News Archive

October 15, 2014
Professor Mark Murphy Awarded Mara Faculty Membership Award

October 15, 2014
Rebecca Kukla, Professor & Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, to become editor of Public Affairs Quarterly
Rebecca Kukla has accepted the invitation to become editor of the prestigious Public Affairs Quarterly, starting this July. Professor Kukla will continue her work at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in addition to her new position. For more information:

March 12, 2014
Therese Cory, Former Post-Doctoral Fellow, Offered a Tenure-Track Position in the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame
Therese Cory, a recent Center for Medieval Philosophy post-doctoral fellow, was offered a tenure-track position in the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame. Dr. Cory did her work at Catholic University on Aquinas on self-knowledge. She published a book with Cambridge press earlier this year and was also awarded a Humboldt research fellowship.

February 4, 2014
Army COL Tony Pfaff to serve as Senior Military and Army Advisor to Department of State
Army COL Tony Pfaff, Georgetown Philosophy Ph.D. (2012) will serve as Senior Military and Army Advisor to the Department of State. He’ll be reporting to Sec. John Kerry and his staff, advising on international issues. Tony’s last post was a Defense Attache in Baghdad.

December 13, 2013
Nancy Sherman interviewed on BBC Radio’s ‘The Moral Maze’
Professor Nancy Sherman was recently interviewed on a prominent BBC Radio 4 Program: ‘The Moral Maze.’ You can listen to the show about the morality of the battlefield here.
Congratulations, Professor Sherman!

December 13, 2013
Nancy Sherman named Woman Philosopher of the Month by APA
Professor Nancy Sherman was named the Woman Philosopher of the Month by the American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Women. You can read more information about her recognition here. Congratulations, Professor Sherman! 

December 11, 2013
Bryce Huebner publishes new book: ‘Macrocognition: A Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality’
We are pleased to announce that Bryce Huebner has published a new book, Macrocognition: A Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality (Oxford 2014).  You can find more information about the text here. Congratulations, Professor Huebner!

October 24, 2013
Judith Lichtenberg publishes new book: ‘Distant Strangers: Ethics, Psychology, and Global Poverty’
We are pleased to announce that Judith Lichtenberg has published a new book, Distant Strangers: Ethics, Psychology, and Global Poverty (Cambridge 2014). The title is on display in the Department. Congratulations, Professor Lichtenberg!

October 11, 2013
Three Members of the Department Pass Dissertation Defense
We are pleased to congratulate three members of the Department on passing the dissertation defense:
Dr. Kelly Heuer: “How to Do Things with Reasons” (Maggie Little, Director)
Dr. Richard Fry: “Reasoning for Humean Animals: An Account of ‘Inference’ for Animals, Human and Otherwise” (Tom Beauchamp, Director)
Dr. Anne Lloyd Breeden: “The Political Dimensions of Quotidian Choice and The Expressive Theory of Rationality”

September 9, 2013
Professor Henry Richardson elected to lead HDCA
The Philosophy Department is honored to announce that Professor Henry Richardson was recently elected President of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). Professor Richardson will officially take office in September 2014. A professor in the Department of Philosophy and Senior Researcher Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Professor Richardson focuses on moral and political philosophy. The full article is featured in Georgetown’s Blue & Gray. Congratulations, Professor Richardson!Judith Lichtenberg publishes new book: ‘Distant Strangers: Ethics, Psychology, and Global Poverty’

September 6, 2013
Professor Nancy Sherman participates in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly’s Discussion
On September 6, Professor Nancy Sherman joined PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly’s Kim Lawton and Retired Army Colonel and current Dickinson College Professor, Jeff McCausland, in a discussion about “Guantanamo Ethics“. To see the entire interview select “Read Transcript” at the top of the page.

August 19, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. James Olsen
James Olsen has successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Mind, Body, and World: Resolving the Dreyfus-McDowell Debate.” The chair of his dissertation committee was William Blattner, with Mark Lance and Mark Wrathall (of UC Riverside) serving as readers. Congratulations, Dr. Olsen!

August 4, 2013
Professor Henninger’s translation of Amerini’s “Aquinas” released
Professor Mark Henninger’s English translation of Aquinas on the Beginning and Ending of Human Life by Fabrizio Amerini was released in early June. As Forbes explained, the translation from the originial Italian is both “straightforward and easy to follow.”
You can find the full Forbes’ article here.

July 18, 2013
Professor Nancy Sherman Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship
The Philosophy Department is thrilled to announce that Professor Nancy Sherman is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of Philosophy. Dr. Sherman is a distinguished University Professor at Georgetown, appointed in the Philosophy Department and affiliated with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She has also taught at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she is a co-founder of the Philosophy and Law joint seminar. Her most recent book is titled “The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers.”
Congratulations, Professor Sherman!

A full list of the 2013 Guggenheim Fellows in the United States and Canada can be found here.

June 11, 2013
Professor Bryce Huebner Awarded Tenure, Promotion
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Professor Bryce Huebner has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Huebner received his PhD from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2008. He joined our department in the fall of 2009. We’re lucky to have him! You may read more about Professor Huebner’s work here.

June 10, 2013
Georgetown Graduate Jeremy Snyder Receives Tenure at Simon Fraiser University
Congratulations to Professor Jeremy Snyder, a graduate of Georgetown’s PhD program in Philosophy, who has been awarded tenure at Simon Fraiser University. You can read more about Professor Snyder’s work here.

May 21, 2013
Georgetown Graduate Justin Weinberg Receives Tenure at USC
Congratulations to Professor Justin Weinberg, a graduate of Georgetown’s PhD program in Philosophy, who has been awarded tenure at USC. You can read about Professor Weinberg’s work at USC here.

May 15, 2013
KIE’s “Introduction to Bioethics” Among First MOOCs
This fall, Georgetown will offer two MOOCs – massive open online courses – to continue the University’s mission to promote learning for a global audience. We are please to annouce that one of these pioneer courses will be administered through the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Introduction to Bioethics, taught by Professors Tom Beauchamp, Robert Veatch, Margaret Little, Rebecca Kukla, Madison Powers, John Keown, and Karen Stohr, explores some of the most difficult moral challenges the world faces in health, medicine and emerging technologies. You may read the full article here.

May 9, 2013
Undergraduate Student Eric Cheng Successfully Defends Honors Thesis
Congratulations to Philosophy major Eric Cheng for the successful defense of his undergraduate honors thesis! The work is titled “Towards Mutual Respect and a Greater Self-Understanding: Liberalism, Pluralism, and How Philosophical Discourse Can Facilitate a More Diverse Politics.”

April 29, 2013
Sandra Strachan-Vieira wins the 2013 School of Continuing Studies Spirit Award
The Philosophy Department warmly congratulates Sandra Strachan-Vieira, a Program Coordinator for the Center for Medieval Philosophy, who has been selected to receive the 2013 School of Continuing Studies Spirit Award. The award will be presented at the annual SCS Tropaia Awards Ceremony in Gaston Hall, at 6:00 PM on May 15th. The Spirit of Georgetown Award honors a graduating student or alumnus or alumna who exemplifies Georgetown University’s values of men and women in service to others, commitment to justice and the common good, intellectual openness, and leadership. 

April 24, 2013
Welcome, Incoming Graduate Students
The Philosophy Department is pleased to welcome the incoming graduate students who will be joining us in the Fall of 2013. This distinguished class will include Ms. Megan Dean, Ms. Katherine Ward, Mr. Joey Jebari, Mr. Clark Donley, and Ms. Molly Wilder. Congratulations to all, and welcome!

April 19, 2013
Professor Alisa Carse awarded 2013 Mind and Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship
The Philosophy Department is thrilled to announce that Professor Alisa Carse has received a 2013 Mind and Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship for a collaborative project with Dr. Cynda Rushton of Johns Hopkins. The project is entitled “Addressing Moral Distress in Clinical Practice: A Contemplative, Neuroscience-Based Intervention.” Congratulations, Alisa!

April 15, 2013
Georgetown Students Win 2013 National Undergraduate Bioethics Bowl
Congratulations to the Georgetown Bioethics Bowl Team and coach Colin Hickey on their big win at the 2013 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference! Up against sixteen other teams from around the country, our students debated cases on experimental drug testing on children, toxic waste dumping, business responsibilities for environmental externalities, and responsible hydro power projects – among others – and came in first place. You can read more about the competition here and here.

April 14, 2013
Previous Graduate of PhD Program Receives Tenure
Congratulations to Professor Matthew Rellihan, a graduate of Georgetown’s PhD program in Philosophy, who has been awarded tenure at Seattle University. Dr. Rellihan received his PhD in 2007. The title of his dissertation was “Skepticism Naturalized?” and his dissertation chair was Professor Wayne Davis.

March 22, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Hedahl
Marcus Hedahl has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Owing It to Us.” The chair of his committee was Maggie Little with Henry Richardson, Bryce Huebner, and Mark Lance as readers.

March 16, 2013
Kristin Primus to Join the Faculty in 2014
The Philosophy Dept. is thrilled to announce that Kristin Primus (ABD, Princeton University), a specialist in Early Modern Philosophy, esp. Rationalism, has accepted a position as assistant professor of philosophy. She will spend the 2013-14 academic year at N.Y.U. as a Bersoff postdoctoral fellow. Ms. Primus’s current home page at Princeton made be found here:

Ms. Primus’s doctoral thesis is entitled “Keeping it Real: Causal Independence and Divine Support in Spinoza and Leibniz.” (Her doctoral advisor is Prof. Daniel Garber, one of the world’s leading experts in Early Modern Philosophy.) She holds a BA in Philosophy (with departmental honors and university distinction), 2005, from Stanford University, as well as MA’s in Intellectual and Cultural History (with university distinction), 2005, and in Philosophy (with university distinction), 2007, both also from Stanford University. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, incl. an exchange fellowship to study at the École Normale Superiére (rue d’Ulm) in Paris, France, and a Mrs. Giles Whiting Honorofic Fellowship from Princeton University. Ms. Primus reads Latin, German, French, and Italian.

February 1, 2013
Professor Madison Powers Launches the FEW Project
Professor Madison Powers has created an exciting and important new web resource on environmental issues. You you can learn more about the project here.

January 21, 2013
Professor Wilfried Ver Eecke Publishes Most Recent Book
The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the release of our own Professor Wilfried Ver Eecke’s most recent book, “Ethical Reflection on the Financial Crisis of 2007/2008.” Congraulations, Professor Ver Eecke!