Students take Advantage of “Super Seminars”
Graduate and advanced undergraduate students enjoyed two “super seminars” during Academic Year 2012–13. These seminars offered students a unique opportunity to directly interact in person with the philosophers they are studying in class. In the fall of 2012, EJ Coffman taught a seminar on virtue epistemology and brought to campus three of the field’s leading lights: Ernie Sosa (Rutgers), John Greco (St. Louis University), and Wayne Riggs (University of Oklahoma). In the spring of 2013, David Palmer taught a seminar on moral responsibility and brought to campus Derk Pereboom (Cornell), Ish Haji (Calgary), and Dana Nelkin (UC-SD). In addition to attending the seminar and spending time with students and faculty, each visiting philosopher also gave a public lecture. These—indeed all of our department’s public lectures this year—were very well attended by our departmental and university communities. Upcoming super seminars in AY2013–14 include a course on Epicureanism to be taught by professor Clerk Shaw, and a course on ideal and non-ideal theory in ethics and political philosophy to be taught by professor Jon Garthoff. Details about visiting philosophers for these super seminars will be announced over the summer.