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Philosophy major Leo Herr has received the Provost's Award for Academic Excellence.

Philosophy major Jean-Claude Velasquez has received the Provost's Award for Academic Excellence.

Distinguished Professor Eva Kittay has won a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Philosophy major Jean-Claude Velasquez has been awarded the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's essay "The Sound of Race: The Prosody of Affect" has appeared online in Radical Philosophy Review.

Alumna and Professor Serene Khader has accepted the Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy of Culture at Brooklyn College. She will begin there in Fall 2014 after leaving Stony Brook University.

Professor Allegra de Laurentiis has won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching by a Faculty Member.

Doctoral candidate Lori Gallegos de Castillo has won the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Doctoral candidate Lori Gallegos de Castillo will be giving a talk, "Affective Dimensions of Active Ignorance," at the Cognitive Science in the Arts and Humanities Symposium.

Professor Emeritus Don Ihde's essay "Phaenomenologie der Technik" has appeared in Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 2013/2: Technik.  [PDF]

Doctoral student Adam Israel will be featured in the panel discussion "Radical Ideologies Today: Marxism and Anarchism," presented by the Platypus Affiliated Society on Wednesday, March 5th, at 2 pm in 214 Harriman Hall.

Philosophy major Jean-Claude Velasquez has been named the URECA Researcher of the month for March.

Philosophy major Jean-Claude Velasquez has won the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Ph.D. alumnus Charles Johnson has written a children's book, The Adventures of Emery Jones, with his daughter Elisheba Johnson.

Professor Emeritus Dick Howard will be speaking at the Platypus Affiliated Society's discussion event "Democracy and the Left" on Tuesday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.   

Professor Emeritus Don Ihde's phenomenology of technics from Technology and the Lifeworld (pp.351-380) has been translated into German and published in ZEITSCHRIFT FUR KULTURPHILOSOPHIE, edited by Ralf Herausgeber and Dirk Weterkamp (Felix Meiner Verlag: Hamburg, 2-13).

Professor Bob Crease has been elected Vice Chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Forum for History of Physics.

Doctoral candidate Travis Holloway's essay, "What We Did In New York," which appeared last year in the Prague-based literary journal VLAK, has been translated by Şakir Özüdoğruand and published in the Turkish poetry journal Yasakmeyve as “Wall Street’i İşgal Et’te Şiir Kolektifi" (Yasakmeyve 64, Istanbul)

Doctoral candidate Rachel Tillman's article "Ethical Embodiment and Moral Reasoning: A Challenge to Peter Singer" was published in Hypatia (Vol. 28, No. 1) in February 2013.

Ph.D. alumnus Donald Landes' book Merleau-Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression was published in late Fall 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing.

MA Alumnus Dean W. Bond's essay Hegel's Geographical Thought has appeared in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space advance online publication, doi:10.1068/d19112

Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey has composed a poem entitled "On Your 80th: Doggerel Dedicated to Don" on the occasion of Professor Emeritus Don Ihde's 80th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dr. Ihde!

Professor Clyde Lee Miller's essay "Seeing and Being Seen in Nicholas of Cusa's The Vision of God (1453)" was published in The Downside Review, Vol. 131, No. 464 (July 2013), pp. 147-155.

Professor Mary C. Rawlinson is among 40 "international experts" invited by UNESCO to contribute to a publication celebrating the 20th anniversary of UNESCO's Bioethics Programme.  Her essay "Bioethics: A Bridge to the Future?" will appear in the volume later this year.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's review essay "Manifestos and Metaphysics: Vattimo and Zabala's Hermeneutic Communism" has recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and his essay "Justice after the Law: Paul of Tarsus and the People to Come" was published in Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Vol. XI, No. 1 (Fall 2013), 19-32.

Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey has been invited to present the Dewey Lecture at the 2016 APA Eastern Division Meeting.

Doctoral student Jose Rosales' article "Badiou's Jurisprudence: The Event of Law and The Law of The Event" is featured on the critical legal studies website Critical Legal Thinking.

Recent Ph.D. alumnus Tim Johnston and Professor Mary C. Rawlinson are co-editors of Labor and Global Justice: The Ethics of Labor Practices Under Globalization, forthcoming from Lexington Books in 2014.  The volume includes Prof. Rawlinson's essay "Meaningful Work," as well as a foreword by Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey.

Professor Mary C. Rawlinson presented a paper on food justice at the Manchester Conference on Political Theory (MANCEPT) at the University of Manchester, September 2013.

Professor Mary C. Rawlinson recently presented two seminars at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), one in the series on Ethics ("Eating at the Heart of Ethics") and one in the series on Health and Global Justice ("The Future of Bioethics").

Doctoral candidate Helen Ngo has been awarded the Stony Brook Distinguished Travel award for her presentation "Racism and the Habitual Body: Phenomenological Reflections on Racism through Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger" at the Australasian Society of Continental Philosophy Conference in Sydney, Australia in December 2013.

With the assistance of Ph.D. alumnus Benjamin Hale, Andrew Carson has compiled data on placement for grads in Continental Philosophy doctoral programs, and, according to his analysis, our department is #1 in tenure-track job placements.

Professor Eva Kittay has been offered a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her project "Philosophy and Cognitive Disability."

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's interview A pós-colonialidade potencializa a democracia with Luciano Gallas for IHU has been posted on line.

Professor David A. Dillworth's translation of Yukichi Fukuzawa's An Encouragement of Learning has been revised and reissued by Columbia University Press  with a new foreword by Dillworth.

Doctoral Candidate Travis Holloway's translation (with Flor Méchain) of Jean-Luc Nancy's essay "Of Struction" has been published in Parrhesia and is available at

Professor Emeritus Dick Howard's essay "Andre Gorz and the Philosophical Foundation of the Political" was published in in Logos (Vol. 12, No. 3).  Modified versions of this article will appear in the German journal Berliner Debatte and the French journal Esprit.

Professor Emeritus Dick Howard was interviewed in the Novemnber 5, 2013 issue of Le Monde.

Philosophy major Jean-Claude Velasquez has been awarded the A. Sanchez Construction Corporation Scholarship Undergraduate Award for Academic Achievement.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's co-edited volume Habermas and Religion has just been published by Polity. The cover art is by Professor Megan Craig.

Ph.D. alumnus Sean Kirkland's book  The Ontology of Socratic Questioning in Plato’s Early Dialogues (SUNY Press 2012) was award the Eighth Annual Symposium Book Award by the Canadian Society for Continetal Philosophy.

Professor Anne O'Byrne's translation of Jean-Luc Nancy's Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality has been published by Fordham University Press.

The work of Distinguished Professor Edward S. Casey is celebrated in the Festschrift, Exploring the Work of Edward S. Casey: Giving Voice to Place, Memory, and Imagination (Bloomsbury, 2013), edited by Stony Brook Philosophy alums Azucena Cruz-Pierre and Donald A. Landes.

Ph.D. Alumnus Javier Aguirre's essay "Habermas’ account of the role of religion in the public sphere: A response to Cristina Lafont’s critiques through an illustrative political debate about same-sex marriage" has appeared in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 39, No. 7 (2013): 637-673.

Ph.D. alumna Shannon Hoff was elected president of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.

Professor Mary Rawlinson was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in Ethics and Philosophy for Fall 2013 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The Department of Philosophy enthusiastically welcomes two new faculty members: Alan Kim and Andrew Platt. They join us as Assistant Professors.

Professor Edurado Mendieta has published a review of Pauline Kleingeld's book Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta presented: "Democratic Deliberation, Communicative Power, and the Politics of Liberation: Habermas and Dussel" and "The Humanities in a Cosmopolitan Public Sphere" at the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, Greece, August 4th-10th, 2013.

Stony Brook Alum Dr. Donald Landes's  translation of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (Routledge, 2012) has now been released in paperback.

Stony Brook Alum Dr. Donald Landes's book The Merleau-Ponty Dictionary is now available from Bloomsbury.

Stony Brook Alum Dr. Charles Johnson will be awarded the 2013 Humanities Washington Award.

Doctoral Candidate Tim R. Johnston published “Transgressive Translations: Parrhesia and the Politics of Being Understood,” in philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 3.1 (Spring 2013).

Doctoral Candidate Tim R. Johnston was awarded the 2013 Vivien Hartog Best Graduate Student Teacher Prize by the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's essay  “The Avatars of Masculinity: How Not to be A Man” has just appeared in Francisco Collado-Rodríguez, ed. Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Choke (London, New Delhi, New York, Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2013), 45-59.  

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's essay "El Bestiario de Heidegger: El Animal sin Lenguaje ni Historia" [PDF], translated by Alumni Javier Orland Aguirre, was published in the Colombian Journal of Philosophy, Filosofia UIS, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2012), 17-43.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Eva Kittay and Professor Anita Silvers (San Francisco State University) have been named winners of the Lebowitz Prize, given jointly by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the American Philosophical Association.

Timothy Hyde received the Provost's Distinguished Lecturer Award for 2013.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta delivered "The New-New Capitalism and the Tasks of Critical Theory: Some Theses" at the Global Ethics and Capitalism: Rethinking Critical Theory. Fourth Workshop In Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Michigan State University, October 4-5th, 2013.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta delivered  "La ortopraxis moral de la ley: Colonialidad y los derechos humanos" and "La Deconstruction de la Historia Mundial: La Historia como chronotopología" at the International International Pensamiento Critico del Sur: Genealogias y Emergencias, CCT-CONICET, Mendoza, Argentina, September 25-27th, 2013.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta delivered his lecture "Dignity, Communicative Freedom, and the Law" at Muhlenberg College, PA, on September 18th as part of the college's 2013-2014 Women's & Gender Studies Forum: Freedom, Personhood, and Justice.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's essay  “World Society, Public Sphere and Cosmopolitanism” has just appeared in Raúl Fornet-Betancourt, Hans Schelkshorn, Franz Gmainer-Pranzl, eds., Auf dem Weg zu einer Gerechten Universalität: Philosophischen Grundlagen und Politischen Perspektiven (Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz, 2013), 127-139. 

Assistant Professor Serene Khader was accepted into the NEH Summer Institute on "Development Ethics: Questions, Challenges and Responsibilities" to be held this July and August at Michigan State University.

Undegraduate Philosophy Majors Peter John and Steven Licardi received the Provost's Award for Academic Excellence.

Doctoral candidate Nathifa Greene presented her paper, "Stop and Frisk: A Phenomenological Description of Policed Embodiment" at the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers at Penn State on April 12, 2013.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta published an essay titled "'Moral Optics': Biopolitics, Torture and the Imperial Gaze of War Photography" in Jose Manuel Barreto, ed., Human Rights from a Third World Perspective: Critique, History, and International Law.

Professor Robert Crease's play Trust Territory won First Prize in the Stony Brook University Science Playwriting Competition.

Stony Brook Alum and current Pennsylvania State University Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy Leonard Lawlor's 2011 book Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy (IUP) was reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Philosophy major Christie Sacco was awarded an Undergraduate Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Timothy Hyde reviewed James Risser's The Life of Understanding: A Contemporary Hermeneutics in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Undergraduate Philosophy Majors Steven T. Licardi and Briana Locicero received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Undergraduate Philosophy Major Jean Claude Velasquez received the Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellent for 2013.

Professor Mary Rawlinson was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in Ethics and Philosophy for Fall 2013 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Doctoral candidate Jeff Epstein has won this year's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's co-translation of Enrique Dussel's Ethics of Liberation: In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion has been published by Duke University Press. This is a monumental work of ethics by one of Latin America's foremost philosophers.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta, alumnus Javier Aguirre and doctoral candidate Maria Prado Ballarin presented papers at the 2013 Telos Conference, the theme of which was "Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World."

Doctoral candidates Jane Jones and Tim R. Johnston were awarded the 2013 Karen Burke Memorial Prize. Jane Jones will present "The Im/Possible Conditions of Unconditional Hospitality: Irigaray and Derrida on the Thresholds of Ethics" and Tim R. Johnston will present "Must the Interval be Heterosexual? Irigarayan Ontology and Non-Cisgendered Being" at this year's meeting of the Irigaray Circle at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Professor Rita Nolan presented a paper at the conference "From Grooming to Speaking: Recent Trends in Social Primatology and Human Ethology" hosted by the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, September 10-12, 2012. Her paper was titled "How Humans Became Behaviorally Modern."

Professors Ed Casey and Donn Welton, and Stony Brook Alum Anthony Steinbock published essays in the new Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology.

Professor Bob Crease won the 2012-13 Stony Brook University Science Playwriting Competition for his play Trust Territory.

Associate Professors Allegra de Laurentiis and Jeff Edwards published The Bloomsbury Companion to Hegel.

Stony Brook Alum and DePaul University Associate Professor Sean Kirkland published two new books: an authored volume with SUNY Press, The Ontology of Socratic Questioning in Plato's Early Dialogues, and an edited collection with University of Chicago Press, The Nature Drawings of Peter Karklins. In addition, Professor Kirkland is an invited speaker at this year's Boston Area Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy, where he will present on "Dialectic and Proto-Phenomenology in Aristotle."

Stony Brook Alum and College of Mount Saint Vincent Professor Ron Scapp was elected President of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and awarded the Charles C. Irby Award for recognition of distinguished work in the field of Ethnic Studies. Professor Scapp will deliver the Joseph Hearst Memorial Lecture at the 2013 Frank Church Symposium in Idaho, on Education, Power and Leadership.

Professor Lorenzo Simpson's essay, "Twin Earth and its Horizons: On Hermeneutics, Reference, and Scientific Theory Choice," The Philosophical Forum, 43 (2012): 1-25, was the lead article in this issue of The Philosophical Forum, an issue devoted to Continental solutions to analytic problems.

Distinguished Professor Eva Kittay was recognized at the Faculty Achievement Dinner on November 28th for the "Lifetime Achievement Award" she received from The Center for Discovery.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta delivered the keynote address at the 19th Biennial Conference of the North American Sartre Society, held at Texas A&M, November 28-30th. The title of his address was "Don Quijote's Existentialist Children."

Professor Lorenzo Simpson delivered the keynote address at the Annual Conference of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, held at the University of California/Riverside, October 5-6, 2012. The title of his address was "Critical Fusions: Towards a Genuine 'Hermeneutics of Suspicion'."

Associate Professor Jeff Edwards's translation (with Martin Schönfeld) of Kant’s first book, the Essay on Living Forces, was published by Cambridge University Press. You can find it in the new volume of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant titled Natural Science, which is available in December.

Undergraduate philosophy major Jean-Claude Velasquez won Stony Brook's Ana Maria Torres scholarship.

The IFB awarded Professor Don Ihde its 2012 Golden Eurydice Award.

Professor Patrick Grim entered his fourth year of NIH-funded work on MIDAS, the Modeling Infectious Disease Agent Study, a multi-university effort to build "an enormous multi-agent computational model, world-wide but focused on the United States, designed to provide policy-makers with the ability to project potential courses for various forms of epidemic and the effectiveness of proposed interventions."

Doctoral student Soren Whited won the 2012 Radical Philosophy Association Iris Marion Young Award for his paper "The Historical Legacy of Struggles Against Racial Oppression in Present forms of Anti-Racist Politics."

Professor Eduardo Mendieta reviewed Juan Manuel Garrido's On Time, Being, and Hunger: Challenging the Traditional Way of Thinking Life in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Associate Professor Harvey Cormier wrote a piece for the New York Times "The Stone" column, titled "Reconsidering Obama the Pragmatist." And The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan quoted it.

Professors Ed Casey, Don Ihde, Eduardo Mendieta, and Hugh Silverman, as well as Stony Brook Alum Sharon Meagher, published essays in the latest volume of the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP).

Professor Robert Crease reviewed a new production of Henrik Ibsen's "Enemy of the People" in Newsday.

Emelia Angelova reviewed Professor Eduardo Mendieta's co-edited volume Reading Kant's Physical Geography in the latest volume of the journal of Comparative and Continental Philosophy.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta's co-edited volume The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere is now in German translation as Religion und Öffentlichkeit.

Stony Brook Alum and current Drexel University Assistant Professor Andrew F. Smith reviewed Andrew J. Pierce's Collective Identity, Oppression, and the Right to Self-Ascription in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Art Megan Craig's artwork will be on display in a show titled If and How, September 15 - October 14 at Scott & Bowne.

Professor Robert Crease's new book World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement was reviewed in the London Review of Books.

Doctoral Candidate Jane Clare Jones published an editorial in the Guardian titled, "Do women who have had sex always tell lies?"

Stony Brook Alum and current University of Colorado at Boulder Assistant Professor Benjamin Hale wrote a piece for the New York Times "The Stone" column, titled "The Veil of Opulence."

Stony Brook Master's Program Alum and current PhD Candidate at the University of Oregon, Lucy Schultz, published an article titled "Nishida Kitarō, G.W.F. Hegel, and the Pursuit of the Concrete: A Dialectic of Dialectics" in Philosophy East and West.

Stony Brook Alum and current Rochester Institute of Technology Associate Professor Evan Selinger wrote a piece for The Atlantic, titled "The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun," on the tragedy in Aurora, CO seen through the lens of Don Ihde's philosophy of technology.

Stony Brook Alum and current Georgia Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Robert Rosenberger wrote a piece for The Atlantic, titled "Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing?"

Undergraduate Jean Claude Velasquez won the prestigious and highly competitive Provost's Award for Academic Excellence.

Undergraduate Christie Sacco won the Dean's Choice award.

Professor Eduardo Mendieta reviewed Stony Brook Alum and current Emory University Assistant Professor Andrew Mitchell's book Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling.

Stony Brook Alum and current Emory University Assistant Professor Andrew Mitchell published a new translation of Heidegger's Bremen and Freiburg Lectures.


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Prof. Kyoo Lee
February 26th

Career Opportunities for Philosophy Majors

March 4th

Husserl's Missing Technologies: Don Ihde Book Presentation
Featuring "Missing Ihde," with Prof. Robert Crease

March 10th

"The Assault on Ethnic Studies"

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March 12th

Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

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March 24th


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March 25th


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March 26th


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