News and Events
EVENT Philosophy Coffee: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee event on Wednesday, November 13th. Professor MacAvoy will lead a discusion on whether experience is primarily a knowing. The event will be held in Rogers-Stout 321, at 4pm.
Dr Luvell Anderson (University of Memphis) will is giving a public lecture "Concerning the 'N Word' (and other slurs)" in the Culp Center Ballroom, November 6th, 4pm.
11/2013 Professor Kortum's books Varieties of Tone has now been published by Palgrave Macmillan.
9/2013 Professor MacAvoy had two pieces appear in The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, and a further article "The Ambiguity of Facticity in Heidegger's Early Work" is to be published in Comparative and Continental Philosophy.
8/2013 Professor Harker has signed a book contract with Cambridge University Press, for a manuscript on scientific controversies.
7/2013 Professor Kortum's article "Hoops Across the Water" has appeared in International Journal of Sport and Society.
7/2013 Professor Green's article "Spinoza on Blame and Hatred," has appeared in Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly
6/2013 The department is excited to announce that Dr Deepanwita Dasgupta has agreed to join us in the Fall semester. Dr Dasgupta works principally in the philosophy of science. She will be teaching several sections of Science and the Modern World, as well as Introduction to Philosophy, and some upper level courses.
5/2013 Congratulations to all our graduating majors and minors!
5/2013 Professors Sytsma and Duckworth have accepted new jobs at Victoria University, New Zealand, and Temple University, respectively. We are sad to see them go, but wish them both the very best for the future.
EVENT Sixth Annual Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Colloquium, to be held at ETSU, April 5th-6th. The keynote speaker will be Dr Nick Huggett (University of Illinois at Chicago).
4/2013 A book, co-edited by Professor Kortum, has been published jointly by the Smithsonian Institution and National Museum of Mongolia. The volume is titled Rock Art & Archaeology: Investigating Ritual Landscape in the Mongolian Altai, Field Report 2012.
2/2013 Professors Allen and Harker presented papers at the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in New Orleans.
1/2013 Professor Allen has signed a book contract with Springer Publishing for a manuscript on civil disobedience.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee event on Tuesday November 20. Professor Coates will lead a discusion on "Ethical Subjectivism." The event will be held in Rogers-Stout 321 at 5:00 PM.
EVENT Professor MacAvoy honored as a recipient of the Women's Studies Notable Women of ETSU award: The event will take place on November 14, in the East Tennessee Room of the Culp Center at 5:00 PM.
11/2012 Professor Harker's article "McCain on Weak Predictivism and External World Scepticism" has been accepted for publication in Philosophia.
11/2012 Professor Sytsma's article "How to Study Folk Intuitions about Phenomenal Consciousness" (with E. Machery) has been reprinted in the Vuibert volume La Philosophie Experimentale edited by F. Cova, J. Dutant, E. Machery, J. Knobe, S. Nichols, and E. Nahmias.
11/2012 Professor Harker and Dr. Goldberg will be presenting papers at the joint meeting of the History of Science Society and the Philosophy of Science Association this month in San Diego.
11/2012 Professor Sytsma's article "Revisiting the Valence Account" has been accepted for publication in Philosophical Topics.
EVENT Two Talks by Professor Jay Garfield, Smith College: Professor Garfield will deliver a talk entitled "I am a Brain in a Vat" on Monday November 5 at 3:30 PM in Rogers-Stout 321. Later that day he will deliver a talk co-sponsored by the philosophy department, SGA, ETDC, and Philosophy Club entitled "Buddhist Ethics: A different Perspective on the Good Life." This talk will be held in the East Tennessee Room in the Culp Center, at 5:30 PM.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee event on Tuesday October 9. Professor MacAvoy will lead a discusion on "The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche." The event will be held in Rogers-Stout 321 at 5:00 PM.
9/2012 Professor Sytsma is editing two volumes—A Companion to Experimental Philosophy (with W. Buckwalter, under contract with Blackwell) and Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Mind (under contract with Continuum).
9/2012 Professor Sytsma's article "Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience" (with E. Machery) will be reprinted in the Oxford University Press volume Experimental Philosophy, Vol. 2 edited by J. Knobe and S. Nichols.
9/2012 Professor Sytsma has been elected to a second term on the executive commitee of the PhilSci-Archive.
8/2012 Professor Sytsma's article "God Knows (But does God Believe?)" (with D. Murray and J. Livengood) will appear in Philosophical Studies.
6/2012 Professor Sytsma's article "The Two Sources of Moral Standing" (with E. Machery) will appear in Review of Philosophy and Psychology.
5/2012 Professor Kortum's book Varieties of Tone: The Shades and Scents of Meaning is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
4/2012 Professor Kortum will be taking six ETSU students to Mongolia this summer as part of his NEH grant on "Rock Art and Archaeology: Investigating Ritual Landscape in the Mongolian Altai."
EVENT Talk, Professor Duane Davis (UNC Asheville) will be giving a talk entitled "Psychological and Philosophical Approaches to the Notion of Structure in Merleau-Ponty's Early Work" at 2:00 PM on Friday April 6 (Rogers-Stout 321).
3/2012 Professor Kortum's article "Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Hoops Across the Water" will appear in International Journal of Sport and Society.
2/2012 Professor Sytsma's article "Folk Psychology and Phenomenal Consciousness" will be reprinted in the Oxford University Press volume Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings edited by F. Allhoff, R. Mallon, and S. Nichols.
EVENT Fifth Annual Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Conference: The Philosophy Department and Philosophy Club will host the 5th Annual Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Conference, March 30-31. Dr. Diane Perpich (Clemson University) will give the keynote address.
1/2012 Professor Sytsma's entry on "Experimental Philosophy" (with E. Machery) will appear in the SAGE volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences edited by B. Kaldis.
12/2011 Professor Sytsma's paper "Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical Disputes" (with J. Livengood) has been accepted for publication in Essays in Philosophy.
11/2011 Professor Harker's paper "How to Split a Theory" has been accepted for publication in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee event on Wednesday September 16. Professor MacAvoy will lead the discussion on the topic of "Adventures of the Subject: Basic Problems in Continental Philosophy." The event will be held in Rogers-Stout 321 at 3:00 PM.
EVENT Philosophy Department Meet & Greet: Curious about philosophy? Want to know about philosophy courses or programs? Come to the Philosophy Department Meet & Greet, Wednesday November 9, from 4:00-5:30 PM in Rogers-Stout 321. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.
10/2011 Professor Sytsma's paper "Two Types of Typicality: Rethinking the Role of Statistical Typicality in Ordinary Causal Attributions" (with J. Livengood and D. Rose) has been accepted for publication in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
09/2011 Professor Gold's article "A Critical Glimpse at the American Appropriation of Asian Meditative Traditions: Confessions of an Unsuccessful Meditator" has appeared in the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee event on Friday September 23. Paul Tudico will lead the discussion. The event will be held in Rogers-Stout 324 at 3:00 PM.
09/2011 Professor Sytsma's paper "Philosophical Temperament" (with J. Livengood, J. Sytsma, A. Feltz, R. Scheines, and E. Machery) will be reprinted in the Routledge volume Experimental Philosophy and Its Critics edited by J. Horvath and T. Grundmann.
08/2011 Professor Allen's article "Rationality and the Morality of Global Food-Justice" will appear in the volume Morality and Spirituality in the Contemporary World edited by C. Chakrabarti and S. Fairbanks for Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Professor Sytsma's article "Information Supply and Demand" will appear in the volume Connected Minds: Cognition and Interaction in the Social World edited by N. Payette for the same press.
07/2011 Recent ETSU graduate and philosophy minor Jonathan Calloway has won first place in the prestigious Elie Wiesel Ethics Prize for 2011. Congratulations Jonathan!
06/2011 Professor Kortum is leading a 6-week field season on his NEH three-year collaborative research grant, with three ETSU students. They will explore rock art and archaeology at the Biluut Hills on Khoton Lake in the Mongolia Altai.
06/2011 Professor Sytsma's article "Neuroscience and Theoretical Psychology: What's to worry about?" (with P. Machamer) has been reprinted in the volume Theoretical Psychology–Contemporary Readings, edited by H. Stam for SAGE Publications.
05/2011 Professor Allen's article "Is Liberty Bad for Your Health? Towards a Moderate View of the Co-Equality of Liberty and Health" has appeared in Public Health Ethics. In addition, he has had another six chapters accepted for publication in Springer's forthcoming multivolume Encyclopedia of Global Justice.
05/2011 Professor Duckworth has received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to finish writing his new book on Mipam (1846-1912), one of the most prolific figures in the recent history of Tibet whose works continue to be widely studied across the Tibetan cultural region and beyond.
05/2011 Professor Sytsma's article "A New Perspective Concerning Experiments on Semantic Intuitions" (with Jonathan Livengood) has appeared in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
05/2011 Professor Kortum gave a public talk in Washington, DC as part of an all-day public seminar on The Archaeology of Ritual Landscapes in Mongolia organized by the the Smithsonian Associates program. His talk was titled "Prehistoric Rock Art in the Altai Mountains."
04/2011 Professor Tudico has won the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences non-Regular Faculty award!
EVENT Philosophy Department Awards Ceremony: The Philosophy Department at ETSU will be holding a department awards ceremony to recognize some of our outstanding undergraduates. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 29, at 2:00 PM in Rogers-Stout 321.
04/2011 Professor Harker's article "A Surprise for Horwich" has been accepted for publication in Philosophical Studies.
04/2011 Professor Sytsma's article "On the Relevance of Folk Intuitions: A Reply to Talbot" (with Edouard Machery) has been accepted for publication in Consciousness and Cognition.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee on Friday: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a very special Philosophy Coffee event in conjunction with the College of Public Health called "Health and Social Justice." Co-presented by Dr. Randy Wykoff and Dr. Michael Allen, the discussion will cover some of the topics to be developed further in their "Social Justice" course, which will be held in the Fall. The event will be held in Rogers-Stout 324 at 3:00 PM on April 1.
04/2011 Professor Harker has recently presented papers in South Africa and Germany. The paper presented in South Africa has since been published in the South African Journal of Philosophy.
EVENT Fourth Annual Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Conference The Philosophy Department and Philosophy Club will host the 4th Annual Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Conference, March 18-19. Dr. Stephen Stich (Rutgers) will give the keynote address. In addition, the conference will feature a symposium on Early Modern Philosophy of Science with Benny Goldberg (Pittsburgh), Peter Distelzweig (Pittsburgh), and Dr. David Miller (Duke) presenting.
03/2011 Professor Sytsma's article "Deep Trouble for the Deep Self" (with David Rose, Jonathan Livengood, and Edouard Machery) has been accepted for publication in Philosophical Psychology.
EVENT Screening of "Wandering Mind": Their will be an exclusive screening of the film "Wandering Mind" in Ball Hall 127 on Monday, February 28, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. The award-winning director of the film (Theodore Martland) will be on hand to introduce it and will answer questions after the viewing.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee on Friday: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee featuring Professor Kortum in Rogers-Stout 321 at 3:00 PM. The topic of discussion will be the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and specifically the question, "Can there be a private language?"
EVENT Screening of "Inception": The Philosophy Club will be screening the film "Inception" on Friday, February 11, followed by a discussion of the themes of Reality and Dreaming on Friday, February 18. Both events will be held in Rogers-Stout 321 at 3:00 PM.
01/2011 Professor MacAvoy's article " On the Unity of Intelligibility in Heidegger: Against Distinguishing the Practical and the Discursive " will appear in Philosophy Today.
01/2011 Professor Allen has had 13 chapters accepted for publication in Springer's forthcoming multivolume Encyclopedia of Global Justice.
01/2011 Professor Duckworth's new translation of Botrul will be released in March from SUNY press.
01/2011 Professor Kortum's paper "Emerging Higher Education in Azerbaijan: Varieties of Internal Corruption and Proposed Remedies" has appeared in the Journal of Azerbaijani Studies.
12/2011 Professor Sytsma's article "Robot Pains and Corporate Feelings" (with Edouard Machery) will appear in the upcoming issue of The Philosophers' Magazine.
EVENT Philosophy Coffee on Friday: The ETSU Philosophy Club will be holding a Philosophy Coffee featuring Professor Sytsma in Rogers-Stout 321 at 3:00 PM. The topic of discussion will be the nature of meaning.
12/2010 Philosophy majors Courtney Oglesby and Dustin Phillips have received a Student-Faculty Collaborative Grant to work with Professor Sytsma on a project concerning "Pain Hallucinations."
11/2010 Professor Allen took ten ETSU students to the conference "Crossing Boundaries at Davis and Elkins College in WV, a professional conference with a student section. All of the students presented research papers, with topics including Recent Developments in Marxism, Cosmopolitanism and World Food Security, and Dante's concept of the World Monarch, amongst others.
EVENT Philosophy Department Meet & Greet: Curious about philosophy? Want to know about philosophy courses or programs? Come to the Philosophy Department Meet & Greet, Wednesday November 3, from 4:00-5:30 PM in Rogers-Stout 321. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.
10/2010 Two articles by Professor Sytsma have recently appeared in print: "Semantic Intuitions: Reply to Lam" (with Edouard Machery, Max Deutsch, Ron Mallon, Shaun Nichols, and Stephen Stich) in Cognition and "Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience" (with Edouard Machery) in Philosophical Studies.
EVENT Talk, "Folk Psychology and Phenomenal Consciousness": Professor Sytsma will give a talk at ETSU on Friday September 17 (2:00 PM in Rogers-Stout 424), as part of the ETSU Department of Psychology Speaker Series. The talk will concern recent work in experimental philosophy of mind.