Grad Student, Alex Stern, has received a very prestigious and competitive yearlong Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to work at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, beginning fall 2017. In addition, his dissertation ‘Fallen Language: Benjamin and Wittgenstein on the Aesthetics of Meaning’ (supervised by Fred Rush) has been accepted for publication by Harvard University Press, and will be published in 2018. Well done, Alex! Read More
Prof. Michael Rea has just been named John A. O'Brien Chair of Philosophy. This is the oldest endowed chair at Notre Dame, and is especially fitting in this case, since it was previously held by Mike's dissertation director, Al Plantinga.
The Templeton Prize, valued at approximately $1.4 million, is one of the world's largest annual awards given to an individual. It is meant to honor "a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works." Plantinga, the most important philosopher of religion of the last century, taught in the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame for almost 30 years before retiring in 2010 and is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the Notre Dame. Plantinga was the second Director of the Center for the Philosophy of Religion and, under his leadership, Notre Dame became the word leader in the philosophy of religion. Read More
Professor Michael Rea gave this years Gifford Lectures held at University of St. Andrews from March 27th - April 5th. Past and present Notre Dame faculty to give the lectures include Alasdair MacIntyre, Alvin Plantinga, and Peter van Inwagen. The Gifford Lectures are the most prestigious lectures in the world for the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. You can find Prof. Rea's full lectures here Read More
Grad Students Liz Jackson and Becca Chan have won the coveted Hammes Bookstore Basketball 5-on-5 tournament. Their teammates include undergraduate students Amanda Geiger (Finance and Political Science), Allie Griffith (English and American Studies), and Jackie Collins (Management Consulting). The game was a fight until the end, with Becca making the game-winning shot. 84 teams competed in this years women's bracket. For more information on Bookstore basketball, visit their website Read More
Prof. Janet Kourany has been selected as the second recipient of the Gender Studies Program’s Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award.
"Dr. Kourany’s students described her as a “generous and dedicated mentor” who expresses a genuine interest in her students and cares for them “both in the classroom and outside of it.” Students wrote that her classes – on topics of feminist philosophy of science and feminist epistemology, as well as the philosophy of gender and sexual difference itself – were “extremely unique, captivating, and well thought out.” She is one of the “strongest and most innovative teachers” in her department. Her former students also noted how challenging Dr. Kourany's courses are. One student described the specific approach that they felt made Dr. Kourany such a phenomenal professor: “We never knew the nature of her philosophical commitments. She constantly assumed a contrary position to serve the foil for one’s claim, which shifted the focus away from trying to provide the ‘right’ answer and toward a more comprehensive understanding of one’s own argument.” Read More
This award recognizes graduate students who demonstrate excellent teaching at Notre Dame. Each recipient will receive an award certificate presented by Dr. Laura Carlson, Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School. Congratulations, Paul!
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