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Ergo | Summer 2012

UT Philosophy Department Annual Newsletter

The UT Department of Philosophy is a flourishing community of scholars consisting of more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 30 graduate students, roughly a dozen full-time faculty lecturers, nearly another dozen tenured or tenure track faculty, two outstanding administrative staff persons, and an always helpful work-study student.   Fulfilling the Department’s teaching, research, and service missions and administering its academic programs would not be possible without the contributions of each and all!

To learn more about what we have been up to as a community of scholars this past year, we invite you to read on!

Contents


A Dynamic and Flourishing Research Culture

In addition to the native intellectual energy and curiosity of faculty and students and to the various informal conversations and collaborations characteristic of classrooms and hallways, four formal research initiatives give structure, sustenance, and visibility to the Department of Philosophy’s dynamic and flourishing research culture. These initiatives serve faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and the wider intellectual community in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the UT campus.

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More Extraodinary Faculty Hires

In addition to the native intellectual energy and curiosity of faculty and students and to the various informal conversations and collaborations characteristic of classrooms and hallways, four formal research initiatives give structure, sustenance, and visibility to the Department of Philosophy’s dynamic and flourishing research culture. These initiatives serve faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and the wider intellectual community in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the UT campus.

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A Year’s Worth of Accolades

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Spring Symposium 2012: A Closer Look

In March, prominent scholars in the fields of animal ethics and animal law converged from across the nation at UT’s Baker Center for a well-attended symposium on animals, ethics, and law.

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China and the UT Department of Philosophy

During the past year, Xiaosheng Chen, a doctoral candidate from Peking University working on the political philosophy of John Rawls, has been a visiting scholar in our department, working closely with David Reidy.

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Reaching Out / Giving Back

While our department has long had—and continues to maintain—a strong record of faculty outreach, two recent student-led initiatives bear special mention.

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Graduate Program Updates

With exemplary effectiveness, Richard Aquila continues to oversee our graduate program.

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Undergraduate Program Updates

With outstanding skill, E. J. Coffman continues to oversee the undergraduate program.

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Richard Aquila Retires

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Alumni News

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In Memoriam: Lee Shepski

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At the Coffee Machine: A Chat with Adam Cureton

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