Pushing back against the cynicism surrounding humanities degrees, The Atlantic explains that Philosophy specifically has largely unappreciated financial value. It’s been said in many places before: A degree in the humanities isn’t exactly marketable to employers (less kind critics have called those degrees “useless”). But there’s one humanities major whose graduates... More
The Department is saddened by the death of Professor Jaakko Hintikka (1929-2015). A student of G.H. von Wright’s, Professor Hintikka was a Junior Fellow at Harvard (1956-9), holding several professorial appointments at the University of Helsinki, the Academy of Finland, Florida State University and finally Boston University from 1990... More
Abner E. Shimony, 1928-2015 Abner Shimony, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and of Physics at Boston University, died on August 8, 2015. His research transcended disciplinary boundaries and even literary genres. He made lasting contributions to inductive logic, the philosophy of C.S. Peirce, a naturalistic ‘integral’ epistemology, the quantum measurement... More
Congratulations to Ann Cudd (Professor of Philosophy and Vice Provost, University of Kansas), who has been named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BU: http://www.bu.edu/today/2015/ann-cudd-dean-boston-university-college-of-arts-sciences/
Marc Gasser (AB, University of Chicago, 2008; PhD, Harvard, 2015) will be joining the Department as Assistant Professor of Philosophy this fall. Professor Gasser’s research interests focus particularly on Aristotle’s account of the relation between perception and our theories of knowledge.
Walter Hopp is the recipient of this year’s CAS Gitner Family Teaching Award. Aaron Garrett has been named Editor of History of Philosophy Quarterly.
The Department is saddened by the death of Professor Emeritus Mike Martin (1932-2015), a long-standing faculty member at BU, who published widely in the philosophy of atheism and the philosophy of law and the social sciences: http://dailynous.com/category/lives-of-philosophers/
As we begin the new year, we wanted to point you to the alumni address given at the 2014 commencement by Professor Hannah Hintze. A brief excerpt is cited below, but the full speech can be downloaded here. "... What if you don't respect the people who honor you? That... More
BU Philosophy Department Commencement 2014 Saturday, May 17, 9am Law Auditorium 767 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215 Graduating students should arrive by 8:30am. Contacts: John McCargar 617-353-2571 Laura Hubbard 617-353-2572
Dear Colleagues and Friends: I write with some sad news. Stanley Rosen died a couple of days ago. He had been ill for quite some time, but was living comfortably with his wife and near his daughter and her family. He joined our faculty in 1994, and had been an Emeritus... More