Faculty Research

Faculty Honors and Achievements

The faculty have been busy publishing articles and books and presenting papers in the US and abroad. Here is just a sample of some of our accomplishments:

Clare Batty has been invited to write an entry on "Philosophical Perspectives on Smell" for the Encyclopedia of the Mind.  Her paper, "Scents and Sensibilia," has been accepted for publication in APQ.  She is writing a review of Robert Stalnaker's book, Our knowledge of the Internal World, for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.  She presented papers at the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Pacific APA, and the Consciousness:  Online Conference.

Stefan Bird-Pollan's article "Hegel's Grounding of Intersubjectivity" appeared in Philosophy and Social Criticism (38.3) this year. Articles on Fanon and Marcuse are forthcoming in 2013 respectively at Critical Horizons and Radical Philosophy Review. Stefan is also completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled The Dialectic of Emancipation: Fanon, Hegel and Freud. He has recently presented his work to audiences at the APA, Law and Society, The Sigmund Freud Universität (Vienna) and the University of Toronto.

David Bradshaw's recent publications include "Kant and the Experience of God" in Kant and the Question of Theology, ed. Nathan Jacobs, Chris Firestone, and James Joiner (Cambridge U.P., 2017), 79-96; “The Presence of Aristotle within Byzantine Theology” in The Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium, ed. Niketas Siniossoglou and Antony Kaldellis (Cambridge U.P., 2017), 381-96; “Maximus the Confessor on Time, Eternity, and Divine Knowledge,” Studia Patristica 88 (2017), 119-44; and “Pagan and Christian Paths to Wisdom” in The Bright and the Good: The Connection between the Moral and Intellectual Virtues, ed. Audrey Anton (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), 93-110. Among his forthcoming works is a section on “The Greek Christian Tradition” in Philosophy in the Middle Ages: A Multi-Cultural Sourcebook, ed. Bruce Foltz (Bloomsbury Publishers). He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, NY for his contributions to modern Eastern Orthodox thought.

Julia Bursten is an historian and philosopher of science specializing in the philosophy of the physical sciences. Her research investigates how theories and models are developed and deployed in nanoscience, with particular attention to how theories are adapted from other sciences to construct the first "science of a length scale." This research has wide-ranging implications for understanding how scientific theories are developed across the sciences, as well as for constructing better tools to investigate material behavior at the interface of classical and quantum physics. Her current projects include investigating the concept of a surface in nanoscience and applying the lessons of that investigation to a broader understanding of inter-theoretic relations across the physical sciences. Dr. Bursten's research has been published in journals such as Philosophy of Science, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Nature Nanotechnology. and she has given invited lectures at institutions including the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, Boston University, Rice University, and the Technological University of Darmstadt. She is a founder of the Mid-South Philosophy of Science Network and co-chair of the Philosophy of Science Association Women’s Caucus. Professor Bursten's interview with the SCI PHI podcast can be found here.

Brandon Look works on early modern philosophy.  He has published numerous essays on Leibniz, Spinoza, Kant and other figures from the 17th-and 18th-centuries.  He has also published Leibniz and the ‘Vinculum Substantiale’ (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 30, 1999); he co-edited and –translated The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence with Donald Rutherford (Yale, 2006); and he edited and contributed to The Bloomsbury Companion to Leibniz (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2011/2016).  Two other collections, Leibniz and Kant and the The Oxford Handbook to Eighteenth-Century German Philosophy, will appear soon for Oxford University Press.  At the moment, he is co-editing the second edition of Leibniz: Philosophical Essays with Roger Ariew and Daniel Garber for Hackett Publishing and completing a monograph that explores Kant’s reaction to and rejection of Leibniz's philosophy, Leibniz, Kant and the Possibility of Metaphysics.

Natalie Nenadic Natalie Nenadic conducts research at the intersections of the history of philosophy, especially Post-Kantian Philosophy, and contemporary ethical challenges, especially feminist concerns. Following thinkers such as Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger, she works within an understanding of philosophy that is guided by experiences of the human condition that philosophy hasn’t traditionally considered but that it helps us understand through creative use of the resources of philosophy’s past (“thinking at the edge”). This approach characterizes her treatment of today’s widespread sexual violence against women and girls and pornographic culture and her own work in the 1990s in conceptualizing what was then the new crime of “rape as genocide.” Her most recent publication is “Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism, and Continental Philosophy: Comments on Towards a Feminist Theory of the State – Twenty-Five Years Later” (2017) in the Feminist Philosophical Quarterly. Recent lectures include “Catharine MacKinnon’s Thought as Philosophy,” presented at the Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland at University College Dublin (May 2018) and an invited talk on a panel on Robert C. Scharff’s book How History Matters to Philosophy: Rethinking Philosophy’s Past After Positivism (October 2017) at SPEP . In Spring 2019, she is teaching a new introductory course, Philosophy, Law, and the #Me Too Movement, aimed to help students understand topics of recent public discourse, including in their own lives, through their philosophical and legal dimensions. In Spring 2018, she taught a graduate seminar Heidegger, Philosophy, and Nazism that brought her expertise on genocide and the Holocaust to bear in new ways on the relationship between Heidegger’s philosophy and his Nazism and, generally, on the relationship among philosophy, philosophers, and criminality.

Eric Sanday is working on a monograph on the relationship between the nature of intelligibility, as addressed by Plato in dialogues such as the Parmenides, Statesman, and Philebus, and the account of what cannot be explained in terms of participation, focusing specifically on Plato's Timaeus.  This follows-up his book on Plato’s Parmenides, in which he focuses on the transformed account of participation one finds in the so-called "late" dialogues (A Study of Dialectic in Plato’s Parmenides, Northwestern University Press: 2015).  He is the co-editor of A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (Northwestern: 2018, with Sean Kirkland) and Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth In Politics (Indiana: 2013, with Greg Recco). His most recent work on Plato includes: “Self-Knowledge in Plato’s Symposium,” in Knowledge and Ignorance of the Self in Platonic Philosophy (forthcoming, Cambridge), “Philosophical Method in Plato’s Statesman,” in Plato’s Statesman: Dialectic, Myth, and Politics, (SUNY: 2017), and “Truth and Pleasure in the Philebus,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 36.2, (2015). His most recent article-length project is on the nature of justice, gender, and myth in Hesiod and Heraclitus. He is very proud to have served as Dissesrtation Advisor for Michael Wiitala, Truth and Falsehood in Plato's Sophis(2014), Paul DiRado, Perception and Judgment in Plato's Theaetetus (2015), Peter Antich, Motivation and the Primacy of Perception (2017), and Peter Moore, Interpreting the Republic as a Protreptic Dialogue (2018).

Bob Sandmeyer’s book, Husserl's Constitutive Phenomenology: Its Problem and Promise, was published by Routledge in 2009. He is currently studying the work of those philosophers important to the formation of the phenomenological movement in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. He also has an abiding interest in environmental philosophy and is working out the idea of an existential ecology. In this project he takes Hans Jonas's existential interpretation of biological facts as cue but extends this to the ecological conception of land advanced by Aldo Leopold and others. He has recently presented papers at the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the Living with Animals conference, and the Husserl Circle. His article, “ Life and Spirit in Max Scheler’s Philosophy,” was published in Philosophy Compass. He is writing a paper on the early reception of Husserl’s philosophy in America for inclusion in a multi-author work to be published by Springer. Additionally, he is author of The Husserl Page, the influential and oldest active web site devoted to the life and work of Edmund Husserl.  

Tim Sundell has two forthcoming papers written with collaborator David Plunkett, of Dartmouth College. They are "Disagreement and the Semantics of Normative and Evaluative Terms," to appear in Philosophers' Imprint, and "Antipositivist Arguments from Legal Thought and Talk: The Metalinguistic Response," to appear in Pragmatism, Law, and Language (Routledge). Over the summer he presented papers at the Arché Research Institute in St. Andrews where he was a visiting scholar, the Northern Institute of Philosophy in Aberdeen, the LOGOS Research Group in Barcelona, at the "Values in Context" workshop in Lisbon, and at the "Semantics of Aesthetic Judgment" panel at the 2013 meeting of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics in Victoria, British Columbia.

Anita Superson Anita Superson published “Practical Moral Skepticism,” in the Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, edited by Duncan Pritchard (2017) and “Feminist Metaethics,” in The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited by Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader, and Alison Stone (2017).  She presented versions of “Feminism and Liberalism/Libertarianism on the Right to Bodily Autonomy:  Not Such Strange Bedfellows After All,” at the University of New Hampshire in the Saul O. Sidore Lecture Series (2016), and as a keynote talk at the Florida State Chapter of Minorities in Philosophy (2017).  She also presented two commentaries and served as a panelist on a book at meetings of the American Philosophical Association.  She serves as a subject co-editor for feminism entries for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and is on the Advisory Board for the recently founded Feminist Philosophy Quarterly.  She is currently working on papers on Moral Bindingness and on Fanhood, as well as a monograph on Bodily Autonomy.  She recently graduated her first Ph.D. student, Kimberly Goard.

Meg Wallace's primary research interests include the metaphysics of ordinary objects, mereology, mental fictionalism, and material plenitude. She is currently working on a monograph (under contract) with Cambridge University Press as part of their Elements series called Parts and Wholes: Spatial to Modal. It is a brief survey of various views of composition and mereology as a lead up to - and defense of - a theory of modal parts. She recently gave a paper "Deflating Mental Fictionalism" in Budapest, Hungary for a conference on Mental Fictionalism. That paper, along with an updated draft of her unpublished manuscript "Mental Fictionalism" (2007) are planned for publication in a volume on Mental Fictionalism (Routledge). Some of her recent publications include: "Counterexamples and Common Sense: When (not) to Tollens a Ponens" in Analysis (2020), "The Lump Sum: a Theory of Modal Parts" Philosophical Papers (2019), and "The Polysemy of 'Part'" Synthese (2019). Meg's teaching interests continue to include a novel project of combing physical movement, performance, and the circus arts with philosophical study - a project started in 2017 with the creation of her course PHI 193: Circus and Philosophy. Recently, a large gym space for this class has been upgraded to accommodate multiple aerial apparatuses and circus equipment, allowing students greater room for movement and artistic exploration. This 'Circus Lab' is specifically intended to be an on-campus hub for interdisciplinary education and circus-centered research. PHI 193 will next run fall 2021 in the Circus Lab.  

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