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Ergo | Summer 2013

Faculty Achievements

The UT philosophy faculty continue to earn recognition for their outstanding work in teaching and research. Assistant professor David Palmer, who last year received a campuswide Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, received this year’s David and Kathryn White Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award rotates between the Departments of Philosophy, History, and Psychology, and is given to a faculty member who is selected by undergraduate majors for his or her special contribution through teaching to the department’s undergraduate program.

Recently tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2012, EJ Coffman continues to garner support for his research. He won a Chancellor’s Grant for spring 2013 and has been named a faculty fellow with the Tennessee Humanities Center for AY2013–14, earning him a year free of teaching in order to work full time on his current book project (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan). The book, Luck: Its Nature and Significance for Human Knowledge and Agency, analyzes the various ways in which the idea of luck shapes our judgments about moral responsibility, knowledge, and justice. EJ has also been named a Lindsay Young Humanities Professor, effective August 2013. There are at any one time only eight Lindsay Young Humanities Professors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor John Nolt was recently awarded a UT Faculty Development Leave, giving him a semester free of teaching in AY2013–14 so that he can work full time on his current book project (under contract with Routledge) exploring the intersection of environmental and intergenerational justice.

Assistant professor Clerk Shaw’s book manuscript, Pleasure, Shame, and Virtue: Plato on Hedonism, was accepted for publication and is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Shaw earned the department’s and college’s recommendation for tenure and promotion to associate professor, starting in August, 2013. While nothing is official until the Board of Trustees meets over the summer, tenure and promotion would appear to be a fait accompli and so it is not premature informally to congratulate professor Shaw.

Assistant professor Adam Cureton founded the Society for Philosophy and Disability, or SPD, this year. SPD is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering research and teaching on philosophical issues related to disability, and to promoting inclusiveness and support for people with disabilities in philosophical education and in the profession of philosophy. SPD provides a philosophical discussion of disability by arranging meetings, maintaining an online presence, and organizing academic projects. It has an impressive board of directors and a rapidly growing membership. SPD is officially recognized by the American Philosophical Association and has established a presence at regional meetings. The creation of SPD is a great accomplishment for professor Cureton, who also serves on UT’s diversity council.

Overall, the tenure-track and tenured faculty research was outstanding in 2012–13, with nearly two dozen articles or chapters (two co-authored with graduate students) and five books (monographs or edited collections) either published or forthcoming, and more than a dozen conference presentations and invited lectures given. Articles appeared in several prestigious and widely read journals, including Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Social Philosophy, Kantian Review, Journal of Value Inquiry, Erkenntnis, Philosophia, Environmental Values, Philosophical Issues, Philosopher’s Imprint, and Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Books and book chapters were published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, Routledge, and Palgrave Macmillan. The faculty regularly present their work at prestigious national and international conferences and meetings. This summer, Jon Garthoff will travel all the way to South Africa to deliver an invited lecture for the “Kant and Animals” conference at the University of Witwatersrand. The invitation follows Garthoff’s work on and contributions to the 2012 UT spring philosophy symposium on “Animals, Ethics, and the Law.” In the coming months other faculty members will be giving invited lectures closer to home, but no less noteworthy for that. For example, EJ Coffman has been invited to give a lecture at the prestigious Midwest Epistemology Workshop at Notre Dame. Of course, our faculty includes a group of superb lecturers who, notwithstanding their heavy teaching load, are active and productive researchers, with several articles or chapters either published or forthcoming, and numerous conference presentations either given or scheduled.


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