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In Fordham's liberal arts tradition, philosophy has a special role in the development of the mature individual. Philosophy provides students the opportunity to reflect on the most fundam ental questions that concern human beings and the ultimate dimensions of their world. The courses in philosophy acquaint students with the intellectual and moral traditions of their civilization and aim to develop in the student the skills necessary to think clearly and carefully for themselves--to question their assumptions and to judge their principles critically with the depth required for them to act as mature, integrated, free persons in their society and to provide it with enlightened, responsible leadership and service. 

Dept. Administration
John J. Drummond
Jennifer A. Gosetti-Ferencei
Director, Graduate Studies
Samir Haddad
Associate Chair, Rose Hill Undergraduate Studies
Bryan Frances Associate Chair, Lincoln Center Undergraduate Studies
Thomas Krettek
Director, MAPR Program
Nathan Ballantyne
Placement Officer
Margaret Donovan Administrative Assistant
Suzanna Appenzeller Executive Secretary
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NEW POSITION We are seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor that begins in the fall 2014 semester. 3/2 teaching load (undergraduate and graduate). Ph.D required. AOS: Metaphysics and epistemology broadly construed (e.g., philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, including philosophies of special sciences). AOC: open. The department is a pluralistic department and welcomes applications representing different philosophical approaches. Strong knowledge of history of philosophy is desirable. Teaching ability in the core areas of Philosophy of Human Nature or Philosophical Ethics is required. Applications must be submitted online through Interfolio ( Applications must include a letter of application and curriculum vitae, a transcript, writing sample, evidence of teaching ability (e.g., syllabi, student evaluations, letters discussing teaching ability) and at least three letters of recommendation. The deadline for the receipt of all materials is November 20. Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds.  Fordham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For information about Fordham, go here:
DISTINCTIONSThe department is pleased to be the home of the 3.85 million dollar Varieties of Understanding project from 2013-2016. In conjunction with New York University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Princeton Theological Seminary, the project will explore the various ways in which human beings understand the world and how that understanding might be improved. It is made possible by support from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Giorgio Pini will be a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei is a Research Associate for the Balzan Project on Literature as an Object of Knowledge at St. John's College, Oxford.

Jeffrey Flynn
will be a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during the coming year.
Congratulations to Brian Davies for his promotion to Distinguished Professor. Professor Davies works in medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion.

Congratulations also to Jeffrey Flynn for becoming a tenured member of the department and being promoted to Associate Professor. Professor Flynn specializes in critical theory and political philosophy.

Congratulations as well to Brian Johnson for becoming a tenured member of the department. Professor Johnson specializes in ancient philosophy.


We are pleased to announce that Christina Gschwandtner is joining us as a tenured Associate Professor beginning in the Fall 2013 semester. Her specialization is continental philosophy of religion. She will be teaching at the Rose Hill campus.

We are also happy to report that Shiloh Whitney (Ph.D. McGill University) is joining the department in Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She works in continental philosophy, phenomenology and feminist philosophy, and will be teaching primarily at the Lincoln Center campus.

In addition, we are pleased to report that Peter Bwanali, S.J. (Ph.D. Marquette) will be a Visiting Lecturer for the 2013-14 academic year. Fr. Bwanali works in ethics and political philosophy. He will be teaching at the Rose Hill campus.

Finally, we are happy to announce three new Post-Doc Teaching Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year, all at the Rose Hill campus:

  • Greg Lynch (Ph.D. Fordham) He works in philosophy and hermeneutics as well as the philosophy of language.
  • Sina Kramer (Ph.D. DePaul) She specializes in modern European philosophy, social and political philosophy, and feminist philosophy.
  • Myrto Mylopoulos (Ph.D. Graduate Center, CUNY) Her work focuses on philosophy of mind, philosphy of cognitive science, and philosophy of action.


PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT EVENTSLecture by Paul O'Grady (Trinity College, Dublin), September 20, 2013
Lecture by Dana Miller (Fordham University), September 23, 2013
Natural Law Colloquium with Arthur Ripstein (University of Toronto Law School and Department of Philosophy), September 30, 2013
31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS), October 11-13, 2013
Lecture by Susanna Schellenberger (Rutgers University), October 22, 2013
Sullivan Lecture by Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), November 5, 2013
Lecture by Joseph Cohen (University College, Dublin) and Raphael Zagury-Orly (Bezalel College of Arts and Design, Jerusalem), November 22, 2013
Lecture by Owen Flanagan (Duke University), February 10, 2014
Early Modern Workshop, March 22 and 23, 2014
Suarez Lecture by Judith Butler (University of California-Berkeley), March 31, 2014
Walton Lecture in Science, Philosophy and Religion by Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), April 9, 2014
4th Derrida Today Conference, May 28-31, 2014
 For details about these events, go here.
The Fordham Epistemology and Ethics Workshops will be held throughout the year at the Lincoln Center Campus. For information, go here:
The John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Workshops in Science, Philosophy and Religion are open to interested New York area professionals. They are held at the Lincoln Center Campus. For information go here:
Early Modern Workshop. This annual workshop fosters exchange and collaboration among scholars, students, and anyone with an interest in Early Modern Philosophy  (roughly covering the period 1600-1800).
Prospective Graduate Students: Fordham offers six-year financial aid awards for graduate study
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