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Doctoral candidate Lori Gallegos De Castillo has been awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and has been chosen to receive an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship.

Doctoral candidate Daniel Susser has accepted a 2015-2016 Research Fellowship at NYU's Information Law Institute. In Fall 2016, he will start a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University.

Ph.D. alumnus Samuel Butler's essay "Postlapsarian Meditations: Labor and Political Participation in Socrates and Aristotle, with a Kantian Footnote" has been published in Constellations.

Prof. Megan Craig is the recipient of the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring by a Faculty Member.

Prof. Anne O'Byrne is the recipient of the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Service as a Graduate Program Director.

Doctoral student Ali Mohsen has won the 2015 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Ph.D. alumnus Ron Scapp will be giving The Alfonse D'Amato Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies Lecture here at Stony Brook University on Thursday, March 12th.  Dr. Scapp's lecture is entitled "The Assault on Ethnic Studies: An Assault on Democracy?"  [PDF]

The SAC Auditorium will be named the "Sidney Gelber Auditorium" in honor of the late Dr. Sidney Gelber, who passed away in November 2014. Dr. Gelber was Stony Brook's first Provost, first Dean of Arts and Sciences, and second Academic Vice President. Dr. Gelber left an indelible impact on the University and had many professional accomplishments. He led the process for Stony Brook's initial accreditation by Middle States, authored Politics and Public Higher Education in New York State -- the definitive book on the establishment and development of Stony Brook University -- and served as an intellectual and administrative model and tutor for many faculty. Prof. Gelber was also a professor in the Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy.

Ph.D. alumnus Kevin Jobe's article "Foucault and Ancient Polizei: A Genealogy of the Military-Pastorate" will be featured in the Journal of Political Power (Vol. 8, No. 1: 21-37).

Professor Robert Crease and SBU Physics Professor Alfred Scharff Goldhaber's book, The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty, was reviewed by Amir Alexander in the Science section of The New York Times ("Disorder Rules the Universe: 'The Quantum Moment' Recounts the End of Determinism"). 

Ph.D. alumnus Chad Kautzer's book Radical Philosophy: An Introduction was published by Paradigm Publishers (January 2015).

Ph.D. alumnus Peter Gratton's review of Ontology after Onto-Theology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy, by Gert-Jan Van Der Heiden (Duquesne University Press, 2014), appears in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Research Assistant Professor Timothy A.D. Hyde's review of The End of Phenomenology: Metaphysics and the New Realism, by Tom Sparrow (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), appears in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Professor Robert P. Crease has edited Science Policy Up Close by John H. Marburger III, President Emeritus of Stony Brook University (Harvard University Press, 2015). 

Professor Allegra de Laurentiis and Professor Jeff Edwards' Bloomsbury Hegel Companion will be available in paperback in August 2015.

Professor Robert P. Crease will be giving a talk, with Alfred Goldhaber of the Physics Department, on "Art and the Quantum Moment," on the final day of the art exhibition by that name, on Thursday, January 29th at 5:30 pm in SCGP Room 102 of the Simons Center.

Professor Lee Miller's essay "God as li Non-Aliud: Nicholas of Cusa's Unique Designation for God" was published in The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (Vol. 41, No. 1: 24-40, 2015).

Ph.D. alumnus Donald Landes has accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor in the Faculte de Philosophie at Universite Laval in Quebec City. The area of specialization is Continental Philosophy.

Professor Robert P. Crease's book The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty, written with Stony Brook physicist Alfred Scharff Goldhaber and based on a course that they co-teach, has been published by W.W. Norton.

Professor Jeff Edwards' entry on "Cosmology" will be featured in The Cambridge Kant Lexicon, edited by Julian Wuerth (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.)

Professor Jeff Edwards' essay "Honestum Is as Honestum Does: Reid, Hume -- and Mandeville?!" was published in Journal of Scottish Philosophy (Vol. 12, No. 1, 119-141). 

Professor Eduardo Mendieta will be leaving Stony Brook University's Philosophy Department for Penn State University's Philosophy Department at the end of this academic year.

Professor Jeff Edwards' essay "Self-Love, Sociability, and Autonomy: Some Presuppositions of Kant's Account of Practical Law" is featured in Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, edited by Steven Hoeltzel and Halla Kim (Lexington Books, 2015).

Congratulations to all our doctoral students who successfully defended dissertations in Fall 2014: Brian Irwin ("The Placiality of Thought"), Maria Prado Ballarin ("Secularization as Pastoral Power: Governmentality and Christianity"), Rachel Tillman ("The Substance of Health: Aristotle, Deleuze and Guattari on the Dynamic Materiality of the Living Body and Its Influence on Medical Concepts and Practices"), Lauren Hesse ("Propaedeutic to Philosophy: Dialogue and Truth in Philosophical Practice"), Travis Holloway ("How to Perform a Democracy: A Genealogy of the Bare Voice"), and Kevin Jobe ("The Policing of Self & Others: Foucault, Political Reason & a Critical Ontology of Police").  On behalf of the department, we wish you all bright and prosperous futures!!

Professor Jeff Edwards' essay "Squire Allworthy's Inclinations and Acting from Duty: On Moral Worth in Kant and Hume" is featured in Philosophie nach Kant, edited by Mario Egger (De Gruyter, 2014).

Ph.D. alumna Sharon Meagher was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania this past summer.  

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's review of Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of Texas Press, 2014) by Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkins was published on Society and Space Open Site.

Ph.D. candidate Travis Holloway co-translated Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurelien Barrau's What's These Worlds Coming To? with Flor Mechain (Fordham University Press, 2014).

The Luce Irigaray Circle has awarded the 2014 Karen Burke Memorial Prize to Stephen Seely of Rutgers University for his essay "Does Life Have (A) Sex?  Thinking Ontology and Sexual Difference with Irigaray and Simondon." Stephen will present the paper at the 7th Conference of the Irigaray Circle, December 2014, Melbourne, Australia. The prize honors our late Stony Brook colleague, Karen Burke, a gentle philosopher and founding member of the Irigaray Circle. 

Professor Mary C. Rawlinson will be in residence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia during December 2014 on a CAVE (Center for Agency, Values, and Ethics) Research Fellowship.

Professor Anne O'Byrne and the late Professor Hugh Silverman have edited Subjects and Simulations: Between Baudrillard and Lacoue-Labarthe (Lexington Books, 2015).

Labor and Global Justice: Essays on the Ethics of Labor Practices Under
, edited by Professor Mary C. Rawlinson, Wim Vandekerckhove, Ronald M.S. Commers, and Ph.D. alumnus Tim R. Johnston, with a foreword by Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey, was published by Lexington Books (2014).

Professor Emeritus Rita Nolan's article "How did Humans become Behaviorally Modern? Revisiting the 'Art First' Hypothesis" has been published in The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates, Interdisciplinary Evolution Research I, eds. M. Pina, N. Gontier (Switzerland: Springer, 2014).

Professor Allegra de Laurentiis' essay "Race in Hegel: Text and Context" appears in Philosophie nach Kant. Neue Wege zum Verstaendnis von Kants Transzendental- und Moralphilosophie, ed. by Mario Egger (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014).

Ph.D. alumnus Donald Landes' book Merleau-Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression (Bloomsbury, 2013) is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Edwin Ballard Prize in Phenomenology for an Outstanding Book, awarded by The Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology.

Ph.D. alumnus Terry Pinkard reviewed Freedom's Right: The Social Foundation's of Democratic Life by Axel Honneth, translated by Joseph Ganahl (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Ph.D. alumnus Donald Landes' article "Individuals and Technology: Gilbert Simondon, from Ontology to Ethics to Feminist Bioethics" has been published in Continental Philosophy Review (47:153-176).

Ph.D. alumni Tina Chanter and Sean Kirkland co-edited the collection The Returns of Antigone: Interdisciplinary Essays, newly published by SUNY Press (November 2014).  The volume also contains an essay by Professor Mary C. Rawlinson.

Ph.D. alumna Shannon Hoff's book The Laws of the Spirit: A Hegelian Theory of Justice was published by SUNY Press (April 2014) and will be available in paperback in January 2015.

Assistant Professor Gabrielle Jackson's essay "Neurophilosophy and Its Discontents" appeared in The Institute Letter (Summer 2014): 5-6. 

Professor Eduardo Mendieta gave the Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst College on Wednesday, October 1st, with his talk "The Rights of Immigrants and the Duties of Nations: On Transnational Justice."

Professor Robert Crease co-authored the New York Times editorial "So You're Not a Physicist..." with Professor Alfred Scharff Goldhaber of the Physics Department.

Announcing the publication of Antonio T. De Nicolas: Poet of Eternal Return (Nalanda International, 2014), edited by Christopher Key Chapple, a festschrift celebrating Professor Emeritus Antonio T. De Nicolas.

Ph.D. Alumnus Charles Johnson was interviewed for Columns, the University of Washington Alumni Magazine, and is featured in Nedra Floyd Pautler's article "Bending Time."

Ph.D. alumnus Andrew Mitchell's translation of On Hegel's "Philosophy of Right" by Martin Heidegger was published by Bloomsbury (2014).

Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkin's book Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border has been published by University of Texas Press.

Join us as we welcome Gabrielle Jackson to the Department of Philosophy as our newest Assistant Professor.  Welcome, Dr. Jackson!

MA student Abdullah Basaran's essay "The Influence of Time on Artworks: A Hermeneutical Reading of Holocaust Films" was published in the journal On Human and Society, vol. 4, no. 7.

Ph.D. alumnus Andrew F. Smith's essay "Religion in the Public Sphere: Incentivizing Reciprocal Deliberative Engagement" was published in Philosophy and Social Criticism (2014, Vol. 40(6): 535-554).

Doctoral candidate Daniel Susser has won a 2014-15 Arts, Humanitites, and Social Sciences Graduate Fellowship, and Professor Jeff Edwards has won a Faculty Research Program grant.

Ph.D. alumnus Lawrence Cahoone's play Wise Guys: A Philosophical Comedy is available from Heartland Plays.

Ph.D. alumnus Leonard Lawlor has edited The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon (co-edited with John Nale), which features contributions from Ph.D. alumnus James Bernauer, Professor Eduardo Mendieta, and the late Professor Hugh Silverman (Cambridge University Press, 2014). 

Professor Robert Crease's column, "A Requiem for Technocracy," has been blogged in Facts & Arts.

Ph.D. alumnus Jeffrey Epstein's review essay "The State of Sovereignty and a Future Democratic Justice" has appeared in Radical Philosophy Review (Vol. 17, No. 1, 2014, p. 275-279.)  This essay is a review of alumnus Peter Gratton's The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity (Albany: SUNY Press, 2012).

Doctoral student Soren Whited's essay "Black Nationalism and the Politics of Race in the United States" was published in Radical Philosophy Review (Vol. 17, No. 1, 2014).

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's essay "Freedom as Practice and Civic Genius: On James Tully's Public Philosophy" was published in Freedom and Democracy in an Imperial Context: Dialogues with James Tully" (Routledge, 2014).

Doctoral candidate Daniel Susser's article "Philosophy's Climate Problem: A Primer," was published in the APA Newsletter on Feminisim and Philosophy.

Professor Anne O'Byrne and doctoral student Carlie Anglemire have translated Jean-Luc Nancy's Being Nude, now available from Fordham University Press.

Professor Mary C. Rawlinson composed a "A Toast to Ed" and Associate Professor Megan Craig composed "An Ode to Ed" on the occasion of Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey's 75th birthday. Happy Birthday, Dr. Casey!

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