Academics

Commentators

Juliet Floyd


Professor of Philosophy
Boston University

Bio:
Professor Floyd’s research interests include the history of analytic philosophy, Kant, Wittgenstein, the philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of language, eighteenth century philosophy, and aesthetics. A prominent strand in her research is investigation of contrasting accounts of the nature of objectivity and reason. She is an expert on the history of twentieth century philosophy, both in its Anglo-American and in its European forms, and the split between them that emerged as a result of two World Wars and developments in the foundations of mathematics and logic that revolutionized the ways in which philosophy and science were practiced on both sides of the Atlantic. She taught at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (1990-1996) before joining the faculty at Boston University. She has been a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna (2007) the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2009), the University of Bordeaux 3, Université Michel de Montaigne (2012) and a Fellow of the Dibner Institute at MIT (1998-9) and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, an institute of advanced study at the Georg August University, Göttingen (2009-10). She has received grants from the American Academy in Berlin, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Association, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the C.U.N.Y. Research Foundation, and Wellesley College.

Professor Floyd has co-edited (with S. Shieh) Future Pasts: The Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2001; on line version 2004) and authored many articles. She is currently working on a manuscript treating the impact on Wittgenstein in the mid-1930s of Turing’s and Gödel’s undecidability and incompleteness results.

Eric Sanday


Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Kentucky

Bio:
Eric Sanday specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy with a special focus on the relationship between ethics and ontology. His new book, A Study of Dialectic in Plato’s Parmenides, has been accetped for publication at Northwestern University Press.  He also has an article on Aristotle’s account of imagination and animal motion in the Continuum Companion to Aristotle.  He is co-editor of volumes on Plato’s Laws, Heraclitus, and Ancient Philosophy from a Continental Perspective.  His next book project will focus on the way in which the account of truth and life in Plato’s  ”later” dialogues relates to those aspects of Platonic philosophy, especially myth and erotic experience, that cannot be subsumed under the account of forms and participation.

Victor Kestenbaum


Professor of Philosophy
Boston University

Bio:
Dr. Kestenbaum is the author of: The Phenomenological Sense of John Dewey: Habit and Meaning (Humanities Press, 1977) and The Grace and the Severity of the Ideal: John Dewey and the Transcendent (The University of Chicago Press, 2002); and the editor of: The Humanity of the Ill: Phenomenological Perspectives (The University of Tennessee Press, 1982)

Dr. Kestenbaum is author of the Editor’s Preface to Dewey’s Theory of the Moral Life (Irvington Publishers, 1992). His research interests are in the areas of American Philosophy (principally William James and John Dewey), the relationship of Pragmatism to Phenomenology, and Philosophy and Literature.

Dr. Kestenbaum is beginning work on the phenomenology of attention in Robert Frost and Mark Rothko. It will seek to clarify how the natural and the transcendent function in poet and painter. His graduate level teaching in the Department of Philosophy has included American Philosophy, Phenomenology, and Pragmatism and Hermeneutics.

John Grey


Lecturer, Philosophy Department
Boston University

Bio:
Dr. Grey earned his PhD in philosophy at Boston University in the spring of 2012. During the academic year 2012-13, he orked with Alisa Bokulich to run BU’s Center for Philosophy & History of Science.

Barry Smith


Professor of Philosophy
University of Buffalo

Bio:
Barry Smith is Professor of Philosophy, Neurology and Computer Science, and Director of the National Center for Ontological Research, in the University at Buffalo. He is editor of The Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry, and author of some 500 scientific publications in ontology and related fields. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the US Department of Defense, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the European Union. In 2002 he received the 2 million Euro Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and in 2010 he was awarded the first Paolo Bozzi Prize in Ontology by the University of Turin.

David Roochnik


Chair and Professor of Philosophy
Boston University

Bio:
Prior to coming to Boston University, David Roochnik was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies at the Iowa State University, and during the 1992/93 year Visiting Associate Professor at Williams College. He joined Boston University in the fall of 1995. In 1996, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Undergraduate Philosophy Club. In 1997, Dr. Roochnik was awarded both the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Outstanding Teaching Award by the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Roochnik is also winner of Boston University’s 1999 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. Recipients of this award are chosen after a university-wide competition and assessment. Most recently Dr. Roochnik won the John Donovan Best Paper Award, New England Political Science Association. May, 2004 (for a paper given in May, 2003: “Plato’s Defense Of Diversity.”)

Dr. Roochnik is the author of thirty-five articles on Greek philosophy, Greek literature, rhetoric ancient and modern, post-modernism, and the nature of philosophy. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NEH and the Earhart Foundation. He is also invited to give the inaugeral lecture of the Ancient Philosophy Society in Eugene, Oregon, October 7, 1999.

James Katz


Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland) & Journalism Education
University of Helsinki

Bio:
James E. Katz, Ph.D. is the Feld Professor of Emerging Media at Boston University’s College of Communication where he directs its Center for Mobile Communication Studies and Division of Emerging Media. His work on the internet, social media and mobile communication has been internationally recognized. His latest book, The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Citizen Engagement, is being published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Prior to his Boston University appointment, he was Board of Governors Professor of Communication at Rutgers University (the title being the highest honor that can be bestowed by Rutgers on one of its faculty) and served two terms as chair of its Department of Communication. Preceding his tenure at Rutgers, Katz was a Distinguished Member of Staff and director of the social science research unit at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Earlier, Katz taught at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was elected chair of the Austin World Affairs Council, and at other universities.

His books include Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life, Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, Expression (with Ronald E. Rice) and Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies and his publications have been translated into seven languages.


Sponsored by Boston University’s Division of Emerging Media Studies
Organized by James E Katz, Feld Family Professor of Emerging Media, College of Communication
In cooperation with Prof. Juliet Floyd and the Department of Philosophy, Boston University
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