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Philosophy Prof Receives Prestigious Scottish Fellowship

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NEW YORK—John Greco, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, has been named a Fellow of the Scots Philosophical Club, which is the publisher of Philosophical Quarterly, a leading scholarly journal. He and a professor from Yale are the only two recipients awarded the prestigious honor celebrating the club’s 100th anniversary.

Greco was named a fellow for his pioneering work in virtue epistemology, a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of human knowledge to which Greco has applied the tenets of ethics and virtue.

“Professor Greco [received the fellowship] because he has been the foremost exponent of virtue epistemology in the recent literature and is a world-renowned and highly respected philosopher,” said Michael Brady, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at the University of Stirling in Scotland, who has helped organize a November conference around Greco’s work. “Greco's widely read book, Putting Skeptics in Their Place: The Nature of Skeptical Arguments and Their Role in Philosophical Inquiry (Cambridge University Press, 2000), has been the focus for much of the recent debate on virtue epistemology.”

Greco will present a number of lectures and workshops in Scotland and England throughout November and will headline the virtue epistemology conference Nov. 19 to 21 at the University of Stirling. Former Fordham graduate student Stephen Grimm and current graduate student Josef Simpson each had papers accepted by conference organizers and will be among the spate of international philosophers in attendance.

A second conference, on the philosophy of Thomas Reid, was also organized to coincide with Greco’s trip abroad and will take place at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland on Nov. 26 and 27.

Greco’s other books include Sosa and his Critics (Blackwell Publishers, 2004) and The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology, co-edited with Ernest Sosa, (Blackwell Publishers, 1999).

Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City’s Jesuit University, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.
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