USC Professor of Philosophy Mark Schroeder delivered this year's Carl G. Hempel Lectures, a series of three lectures, entitled "“Interpretive Objects: Meaning in Language, Life, and Law.”
Rutgers University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Jonathan Schaffer presented the biennial David K. Lewis Lecture (April 2023) entitled “The T-shirt Problem for Explanatory Metaphysics.”
Department of Philosophy alumni Barry Lam * 2007 (left), Michaela McSweeney *2016 and Cliff Landesman *1995 shared stories of their varied career paths inside and outside of academia with graduate students and faculty at the department’s annual Graduate Princeton & Beyond dinner.
The Department of Philosophy presented a lively and entertaining discussion with Kwame Anthony Appiah (left) and Eleanor Gordon-Smith – the two most famous philosophical agony aunts and uncles – about their weekly advice columns in The New York Times and The Guardian. In "Dear Philosopher," moderated by Barry Lam, the pair explained how how they started, how they select letters, their most memorable advice, and the role of philosophy in thinking about the moral challenges of everyday life – and even gave the audience the opportunity to have their ethical dilemmas answered in real time!
Participants at this spring’s two-day conference “Black Political Thought: Democracy, Resistance, and Social Movements Under Racial Oppression,” organized by Associate Research Scholar Lidal Dror.
A Good ol' Guitar Pull!
Faculty members Sarah McGrath and Gideon Rosen (pictured) joined fellow faculty musicians Michael Smith, Susan Brison (Visiting Fellow) and Robert George (Politics) to lead the department's first guitar pull. The music, which was performed by a variety of faculty, graduate students, and visitors, was an eclectic mix of quirky indie pop, jazz, folk and bluegrass – along with boomer, millennial, and Gen X favorites!
Plotinus Palooza! James Wilberding (Humboldt University-Berlin) taught a graduate seminar session on Plotinus – and participated in Princeton's inaugural "Plotinus Palooza" conference – as part of his Classical Philosophy Short-Term Visiting Fellow stay in September 2022, hosted by graduate student Giulia Weißmann and Director of the Program in Classical Philosophy Hendrik Lorenz.
(Photo L-R) Norah Woodcock, Malina Buturovic, Lauren Miano, Che Li, Giulia Weißmann, James Wilberding, Joseph Moore, Antonio Kerstenetzky, Clemens Wetcholowsky, Lexie White.
I Think, Therefore I… Run!
Princeton philosophy members of the Cogito Ergo Run team braved a chilly, wet start to complete the 2022 HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon and, together with their Rutgers University teammates, raised $2500 for the non-profit organization.
(L-R: grad students Dane Stocks and Brendan Kolb, Professor Sarah McGrath, grad student Lauren Miano and alum Felipe Doria ’21. Missing: grad student Sebastian Liu, who was injured on the day.)
Princeton Philosophers at Mad Meta!
Department of Philosophy faculty, grad students and alumni participated in the 2022 Madison Metaethics Workshop at UW-Madison.
L-R: Professor Sarah McGrath, Mark Schroeder (*04), Joshua Schechter ('98), PGRA Joseph Moore, grad student Elliot Salinger, Alisabeth Ayars (*21), grad student Margaret Shea, Jamie Dreier (*89), Professor Gideon Rosen (*92), Tristram McPherson (*08), Mark Van Roojen (*93), Professor Michael Smith.
Left: The philosopher and the stone. PGRA Daniel Kranzelbinder tosses 184-pound stone a distance of 11.1 feet to finish eighth in the triennial Swiss Federal Wrestling and Alpine Festival (ESAF). In an interview with Le Temps, “L’aristotélicien qui lançait la pierre d’Unspunnen” (“The Aristotelian who threw the Unspunnen Stone”), Daniel talks about ancient philosophy, stone-put and its relationship to his work as an academic and philosopher.
Right: Cross country philosophers. (L-R) Grad students Dane Stocks and Lauren Milano and Professor Sarah McGrath and son Owen display medals won in the Dash@Pash 5K run for boys wellness at Princeton Academy.
Well done to all!
ANU-Humboldt-Princeton Summer Institute on Practical Normativity held at the Humboldt University in Berlin August 22 - September, 2022.
Front row (l-r): Colin Bradley (Princeton), Eleanor Gordon-Smith (Princeton), Baduin Weinmann (Humboldt), Conor Leisky (ANU), Brandon Yip (ANU), Maggie Shea (Princeton), Vivian Knopf (Humboldt);
2nd row (l-r): Camilo Martinez (Princeton), Marcel Jahn (Humboldt), Chris Lernpass (ANU), Sarah McGrath (Princeton), Michael Smith (Princeton); 3rd row (l-r): Thomas Schmidt (Humboldt), Jeremy Khoo (Princeton), Hanna Hoffmann-Richter (Humboldt), Leo Eisenbach (Humboldt), Thomas Lambert (Princeton), Connor Tannas (Princeton), Shalom Chalson (ANU), Zach Swindlehurst (ANU);
Back row (l-r): Elliot Salinger (Princeton), Sam Fullhart (Princeton).
Inaugural Finding Philosophy@Princeton Summer Camp happy campers!
Front row: Nina Delgado (Trenton Catholic Prep), Vanessa Ramos (Pennington School), Rebecca St Fleur (Ewing HS)
Middle row: Community partner Sharyse Porter (Dawn of Hope Inc.), Nathyeli Delgado (Trenton Catholic Prep), Zion Bennett (Girard College), Tatiana Noizy (Northern Burlington HS), Nancy Groll (Outreach coordinator)
Back row: Program facilitators Alice van’t Hoff (grad student), Sebastian Liu (grad student), Katie Rech (grad student), Joseph Moore (PGRA/Lecturer)
University of South Florida Professor Douglas Jesseph (center) delivered the biennial Margaret Dauler Wilson Lecture, entitled “Berkeley on Force as a ‘Mathematical Hypothesis’” (March 2022), introduced by his former Princeton roommate and Department of Philosophy Chair Gideon Rosen (right) and hosted by Professor Daniel Garber (left).
José Medina (Northwestern) delivered our first two Humanities Council Short-term Visiting Fellow lectures for the 2021–2022 academic year on September 22nd and 23rd and dedicated his lectures to his friend and colleague, philosopher Charles W. Mills, who passed away earlier that week.
Department of Philosophy Fall 2021
We were back and we were masked!
Harvey Lederman (center, front) and his T.E.A.M 2020 (Talks on Epistemology and Metaphysics) conference participants at what turned out to be the department's final in-person event of 2020.
2019 Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Compass speakers and mentors Shen-yi Liao (University of Puget Sound) and Jacqueline Scott (Loyola University Chicago) chat with workshop participants over lunch in the Tower Room.
2002 Alumna Jennifer Morton (UNC-Chapel Hill), left, chats with philosophy undergrads at the department's annual Princeton & Beyond dinner.