Tamar Schapiro (ethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Philosophy at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, where she has been a visiting professor during 2015-16.
A philosopher and historian of ideas, Professor White spent the bulk of his academic career at Harvard University and then the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; the IAS memorial notice is here. His 1949 book Social Thought in America: The Revolt Against Formalism was probably his most important and influential, enjoying a wide audience among intellectual historians, legal scholars, and others.
Mark Alfano (moral psychology), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, will also take up a half-time post as Professor of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
Ophelia Deroy (philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience), currently Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy in London, has accepted appointment as Chair of Philosophy of Mind at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, effective January 2017. She will also continue to be an Associate Researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Senses in London.
Tim Crane (philosophy of mind), currently Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, has accepted appointment as Professor of Philosophy at the Central European University in Budapest beginning in 2017-18. CEU has long had a strong department, but this will be a big boost for their international visibility.
The moral philosopher Alan Thomas, currently at the University of Tilburg, has accepted appointment as Professor of Philosophy at the University of York in the U.K., where he will also be Head of Department, effective September 1. That's a great hire for York!
Jonathan Wolff (political philosophy, ethics & public policy), a longtime member of the faculty at University College London, has accepted a Chair in Oxford's relatively new public policy school, the Blavatnik School of Government, effective this fall (though he will be part-time at UCL for 2016-17, moving full-time to Oxford thereafter).
Kenneth Shockley (environmental philosophy, ethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Colorado State University, where he starts this August.
One week ago, I received an email from APA Development Director Robert Audi asking me to donate to the APA, and I posted about it here. Commenting on that post, Joshua Smith, gave some reasonable and constructive advice on the APA’s email practices. Another commenter Curt as well as Brian Leiter made important comments to the APA about donation requests.
The email, which I will provide in full below the fold for context, had the subject line: Help Expand Philosophy’s Influence.
If you have been reading my guest posts, you will know that I am all about expanding the influence of philosophy. The problem I have with this email request from the Executive Director is that the email doesn’t explain what the funds are going to support or how it is going to expand philosophy’s influence. Supporting work that is relevant to philosophers and supporting the work of philosophers is not the same thing as expanding philosophy’s influence. I would suggest that no matter the development goal, tell people what that money is going to support. How are the funds going to “expand” philosophy’s influence or “represent” philosophy in the public arena? If it’s just to support another newsletter, conference, or maintain current activities, then that’s not enough of an explanation. It certainly doesn't justify a second request so soon after Audi's.
Is it too much to ask the Executive Director of the APA to provide a vision for expanding philosophy’s influence before asking for money? I don’t think so. Full letter below. Comments are open.
Sven Bernecker (epistemology), Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, has accepted a Humboldt Professorship at the University of Cologne, effective July 2016. Bernecker retains a fractional appointment at UC Irvine where he will spend one quarter each year.
Kevin Scharp (philosophy of language, philosophical logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science, history of analytic philosophy), Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University, has accepted appointment as Reader in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews.
ADDENDUM: In addition, Prof. Scharp's partner, the philosopher Alison Duncan Kerr (philosophy of mind, moral psychology, metaethics), currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at Ohio State, will take up a post as Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Andrews. Both she and Prof. Scharp will be members of Arche there.
Andrew Chignell (Kant, early modern philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of religion, aesthetics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University, has senior offers from the Departments of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UPDATE: Moving to the front as a reminder (and I've had some reports, from faculty and students, of schools trying to force earlier decisions)
A philosopher at a PhD program writes: "For the first time I'm involved with grad admissions, and we're already hearing from our candidates that we have waitlisted for fellowships that other schools are trying to impose deadlines for their fellowship offers in advance of the April 15 standard. (One offender is trying to impose a March 5 deadline.) Would you consider using your blog to let your grad school applicant readers know that they cannot be railroaded into a decision earlier than the April 15 standard?"
The American Philosophical Association's official position on offers of admission and aid is here:
Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.
Paul Pietroski (philosophy of language), Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, has accepted appointment as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, effective fall 2017.
Shamik Dasgupta (metaphysics, philosophy of science), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, has accepted at tenured offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, where he will be moving (he reports) "this summer."
Branden Fitelson (formal epistemology, logic, decision theory, philosophy of science), formerly Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, has accepted appointment as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, along with Visiting Professor posts at both the University of Munich and the University of Amsterdam.
At the time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Florida State University, and also taught for many years at the University of Houston. There is more information about his work here.
(Thanks to John Schwenkler for the information and links.)
One of the great figures of post-WWII "analytic" philosophy, Professor Putnam made seminal contributions to the philosophies of science, mathematics, language, and mind. He earned his PhD at UCLA with Hans Reichenbach, and taught at Northwestern, Princeton, MIT and for most of his career at Harvard, where he was emeritus. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear. (Addendum: I'm told by a friend of Putnam's that he died of mesothelioma.)
FUNERAL INFORMATION: The funeral will be Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard Street, Brookline. Burial will be immediately after at the Crawford St. Cemetery at 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury.
Sara Bernstein (metaphysics) at Duke University and Daniel Nolan (metaphysics) at the Australian National University have both accepted tenured offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where they will start this fall. Bernstein will be Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Nolan will be the McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy. These are major appointments for Notre Dame, which has been a metaphysics powerhouse for more than a generation now, and these new appointments will insure the department's continued distinction in the field.
Miranda Fricker (ethics, epistemology, feminist philosophy), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, has accepted a full-time senior offer from the MA/PhD Program in Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, to begin this fall. (She will retain an affiliation with Sheffield.) With the additions of Charles Mills from Northwestern and now Fricker, CUNY will probably be in the top 15 in the U.S., while Sheffield will slip out of the U.K. top ten.
Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, a legal philosopher on the law faculty at the University of Birmingham, has accepted a new Chair in legal philosophy at the University of Surrey, which is making several other appointments in the area with an aim to building up one of the largest legal theory groups in Britain.
His passing was announced on the Facebook page devoted to memorable stories about Professor Benardete, who was emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Syracuse University. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
Ian Rumfitt (philosophy of language, logic & math), currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, has also been elected to a Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford University.
The Professorship in Jurisprudence, at University College, is the one previously held by H.L.A. Hart; to take up the Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls, Professor Gardner--perhaps best-known for his work in philosophy of criminal law, though he has written widely in legal and moral philosophy--will have to resign that post. There is one other statutory Chair in jurisprudence at Oxford--the Professorship in the Philosophy of Law at Balliol held by Leslie Green--and Timothy Endicott, also at Balliol, holds a Personal Chair as well. So this will present an opportunity for Oxford to make another senior appointment in the field.
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.
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)