Christopher Shields

Prof. Christopher Shields becomes NDPR Editor

Christopher Shields is the new editor of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. He is succeeds Prof. Jc Beall.  NDPR was founded in 2002 by the late Gary Gutting and Anastasia Friel Gutting and is entirely devoted to publishing substantive, high-quality book reviews. For more information on NDPR and to see their latest reviews, check out their website…

Sebastian Murgueitio Ramirez

Sebastian Murgueitio Ramirez wins Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award

History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Graduate Student, Sebastian Murgueitio Ramirez, wins the 2021 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award.  The Shaheen Awards recognize one outstanding graduate student from each of the four divisions of the Graduate School: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, and Engineering. Sebastian is the first philosophy student to receive the award since 2006. Dr. Murgueitio Ramirez is headed to Oxford in the fall to start a 1-year post-doc. …

Hannah Rubin

Professor Rubin wins NSF Grant

Dr. Hannah Rubin received a 5-year career grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project "Race, Gender, and the Science of Science".  The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the…

With NEH grant, Notre Dame philosopher Paul Weithman planning conference on enduring impact of John Rawls

Rawls' work A Theory of Justice has had a lasting and far-reaching influence on the fields of economics, political science, philosophy, and law — and nearly 50 years after its publication, it remains one of the greatest works of political philosophy ever produced, said Paul Weithman, the Glynn Family Honors Professor of Philosophy. With funding from a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Weithman is planning a conference commemorating...

Sheilah Brennan

In Memoriam: Dr. Sheilah Maureen O’Flynn Brennan

Dr. Sheilah Maureen O’Flynn Brennan passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the age of 91. She retired in the late 1980's and is a significant figure in the history of our department. In 1971 she became the first female member of Notre Dame's Department of Philosophy, and she played an important role in the department from that time until her retirement. She specialized in ancient Greek philosophy and existentialism, and in 1982 won...


ND Philosophy Welcomes Stephen Ogden

The Department of Philosophy is excited to welcome Stephen Ogden to the faculty, starting in fall 2021. Stephen specializes in classical Islamic philosophy, and also has interests in medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. His book, Averroes on Intellect: From Aristotelian Origins to Aquinas’s Critique…

Richard Cross, Katharina Kraus, and Samuel Newlands

Three philosophers awarded NEH fellowships, continuing Notre Dame’s record success

Three faculty members from Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy — Richard Cross, Katharina Kraus, and Samuel Newlands — have been offered fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Scholars in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have received a total of 68 NEH fellowships since 1999 — more than any other university in the country. 

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In memoriam: Ed Manier

Written by Phillip Sloan, Program of Liberal Studies/Program in History and Philosophy of Science I am honored to be asked to offer a few reflections on Edward Manier, a long-time colleague and friend who died on Thanksgiving Day. His general biographical details can readily be accessed through his detailed obituary available here…


Dr. Kourany to give 2020 Vienna Circle Lecture

Professor Janet Kourany will be giving the 28th annual Vienna Circle Lecture "The Present Plight of Science, and Our Plight" on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Previous lecturers include Saul Kripke (1993), Michael Friedmann (2000), Peter Galison (2009), and David Chalmers (2018). For a full list of events, visit the Vienna Circle Society website…

Covid Antibody Feature

Notre Dame Philosopher colabs with Environmental Engineers for new COVID-19 study

According to research published in The Lancet Planetary Health, scientists at Notre Dame found that particulate matter concentrations in China dropped by an unprecedented 29.7 percent, and by 17.1 percent in parts of Europe, during lockdowns that took place between Feb. 1 and March 31 in China and Feb. 21 to May 17 in Europe. 

Sara Bernstein

Prof. Sara Bernstein leads ND Women

Professor Sara Bernstein was selected as one of seven women across the University for Women Lead 2020.  In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, meet seven outstanding faculty members who are shifting paradigms in their fields as they work to build a better tomorrow.…

Jc Beall

Jc Beall to join Notre Dame’s faculty in fall 2020

The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce that Jc Beall will join the department as the O’Neill Family Chair of Philosophy in the fall of 2020. Beall is one of the leading philosophical logicians in the world, and will add to the department’s strengths in that area. He is especially well-known for his work in non-classical logic and for his defense of logical pluralism in the philosophy of logic....

Kenneth Taylor (Photo by Steve Castillo)

In memoriam: Kenneth Taylor

Kenneth Taylor, the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, died this week. Professor Taylor did his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1977 with a major in the Program of Liberal Studies. Professor Taylor specialized in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, and was the author of numerous influential books and papers. He was also well-known as the co-founder and co-host of...

Prof. Sterba

Prof. Jim Sterba to debate Dinesh D'Souza

On December 20th Jim Sterba will be debating Dinesh D’Souza on the question: "Capitalism or Socialism?" at the Turning Point Conference in Palm Beach, Florida. U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. Congress and conservative media stars will be there. None are expected to be pleased with Sterba's views.  …

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In memoriam: Mic Detlefsen

It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague Mic Detlefsen passed away on October 21.  Mic had been on the faculty of the Notre Dame Philosophy Department since 1983, and since 1990 had held the McMahon-Hank Chair of Philosophy. Mic also had appointments in recent years at the University of Paris and the University of Nancy, and earlier visiting appointments at the College de France, Konstanz, ...