Welcome back

It gives me tremendous pleasure to welcome back the philosophical community for a new and exciting year.

I am delighted to announce the recruitment of Professor Klaus Corcilius. He joins us from Hamburg University and his specialty is Ancient Philosophy.

Professors J. Campbell, H. Ginsborg, R. J. Wallace, and D. Warren are back from their sabbaticals. Lara Buchak and Alva Noë will be on leave for the full year. Professor Buchak’s leave is made possible by an impressive combination of grants and fellowships she was awarded for 2011-2012 (UC President’s Faculty Fellowship; Doreen B. Townsend Fellowship for Assistant Professors; Humanities Research Fellowship).

The department offerings will also be strengthened by Katharina Kaiser and Tim Crockett. Dr. Kaiser will offer courses in the area of post-Kantian continental philosophy and Professor Crockett will offer courses on Descartes and Leibniz.

It is always a pleasure at this time of year to welcome to our community a new group of students. This year five students will be starting their graduate work in our Department: Adam Bradley (U. Cincinnati), Ethan Jerzak (U. Chicago), Jeff Kaplan (Williams College, U. Cambridge), Alex Kerr (Oberlin), Justin Vlasits (Columbia U.) In addition, three new students will be starting in the Logic and Methodology Program: Lisha Li (U. Toronto), Shivaram Lingamneni (Stanford), Adam Lesnikowsi (Harvard, U. Amsterdam). We wish them every success in their graduate studies and beyond.

The Berkeley Philosophy Department regularly attracts a large group of visiting scholars from around the world, who join us for shorter or longer periods, and contribute substantially to making ours a more cosmopolitan and stimulating community. Please check the Visiting Scholar section of our website for a list of new and continuing visitors to our Department.

We have, as always, a very lively program of philosophical events scheduled for the coming year, including a Townsend Visit by Raymond Geuss, a George Myro Memorial Lecture by Hartry Field, a Howison Lecture by Jonathan Barnes and many talks and colloquia by distinguished philosophers from the US and abroad. In addition, on October 22 we will have a very special event dedicated to Barry Stroud’s 50 years at Berkeley. Detailed information and updates are available on the events section of our website.

Paolo Mancosu, Department Chair

September 06, 2011