Faculty Research

Faculty Honors and Achievements

During the past two years, 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.

Dan Breazeale published numerous papers in professional journals and collections over the past two years, including "Fichte's Genetic Method," in The History of the Transcendental Turn, ed. Sebastian Gardener (Oxford University Press [forthcoming]), "'Exhibiting the Particular in the Universal.' Construction and Intuition in Schelling's Philosophy of Identity (1801-1804)," in Interpreting Schelling: Critical Essays, ed. Lara Ostaric (Cambridge University Press,  2013);  "Kant and the Fate of Freedom: One Cheer (more) for Reinhold," in Wille, Willkür, Freiheit, ed. Martin Bondeli (de Gruyter, 2012); "In Defense of Fichte's Account of Ethical Deliberation,"  Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie  94 (2012): 178-207, "Nietzsche: Untimely Meditations,"  in Introductions to Nietzsche, ed. Robert Pippin  (Cambridge University Press, 2012); "La philosophie transcendantale de Fichte ou 'les limites de ma conscience comme limites demon monde,'"  Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale, No 3 (2011): 297-307; "Em Defesa do “Fanatismo Moral” de Fichte." [Portugese translation of  "In Defense of Fichte's 'Moral Fanaticism," unpublished in English],  Revista Filosófica de Coimbra 39 (2011): 7-40; "Rewizja rozważań etycznych Fichtego" [Polish translation of "Fichte's Account of Moral Deliberation, Reconsidered," unpublished in English],  Ruch filozoficzny  (2011).  He also co-edited (with Tom Rockmore) three volumes of essays from biennial meetings of the North American Fichte Society, of which he is a co-founder and co-director. He is currently completing revisions of 15 of his own essays for a volume of the same to be published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. He delivered the keynote address, "Men and Work: Philosophical Construction in Fichte and Schelling," at the International Fichte Congress in Brussels in 2010, as well as invited talks at events in Lisbon, Comibra, Bologna, London, Berlin, Siegen, Vienna, Quebec, Omaha, and Chicago. His latest book is Thinking through the Wissenschaftslehre: Themes from Fichte's Early Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Ron Bruzina has an edited volume, Eugen Fink, Phanomenologische Werkstatt, 2, Bernauer Zeitmanuskripte, Cartesianische Meditationen und System der phanomenologischen Philosophie; Bd. 3.2 of the Eugen-Fink-Gesamtausgabe, a volume continuing the edition of the complete research notes and working drafts by Eugen Fink during his years as assistant with Edmund Husserl and through the end of World War II, in four volumes, from Alberg Verlag, Freiburg. He has also presented several papers, at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, the University of Crete in Greece, and at the Annual Meeting of the Husserl Circle, in Prague (Czech Republic).

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.

Brandon Look spent the 2011-12 academic year in Princeton as the Hans Kohn Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study and the 2012-13 academic year in Hanover and Bielefeld, Germany, with the support of a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  His Continuum Companion to Leibniz was published in 2011 and will be reissued in paperback in 2014 as the Bloomsbury Companion to Leibniz, and a collection of essays, Leibniz and Kant, will appear in 2014 from Oxford University Press.  In the past two years, he has been invited to present papers at the Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Padua, Paris (Sorbonne), Ghent, Bielefeld, Hanover and other conference venues.  At the moment, he is 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’s article “Genocide and Sexual Atrocities: Eichmann in Jerusalem and Karadzic in New York” is forthcoming in Philosophical Topics (2013). She also published on related subjects in Brief: the Official Journal of the Law Society of Western Australia (2011) and in edited volumes (2011, 2010) and has presented on them as invited talks and at conferences in Australia, Spain, South Korea, Canada, San Diego, San Francisco, at the APA, meetings of the International, American, and Canadian Political Science Associations (IPSA, APSA, CPSA), and Law and Society. She is completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled Heidegger, Arendt, and a Re-definition of Genocide: Where Philosophy Meets Law, a first-hand and personal account of the foundational role of philosophy or “thinking” in delineating the conceptual category of “genocidal rape,” which has now become an established framework for inquiry across disciplines, including more recently in professional philosophy. Her other book manuscript is provisionally entitled The Contemporary Crisis of Sexual Violence and Pornography: A Heideggerian Historical Analysis – from Aristotle through Enlightenment Political Philosophy. She published on this topic in Social Philosophy Today (2011), has a forthcoming article in an edited volume, and has lectured widely on it in the U.S. and abroad (Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada). This fall, she will present it as an invited philosophy talk at Kennesaw State University (Georgia) and as a conference paper at the Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting (Boston). 

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.  

Ted Schatzki continues doing research in practice theory despite his job in the dean's ofice.  He currently has essays forthcoming on explaining large social phenomena, on practice theory as flat ontology, on coping with the multiplicity of social ontologies, and on Raum and Raumlichkeit in Heidegger.  In the summer of 2014 he was a visiting professor at the University of Vienna & the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and a visiting researcher at Lancaster University.

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 paper, "Rearming the Slingshot?" is forthcoming in Acta Analytica. Another paper, "An Argument from Vagueness for Modal Parts" was published in dialectica in September 2014. Her "Composition as Identity, Mereological Essentialism, and Modal Parts" appears in Composition as Identity, eds. Donald Baxter and Aaron Cotnoir, Oxford University Press (2014). Another paper, "Counterparts and Compositional Nihilism: A Reply to A.J. Cotnoir" was published in Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, for a special issue on time and modality, in September 2013. In July 2014, she presented a paper "Saving Mental Fictionalism from Cognitive Collapse" for a conference on mental fictionalism at the University of Edinburgh. In October 2014 she presented "The Lump Sum: A Theory of Modal Parts" at a Lewis Workshop for the Ontology After Quine Project at The University of Hamburg. 

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