In the News
May 8, 2013: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Professor Hugh J. Silverman. A memorial service for Dr. Silverman will be held on Saturday, May 25th, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Javitz Room of the Melville Library.
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.
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.
About the Department
The Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University grants B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees to a broad range of students with diverse and varied interests. Committed to a pluralist treatment of philosophical issues, the department encourages interdisciplinary study as well as more traditional approaches to philosophy. Convinced that a knowledge of the history of philosophy is essential to the philosophical enterprise, the department offers intensive courses in ancient, medieval, and modern thought. Other courses address specific philosophical problems in ethics, political theory, epistemology, aesthetics, environmental philosophy, feminism, critical race theory, and philosophy of technology.
The department at Stony Brook is internationally renowned for its concentration in Continental philosophy, with particular emphasis on contemporary French and German thought. Courses in phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralism, postructuralism and postmodernism, and critical theory are held regularly, focusing on such figures as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Kristeva, Freud, Lacan, Irigaray, Levinas, and Habermas. Crucial nineteenth century philosophers such as Hegel and Nietzsche are also treated in depth. As well, the department offers many international research opportunities to graduate students who wish to pursue the study of Continental philosophy in Europe.
Stony Brook maintains a lively dialogue with Anglo-American philosophy, which is also strongly represented among faculty. A comparative seminar in a topic of common concern to continental and analytic philosophy is given each year. Other analytic courses cover computational theory, questions of meaning and metaphor, issues in philosophical psychology, and special problems in philosophical logic.
Stony Brook's Philosophy Department is a member of the New York Consortium of Graduate Schools, which allows graduate students to take courses for credit at schools in the New York City area, including Rutgers, Princeton, New York University, and Columbia.
Friday, May 24th, 1:30 pm