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Ergo | Summer 2014

Snapshots:  The Faculty at Work!

  • Assistant Professor Avery Archer works at the intersection of action theory, epistemology and philosophy of mind.  Having just recently completed his Ph.D. and moved to Knoxville, Avery wasted no time getting to work!  In addition to orienting himself to the Department, UT and Knoxville, this year he presented invited papers at Syracuse University and the University of Pennsylvania, a peer-reviewed paper to the Western Canadian Philosophical Association, and invited comments on a paper on “practical perception” at a conference at the University of Oslo, Norway.  He also presented an excellent work in progress to the Department’s faculty and advanced graduate student research seminar.
  • Assistant Professor Nora Berenstain works in the philosophy of science.  Her paper “Necessary Laws and Chemical Kinds,” was accepted for publication in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.  She also has a paper forthcoming in The Metaphysics of Relations, an edited collection with Oxford University Press.  In the coming months she will be presenting papers in Britain, Canada, Germany and South Africa.  On top of all this, she has taken on teaching the undergraduate course in feminist philosophy and has begun to pursue her interests there.
  • Lindsay Young Associate Professor EJ Coffman works in epistemology, metaphysics and action theory.  He spent the 2013-14 academic year as a fellow with The University of Tennessee Humanities Center where he has been working on a book, under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, titled Luck: Its Nature and Significance for Knowledge and Agency.  EJ also published papers in Philosophical Issues and (with recent UT Ph.D. Matt Deaton) in Res Philosophica.  He presented an invited paper at the Midwest Epistemology Workshop and completed forthcoming essays too numerous to list here!  The Department looks forward to his return to the 8th Floor of McClung Tower in August!
  • While generally in conversation with Kant, Assistant Professor Adam Cureton’s work ranges broadly within ethics.  In addition to presenting papers in numerous venues, he published papers in Kantian Review and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly and had a paper accepted for publication by Philosophical Studies.  Adam has also been active leading the Society for Disability and Philosophy and serving on the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Inclusiveness.  He has been a key member of two UT task forces, one devoted to addressing disability issues on campus, the other devoted to revamping the undergraduate Honors curriculum.  He will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa lecture here at UT this year.
  • Assistant Professor Jon Garthoff works in moral and political philosophy.  In addition to performing above and beyond the call of duty as Director of Graduate Studies and as chair of the Department’s faculty search committee, Jon had a paper accepted for publication by Southern Journal of Philosophy and presented invited papers at Rutgers, Loyola (New Orleans) and St. Mary’s (San Antonio).  He also presented a paper on Kant and animals at a conference in South Africa and a paper on Rawls’s idea(l) of social/political stability at the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Division Meeting. 
  • Assistant Professor Markus Kohl works in the history of philosophy, with special attention to Kant and Aristotle.  Setting the pace for peer-reviewed journal articles this year, he had papers accepted for publication in Ethics, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Kant-Studien, and Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.  Markus has also been serving on the College’s curriculum committee.  Reflecting his broad philosophical interests, he recently revived the long dormant undergraduate course in Existentialism.
  • Professor John Nolt continues to work in logic and in environmental ethics.  He spent the fall term on sabbatical.  He completed a monograph on issues at the intersection of environmental and intergenerational ethics.  Aimed at students, Environmental Ethics for the Long Term, will be published by Routledge.  John also completed several papers, too numerous to list here, to appear in various edited volumes, and launched this spring a new course in the philosophy of conservation biology. 
  • Assistant Professor David Palmer works mainly in action theory, with interests extending into the philosophy of mind and metaphysics.  His edited volume, Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates, will be published this fall with Oxford University Press.  In addition to conceiving and editing the volume, David contributed a paper.  He also contributed a paper to a volume on free will and moral responsibility just out with Cambridge Scholars Press.  David also serves the University on the Undergraduate Council. 
  • Professor David Reidy works mainly in political and legal philosophy.  In addition to serving as Department Head and serving the College in various ways attendant to that role, this year he co-edited and contributed to both Human Rights: The Hard Questions, published by Cambridge University Press, and A Companion to Rawls, published by Wiley-Blackwell.  He also co-edited and contributed to A Rawls Lexicon, which will be published this fall by Cambridge University Press.  And he contributed papers to volumes published by Oxford University Press and by Palgrave MacMillan.  In his free time he continued to plug away at his monograph on Rawls. 
  • Associate Professor Clerk Shaw works in ancient philosophy.  Recently tenured and promoted, Clerk has also ably taken over as Director of Undergraduate Studies.  His volume The Protagoras and Plato’s Anti-Hedonism will soon be published by Cambridge University Press.  In addition to putting the final polish on that manuscript, Clerk presented papers at ancient philosophy conferences in Arizona and California. 
  • Lecturer Samuel Duncan was selected for participation in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “The Meanings of Property” to convene at Marist College in June, 2014.
  • Lecturer Alex Feldt received word that his dissertation, “Climate Change and Human Rights: Creating Norms to Govern Earth’s Atmosphere,” was selected by the University of Oklahoma as the best dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts submitted there for calendar year 2012.
  • Lecturer Margaret Moore’s research, in particular a co-authored paper in the British Journal of Aesthetics, received attention from the Boston Globe, The Economist and from well-known blogger Andrew Sullivan.  Margaret will be co-organizing the meeting of the Society for Aesthetics held in conjunction with the 2015 meeting of the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division.
  • Lecturer Woods Nash is the invited guest editor for a special issue of both the Journal of Medical Humanities, devoted to “Visualizing the Contexts of Mental Illness,” and Catalyst:  A Social Justice Forum, devoted to “Creating Health from Below?  Exposing and Resisting the Power of Media Culture over Public Health.”  Woods’s essay “Narrative Ethics, Authentic Integrity, and an Inprapersonal Medical Encounter in David Foster Wallace’s ‘Luckily the Account Representative Knew CPR” will appear in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.  His “Serving a Severe God: The Subversive Theology of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God will appear in Appalachian Journal.  His poem “Still Life” will be published in JAMA and his poem “Searching for a Pulse” will be published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  
  • Lecturer Matt Pamental published "Pragmatism, Metaphysics, and Bioethics: Beyond a Theory of Moral Deliberation," in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.  And he developed a pilot course in animal ethics that will soon be offered to undergraduates. 
  • Lecturer Josh Watson presented a paper on the metaphysics of identity to the Tennessee Philosophical Association.
  • Lecturer Ryan Windeknecht published “Is There a Distinctively Associative Account of Political Obligation,” co-authored with John Horton, in Political Studies.
  • Emeritus Professor Richard Aquila continues to co-edit the highly regarded journal Kantian Review.   He was an invited plenary session speaker for the highly visible 10th Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy at New York University, held in November 2013.  Richard also continues to teach a few courses in the history of philosophy each year for the Department.
  • Emeritus Professor Rem Edwards continues his work with the Robert S. Hartman Instituted for Formal and Applied Axiology.  He presented a paper at the Claremont School of Theology and published a paper in Process Studies.  He published An Axiological Process Ethics with Process Century Press.
  • Emeritus Professor John Hardwig was an invited plenary session speaker at an international conference on “Justice, Luck and Responsibility in Health Care” at the University of Leuven, Belgium.  His paper from that conference, on the question of whether there is a duty to die, has been published in a volume bearing the conference title published by Springer.  John also co-authored a paper, “Patient Informed Choice for Altruism,” that will appear in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.

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