Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hi everyone, it’s the last Wednesday of term and hopefully the last day of wintry weather.

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Eric Hochstein, future SSHRC post-doc!

First, our warmest congratulations to recent alum and current instructor Eric Hochstein, who won a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship!  Its value is $38,000/year for 2 years, and it’ll run from January 2014 to December 2016.  Eric says, “I’ll be working with Carl Craver (who specializes in philosophy of neuroscience), as part of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis (which, incidentally, is where Chris Eliasmith got his PhD!).”  Great work, Eric.

Faculty members Heather Douglas, Carla Fehr, Katie Plaisance, and Paul Thagard attended the Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science workshop at Penn State.  Heather says that “it was an intense and productive two days, and lots of promising collaborations with colleagues at Penn State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame were begun!”

Tim Keynon and I (Patricia Marino) just got back from the Pacific APA, where Tim commented on a paper and I co-hosted two sessions for the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love — which I and Prof. Helga Varden (UIUC) are co-Presidents of.

Tim “commented on a great paper by Shari Clough on feminist formal logic pedagogy.”  I was there and took this great photo of Shari and Tim after their session:

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Shari Clough and Tim Kenyon

The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love featured two panels:  one invited session on pornography and another including a few papers submitted to us via an open call.

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Rachel McKinnon

As part of that latter session Rachel McKinnon, very recently part of our Department and now about to take up her SSHRC post-doc at Calgary, presented a paper on “Stereotype Threat for Trans Women.”  Thanks for the great paper, Rachel!

Finally, here are some recent faculty writings and publications:

Heather Douglas published an essay on science and the boundary between public and private at Science Progress.  In it, Heather says, she “uses Dewey to elucidate why political conservatives are often more hostile to science than liberals.”

Tim Kenyon’s “Noninferentialism and Testimonial Belief Fixation,” has just appeared in Episteme 10.1: 73-85.

Don’t forget, as always, you can see more news and check out upcoming events at our Department website.

Have a great week,

— Patricia Marino

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