SU19 Graduate Advising

Some open office hours for graduate advising will be held in the coming two weeks during the following times:
  • Thursday August 8th 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Friday August 9th 11:00am–1:00pm
  • Monday August 12th 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Tuesday August 13th 2:00pm–4:00pm
During these times, Prof. Wright will be in his office for graduate advising. Any new or continuing graduate students, as well as any prospective students interested in the MA program, are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity. So if you’d like an in-person meeting, or a phone or videochat appointment, please contact Prof. Wright at least one day in advance to make arrangements.

Phone: 562–985–2736
Office: MHB–909
E-mail: cory.wright@csulb.edu

 

New Faculty Joining the Department!

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce two new additions to our faculty, both of whom will be joining the department this coming FA19.

Dr. Christa Johnson specializes in normative ethics and moral psychology, having earned her PhD from The Ohio State University in 2018 under the supervision of Justin D’Arms and Piers Turner. Christa also has interests in social and political philosophy as well as applied ethics. Her paper ‘The intrapersonal paradox of deontology’ is forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Philosophy.

Dr. Nick Laskowski specializes in metaethics, having earned his PhD from the University of Southern California in 2017 under the supervision of Mark Schroeder. Nick also has interests in social philosophy, and adds to the department’s strengths in philosophy of mind. His papers ‘Resisting Reductive Realism’ and ‘Moral Constraints on Gender Concepts’ are forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaethics and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, respectively.

Welcome, both!

Diversity among Graduating Philosophy Students

The inclusive excellence initiative at Cal State Long Beach is now underway. Meanwhile, the Department of Philosophy has quietly been way out in front for quite some time.

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education show that CSULB’s Department of Philosophy is not only in the top-100 departments in the United States in terms of overall number of philosophy degrees granted, but 6th best in the country for graduating students of color and 15th in the country in terms of the percentage of graduated female students of color (h/t to our colleague in the Department of Physics, Dr. Galen Pickett). In a discipline that’s moving toward greater diversification, we are proud to be the pipeline for students of color entering the profession.

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Magno

Daniel Magno, BA in Philosophy, Class of 10

Daniel graduated Summa cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy, a minor in Film and Electronics Arts, and a nearly perfect GPA. Since then, he returned to CSULB to complete a MA in Educational Technology and Media Leadership with graduate coursework in Business and Administration. Currently, Daniel works at CSULB with Academic Technology Services, where he supervises front-line support for the university’s instructional technology—most notably the campus’ Learning Management System (BeachBoard). He also provides instructional design support with an emphasis on online education.

 


 

 

Student Accomplishments

(07/15/19) Pittsburgh Summer Program in Philosophy of Science
Congratulations to Richard Link, who was admitted to the third annual Pittsburgh Summer Program in Philosophy of Science (PSP3) this coming July. PSP3 involves a week of seminars and other events that are designed to provide undergraduates from underrepresented groups with specialized training in Philosophy of Science.

(04/27/19) 1st Place, CSU Statewide Competition
The 33rd annual statewide Student Research Competition was held this weekend, bringing together students from all 23 campuses of the CSU system. Avery Amerson was awarded 1st place in the Humanities & Letters section for his presentation ‘Wittgenstein, Extended Cognition, and the Problem of Other Minds’, along with a $600 cash prize. Way to go Avery!

(04/24/19) Exceptional Student Award
Congratulations to Philosophy major Amanda Dilger and Philosophy minor Christopher Laplante, who recently received awards for outstanding achievement over the course of their academic careers at CSULB. To have received the award, a student must have earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and have graduated magna cum laude. Outstanding!

(04/15/19) Masters Admission, Georgia State University
Undergraduate Honors student and SPA President Richard Link has decided to accept a fully-funded two-year offer from Georgia State University, and will begin their MA program in Philosophy (Neurophilosophy track) starting FA19. Georgia State is, by reputation, one of the best MA programs in the U.S.! Congrats, Richard, we’re look forward to hearing about all of your future successes in the future!

(03/20/19) Mellon Mays Fellow
A big congratulations to Philosophy and Film student D’Naja Gates, who has been awarded one of the university’s Mellon Mays Fellows for AY19–21. D’Naja will be working on a project in social philosophy and film theory, with mentor Prof. Cory Wright. Cal State Long Beach is one of just 48 schools to particulate in the Mellon Mays program worldwide, and offers only four such fellowships each year. The program provides fellows with various forms of research support, including special programming, faculty mentoring, stipends for research activities, repayment of undergraduate loans up to $10k, support for summer research.

(03/15/19) Doctoral Admission, University of Cincinnati
Philosophy MA student Vincent del Prado has accepted a fully funded five-year offer, including a Yates Fellowship, to begin his doctoral degree in FA19. The PhD Program at the University of Cincinnati is definitely the place to be for things like Philosophy of Biology, Mind, and Cognitive Science, among several others! Congrats, Vincent. We wish you the best of luck.

(02/16/19) 31st Annual CSULB Student Research Competition
Several philosophy students are presenting at this year’s Student Research Competition, which takes place on Friday February 22nd 2019. Graduate Student Avery Amerson was selected to present his paper ‘Wittgenstein, Extended Cognition, and the Problem of Other Minds’ (12:00pm–12:20pm). Philosophy minors Blake Dimas and Christopher Laplante were selected to present their papers, entitled ‘Adorno and the Potentials of Pop’ (11:40am–12:00pm) and ‘Do Idealizations have Epistemic Value?’ (12:20pm–12:40pm), respectively. All three presentations are in the Humanities and Letters section of the competition, which occurs in CBA–140. An awards reception follows the event at 3:00pm in AS–119 (Anatol Center). Good luck, all!

UPDATE: Avery took first place in the Humanities & Letters category, and will now go on to compete at the 33rd annual statewide CSU competition, which is being held on April 26th–27th at Cal State Fullerton. Way to go, Avery!

(02/13/19) Outstanding Baccalaureate Finalist
Congratulations to History & Philosophy double major and Honors student Richard Link, who was selected as a finalist for the AY18–19 commencement award of Outstanding Baccalaureate.

(11/14/18) 3rd annual CSULB Graduate Research Conference
Graduate student Christopher George is presenting his paper, ‘Judicial activism? How equal protection and due process analysis in same-sex marriage cases entails moral/political judgments’, in USU–303. Ryan Shaver will participate in one of the roundtable discussions, presenting his work on ‘A comparative analysis of the predictive processing/Bayesian brain thesis’, in USU–253. Both are in Session A, which begins at 4:00pm.

(10/22/18) Debate Tournament
Congrats to Philosophy major Danielle Hyslop, who placed as a policy debate semi-finalist at The Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Danielle is a member of ‘Beach Forensics’, the Cal State Long Beach Speech and Debate Team.

(08/01/18) HOGAR Scholarship
For AY18–19, the College of Liberal Arts secured five of six possible nominations for its HOGAR recruitment scholarships. Miguel Hernandez, who recently finished his BA in English Literature from Cal State Northridge, was one of the five incoming CLA matriculants awarded this scholarship. Welcome aboard, Miguel!

(05/19/18) Graduate Research Fellowship 2018–2019
Philosophy MA student Christopher George has been selected as an AY18–19 Graduate Research Fellow for the College of Liberal Arts. George will use the fellowship to commence with his MA thesis on the normative structure of legal reasoning, and is being supervised by Prof. Nellie Wieland.

(04/19/18) Doctoral Admission, University of Minnesota
Kylie Shahar, an undergraduate Honors student double-majoring in Philosophy & Political Science, has just accepted a fully funded five-year offer, along with a first-year Graduate Scholar Fellowship, to begin her doctoral studies in Fall 2018 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. We are very proud of Kylie’s achievement, and really excited for her as she begins this next chapter of her career. Congratulations, Kylie!

(04/12/18) Doctoral Admission, University of Connecticut
Graduate student Ahmed Alenaizan has accepted an offer to attend the PhD program at the University of Connecticut. Good luck on this next adventure, Ahmed!

(04/09/18) Summer Research Assistantship
The results of the ORSP competition for Summer Research Assistantships were announced: there were 39 awardees University-wide, four of whom are in the Humanities. Congratulations to Philosophy minor Christopher Laplante, who made the cut! He’ll be providing assistance on a book project for Prof. Cory Wright as well as on a project about the epistemic value of idealizations in scientific modeling. Looking forward to hearing more about your research, Christopher.

(03/25/18) Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Philosophy minor Nick Roy, who won the Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship in Economics ($2,500), and to Philosophy & English double major Jake Teran, who was awarded the Elizabeth Nielsen and the Minerva Davis Endowment Scholarships through the English Department.

(03/24/18) Conference Presentation at the MidSouth
Congrats to Erik Rodriguez Cerda, who was awarded a Student Life & Development travel award to present his paper, ‘Moral ignorance and the impossibility of akrasia’, at the 42nd annual MidSouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis TN.

(03/15/18) PIKSI Admission
Undergraduate Honors student Monica Casares was admitted to the prestigious Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute at MIT (PIKSI 2018). PIKSI is a two-week-long, all-expenses-paid seminar designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study in Philosophy.

(03/14/18) Exceptional Student Achievement
Congratulations to two of our graduating Philosophy majors, Crystal Jones and Jake Teran, each of whom has been lauded with the College of Liberal Arts’s ‘Exceptional Student Achievement’ Award. The award is given for outstanding achievement over the course of the academic career at CSULB; students must have earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and have graduated magna cum laude. Excellent performance!

(03/06/18) Outstanding Baccalaureate Finalist
Congratulations to Philosophy & Political Science double major and Honors student Kylie Shahar, who was selected as a finalist for the AY17–18 commencement award of Outstanding Baccalaureate. Great job, Kylie!

(02/16/18) 30th Annual CSULB Student Research Competition
Yet another History & Philosophy double major, Richard Link, was selected to compete in the 30th annual Student Research Competition. Richard will present his paper, ‘Luminosity and its limits’ from 12:40pm–1:00pm. His talk is in the ‘Humanities and Letters’ section, which takes place in CBA–227 on Friday, February 16, 2018. An awards reception immediately follows the symposium in AS–119 (Anatol Center). Good luck, Richard!

(08/01/17) HOGAR Scholarship
For AY17–18, the College of Liberal Arts secured five of six possible nominations for its HOGAR recruitment scholarships. Vincent del Prado, who recently his BA in Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of California Santa Cruz, was one of the five incoming CLA matriculants awarded this scholarship. Welcome aboard, Vincent.

(06/28/17) Publication
Congratulations to graduate student, Alex Beard, whose co-authored paper ‘HIT and brain reward function: A case of mistaken identity (theory)‘ was recently published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The paper—Alex’s first major publication—developed in part from his 2015 summer RAship on the history of electrophysiological research in the 1950s.

UPDATE: Alex’s review of Explanatory Pluralism has finally appeared in volume 78(3) of the journal Analysis. Congratulations, Alex!

(05/12/17) UC Irvine Research Symposium
Congratulations to another of our undergraduate Honors students, Jacee Cantler, whose paper was accepted for presentation at the 2nd annual UC Irvine Social Justice Research Symposium. The symposium takes place on Friday May 19th from 9:00am–4:00pm in Room #112 of Social Ecology I on the UC Irvine campus.

(04/27/17) Exceptional Student Achievement
Congratulations to two of our graduating Philosophy majors, Jose Vera Cruz and Nickolas Sackett, who were both lauded at CLA’s Exceptional Students Reception (5:00pm-6:00pm in the USU Ballroom) for having earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and graduating magna cum laude. Stellar!

(04/15/17) Doctoral Admission, University of Colorado Boulder
Alex Beard has accepted a fully funded, five-year offer to begin his doctoral studies in Fall 2017 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Congratulations (again!), Alex. Being one of the top-ranked PhD programs in the US with a large and varied faculty, not to mention a host of academic events and the gorgeous outdoor scenery, Boulder will be a great fit for Alex. We wish him the best!

(04/14/17) Doctoral Admission, University of Minnesota
Congratulations to graduate student Nathan Lackey, who has accepted a fully funded, five-year offer to begin his doctoral studies in Fall 2017 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota was one of Nathan’s top choices, given their department strengths in Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics in particular, and Philosophy of Science more generally. Good luck, Nathan!

(03/30/17) Doctoral Admission, University of California San Diego
Congratulations to graduate student Andrew Bollhagen, who has accepted a five-year SEED Fellowship to begin his doctoral studies in Fall 2017 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California San Diego. Being a top-20 ranked PhD program in the US, with many internationally renown faculty, Andrew will be in very good hands. We wish him the best as he continues on to much bigger and better things!

(03/15/17) CSU Masters Admissions
Two Philosophy students will be starting Masters degrees this coming fall. Philosophy major and former president of the Student Philosophy Association Jessica Stroke will begin a 60-unit Masters of Science degree in School Counseling, which has a research and data-oriented emphasis on social justice. Philosophy minor Brian Huang is beginning the Masters of Arts in Political Science here at Cal State Long Beach. Good luck, both! We wish you the best in continuing your education.

(02/28/17) Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students
The College of Liberal Arts has announced that Philosophy MA student Alex Beard is one of eight students to receive the Dean’s List award for AY16–17. (nb: The number of awardees from each college is limited to 1% of the overall number of students pursuing a Masters degree.) Congratulations, Alex, this is a well-deserved honor.

(02/28/17) Iris Marion Young Fellowship, PIKSI Rock
Congratulations to undergraduate Honors student Kylie Shahar, who was awarded an Iris Marion Young Fellowship to attend the prestigious Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI 2017) at Penn State. PIKSI is a two-week-long, all-expenses-paid seminar designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study in Philosophy. The seminar will take place at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. See the PIKSI 2017 flyer for more information.

(02/18/17) Doctoral Admission in Clinical Psychology
Philosophy minor Nathan Sollenberger has been admitted to the PhD program in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Florida International University. Nathan will be moving to Miami this summer to begin his research on susceptibility to substance use disorders in adolescents.

(02/17/17) 29th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Another graduate student in Philosophy was selected to compete in the 29th Annual Student Research Symposium. Vannessa Malabanan will present her paper, ‘Rule‐Following Paradox Remains Unsolved, But We Get On Anyway’ from 11:10am to 11:30am. Vanessa’s talk is in the ‘Humanities and Letters‘ section, which takes place in CBA–122 on Friday, February 17, 2017. An Awards Reception immediately follows the symposium in AS–119 (Anatol Center).

UPDATE: Vanessa took first place in the Humanities & Letters category, and will now go on to compete at the 31st annual statewide CSU competition, which is being held on April 28th–29th at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Way to go, Vanessa!

(01/27/17) Masters Admission, San Francisco State University
Congratulations to undergraduate student Robbie Brown, who was admitted to the MA program in Philosophy at San Francisco State University for 2017. Congratulations, Robbie, on this accomplishment! We wish you the best in continuing your education in Philosophy.

(11/07/16) Inaugural CSULB Graduate Research Conference
Two graduate students in Philosophy were selected to present at CSULB’s 1st Annual Graduate Research Conference. Ryan Shaver presented his paper, ‘Reductionist vs. connectionist methods for ‘knowing how,” followed by Alex Beard, who presented his paper, ‘Event segmentation and the epistemic conception of mechanistic explanation’.

(10/14/16) 2016 MSB Essay Competition
Graduate student Vanessa Malabanan has been notified that her paper, ‘Mixed inferences: not a problem for pluralism about truth’, was one of the top ten best submissions to the annual Missing Shade of Blue (MSOB) essay competition, sponsored by the University of Edinburgh. You can read more about this year’s ten best papers, and the competition more generally, on the MSOB fb page. Congratulations Vanessa!

(08/01/16) Book Review in Philosophy in Review
Congratulations to graduate student Nathan Lackey, whose co-authored review of María de Paz & Robert DiSalle (eds.) Poincaré, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives was published in volume 36 issue 4 of the journal Philosophy in Review.

(07/01/16) Pre-Doctoral Research Position in Philosophy of Neuroscience
Graduate student Andrew Bollhagen was selected to become a Pre-doctoral Research Associate in Philosophy of Neuroscience for this coming AY16–17. Andrew will work directly with Prof. John Bickle at Mississippi State University and at the Jackson Medical Center on various projects, including the SEP entry on Philosophy of Neuroscience. Congratulations Andrew!

(06/01/16) External Scholarship
Congratulations to graduate student Nathan Lackey, who recently awarded with a $500 academic scholarship from the Ventura chapter of the Optimist Club, ‘in recognition for outstanding scholarship and community service with an attitude exemplifying the spirit of optimism’.

(04/12/16) Doctoral Admission, University of Rochester
Congratulations to undergraduate student Rafael Perez, who recently accepted a fully-funded offer to begin his doctoral studies this Fall 2016 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rochester. Congratulations, Rafael! Rochester’s PhD program is a well-regarded, top-50 ranked program with many excellent faculty. We wish Rafael the best as he continues on to bigger and better things!

(03/17/16) Conference Presentation, University of Washington
Congratulations to graduate student Alex Beard, whose paper ‘Brain reward function and HIT: a case of mistaken identity (theory)’ was accepted for presentation at the Values in Science Conference at the University of Washington this past weekend. Alex was also supported by a Project HOGAR Graduate Student Travel Award.

(03/02/16) 28th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Two graduate students in Philosophy were selected to compete in the 28th Annual Student Research Symposium. Nathan Lackey will present his paper, ‘Congruence, geometry, and space’ from 12:10pm to 12:30pm, and Alex Beard will present his paper, ‘Brain reward function and HIT: a case of mistaken identity (theory)’ from 1:10pm to 1:30pm. Both talks are in the Humanities and Letters category, which takes place in CBA–122 on Friday February 19 2016. Following the competition will be the SRC Awards Reception at 4:00 p.m. in the Anatol Center (AS–119).

UPDATE: Alex Beard and Nathan Lackey placed among the top three winners in the Humanities & Letters category of the University’s annual Student Research Symposium. For the list of all winners in all categories, see here.

(08/25/15) Visiting Studentship
Graduate student Mitch Kaufman begins the academic year studying abroad at the Nosara Yoga Institute and the Qixing Taiji Tao Temple in San Marcos, Guatemala.

(05/15/15) Graduate Research Fellowship 2015–2016
Philosophy MA student Nathan Lackey has been selected as the recipient of the AY15–16 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. The University awards one GRF per college per year, making this quite an honor for both Nathan and the Department of Philosophy (also noteworthy is that Nathan is our program’s third GRF winner in the last five years). Nathan will be working with Prof. Cory Wright on a project in the epistemology of geometry—specifically, on the philosophical implications of the theory of general relativity for Poincaré’s conventionalism.

(05/07/15) Doctoral Admission, University of Kansas
Congratulations to graduate student Kevin Watson, who recently accepted a fully-funded offer to begin his doctoral studies this FA15 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. We wish Kevin the best as he continues on to bigger and better things!

(04/18/15) Graduate Student Summer RAship
Graduate student Alex Beard has won a highly competitive and prestigious 2015 CSULB Student Summer Research Award. Out of university-wide 116 applicants, Alex’s application was one of 37 selected. He’ll be working on a project with Prof. Cory Wright regarding the history of scientific research on electrophysiology and psychopharmacology.

(02/14/15) 27th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Philosophy MA students Christian Weede and Nathan Lackey were selected to present their papers, ‘Some problems with knowing how: a response to Stanley & Williamson’ and ‘Prohibited content: explaining a slur’s linguistic behavior’, respectively, at the CSULB’s annual Student Research Competition.

UPDATE: Christian took first place in the Humanities and Letters category, and will now go on to compete at the statewide CSU competition in May. Excellent job, Christian!

(10/15/14) Book Review in Philosophical Quarterly
Congratulations to graduate student Emily Barrett, whose co-authored review of Lisa Bortolotti’s Delusions and Other Irrational Beliefs will be published in volume 65 of the journal Philosophical Quarterly.

(05/03/14) AAPP Conference Presentation
As part of her GRF, Emily Barrett is traveling to New York to present her paper, ‘Clinical implications of conversational implicature’, at the 19th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Go Emily!

(03/14/18) Exceptional Student Award
Congratulations to Philosophy and Biochemistry double major Joshua Feng, who was lauded with the College of Liberal Arts’s ‘Exceptional Student Achievement’ Award. The award is given for outstanding achievement over the course of the academic career at CSULB; students must have earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and have graduated magna cum laude. Way to go, Josh!

(04/24/14) Conference Presentation in The Netherlands
Kevin Watson is presenting his paper, ‘Tracing and offloading: a neo-Lockean reply to Johnston’ at the 8th annual Dutch Philosophers’ Rally: Selves and Persons at Radbound Universiteit Nijmegen in The Netherlands. Kevin also received a Rally Travel Grant to boot—excellent!

(04/16/14) APA Commentary
Emily Barrett will be in San Diego this week, commenting on Prof. Michael Goerger’s paper, ‘Friendship and the ethics of social technology’, at the 88th annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association. Good luck, Emily!

(04/15/14) Graduate Student Summer RAship
Graduate student Christian Weede has won a 2014 CSULB Student Summer Research Award. He’ll be working on a project with Dr. Charles Wallis in epistemology on the topic of know-how. Congratulations, Christian!

(04/08/14) Doctoral Admission, University of Wisconsin
Congratulations to graduate student Emily Barrett, who recently accepted a fully-funded offer to begin her doctoral studies this Fall 2014 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. Congratulations, Emily! Wisconsin’s PhD program is one of the top-30 ranked programs in the country, with many excellent faculty. We wish Emily the best as she continues on to much bigger and better things!

(04/01/14) Law School Admission, Northwestern University
Philosophy BA student Robert Garsson has been admitted to Northwestern School of Law, beginning FA14. Congratulations, Rob, we wish you the best in this endeavor!

UPDATE: Rob has just graduated from Northwestern in SP17 with the Juris Doctorate. No biggie.

(03/08/14) Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students
The College of Liberal Arts has announced that Philosophy MA student Emily Barrett is one of eight students to receive the Dean’s List award for AY13–14. (nb: The number of awardees from each college is limited to 1% of the overall number of students pursuing a Masters degree.) Congratulations, Emily!

(02/21/14) 26th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Kevin Watson was selected to present his paper, ‘When is an organism an altruist?’, at the 26th Annual Student Research Symposium. Kevin took home second place for outstanding research in Humanities and Letters. Excellent job, Kevin!

(01/24/14) Conference Presentation at the MidSouth
James Cool‘s paper, ‘Doxastic control and the practical/theoretical distinction’, was accepted for presentation at the 38th annual MidSouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis TN on February 21–22. The MidSouth is an important regional professional conference, with hundreds of submissions each year. James will also be giving a dry run of his talk on Thursday March 6th in LA1–308 at 5:00pm for the Student Philosophy Association. Come hear James’s talk!

(12/17/13) Law School Admission, University of Southern California
After being admitted to the Law School up at USC, Philosophy graduate student Kristopher Gay has finished his MA thesis and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Kristopher is now beginning his career as a Los Angeles District Attorney.

(05/20/13) Graduate Research Fellowship 2013–2014
Philosophy MA student Emily Barrett has been selected as the recipient of the AY13–14 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. The University awards one GRF per college per year, making this quite an honor for both Emily and the Department of Philosophy (Emily is our program’s second GRF winner in the last three years). Emily will be working with Prof. Cory Wright on a project scrutinizing the doxastic conception of delusions in philosophy of psychiatry.

(05/01/13) Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to Joshua Feng, a double Honors double major in Philosophy & Biochemistry, who was lauded as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course.

(04/15/13) Doctoral Admission, University of Connecticut
Congratulations to undergraduate student Emma Björngard, who accepted an offer to start her doctoral studies this FA13 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. UConn happens to be one of the strongest doctoral programs in the world for philosophical logic and is among the top-35 doctoral programs in the US, with big plans to grow their faculty and graduate program. Good luck, Emma, and congrats!

(04/01/13) Law School Admission, Loyola
Philosophy MA student Neil Richmond has been admitted to Loyola School of Law, beginning FA13. Congratulations, Neil, we wish you the best in this endeavor.

UPDATE: Neil has now graduated from Loyola, receiving both a J.D. and LL.M in taxation. He graduated in the top 10% of his J.D. class, cum laude and Order of the Coif, and received Honors and High Distinction in the LL.M. Outstanding job, Neil!

(02/22/13) 25th annual Student Research Competition
Congratulations to Antonio Mendoza, a double major in Philosophy & History, who recently won second place in the ‘Humanities and Letters’ category at the 25th annual Student Research Competition. Antonio was one of 8 students from the College of Liberal Arts to win an award (out of the 34 students who participated in the competition). Great job!

(04/15/12) Doctoral Admission, Purdue University
Congratulations to graduate student Josh Folk, who recently accepted a prestigious Ross Fellowship to begin his doctoral studies this FA12 in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. Congratulations, Josh!

(05/17/11) Graduate Research Fellowship 2011–2012
Philosophy MA student Neil Richmond has been selected as the recipient of the AY11–12 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. The University awards one GRF per college per year, making this quite an honor for both Neil and the Department of Philosophy. Neil will be working with Dr. Charles Wallis on a project in Philosophy of Cognitive Science.

(05/01/11) Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to Antonio J. Mendoza, a double major in Philosophy & History, who was lauded as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course.

(04/15/11) Masters Admission, University of California Los Angeles
Congratulations to undergraduate Honors student Rebekah Bonner, who was admitted to the Masters program in Library & Information Science at UCLA starting in FA11. Congratulations, Rebekah, on this accomplishment! We wish you the best in continuing your education.

UPDATE: Rebekah has since graduated from UCLA, and—after working on an NSF grant and receiving the 2013 UCLA Chancellor’s Marshall Award—is now a faculty member at the University of Utah working as a Research Data Management Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library. Fantastic work, Rebekah! (For more information, see Rebekah’s alumni spotlight.)

(04/01/11) McNair Scholarship
Congratulations to Philosophy BA honors student and McNair Scholar Michael Moval, whose paper ‘A critique of external world skepticism’ appeared the in volume 15 of the McNair Scholars Research Journal.

(03/02/11) Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students
Each academic year, 1% of the overall number of students pursuing a Masters degree are awarded the Dean’s List award of Graduating Masters Students. For AY10–11, the College of Liberal Arts has announced that Philosophy MA student John Clevenger is one of the awardees. Congratulations, John!

(03/01/11) Law School Admission, Loyola
Philosophy & Criminal Justice double major Edgar Vera has been admitted to Loyola School of Law, beginning FA11.

UPDATE: Edgar graduated from Loyola and passed the California Bar Exam in SU15, and is now an attorney at Karns & Karns.

(05/01/10) Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to another of our Honors students in Philosophy, Clinton Packman, who was lauded as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course.

(03/15/10) Doctoral Admission, University of Wisconsin
Philosophy BA student Clinton Packman accepted an offer to begin his doctoral studies this Fall 2010 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, which happens to be one of the top-ranked programs in the world. Clinton was a McNair Scholar while here at Cal State Long Beach, and we wish him the best as he continues on to much bigger and better things!

UPDATE: Clinton defended his dissertation this past SP18, and will be moving to Miami to start as a TT Assistant Professor at Florida International University in FA18. Excellent, Clinton, we’re very proud of you!

(04/15/10) Law School Admission, University of California Davis
Philosophy & Political Science double major  Samuel Bullock is finishing up his honors thesis, and will Law School this FA10 at UC Davis Law School. Good luck, Sam!

(03/15/10) Doctoral Admission, Rice University
Congrats to Roma Claudia Hernández, who accepted an offer to begin her doctoral studies in Philosophy in FA10 at Rice University. After earning her BA in Philosophy, Roma took some additional classes while studying in the German program for her MA; she was also a recipient of the Sally Casanova Predoctoral Fellowship.

(07/29/09) Gilman Scholarship
Philosophy & German double major Justin Barner was awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad at the University of Tübingen in Germany for AY09–10. Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships are sponsored by the U. S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with the goal of supporting Pell Grant recipients who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.

(04/06/09) 26th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Clinton Packman was selected to present his paper, ‘Clearing the confusion on consciousness: a study of the knowledge argument and its implication’, at the 21st Annual Student Research Symposium. Clinton took home second place in the category of Humanities and Letters.

(04/15/08) Masters Admission, Virginia Tech
Congrats to undergraduate honors student Johnathan Dixon, who has accepted an offer to begin graduate study in Philosophy at Virginia Tech—a top-tier Masters program. Good luck, Jonathan.

(03/15/08) Law School Admission, Chapman University
Philosophy major Stephane Quinn is graduating cum laude and headed to Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law to pursue his J. D. next fall. (Stephane is now a founding partner at Quinn & Dworakowski LLP.)

(04/15/07) Law School Admission, University of California Davis
After finishing his Honors thesis and graduating cum laude, Philosophy major Errol Dauis will be headed to UC Davis School of Law to pursue his J. D. next fall.

UPDATE: Errol graduated from the UC Davis School of Law in 2011, where he served as the Editor in Chief of the UC Davis Law Review, and was admitted to the State Bar of California. He has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at UC Davis School of Law, and is currently an associate at Boutin Jones law firm.)

(04/01/04) Summer Internship with NEH
Chhunny Chhean was one of 18 students selected, out of more than 200 applicants nationwide, for a 10-week summer internship with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Internship Program introduces promising students to the programs, policies and operations of the federal agency charged with promoting scholarship, education and public programming in the Humanities in the United States. Interns were selected based on their interest in and commitment to the Humanities, and the conception, clarity, and execution of writing samples, two of which were submitted for the application process. Each intern will receive a $4,000 stipend.

 

AY18–19 Commencement Awards

Congratulations to each of these students on their accomplishments!

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate:
Richard Link

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Burgandy Basulto
Vincent del Prado

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Amanda Dilger
Richard Link

Department Awards:
Margaret Gibbons
James Krausen
Michael Lara
Reese Perez
Michael Redding
Erik Rodriguez-Cerda

AY17–18 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate:
Kylie Shahar

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Andrew Shin
Cameron Stein

Department Awards:
Yousef Ahmed
Jeffrey Allen
Jacee Cantler
Monica Casares
Crystal Jones
Tim Shaker
Jake Teran
Spencer Wianecki

AY16–17 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Alexander Beard

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Corey Jenson
Mitch Kaufman

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Nickolas Sackett
Jose Vera Cruz

Department Awards:
Aurora Clark
Claire Filson
Brandon Howell
Jin Ri Kim
Kory Kordich
Michael Kosak
Nathan Lackey
Giovanni Navarro

AY15–16 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Andrew Bollhagen

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Robbie Brown
Jose Gonzalez Jr.

Department Awards:
Livia Espiritu
Robert Marlow Jr.
Chloe Bell
Vincent Garrido

AY14–15 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Andrew Bollhagen
Christian Weede

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Christopher Nielsen

Department Awards:
David Amargo
Gilbert Benavidez
Santiago Calogero
Alex Campise
Cameron Conway
Zachary Finn
Zackary Ford
Anhthu Hoang
Rene Rodriguez
Dhariane Sou
Kevin Watson

AY13–14 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Emily Barrett

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Emily Barrett
Holly Mikhael

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Josh Feng

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Josh Feng
Rob Garsson

Department Awards:
Asmita Deswal
Stephanie Fleming
Celia Guzman
Raisa Lobo
Gustavo Miranda
Austin Mitchell
Ann Nettleton
Jarrod Phipps
Jessica Zheng

AY12–13 Commencement Awards

Department Awards:
Emma Björngard
Caleb Campbell
Andrew Casas
Jordan Ezell
Zien Halwani
Joseph Komenda
Antonio Mendoza
Tyler Morand
Daniel Shultz
Thomas Thomassian

AY11–12 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Kristopher Gay

Department Awards:
Jessica Howell
Joseph Diminutto
Michael Hurley
Daniel Wilson

AY10–11 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
John Clevenger

Distinguished Graduate Students:
John Clevenger
Amy Conti

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Rebekah Bonner

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Rebekah Bonner
Michael Moval

Department Awards:
Stephanie Williams
Nicole Chen
Edgar Vera
Mark Shively
Andrew Velin
Robert Schwin

AY09–10 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Students:
David Glover
Kara Sutton-Jones
Andrew Velin

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Clinton Packman

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Clinton Packman

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Samuel Bullock
Timothy Feliciano
Nathan Glover
Daniel Magno
Clinton Packman

AY08–09 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Richard Fox
Saad Anis

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Glenn Marchand Jr.

Department Awards:
Matthew Franko
Debraun Morrison
Rex Styzens
Jeffrey Dollarhide
Tyler Hahn
Ernest Hinojos
Jamie Panter
Philip Simpkin

AY07–08 Commencement Awards

Best Masters Thesis, College of Liberal Arts:
Amanda Trefethen

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Amanda Trefethen

Phi Beta Kappa Nominees for Members-in-Course:
Jonathan Dixon
Taylor Jerri

Department Awards:
Matthew Franko
Matthew Glover
Pat Parks
Cindy Rand
Justin Wells
Douglas Carter
Jonathan Dixon
Kevin Jamison
Taylor Jerri
Stephanie Quinn
Jake Read
James Walker

AY06–07 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Errol Dauis

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Thomas Miller

AY05–06 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Alumnus:
Mick Ukleja

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Joao Pereira

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Amanda Trefethen

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Zachary Margolies

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Joao Pereira
Veeken Tashjian

Department Awards:
Alex Wilson
Sara Auguilar
Frank Arenas
Theresa Demonte
Talia Drake
Greg Keener
Sara Leimbach
Natasha Marek
Zachary Margolies
John Parducho

AY04–05 Commencement Awards

Outstanding Baccalaureate Award Winner:
Chhunny Chhean

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Eric Balmer
Daniel Deen
Cyd Fass
Michael Rings

Phi Beta Kappa Nominees for Members-in-Course:
Kelly Laumbach
Laura Pomella

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Chhunny Chhean

AY03–04 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Nathan Brodnax

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Cathleen Clay

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Aaron Bradford
Cathleen Clay

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
John Cho

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Matthew Glover

Department Awards:
Joy Brehaut
Christopher Buechler
Rebecca Caneles
Rene Fonseca
Charles Larson
Franklin Sims
Venessa Volz

AY18–19 Philosophy Scholarships

Congratulations to each of the winners on their well-written essays and accomplishments!

Whittington Scholarship:
Kyle Bollin

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Avery Amerson
Chris Mynatt

HOGAR Graduate Recruitment Scholarship:
Miguel Hernandez

AY17–18 Philosophy Department Scholarships Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Richard Link

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Gerardo Arroyo

HOGAR Graduate Recruitment Scholarship:
Vincent del Prado

AY16–17 Philosophy Department Scholarships Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Alexander Beard
Kyle Waterbury

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Kylie Shahar

AY15–16 Philosophy Department Scholarships Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Aurora Clark
Jose Vera Cruz

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Alexander Beard
Corey Jenson

AY14–15 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Christian Weede

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Nathan Lackey

AY13–14 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Emily Barrett

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Joshua Feng

AY12–13 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Caleb Campbell

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Karen Schindler

AY11–12 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Josh Folk

49er Bookstore Textbook Stipend:
David Smith

AY10–11 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
tbd

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
tbd

AY09–10 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Nathan Glover

Wegner-Fells Scholarship:
Clinton Packman

AY08–09 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Clinton Packman

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
tbd

AY07–08 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
Richard Fox
Jonathan Dixon

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Kara Sutton-Jones
Saad Anis

AY05–06 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
tbd

Pei-Sung Tang Scholarship:
Joe Moss

AY04–05 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results

Whittington Scholarship:
tbd

Pei-Sung Tang Scholarship:
Alex Wilson

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Chhunny Chhean
Michael Rings

AY03–04 Philosophy Department Scholarship Results press release

Whittington Scholarship:
Franklin Sims

Pei-Sung Tang Scholarship:
Jason Sheley

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Eric Balmer
Rebecca Canales
Daniel Deen
Joe Z. Moss

Faculty Accomplishments

2019 Peer-reviewed Articles
Alex Klein
‘s article ‘Between Anarchism and Suicide: On William James’s Religious Therapy’ is forthcoming in the journal Philosophers’ ImprintCory Wright‘s article ‘Ontic explanation is either ontic or explanatory, but not both’, co-authored with Dingmar van Eck, was just published in volume 5 of the journal Ergo.

Descartes Scholarship
There’s quite a bit of new work on Descartes to check out. Congrats to Marie Jayasekera, who has two peer-reviewed articles forthcoming. One is ‘All in their nature good’: Descartes on the passions of the soul, forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, and the other is Imitation and ‘infinite’ will: Descartes on the Imago Dei, which is forthcoming in volume 8 of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. Larry Nolan‘s chapter ‘Descartes’ appeared in Graham Oppy’s (ed.) volume Ontological Arguments in November 2018, and his chapters ‘Metaphysics’ and ‘Descartes and the philosophy of mind’ are forthcoming in Steven Nadler, Tad Schmaltz, & Delphine Antoine-Mahut’ (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism and Cecilia Lim & Jorge Secada’s (ed.) The Cartesian Mind, respectively.

International Conferences and Workshops 20182019
Cory Wright was invited to give a keynote address for the 10th anniversary of the Cognition, Language, and Perception Research Group at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The Workshop on Philosophy and Neuroscience brings together 14 scholars from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, psychiatry, and cognitive science, and will take place from 26–27 November 2018 at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia.

Alex Klein presented ‘A cosmopolitan James’ at the European Pragmatism Conference, held at the University of Vienna (19 April 2018). He was also at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle, presenting his paper ‘William James’s objection to epiphenomenalism’ on 03 November 2018.

2018 Peer-reviewed Articles
There’s more new research in scientific philosophy coming down the pike. Wayne Wright‘s article, ‘The unique hues and the argument from phenomenal structure‘ was accepted by the journal Philosophical StudiesCory Wright‘s co-authored article with Matteo Colombo, ‘First principles in the life sciences: the free-energy principle, organicism, and mechanism‘, is also forthcoming in the journal Synthese.

Check out the new scholarship on early 20th century philosophers William James and Bertrand Russell. Max Rosenkrantz‘s paper, ‘Dealing with meanings: a neglected step in the Gray’s Elegy argument‘, was published in volume 38 of the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, and Alex Klein‘s paper, ‘The death of consciousness? William James’s case against psychological unobservables‘ will be published in the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Books
Cory Wright‘s book with Matteo Colombo & Angela Potochnik, entitled Recipes for Science: An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning, was published by Routledge in FA18.

Alex Klein‘s (ed.) Oxford Handbook of William James is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and Marcy Lascano‘s (co-ed., with Lisa Shapiro) Early Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources is forthcoming from Broadview Press.

President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement
Congratulations to Larry Nolan, who was lauded in SP18 as one of the 50 recipients of the inaugural President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement. These prestigious awards recognize the sustained effort of senior professors from across the university and reward their meritorious achievements over the past five years.

2017 Peer-reviewed Articles
Max Rosenkrantz‘s paper, ‘A reconstruction of Russell’s Gray’s Elegy argument‘, was published this past year in volume 6.2 of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. Congrats, also, to Nellie Wieland, whose paper ‘Agent and object‘ was just published in volume 43 of Social Theory and Practice.

There’s also some new research in scientific philosophy. Alex Klein‘s paper, ‘The curious case of the decapitated frog: on experiment and philosophy‘ is now out in volume 26 of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. Cory Wright co-authored two articles: ‘Explanatory pluralism: an unrewarding prediction error for free energy‘, in volume 112 of the journal Brain and Cognition, and ‘HIT and brain reward function: a case of mistaken identity (theory)‘ in volume 64 of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

International Workshops and Colloquia 20162017
Several faculty have recently been invited to give talks at a variety of international venues and universities. As part of his Fulbright Fellowship, Alex Klein presented his paper ‘The curious case of the decapitated frog’ at the University of Sheffield (25 November 2016) as well as Gresham College in London (01 December 2016). More recently, he was invited to the University of Vienna to present ‘James and Herbart’ at the conference Völkerpsychologie und beschreibende Psychologie (27 April 2017). More recently still, Alex has been invited to give a four-part lecture series on William James’s theory of consciousness École Normale Supérieure in Paris (June 2017). Bravo!

Cory Wright and Nellie Wieland were in New Zealand presenting papers at the University of Waikato Philosophy Seminar: ‘HIT and brain reward function’ (24 April 2017) and ‘Quotation in the wild’ (26 April 2017), respectively.

Larry Nolan participated in the Séminaire Descartes 8e année, and gave a talk entitled ‘The ontological status of Descartes’s mind-body union‘ (21 February 2017), in which he examined metaphysical and conceptual claims about Descartes’s account of the unity of the mind and body.

Marcy Lascano was in Sweden last fall presenting her paper, ‘Cavendish on the world and our place in it’, in the History of Philosophy Seminar at Uppsala University (23 November 2016). Jason Raibley presented his paper ‘Disability, well-being, and the interpretation of social indicators’ at Umeå University (23 November 2016) and at the Uppsala University Seminar on Practical Philosophy (25 November 2016).

Guest-Edited Special Issue, Synthese
Joseph Ulatowski & Cory Wright have completed their Guest Editorship of a special issue, Minimalism about Truth, in the journal Synthese. The issue celebrates the 25th anniversary of Paul Horwich’s book Truth and the 20th anniversary of the revised edition with nine new peer-reviewed articles—including one by Wright entitled ‘Truth, explanation, minimalism‘ and a new paper by Horwich.

Doctoral Degree Earned FA16
Amanda Trefethen recently defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled The Space Between: On the Emergence of an International Legal Practice of Human Rights, on November 30th 2016 at the University of California Irvine. Congratulations, Amanda!

2016 Peer-reviewed Articles
Congrats to both Alex Klein and Max Rosenkrantz, who each have new papers out. Alex’s paper ‘Was James psychologistic?‘ appears in volume 4 of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. Max’s paper ‘From The Begriffsschrift to Über Sinn Und Bedeutung: Frege as epistemologist and ontologist’ appears in volume 39 of the Manuscrito, and his paper The problem of false belief and the failure of the theory of descriptions‘ appears in volume 82 of the journal Theoria.

Fulbright Fellowship 20162017
Alex Klein has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for the 2016–2017 academic year. The Fulbright will send him to the University of Sheffield (UK), where he will be working on a book entitled The Rise of Empiricism: William James and the Science of Mind. Congratulations, Alex!

Collection: The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon
Congratulations to Larry Nolan on the publication of his compendium, The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, by Cambridge University Press in January 2016. The volume contains over 250+ entries from almost 100 internationally-recognized contributors—a major feat of scholarship. (For additional information, see the coverage in Inside CSULB.)

2015 Peer-reviewed Articles
There’s some new research to check out in the history and philosophy of science. Alex Klein‘s paper, entitled ‘Science, religion, and ‘the will to believe”, has been published in volume 5 of HOPOS—the new journal for the History of the Philosophy of Science—along with a response by Cheryl Misak. Also, Cory Wright‘s paper, ‘The ontic conception of explanation‘ is published in volume 54 of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

CEPA Faculty Fellowship 20152016
Jason Raibley has been awarded a Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellowship for the 2015–2016 academic year by the Murphy Institute of Tulane University, where he is working on a book that defends a naturalistic and holistic theory of welfare. Congratulations, Jason!

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships & Grants 20152016
Congratulations to Marcy Lascano, who was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the 2015-2016 year to work on a book entitled, Early Modern Women Philosophers: Cosmology to Human Nature. See the story in Inside CSULB for more information.

Marcy also received recognition from the NEH for two more projects this year: an NEH Collaborative Research Grant, co-directed with Andrew Janiak for New Narratives in Philosophy: Rediscovering Neglected Works by Early Modern Women, and was accepted as a participant in an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers for Between Medieval and Modern: Philosophy from 1300–1700 at UC Boulder. The competition for these fellowships is intense—these are all major achievements. Congratulations, Marcy!

 

Kyle Waterbury-Drake


 

FA18 new course: PHIL690: Political Philosophy

This coming FA18, the Department of Philosophy is offering a new special topics seminar: PHIL690: Political Philosophy.

This seminar is being taught by Professor Steve Bilakovics, and will meet on Tuesdays at 5:30pm–8:15pm in LA2–108. Don’t miss out! This course will be an outstanding (and timely!) opportunity for serious study of the very foundations of political thought, and relevant to a variety of disciplines beyond Philosophy.

Course Description:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” In these few words, the Declaration of Independence (1776) lays out the whole of modern Western political philosophy: the foundational belief in equality; the individual freedoms, or rights, that follow from equality; the origin and purpose of government, along with the source of its legitimacy. It offers a vision of a just social and political order.

This course explores the principles, practices, and paradoxes of liberal democratic self-government, as expressed in the Declaration. To do so, we’ll step outside of our often unnoticed philosophical presuppositions regarding freedom and equality and justice by looking at alternative visions both ancient (Plato and Aristotle) and modern (Rousseau and Marx). In the foreign views they provide, we’ll encounter very different ideas of politics, society, ethics, and even human nature.

Through the course, by way of a broad introduction to a range of core texts and traditions of political philosophy, we’ll develop the ability to understand and critique our own time in deeper ways and from broader perspectives.

Readings:
Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Politics
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
John Locke, Two Treatise of Government
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
    *Additional readings will be distributed via e-mail.