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UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of February 2018: Kyle Whyte

Kyle Whyte

Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, Michigan State University


AOS: Environmental Philosophy, Indigenous Philosophy

My research addresses the moral and political issues of Indigenous climate justice; the ethics of knowledge exchange between Indigenous persons and climate scientists; and the theory of justice in Indigenous food sovereignty and environmental movements. I have recently been writing about environmental justice and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In my work, I seek to explain the connections between the ecological dimensions of colonial domination and to identify and justify pathways for Indigenous liberation and decolonization in relation to the ecology of colonialism. In this research, I engage with many Indigenous organizations, from governments to networks, and the U.S. federal government. I consider myself an engaged philosopher. Yet understanding what “engaged” philosophy means to me requires some explanation.

Indigenous peoples have diverse philosophical traditions dating from time immemorial. Millions of Indigenous persons spanning every imaginable environment philosophize all the time. 567 U.S. federally-recognized governments, 34 state recognized governments, many more unrecognized governments, and thousands of self-determining Indigenous centers, organizations, groups, networks, societies, and educational institutions engender Indigenous contexts for diverse philosophies and forms of philosophizing. Sometimes the English-language term “philosophy” is used in these contexts; other times not.

Most U.S. citizens and visitors are unaware that any Indigenous philosophical contexts really exist as settler colonialism seeks to disappear these contexts. Despite all the philosophizing Indigenous persons do, there is basically no coverage of Indigenous philosophy in U.S. philosophy departments. Philosopher David Martinez has recovered some of the public Indigenous intellectual tradition—traditions usually found in non-academic archives. Indigenous philosophers, such as Viola Cordova, Dale Turner, and Anne Waters, among others, express different views on what being an Indigenous philosopher means in U.S. and Canadian contexts.

Indigenous philosophizing and philosophies are, importantly, active today in the contexts I described earlier and can be found, through careful reading and research, in various archives. So, imagine the irony of living in your own homelands and watching people eagerly refer to “Ancient Greek” or “Early Modern European” philosophical literatures as foundational in some exclusive sense. The irony.

My understanding of “engaged” philosophy comes out of this ironic situation. I put “engaged” in quotes because what most philosophers in the U.S. academy see as my engaged work differs from what engagement really means to me. My “engaged” work is the work I do as a professor in the U.S. academy when I work with other professors, leverage academic financial resources, and teach classes at my university. I have been able to pursue this work while, at the same time, I work directly in the Indigenous philosophical contexts that matter most to me.

While I had few people to look to as models for understanding the division of labor I would have to undertake “to engage” as I understand it, I do think it is an approach to research that is possible for Indigenous persons aspiring to philosophy careers in the U.S. academy—and one worth pursuing even when one seeks to operate from one’s own perspective and work on behalf of one’s own peoples.

 

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of January 2018: David B. Wong

David B. Wong

George D. Beischer and Susan Fox Beischer Professor of Philosophy, Duke University


AOS: Asian (e.g. Chinese, Indian, etc.) Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, Meta-Ethics, Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Practical Reason, Social and Political Philosophy

Much of my work concerns differences and similarities in moral values. I argue that the best explanation of such differences and similarities draws from the relevant human sciences and takes the form of a naturalistic conception of moralities as normative guides serving to promote and structure social cooperation and to structure reasonably coherent motivational priorities for individuals. There is no single true or justified morality, but there are objective constraints on what a true or most justified morality could be, given its functions and certain widespread motivational propensities of human beings.

I have sought to address the sad neglect in the contemporary philosophical literature of rich traditions of moral thought and practice other than the well-studied traditions centered in Western Europe and North America. I have focused on early Confucianism and Daoism in particular. Reflection on the different emphasis placed on the values of relationship and community in Confucian as compared to Western traditions has played an important role in motivating my conclusion that there is no single true morality. I hold in the possibility of productive exchange and mutual learning between such culturally diverse traditions.

Moral differences and similarities form the terrain for the ethics of disagreement. We try to resolve disagreements by finding the right answer. Since in many cases that’s going to take a long time, if ever, I have argued for an ethic of accommodation premised on the ubiquity and persistence of disagreement and on the need to preserve constructive relationship with those who disagree with us. One of the constraints on all true moralities is that they include the value of accommodation.

My interests in Confucianism intersect with issues in moral psychology and epistemology. The early Confucians developed sophisticated teachings weaving together theory and practice guided by the aim of producing people of moral excellence. I have argued that they make significant contributions to moral psychology through their combination of practical focus on how to accomplish that aim, close attention to concrete moral experience, and fruitful ways of thinking about human nature. Furthermore, the early Confucians’ way of conceiving the interaction between reflection and emotion in particular can enter into productive dialogue with Kantian and Humean conceptions of reason and emotion.

Daoism displays a healthy skepticism about the human tendency to pronounce that one is in definitive possession of all the truth. It identifies the ego-driven needs that such pronouncing seeks to satisfy (lessons philosophers would do well to take to heart), and much of the Zhuangzi is therapy designed to liberate us from these needs. The ultimate aim is to reveal new perspectives that are obscured by our certitudes. Some of my most recent research is directed toward articulating clearer conception of Daoist ways of understanding the world that go below the level of conscious awareness and articulation. It need not be as mystical as it is often taken to be and connects with of the most interesting recent science on implicit learning.

Conference – Philosophy of Biology in the Mountains

The Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains (POBAM) workshop is a biennial forum for new work in the philosophy of biology. The workshop provides an opportunity for speakers to receive constructive feedback from interested colleagues, and for other participants to become acquainted with new work in the field. Presented work can be on any topic in the philosophy of biology or biology-oriented philosophy of science.

POBAM began in 2010 as a biennial meeting at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, known then as the Philosophy of Biology at Madison workshop. May 17-18, 2018 will be the first in a series of biennial meetings at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains will retain a similar format to previous workshops, but will add new elements reflecting its move to the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and the work of philosophers of biology at the University of Utah.

We welcome submissions on any topic in the philosophy of biology or biology-oriented philosophy of science. Submissions should be on new, unpublished, or recently published work.

Those who would like to present their work at the workshop must submit an abstract of no more than 750 words prepared for blind review. You can submit your abstract through EasyChair at:

https://easychair.org/cfp/POBAM2018

Please include a title and short description of your work.

Abstracts are due January 31, 2018.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/pobam/home

JOB – CUNY – TT – Aesthetics

The Philosophy Department at Hunter College, City University of New York invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Full Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor, beginning in Autumn 2018. The Area of Specialization is Aesthetics. The appointment involves teaching 2-3 courses per semester (depending on class size), thesis and tutorial supervision, and normal non-teaching duties. A Ph.D. is required prior to appointment. Salary is competitive, commensurate with rank, qualifications, and experience. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after December 15, and until the position is filled. Please apply by sending a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and, for junior applicants, graduate school transcripts and any evidence of teaching effectiveness. Materials should be sent to: www.cuny.edu (follow prompts to Hunter College job postings). Applicants should also send a copy of their cover letter and c.v. to philsearch@hunter.cuny.edu (writing “aesthetics” in the subject line).

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of December 2017: Robert Gooding-Williams

Robert Gooding-Williams

Professor of Philosophy and M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American StudiesColumbia University


AOS: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, African American Philosophy, Critical Theory, European Philosophy, Existentialism, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Social and Political Philosophy

My main areas of research include social and political philosophy (esp. anti-racist critical theory), the history of African-American political thought, 19th Century European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), existentialism, and aesthetics (including literature and philosophy, representations of race in film, and the literary theory and criticism of African-American literature).

My book, Zarathustra’s Dionysian Modernism (Stanford UP, 2001) is a contribution to the philosophical scholarship on Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra; in Zarathustra, I argue, Nietzsche exploits literature’s capacity for philosophical invention (what my colleague, Philip Kitcher, describes as its ability to “build new ways of conceiving the world and our place in it”) to elaborate a philosophical explanation of the possibility of creating new values.

Much of my work lies at the intersection of aesthetics and the philosophy of race or at the intersection of political philosophy and the philosophy of race.

My writings in the former vein have focused on representations of race in film. In “Aesthetics and Receptivity: Kant, Nietzsche, Cavell, and Astaire,” for example, I take issue with Stanley Cavell’s reading of two routines performed by Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon and argue that a failure to give sufficient attention to the workings of racial ideology can lead aesthetic judgment astray.

My writings in the latter vein pivot around the theme of racial injustice. In “Race, Multiculturalism, and Democracy,” for example, I 1) defend a social constructionist account of black racial identity and 2) rely on that account to argue the case for endorsing race-conscious multicultural education as a means for fostering the capacity for democratic deliberation. In another essay, “Autobiography, Political Hope, and Racial Justice,” I consider current prospects for a racially progressive politics in the perspective of two autobiographies, Barack Obama’s Dreams of My Father and W. E. B. Du Bois’s Dusk of Dawn.

During the last ten years, or so, my scholarship has focused on the history of Afro-Modern and, specifically, African-American political thought. In In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009), I situate Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk within the Afro-modern tradition, a rich body of inquiry that is bound together by certain thematic preoccupations-—e.g., the political organization of white supremacy, the nature and effects of racial ideology, and the possibilities of black emancipation—and that includes the writings of Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, Frantz Fanon, and others. Souls, I argue, is this tradition’s preeminent, political theoretical response to Jim Crow, the now defunct system of American racial apartheid. My ongoing scholarly engagement with the Afro-Modern tradition includes a book-in-progress on Martin Delany’s political thought, an essay on M.L. King’s concept of dignity, and plans for a short study of Du Bois’s Darkwater.

Finally, I have recently begun to write about the contributions that the study of the history of African American political thought can make to anti-racist critical theory and about issues relating to the concept of ideology.

PIKSI SUMMER INSTITUTES (UPDATED)

PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from groups traditionally underrepresented in philosophy to consider future study of philosophy. Undergraduates and recent graduates are urged to apply; groups traditionally underrepresented in (anglophone) philosophy include women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, people from economically disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities, and people of color or people racialized as nonwhite, including Chicano/a/xs and Latino/a/xs, Indigenous people, Pacific Islanders, people of African descent, and people of Asian descent. Transportation and lodging are provided. Stipends are awarded to all.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Undergraduates — JANUARY 31, 2018

Graduate Assistants (PIKSI-Rock only) — JANUARY 31, 2018

For more information visit: piksi.org

 

PIKSI ROCK

 

Rock Ethics Institute/Penn State

Date: June 27-July 6, 2018

Director: Kris Sealey, Fairfield University

Theme: Philosophy and Public Life

 

Speakers:

 

Alfred Frankowski, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Nathifa Greene, Gettysburg College

Shay Welch, Spelman College

Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University

 

 

PIKSI BOSTON

 

MIT/UMB

Date: June 19-26, 2018

Directors: Lisa Rivera, University of Massachusetts Boston

Keota Fields, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

Speakers:

 

Otávio Bueno, University of Miami

Myisha Cherry, Harvard University/University of Illinois

Nathifa Greene, Gettysburg College

Kevin Richardson, North Carolina State University

 

For more information visit: piksi.org

Contact: info@piksi.org

 

SPONSORS: THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION, AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION – PENN STATE’S ROCK ETHICS INSTITUTE, COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS, AND DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY – STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – IRIS MARION YOUNG DIVERSITY SCHOLARS FUND – ANN ARBOR PHILOSOPHERS’ PIKSI FUNDING INITIATIVE – ASSOCIATION OF FEMINIST ETHICS AND SOCIAL THEORY – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS-HARVARD UNIVERSITY-TUFTS UNIVERSITY

PIKSI SUMMER INSTITUTES

PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. Transportation and lodging are provided. Stipends are awarded to all.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Undergraduates — JANUARY 31, 2018
Graduate Assistants (PIKSI-Rock only) — JANUARY 31, 2018
For more information visit: piksi.org

PIKSI ROCK

(also seeking applications for graduate assistants)

Rock Ethics Institute/Penn State
Date: June 27-July 6, 2018
Director: Kris Sealey, Fairfield University
Theme: Philosophy and Public Life

Speakers:

Alfred Frankowski, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Nathifa Greene, Gettysburg College
Shay Welch, Spelman College
Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University

PIKSI BOSTON

MIT/UMB
Date: June 19-26, 2018
Directors: Lisa Rivera, University of Massachusetts Boston
Keota Fields, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Speakers:

Otávio Bueno, University of Miami
Myisha Cherry, Harvard University/University of Illinois
Nathifa Greene, Gettysburg College
Kevin Richardson, North Carolina State University

For more information visit: piksi.org
Contact: info@piksi.org

SPONSORS: THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION, AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION – PENN STATE’S ROCK ETHICS INSTITUTE, COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS, AND DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY – STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – IRIS MARION YOUNG DIVERSITY SCHOLARS FUND – ANN ARBOR PHILOSOPHERS’ PIKSI FUNDING INITIATIVE – ASSOCIATION OF FEMINIST ETHICS AND SOCIAL THEORY – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS-HARVARD UNIVERSITY-TUFTS UNIVERSITY

JOB – TT ASST PROF – U of GRONINGEN – Theoretical Phil


The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen is looking for an

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY

with expertise in philosophy of science and/or social epistemology. Deadline for applications is November 30.

The position is in the Department of Theoretical Philosophy and includes research (40%) as well as teaching and some administrative tasks (60%). We are particularly interested in candidates who have a strong affinity with science and technology studies, the social organization of science, and/or the science-policy interface. Ideally the research of the candidate can complement and strengthen the existing research profile of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, and contribute to the lively intellectual life of the faculty as a whole. The candidate will be expected to teach in the philosophy programme on both BA and MA level, including the MA programme on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Additionally the candidate may be asked to provide philosophy of science courses to programmes outside the Faculty of Philosophy, in the natural, life, and social sciences.

For more details and for accessing the online application, please visit http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0005XDP.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of November 2017: Grant J. Silva

Grant J. Silva

Assistant Professor, Marquette University


AOS: Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, Indigenous Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of the Americas, Social and Political Philosophy

My work strives to maintain a sense of philosophical practice endowed with much social significance. While philosophers should continue to ask and answer metaphysical, ethical and epistemological questions, these endeavors are not ends in themselves. Paraphrasing Ignacio Ellacuría, the Jesuit philosopher murdered during the Salvadoran Civil War, even if reduced to “the pursuit of truth,” philosophy is not reducible to “the pursuit of truth for its own sake.”

Recent publications of mine take place at the intersection of philosophy of race, political philosophy and ethical questions pertaining to immigration and nationality. My current research focuses on the nature of racism as connected to anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiment as well as officer related shootings of African Americans in the United States. Rather than predicated on hatred or malice, I think of racism as predicated on self-love. In the above contexts, “self-love” first materializes in the need to preserve the social conditions enabling one’s sense of self, a feat accomplished by means of national borders and the specious embracement of law and lawfulness. Second, engendered by interactions with individuals viewed primarily through the lens of black criminality, self-love racism is visible in the heightened sense of self-preservation expressed by law enforcement agents. In terms of the ethics of immigration, I am working on a theory of migratory disobedience that views the act of irregular migration as protest against the unjust nature of immigration law into first world nations like the United States.

My work in Latin American philosophy focuses on the idea of liberation as a philosophical point of departure. As espoused by those immersed in decolonial, anti-racist and even anti-sexist struggles, the idea of liberation suggests of an ongoing process the meaning of which should be viewed as of comparable magnitude for the peoples of the Americas as that of “enlightenment” within in the contexts of Western intellectual traditions. Whereas the sense of subjectivity problematized by Western philosophy grapples with skepticism, dogmatism and a variety of forms of heteronomy, liberatory thinkers focus on forms of subjective experience unfolding in the contexts of racial/sexual objectivity, colonial “totalization” and historical marginalization. Along these lines, I think there is a fundamental difference between philosophizing for freedom and philosophizing from freedom. This difference manifests in the types of questions one considers worthy of philosophical analysis, the kinds of interlocutors and range of experience one is willing to dialogue with, as well as the overall significance of philosophical inquiry. Extending these ideas, my book project provides a narrative of Latin American philosophy that views this sub-discipline as a response to decolonial attempts at liberating the mind. Because I take seriously the notion that to describe oneself as a “Latin American philosopher” is a political statement challenging preconceived understandings of the nature of philosophical inquiry, I offer a take on the history of Latin American philosophy that recognizes the significance of “place,” i.e. from where one philosophizes, as an important factor to the philosophical process.

JOB – TT ASST PROF – Continental Social and Political, Race and Gender – RYERSON U, CANADA

Tenure-Stream Assistant Professor Position in the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department invites applications for one full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1st, 2018 (subject to final budgetary approval).

The area of specialization for the position will be Continental Social and Political Philosophy (broadly construed to include philosophy of race or gender). In addition to the expectations below, the successful candidate for this position will also have to be able to teach courses that serve the needs of the interdisciplinary B.A. program in Arts and Contemporary Studies – a program which includes a required sequence of six courses in the history of ideas, each of which is typically team-taught by two faculty members drawn from different disciplines.

Responsibilities for the position will include: teaching philosophy courses and supervising students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent research program; and participating in the academic life of the Philosophy Department, the Faculty of Arts, and the University.

The Philosophy Department, consisting of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, prides itself on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research in both analytic and continental approaches and traditions.

Candidates shall have completed (or expect to do so before July 2018) a PhD in Philosophy, or equivalent (e.g. PhD in Political Theory or in Social and Political Thought) and shall provide evidence of high-quality teaching and excellence in research, with an emerging scholarly record, as demonstrated by a number of achievements. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: awards and accolades, new course and curriculum development, a thoughtful teaching philosophy, strong teaching reviews, a robust research profile, peer-reviewed conference papers and publications in high-calibre venues, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. As well, candidates shall demonstrate a capacity for collegial service and a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and research activities.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by December 1st, 2017. Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

Applications must include the following components, in the following order, as a single PDF document:

  • a letter of application, which clearly indicates whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination)
  • two recent writing samples
  • and results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier).

In addition, applicants should arrange for at least two confidential letters of reference to be sent to our Department Administrator, Mr. Ryan Walters at philosophysearch@ryerson.ca.

Applications must be received by December 1st, 2017. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Klaas Kraay, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee (kraay@ryerson.ca).

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Mr. Ryan Doyle, HR Advisor at rdoyle@ryerson.ca

Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at t26king@ryerson.ca.

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people-first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

JOB – TT ASST PROF Metaphysics & Epistemology – RYERSON UNIVERSITY, CANADA

Tenure-Stream Assistant Professor Position in the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department invites applications for one full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1st, 2018 (subject to final budgetary approval).

The area of specialization for the position will be Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Responsibilities for the position will include: teaching philosophy courses and supervising students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent research program; and participating in the academic life of the Philosophy Department, the Faculty of Arts, and the University.

The Philosophy Department, consisting of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, prides itself on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research in both analytic and continental approaches and traditions.

Candidates shall have completed (or expect to do so before July 2018) a PhD in Philosophy, and shall provide evidence of high-quality teaching and excellence in research, with an emerging scholarly record, as demonstrated by a number of achievements. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: awards and accolades, new course and curriculum development, a thoughtful teaching philosophy, strong teaching reviews, a robust research profile, peer-reviewed conference papers and publications in high-calibre venues, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. As well, candidates shall demonstrate a capacity for collegial service and a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and research activities.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by December 1st, 2017. Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

Applications must include the following components, in the following order, as a single PDF document:

  • a letter of application, which clearly indicates whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination)
  • two recent writing samples
  • and results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier).

In addition, applicants should arrange for at least two confidential letters of reference to be sent to our Department Administrator, Mr. Ryan Walters at philosophysearch@ryerson.ca.

Applications must be received by December 1st, 2017. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Klaas Kraay, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee (kraay@ryerson.ca).

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Mr. Ryan Doyle, HR Advisor at rdoyle@ryerson.ca

Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at t26king@ryerson.ca.

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people-first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

 

JOB – TT U Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Mind, Language, Science

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Asst. Prof., tenure-track, beginning Fall 2018. 2/2 load, semester system, teaching at undergraduate and MA levels. Usual non-teaching duties. Salary competitive. Opportunities available for summer and winter interim session teaching. AOS: Philosophy of Mind and/or Language and/or Science. AOC: Open. PhD by September 2018 in Philosophy or closely related area is required.  The department is seeking someone with a strong record, or strong evidence of promise, in research and teaching. To apply go to http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/26827. The application will require letter of application, CV, and short writing sample to be uploaded. In addition, three or more letters of recommendation must be sent to Phil-pos@uwm.edu.  Review of applications will begin on November 24, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 29, 2017. UW-Milwaukee is an AA/EEO employer.

 

 

 

 

 

JOB – Dean at U of Utah, Humanities

Dean – University of Utah, College of Humanities

PRN00177CF

https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69997

The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities. The College comprises seven academic departments—Communication, English, History, World Languages and Culture, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Writing and Rhetoric Studies—along with nine interdisciplinary centers and eight interdisciplinary programs, with a total budget over $43m, more than 170 tenured and tenure-line faculty, 85 full- and part-time staff, 2500 undergraduate majors, and 400 graduate students. The Dean will serve for a five-year renewable term, commencing July 1, 2018.

Among the qualities we seek in a Dean are:

  • A distinguished record as a scholar and educator
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills
  • A commitment to faculty governance
  • Effective fundraising and community engagement
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to diversity

The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Applications, including a CV and a letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualifications, and a list of references should be submitted to https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69997. Confidential inquiries can be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Robin Jensen at r.e.jensen@utah.edu and Alberta Comer at alberta.comer@utah.edu. The search committee will review applications on a rolling basis beginning November 6, 2017, and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans.  Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with reasonable notice.  For additional information:

http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-106.html

Inquiries about University nondiscrimination and disability accommodation policies may be made to the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action,201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm. 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.  (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD).

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underserved students. The College of Humanities is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The College and University recognize that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community.

More information about the University of Utah and the College of Humanities can be found at www.utah.edu and http://humanities.utah.edu/.

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS QUARTERLY – CFP RACE & PUBLIC POLICY

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on
“Race and Public Policy”

This special issue will feature articles that bring philosophical analysis to bear on issues involving race and public policy.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to: affirmative action, racial profiling, the Black Lives Matter movement, hate speech, hate crimes, reparations for slavery and other historical injustices, implicit bias, race and health, race and medicine, race and technology, race and the criminal justice system, race and the environment, race and education, race and sports, race and ethnicity, race and immigration, race and identity, and race and inequality.

Submissions on any philosophical topic concerning race and public policy will be considered.   Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. The journal prefers manuscripts of 6,000-9,000 words in length but articles outside these limits may still be considered.  Articles intended for consideration for inclusion in this issue should be submitted by December 31, 2018 via the journal’s online submission process at http://ojs.press.illinois.edu/index.php/paq/.  Questions about potential submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Boonin, at david.boonin@colorado.edu.

For further information go to:

 

Call For Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on “Race and Public Policy”

 

JOB – TT QUEENS U, CANADA – Epistemology, Social & Feminist Epistemology, AOC: Philosophy of Race or History of Philosophy

Tenure Track Position in the Department of Philosophy

 

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in epistemology, including, for example, social epistemology and feminist epistemology, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2018. Area of competence is open, though competence in the history of philosophy or the philosophy of race would be desirable.

 

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

 

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

 

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
  • three confidential letters of reference.

 

The deadline for applications is November 12, 2017.

 

Applicants are asked to apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/45815

 

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Susanne Cliff-Jungling in The Department of Philosophy, at 613-533-6000 x77027 or s.cliff-jungling@queensu.ca.

 

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted athttp://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement and at http://www.qufa.ca.

JOB – ARIZONA STATE U – ASST PROF – MIND OR METAPHYSICS

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tempe, AZ. (ASU JOB# 12143) The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure eligible Assistant Professor in Philosophy with an anticipated start date of August 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to: contribute to curriculum development; deliver instruction at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; supervise honors, masters, and doctoral students; conduct research publishable in top-tier academic journals in the discipline; and participate in professional and university service.

Areas of Specialization (AOS): Contemporary Philosophy of Mind and/or Metaphysics (excluding Meta Ethics) (AOC): Open Required Qualifications: • PhD or equivalent in Philosophy or related discipline by time of appointment. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the university level. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research • Area of Specialization (AOS) in Contemporary Philosophy of Mind and/or Metaphysics Desired Qualifications: • Expertise in practical or applied philosophy that complements the School’s existing PhD program and its focus on practical and applied philosophy. For clarification of how we construe “applied” and “practical”, please see: https://shprs.asu.edu/content/philosophy-phd-0 • Ability to contribute to our online undergraduate program • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/45845 submitting complete Dossier which consists of the following: 1) a cover letter, stating qualifications; 2) a CV, clearly identifying areas of specialization and competence (ABD must include the extent to which the doctoral requirements have been completed and the expected date of completion of the remaining requirements); 3) at least three letters of reference; 4) a research statement; 5) evidence of teaching excellence; 6) a writing sample.

Applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letter can be addressed to Professor Steven Reynolds, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at Steven.Reynolds@asu.edu Application deadline is November 19, 2017, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

JOB – ARIZONA STATE U – ASST PROF – APPLIED MORAL, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, LEGAL

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tempe, AZ (ASU JOB# 12144) The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure eligible Assistant Professor in Philosophy with an anticipated start date of August 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to: contribute to curriculum development; deliver instruction at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; supervise honors, masters, and doctoral students; conduct research publishable in top-tier academic journals in the discipline; and participate in professional and university service.

Areas of Specialization (AOS): Applied moral, political, social, or legal philosophy, broadly construed. Areas of Concentration (AOC): Open. As we are using it, ‘applied moral, political, social, or legal philosophy’ refers not only to the application of theories developed within moral, political, social, or legal philosophy to everyday problems or phenomena but also to the application of research produced by methods used in other disciplines in order to understand and address questions in moral, political, social, or legal philosophy (for example, experimental philosophy concerning issues in metaethics or normative ethics). Required Qualifications • PhD or equivalent in Philosophy or related discipline by time of appointment. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the university level. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research. • Area of Specialization (AOS) in applied moral, political, social, or legal philosophy, as broadly construed above. • Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses that complement the School’s existing PhD program and its focus on practical and applied philosophy.

For related information, please see: https://shprs.clas.asu.edu/graduate/philosophy-0. Desired Qualification • Ability to contribute to our online undergraduate program. • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/45818 submitting a complete Dossier, including all of the following:

1) a cover letter, stating qualifications;

2) a CV, clearly identifying areas of specialization and competence (ABD must include the extent to which the doctoral requirements have been completed and the expected date of completion of the remaining requirements);

3) at least three letters of reference;

4) a research statement;

5) evidence of potential for excellence in teaching;

6) a writing sample.

Applicant’s last name should appear in the name of each uploaded file. Cover letters can be addressed to Professor Doug Portmore, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: dwportmore@gmail.com.

 

 

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of October 2017: David K. Chan

David K. Chan

Professor, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point


AOS: Ancient Greek and Roman, Applied Ethics, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Practical Reason

I began my philosophical career as a philosopher of action, and I still am. However, I am first and foremost a virtue ethicist, and my research projects follow Anscombe’s dictum in “Modern Moral Philosophy” to do philosophy of psychology before ethical theory. In pursuing my interest in a neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, I am at the stage where I have completed my work in moral psychology, published in Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources (Lexington Books, 2016), and I am about to embark on developing my own version of virtue ethics. I also think there is an important third part in doing virtue ethics, which is its application in applied ethics. I am particularly interested in both medical ethics and the ethics of war, on which I have published Beyond Just War: A Virtue Ethics Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). More recently, I have been working on issues in the ethics of new technologies in warfare, in particular, the use of drones.

Philosophers of action rightly do not develop theories of reason, intention, and motivation with ethical concerns in mind. But I do not think the widely shared assumption, that human action necessarily involves intentional action in one way or another, lends itself to an understanding of agency that is suitable for use in virtue ethics. I have argued that desire, understood as intrinsic desire, in contrast with intention, is what provides the basis for the ethical evaluation of agents in terms of their character. In fact, virtuous agents can and do act directly from desire without forming intentions to act. Moreover, I have made the case for there being a third category of actions, the non-intentional, alongside the intentional and the unintentional. Such actions are not done for reasons or in the course of doing something for reasons, and are exemplified by habitual actions, including the kind needed in the process of character formation. Yet this does not mean that the process is non-rational or that the desires acquired are brute forces that one can disown.

In previous work, I have sought to recapture two deontological principles for virtue ethics, namely the doctrine of double effect and the doctrine of doing and allowing. In my ethics of war book, I sought to replace the just war doctrine of rights and duties, with an approach that starts from the question, “Would a leader with courage, justice, compassion, and all the other moral virtues ever choose to engage in the great evil of war?” My answer is that war would be a tragic choice for such a leader, and in choosing to bring about the evils of war, the leader’s good character is adversely affected. What I will be doing in developing a virtue theory is to provide criteria for goodness of character, and to explain how practical wisdom is exercised by virtuous agents in a way that does not depend on the application of rules or the comparison of alternatives in terms of a single value.

TT JOB – Ethics – U Santa Barbara


Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Ethics, Department of Philosophy

 

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2018

AOS: Ethics (construed broadly)

AOC: Open

REQUIREMENTS: The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is a PhD in Philosophy or related field OR the completion of all requirements for a PhD in Philosophy or a related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application.

DEADLINE: To ensure full and primary consideration, all application materials must be received by November 1, 2017. Reference letter submissions are also strongly encouraged by this date. The position will remain open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application will include a letter of application, CV, writing sample, dissertation abstract or research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted online at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01088. For your letters of recommendation you will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of your references. The online system will then contact your references with instructions about how to upload their letters. All application materials should be in a standard electronic form, preferably pdf. Fax and mail applications cannot be accepted.

Inquiries may be addressed to philsearch201718@philosophy.ucsb.edu. For additional information about the Department of Philosophy see http://www.philosophy.ucsb.edu.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.