Philosophy Department Passes Resolution Concerning Adjunct Faculty

The faculty of the Philosophy Department passed a resolution concerning the efforts of adjunct faculty to organize.  The resolution reads as follows: "The faculty of the Philosophy Department recognize that our work depends on the devoted contributions of adjunct faculty in the shared work of implementing the University’s mission and that, while our work is recognized with long-term contracts, a living wage, and health and retirement benefits, the work of adjunct faculty is not.  We join the adjunct faculty here and at other Jesuit colleges and universities to call for a just employment policy in conformity with a long history of Catholic social teaching that recognizes the right of workers to organize and form unions without employer interference or retaliation in order to negotiate fair and equitable wages and a safe and just work environment.

Stephen Grimm Wins University Award

At a ceremony on April 5, Stephen Grimm was awarded the first Outstanding Externally Funded Research Award in the Humanities.  The award was presented by President McShane and Provost Freedman for Stephen's Templeton and Luce-funded Varieties of Understanding Project, which brought in grants of approximately $4.5 million. Congratulations, Stephen!

Post-Doc Positions Available

The Philosophy Department seeks to hire two, or possibly three, Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows for the 2017–18 academic year at the Rose Hill (Bronx) or Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. 3/3 course load, including instruction in the core curriculum (Human Nature and Philosophical Ethics); some sections will require an emphasis on writing and speaking; no committee work. The term of the appointment is one year, renewable up to three years if University need demands.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Ph.D. must be completed by August 31, 2017.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Apply online through Interfolio. Submit cover letter, CV, graduate school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, dissertation abstract, writing sample, a statement on teaching, and evidence of teaching ability (e.g., syllabi, student evaluations, letters discussing your teaching ability). Review of applications begins May 1, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

Fordham University is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds.  Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds; it is an equal opportunity employer.

Nathan Ballantyne Awarded Two Grants

Congratulations to Nathan Ballantyne who has been awarded two grants!  The first is a two-year study undertaken with David Dunning (Psychology, University of Michigan).  The study is titled “Epistemic Trespassing in Public Discourse,” and is one of ten project sub-grants awarded by the University of Connecticut’s Intellectual Humility in Public Discourse Project, which is supported by the John Templeton Foundation. See the announcement regarding these projects here.

The second award is a John Templeton Foundation grant titled "Intellectual Humility as a Solution to the Problem of Disagreement." The study is designed, at the Foundation's request, to survey the research results from two recently completed Templeton-funded projects (the Science of Intellectual Humility and the Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility), and to write a report illuminating the state of our knowledge of intellectual humility in the wake of the two projects.

In Memoriam

We are saddened to report the death of our beloved colleague Dominic Balestra on November 8, 2016.  Dominic was a great teacher-scholar, an important force in shaping the department, and a great colleague and friend to us all.

Arrangements are as follows:

Wake: Friday afternoon and evening, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham NY 10803

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday morning, 10:00 am, St. Catherine's Church, 25 Second Ave., Pelham NY 10803

Burial at Holy Sepulcher cemetery, Kings Highway, New Rochelle NY

Requiescat in pace.

Varieties of Understanding Project

The Varieties of Understanding: New Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology project will sponsor its final conference in June, 2016 at the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University.  The Varieties of Understanding Project is led by Stephen Grimm and is sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the University of California at Berkeley, and Fordham University.  More information can be found here.

In Memoriam

The Philosophy Department is saddened to report the death of our colleague Associate Professor Emerita Astrid O'Brien at approximately 9:00 am on Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Requiescat in pace.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 4 – 8 pm, at Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Avenue (at 261st St.) in the Bronx.  The Mass of Christian Burial (followed by burial) will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 7, at St Margaret of Cortona Church, 6110 Riverdale Avenue (at 261st St.) in the Bronx.

Phi Beta Kappa Lebowitz Philosophy Prize Symposium

The Phi Beta Kappa Society and The American Philosophical Association will sponsor and host a lecture at Fordham University by the 2015 Lebowitz Prize winners Alvin Goldman of Rutgers University and Jennifer Lackey of Northwestern University.  The topic of their symposium is "Social Epistemology.  The lecture will be held in the Law School Building, Room 3-03.

Following the lecture, there will be a reception with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 

This event is open to the public, although it is requested that everyone register for this free event.  Register by clicking the link below.  

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Fostering Publication for Early Career Women in Metaphysics

Amy Seymour (with the assistance of Joe Vukov) has been awarded a small grant from the American Philosophical Association in support of a project titled "Fostering Publication for Early Career Women in Metaphysics." The project will hold a conference at the Lincoln Center campus on April 30 and May 1.  Details concerning conference participants, schedule, and location will be posted shortly.

Fordham Workshop in Social and Political Philosophy

The Fordham Workshop in Social and Political Philosophy has been recently formed. Meetings are held at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan.  Papers are read in advance.  If interested in attending, please contact Samir Haddad or Jeffrey Flynn.  Upcoming events are posted on the workshop webpage, and you can find all the Philosophy Department events here on the Gateway's Events page.

Faculty Appointment

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Heney to a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor, beginning in the fall semester of 2016.  Dr. Heney earned her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2014.  She has served one year as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor, both here at Fordham.  Dr. Heney specializes in ethics (especially meta-ethics and applied ethics) and pragmatism.

Listening to Graduate Student Voices

Joseph Vukov (Philosophy Ph.D. candidate) and James Van Wyck (an English Ph.D. candidate) have co-authored an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled "Give Us a Voice in Our Own Future."  The article both describes the Graduate School's distinctive Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership and calls for graduate education across the country to take heed of graduate student voices in ongoing discussions about the future of liberal and graduate education in the United States.  That their call has been noticed is evidenced by the fact that the article was included in the weekly briefing from the Council of Graduate Schools!

The Fellowship is a unique program that "balances intensive and purposeful mentoring with meaningful participation. For example, Fellows assist in the development of new policies and support the development of new programs."  Indeed, Joe and James note how they were the only graduate students in the room at meetings of Fordham's Task Force on the Future of Higher Education, at a university reaccreditation meeting, and at a discussion of the Council of Graduate Schools.  

Joe is entering his second year as a Higher Education Leadership Fellow.  He is now working on the development of a program called "Preparing Future Faculty," which will supplement departmental teacher training programs.

Babette Babich wins Fulbright Fellowship

Professor Babette Babich is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin for the Fall Semester, October through December, 2015.  In conjunction with her Fordham Faculty Fellowship for 2015-2016, this will enable her to spend the time in Germany for research with colleagues in the philosophy and history of science, technology, and in Nietzsche studies. 

Brian Davies publishes commentary to Summa Theologiae

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Brian Davies has published Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae: A Guide and Commentary (OUP, 2014).  It is now the longest and most comprehensive commentary to the Summa available in English.  The publisher writes:

Following a scholarly account of Thomas Aquinas's life, Davies explores his purposes in writing the Summa Theologiae and works systematically through each of its three Parts.  He also relates their contents and Aquinas's teachings to those of other works and other thinkers both theological and philosophical.  The concluding chapter considers the impact Aquinas's best-known work has exerted since its first appearance, and why it is still studied today.  Intended for students and general readers interested in medieval philosophy and theology, Davies's study is a solid and reflective introduction both to the Summa Theologiae and to Aquinas in general. 

Professor Davies is now working on a commentary to the Summa Contra Gentiles.  Updates to follow.