Welcome Back

The Philosophy Department is very pleased to welcome to Berkeley our new colleague, Lara Buchak. Lara did her graduate work at Princeton on issues in the theory of rationality. She is teaching Philosophy 100 and a graduate seminar in her first semester on our campus. We are delighted to have her here, and look forward to working together with her in the months and years to come.

It is always a pleasure at this time of year to welcome to our community a new group of students. This year six students will be starting their graduate work in our Department, including Peter Epstein (Harvard University); Maxwell Gee (Brown University); Kelly Glover (University of Toronto); Alison Niedbalski (Indiana University-South Bend); Umrao Sethi (Columbia University). In addition, Arthur Tilley (University of Colorado) will be starting in the philosophy track of the Logic and Methodology Program. 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.

In other news, Alva Noë returns this fall from a sabbatical year in Berlin, where he was in residence at the Wissenschaftskolleg. We also welcome back John Campbell and Sherri Roush, both of whom were on leave last spring.

We are very pleased to report that two of our faculty members have recently received prestigious national awards: Paolo Mancosu was selected as a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for 2008; and Sherri Roush was awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation to study “Fallibility and Revision in Science and Society”. Congratulations to both colleagues on these signal achievements!

Paolo will be on leave for the academic year 2008-2009, dividing his time between Berkeley and Princeton (where he will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the spring). Niko Kolodny is also on leave for the academic year, and John MacFarlane is on leave for the fall semester.

We have, as always, a very lively program of philosophical events scheduled for the coming year, including a Townsend Visit by Ned Block, a Howison Lecture by John Perry, a George Myro Memorial Lecture by Robert Stalnaker, and many talks and colloquia by distinguished philosophers from the US and abroad. Detailed information and updates are available on the events section of our website.

R. Jay Wallace, Department Chair

August 27, 2008