Recent Fordham Philosophy MA Graduate, Veronica Mueller, receives Angus Kerr-Lawson Essay Prize

Recent Fordham Philosophy MA Graduate, Veronica Mueller, has received the Angus Kerr-Lawson Essay prize for her paper, "Levels of Animal Life: George Santayana and a Purely Naturalistic Model of Supervenience."

Veronica will also be presenting her paper at the George Santayana Society meeting this January. Congratulations, Veronica! 

Prof. Babette Babich gives keynote lectures in Austria and UK.

Prof. Babette Babich gave a keynote lecture, "Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science and its Discontents," this summer at the International Society for the Hermeneutics of Science's biannual meeting in Baden bei Wien on the topic of "Hermeneutic and Its Discontents Science." A write-up was done on the conference in Baden's online newspaper (in german). 

Prof. Babette Babich also gave a keynote lecture at the Society for European Philosophy, where she spoke on "Epictetus and Anaximander on Death and Restitution."

Above, Prof. Babich (center, bottom) with other keynote speakers as well as the mayor of Baden bei Wien.

Above, Prof. Babich (center, bottom) with other keynote speakers as well as the mayor of Baden bei Wien.

The Philosophy Department welcomes new graduate students for the 2017/2018 Academic Year

The Philosophy Department is delighted to welcome the following new graduate students:

PhD Program
Dylan Bailey, B.A. Georgia Southern Univ;  M.A. Univ. South Florida; M.A. Westminister Theological Seminary
Christopher Bengston, B.A. Bethel University
Stephen Ferguson, B.A. Boston College, M.A. Boston College
Sara Pope, B.A. Univ. Wisconsin Whitewater, M.A. Univ. Wisconsin Milwaulkee
Luke Schumacher, B.A. Dalhousie University, M.A. Duquesne University
Anya Wang, B.A. Knox College
Chelsea Wegrzyniak, B.A. Idaho State University, M.A. Univ. Wisconsin Milwaukee

MA Program
Caroline Timmings, B.A. Manhattanville College
Franziska van Buren, B.A. Fordham University
Maia Wellborn, B.A. Furman University


Prof. Samir Haddad receives Mellon grant for his project, "Hacer Escuela/Inventing School: Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theory.”

Congratulations to Prof. Samir Haddad on his new initiative, "Hacer Escuela/Inventing School: Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theory,” a sub-project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant: "Critical Theory in the Global South.”

The project's first workshop will be held at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus on April 12-14, 2018.  For information about the workship, please contact Prof. Haddad.

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."

Prof. Stephen Grimm awarded the first Outstanding Externally Funded Research Award in the Humanities at Fordham University


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-Doctoral 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.

Prof. Nathan Ballantyne Awarded Two Grants for his studies, "Epistemic Trespassing in Public Discourse" and "Intellectual Humility as a Solution to the Problem of Disagreement."

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.