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Howard McGary Presented 2019 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award 

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We're happy to announce that Howard McGary, Professor of Philosophy, received a 2019 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion through his work with the annual Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy for 25 years. The Institute provides outreach to undergraduates on a nationwide basis to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in philosophy graduate programs and faculty positions. Meeting every summer for the last two decades, the institute has had an impact on the field. About 60 percent of past participants have gone on to pursue graduate studies in philosophy. The institute received the 2004 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs sponsored by the American Philosophical Association and the Philosophy Documentation Center. And the institute has become the model for schools starting similar programs (for the full article, please refer to the link below).

Congratulations Professor McGary! 

https://sas.rutgers.edu/news-a-events/news/newsroom/student-news/1575-aspiring-philosophers-shatter-white-male-image-and-find-support-at-rutgers


 

Rutgers Class of 1970 Annual Lecture presents Gideon Rosen 

Managing Moral Outrage: How Philosophy Can Change Your (Emotional) Life (click for flyer)

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This year's undergraduate committee: Rivky Brandwein, Aysenur Guc, Matthew Rotolo and Andreas Kauderer. 

Professor Rosen is a professor of metaphysics, ethics, metaethics, and philosophy of  mathematics at Princeton University. He currently serves as Chair of Princeton’s Philosophy Department in addition to holding the position of Stuart Professor of Philosophy. Since joining the department at Princeton in 1993, Rosen has proved to be a prolific scholar in his various specializations. He is most noted for proposing the idea of modal fictionalism in metaphysics. Perhaps his most recognized work is A Subject with No Object: Strategies for Nominalist Reconstrual in Mathematics (1997), coauthored with John Burgess.

 

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"We were thrilled with the turn out (a full house!) and I think it made it for a fantastic dialogue between students and the larger community. It was great to meet Professor Rosen and get a chance to talk with him over dinner as well -- I'm very grateful for the Rutgers Philosophy department's active, consistent commitment and support towards undergraduates!" - Aysenur Guc, Committee member 

Thanks to everyone who attended this lecture and supported our undergraduate community. This was one of the largest turnouts in years. A special thank you is owed to Professor Rosen for agreeing to speak! 

 

 Photos by Aysenur Guc 


 

Alex Guerrero --featured in Rutgers Today--Are Politics Broken?

 

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Rutgers Today talks with Guerrero about how ending elections would free us from the tyranny of  false campaign promises and wealthy special interests, and make government look more like a cross section of American society. He also proposes a smaller-scale version to solve intractable issues like climate change. 

Please read the Q&A  here.

 

 

 


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 A Conference in Memory of Peter Kivy (1934-2017) 

Over the course of his 49 year career (48 years of which were spent at Rutgers), Peter established himself as a giant in the field of aesthetics, especially in the philosophy of music. Sadly, Peter passed away in 2017.  To honor his memory, the Rutgers Philosophy Department is hosting a one-day conference on October 26, 2018, celebrating his life's philosophical work.

The Conference will include talks by Christy Mag Uidhir (Houston), Jenefer Robinson (Cincinnati), Jerrold Levinson  (Maryland), and David Davies (McGill).  In addition, Aaron Meskin (Leeds) will introduce and read Peter Kivy's unpublished 'The Case of (Digital) Wagner.' Finally, there will be a time set aside for remembrances from Peter's friends and colleagues.

All are welcome to attend the conference. There is no registration fee; however, attendees are encouraged to pre-register (so that we have an accurate headcount for the lunch and reception). To pre-register, please email us at kivymemorial@philosophy.rutgers.edu

 

 

 


Marcos Dees 0040064703 4ac23 Remembering Marco Dees 

It is with profound sadness that we report the death of Marco Dees on July 22 in a climbing accident in Grand Teton National Park.  Marco came to Rutgers after studying philosophy at Saint Andrews.  He wrote a dissertation on the metaphysics of quantities, space, and time, receiving his Ph.D. in 2015.  Dean Zimmerman and Jonathan Schaffer were his co-advisors.  He had begun to publish papers based on his thesis (in Thought and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly), and to teach, first at Bard College and then Vassar.

Marco was a beloved member of our community.  He brought a kind, encouraging spirit to every conversation — philosophical or otherwise.  His passing is an incalculable loss for all who knew him.  

For information about memorial services, or to leave remembrances and pictures, visit https://marco-dees.muchloved.com