up at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where Hannes Leitgeb, another leading formal philosopher, is already based.
Bill Brewer (philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, has accepted a Professorship in philosophy at King's College, London, effective this September.
One is to Michael Weisberg, a leading young philosopher of biology (and chemistry!) recently tenured at Penn. I am awaiting permission to post the name of the other offeree, also with philosophy of biology interests, as well as philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
UPDATE: Weisberg has declined the offer, and will remain at Penn. The other senior offer is still outsanding.
MOVING TO FRONT FOR THE LAST TIME THIS HIRING SEASON; ORIGINALLY POSTED FEBRUARY 14 (AS OF AROUND THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THERE WERE SOME 150 POSTINGS ON THIS THREAD)
It's that time of year again...I am opening comments on this thread for people to post news about junior, tenure-track hires in philosophy departments or of philosophy PhDs, i.e., hires made during this year of new assistant professors who will be starting in summer or fall 2012 (or thereafter). (For schools outside the US, please list new Lecturers who are on presumptively permanent appointments--not temporary lecturers.) As in prior years, you may also post information about post-doc appointments, since there are an increasing number of those in philosophy, many quite attractive. No anonymous posts will be allowed. (Please e-mail me about any errors.)
The format of the postings should be as follows: candidate's name (name of PhD-granting school) hired by [name of school]. AOS: ________; any prior positions (e.g., a postdoc, a lectureship, a visiting asst prof position). In the case of a post-doc, it should say not 'hired by' but 'post-doc at' [name of school].
Here's an example (actual, not fictional, involving a former student):
Michael Sevel (Texas) hired by University of Sydney. AOS: Philosophy of Law. Previously Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Miami, and Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute.
"Hired by" means a tenure-track or permanent position; a post-doc should be listed as "John Smith (Harvard) post-doc at University of Michigan."
Remember: tenure-track jobs and postdocs only. Please submit information only once; postings should appear within 24 hours.
THE ONLY PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO POST INFORMATION ARE: the candidates themselves; the chair of the hiring department; or the placement chair of the candidate's department. Two years ago, however, a placement chair jumped the gun in posting, so please, placement chairs, make sure it is OK with your students that the information appear!
Chris Pincock (philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, history of analytic philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri at Columbia, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Ohio State University.
Lenny Clapp, a well-known philosopher of language at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has accepted an offer from the Department of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University starting the 2012-13 academic year.
I am sorry to report that Professor Adler, a leading contributor to epistemology and Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, passed away this morning after a long illness. I will post links to memorial notices as they appear.
David Chalmers (philosophy of mind and language, metaphysics), who in addition to his appointment at the Australian National University has been a regular Visiting Professor of Philosophy each fall at New York University, has accepted a tenured appointment at NYU as Professor of Philosophy. For at least the next two years, he will spend fall semesters at NYU and the rest of the year at the ANU. It is expected that eventually he will be full-time at NYU, perhaps retaining some connection to ANU, though that has yet to be determined.
UPDATE: Juhani Yli-Vakkuri, a philosophy graduate student at Oxford, writes:
Thank you for posting a link to the NYT obituary on Ruth Barcan Marcus. An NYT obituary for her was, as every philosopher knows, mandatory. Anyone working in logic/language/metaphysics learned a lot from her. What I learned from her semi-regular appearances at UCLA's Language Workshop, when I was an undergraduate at UCLA and she a visiting professor at UC Irvine in the late '90s, no doubt made me a better philosopher than I otherwise would have been. All of this explains why I am extremely disappointed in the obituary. I do not agree with you that it did a rather good job given the difficulty of the subject. In fact, it made a complete mess of one of the less difficult tasks: stating the Barcan Formula and its converse.
The obituary represents the Barcan Formula together with its converse as equivalent to
(??) (x)(Fx->Gx) <-> (x)(Fx->Gx)
( is the necessity operator, (x) the universal quantifier.) This is false. What the Barcan formulas say is
(BF) (x)p <-> (x)p
(BF) is controversial but, so many philosophers think, defensible when it's understood that the quantifiers are absolutely unrestricted. If we were to think of the quantifiers in (BF) as carrying an implicit restriction of some sort, (??) would be the result of making the restriction explicit, but (??) is, by anybody's lights, absurd.
To see what the trouble is, interpret 'F' as 'bachelor' and 'G' as 'unmarried'. The left-hand side of (??) then says that it is necessary that: all bachelors are unmarried, which is plausible. By (??) this is equivalent to the claim that each bachelor is such that it is necessary that: *he* is unmarried. There are obvious counterexamples. It's necessary that: all bachelors are unmarried; I am a bachelor; by (??) it is necessary that: I am unmarried. But of course I could have been married.
There are simple counterexamples in the other direction as well: interpret 'G' as before and 'F' as 'is benevolent'. Suppose that there is only one bachelor, and he is God, who is necessarily benevolent. Then the right-hand side of (??) is true: each bachelor is such that, necessarily, he is benevolent. Clearly it doesn't follow that, necessarily, all bachelors are benevolent, because there could have been non-benevolent bachelors. But by (??) this does follow.
(The examples used in the article would do for counterexamples as well: 'Necessarily, all humans are mortal' and 'All humans are necessariy moryal'.)
What is even stranger than the obituary writer's misunderstanding of the Barcan Formulas is that this misunderstanding (or at least the left-to-right direction of (??)) is attributed -- in quotes -- to Stephen Neale. It's hard to imagine a philosopher who has written as much about the interaction of intensional operators and quantifiers as Neale making this mistake.
Marian David (philosophy of language, epistemology, history of analytic philosophy), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has accepted a Professorship at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (University of Graz) in his homeland of Austria to begin in Fall of 2012.
Notre Dame also has a major senior offer out, about which I hope to post soon.
Alva Noe (philosophy of mind and cognitive science), currently Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will return to the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, effective July 1.
Stathis Psillos, currently Professor of Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics at the University of Athens, has accepted the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science at the University of Western Ontario. (This was the Chair previously held by Robert Batterman, now at the University of Pittsburgh.)
Marcia Baron (ethics, Kant, philosophy of law), currently Rudy Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University at Bloomington, will be joining the University of St. Andrews as Professor of Moral Philosophy, part-time from summer 2012, and full-time from January 2014.
Susanne Bobzien (ancient philosophy, philosophy of language), currently Senior Research Scholar in Philosophy at Yale University, has been elected to a Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, where she will move full-time in 2013.
Michela Massimi (history and philosophy of science, Kant), Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London, has accepted appointment as Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.
Matthew Smith (moral and political philosophy), currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, has accepted a permanent post in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds.
I am very sorry to report that Professor Marcus passed away today. She was a wholly sui generis presence in philosophy of the last sixty years: she made seminal contributions to logic, metaphysics and philosophy of language; she rose to the highest levels of the profession at a time when sexist discrimination was utterly rampant; and she was a fearless and indefatigable advocate for the highest standards of intellectual integrity. You may read the tribute to her work by Timothy Williamson (Oxford) here, and her own brief intellectual and professional autobiography here. I will post links to other memorials and additional information soon.
ANOTHER: Some nice personal remembrances from philosophers here and here. I'll just add a few personal recollections of my own. I corresponded with Ruth regularly from the mid-1990s onwards; our last exchanges were just last year. During the year I taught at Yale (1998-99), I had the pleasure of having lunch with her a couple of times, as well as seeing her often at the legal theory workshops, where her audible 'whispers' about the hair-brained arguments of some of the presenters were always spot on and very funny. Ruth was always a stalwart supporter of the PGR, and gave me much good advice over the years. She has the distinction of being the only person to have ever reprimanded me for being insufficiently candid and direct! And whenever she thought I made a misjudgment, she cetainly let me know (most recently, mentioning on the blog as someone who should be elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences someone she deemed absolutely unworthy--that person still hasn't been elected, I hasten to add). I didn't always agree with her, but I always valued her input and her honesty. Academics, alas, tend to be cowards, afraid of their own shadows, but she was the exception that proved the rule.
Catherine Wilson, Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and a distinguished scholar of the history of early modern philosophy, has accepted a 50th Anniversary Professorship in the Department of Philosophy at the University of York. That's both a major loss for Aberdeen (which had been in the process of rebuilding) and a significant addition for York, which has long been one of the top 15 U.K. departments. This appointment will likely push them closer to the top ten.
Elizabeth Harman (ethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy and in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, has tenured offers from the Departments of Philosophy at both Ohio State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Students considering any of these programs will want to keep an eye on what develops, especially if they are interested in ethics.
Ian Rumfitt, a leading philosopher of language and logic at Birkbeck College, University of London, has a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. It is likely to be several months before this is settled, so students considering either Birkbeck or Stanford should check with the departments or Professor Rumfitt for the up-to-date informaton on where things stand.
Professor Hick, a leading philosopher of religion who taught for many years at the Claremont Graduate School and the University of Birmingham, has passed away. There are more details about his work and career here.
Greg Moore, currently Lecturer in Modern Languages at the University of St. Andrews, has accepted appointment in both History and Philosophy at Georgia State University, starting this fall. An expert on German philosophy of the 18th- and 19th-centuries, he is perhaps best-known for his work on Nietzsche and on Herder. This appointment solidifes Georgia State's position as the strongest terminal MA program in the U.S. for students interested in 18th- and 19th-century German philosophy.
Miranda Fricker (epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy), currently Reader in Philosophy and Head of Department at Birkbeck College, University of London, has accepted appointment as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, starting this September. Sheffield is already one of the top departments internationally in feminist philosophy (among other areas), a distinction this appointment further strengthens.
He wrote extensively on Wittgenstein and in a Wittgensteinian vein on many philosophical topics, and also wrote critically about Freud. He taught for many years at the University of Essex and the University of Kent, where he was Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the time of his death.
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)