Aaron Wells won the Markus Herz Prize from the North American Kant Society for his paper "Mechanical Inexplicability and Extensive Magnitudes in Kant’s Critique of Judgment." This is an award given every year to the best graduate student paper presented at one of the regional meetings of the NAKS. Aaron is the second consecutive Notre Dame graduate student to win the prize (Naomi Fisher won in 2015), and the fourth Notre Dame student to win in the last 8 years. Good work, Aaron! Read More
What conceptual models shape our thinking about the mind and its activities or experiences? The project is to recover a neglected model of the mind in Thomas Aquinas, according to which knowing is construed in terms of the realization, in the human knower, of a certain kind of being with certain exotic properties. By examining the philosophical implications of this "metaphysics of intellect," the book will provide new perspective on Aquinas's approach to intentionality, mental representation, and consciousness--and show a surprising degree of Neoplatonism in his philosophy of mind. Read More
University of Notre Dame seniors Christa Grace Watkins and Alexis Doyle have been selected to the United States Rhodes Scholar Class of 2017. Watkins, a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Doyle, of Los Altos, California, are two of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 882 candidates who had been endorsed by their colleges and universities. They are Notre Dame’s 18th and 19th Rhodes Scholars and will commence their studies at Oxford University in October. This marks the first time Notre Dame has had Rhodes Scholars in three consecutive years and the third time the University has had two in a single year. It also is the first time that Notre Dame has had two women chosen in the same year. Full article here Read More
Professor Therese Cory's paper "Knowing as Being? A Metaphysical Reading of the Identity of Intellect and Intelligibles in Aquinas" has been selected as the winner of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly's 2016 Rising Scholar Award Read More
More than $650,000 has been awarded to 15 projects in the second year of a research collaboration aimed at building new understanding about how religious and transformative experiences occur and shape lives. It is co-directed by Michael Rea, a professor of philosophy, and Samuel Newlands, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Collegiate Associate Professor in Philosophy—both of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—and L.A. Paul, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences. Read More
Congratulations to Grace Watkins, a junior philosophy major on being selected as a 2016 Truman Scholar. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government. For more information Read More
Out of 40 candidates, 320 voters picked our own Karl Ameriks as the 4th best Kant scholar of the post-war era.
For more information: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2016/02/best-anglophone-and-german-kant-scholars-since-1945.html