Philosophy

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Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Department of Philosophy at Occidental College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship. In collaboration with faculty in the department, the Fellow will aim to develop courses that enhance

undergraduate research, especially for underrepresented and first-generation students, and foster collaboration with community institutions. An interest in, and ability to implement, innovative uses of digital technology will also be valued.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in philosophy by the start date of August 1, 2016. (AOS) and (AOC) are both open, but the responsibilities of the Fellow include:

·  Teaching four courses per year over a two-year appointment, including:

  • Introduction to Philosophy;
  • Two of the following - Philosophy of ArtPhilosophy of RaceEnvironmental EthicsGlobal JusticeFeminism, or Contemporary Moral Philosophy;
  • A new research-focused first year seminar that employs digital approaches to knowledge production or sharing, and builds partnerships with community organizations.

·  Mentoring and supervising one or two students per year conducting summer research projects and up to one student per semester serving as “education-in-action” facilitators attached to the Fellows’ courses.

·  Participating in two Center for Digital Liberal Arts Summer Institutes that support course and assignment development.

·  Participating in two year-round faculty development workshops with other Fellows, faculty, and the Center for Community Based Learning.

·  Maintaining an active research program.

Occidental College offers a unique combination of a rigorous academic program, small size, and diverse student body, located among the natural and cultural resources of Los Angeles. The College, and the Department of Philosophy, value creativity, academic accomplishment, and civic engagement, and aim to realize an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts in the context of a close-knit community of excellent teacher-scholars and engaged students. Occidental College is an equal opportunity employer. Underrepresented philosophers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of interest that addresses preparation for the responsibilities listed above
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, which also includes ideas about: 1) how to develop research-based coursework for diverse 1st and 2nd-year undergraduate students at a liberal arts college; 2) how one’s scholarly interests could be enhanced by partnership with LA-based community organizations; and 3) how to foster digital scholarship in the context of a liberal arts college.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

For Submissions and More Information Contact:

Department Coordinators/Department Chairs of Mellon Post-Doc Humanities Programs:

Patricia Micciche, Administrative Manager, email: philpostdoc@oxy.edu

Application Deadline: Review of applications will be rolling. For full consideration, please submit your materials by December 15.

http://www.oxy.edu/human-resources/working-oxy/faculty-positions


 

 
 
 
 
 

October 8, 2015

 

The Philosophy Department is hosting speaker Foad Dizadji-Bahmani of CSULA and the Beginning of the Year Party.

 

March 22, 2011

How Imagination Gives Rise To Knowledge

(or, “Elementary, My Dear Watson, Elementary”)

Amy Kind

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

5:15 pm - Fowler Halll 202

Refreshments served - Everyone welcome!

sponsored by Remsen Bird

Abstract:  Although philosophers have long looked to imagination to play a central role in the justification of our modal beliefs, it has also long been thought that outside of the domain of modal epistemology the imagination has no important epistemic role to play.  In the words of Brian O’Shaughnessy, it is “outside the cognitive circuit.”  This paper aims to defend the imagination against this charge... Read More

March 17, 2011

You're invited -  Thursday March 24 from 12-1 - to the Oxy Philosophy "open house" in Sycamore Glen. Come by, grab a bite to eat (catering by Spitz), meet (or better-get-to-know) the philosophy faculty, and learn more about majoring or minoring in philosophy! All are welcome - students interested in taking philosophy courses during the next academic year, as well as those interested in majoring or minoring in philosophy, are especially encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, or would like to know more about philosophy at Oxy but are unable to make the event, please feel free to contact Prof. Clair Morrissey at cmorrissey@oxy.edu.

March 16, 2011

The Lauter Prize in Philosophy: established in 2010, in honor of Herman A. Lauter, Professor of Philosophy from 1963-1991, presented annually to the author of the best essay submitted in a philosophy class.  Papers may be from any level philosophy class and should be submitted to the department chair by April 10th.  The decision will be made by the Philosophy Department faculty as a whole.  Students may win the award more than once.  The award will be announced at the end of the spring semester and will include a cash prize of $200. Submit your paper!

October 24, 2010

Occidental College Philosophy Department presents

What is Genocide and Why is it so bad?

Prof. Abed will argue that genocide is a violent process tied in complex ways to war, military occupation, colonization, and nation-state consolidation. According to this view, “ethnic cleansing” and cultural assimilation can be genocidal policies. Although Genocide is not the worst of the international crimes, the Holocaust is morally distinctive. Professor Mohammed Abed California State University, Los Angeles Thursday, October 28th 4:30 to 6:30 Fowler 202 Everyone is invited Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Remsen Bird Fund

October 5, 2010

A 'grande dame of philosophy', she pioneered virtue ethics. more >>> New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/us/10foot.html?_r=1&hpw

September 29, 2010

Kwame Anthony Appiah - Library Foundation of Los Angeles. The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

Appiah, a leading philosopher and a professor at Princeton University, demonstrates that honor is the driving force in the struggle against man’s inhumanity to man.

at the Los Angeles Central Library, Thursday, October 7th, at 7 pm.

September 28, 2010

The Lauter Prize in Philosophy: established in 2010, in honor of Herman A. Lauter, Professor of Philosophy from 1963-1991, presented annually to the author of the best essay submitted in a philosophy class.  Papers may be from any level philosophy class and should be submitted to the department chair by April 10th.  The decision will be made by the Philosophy Department faculty as a whole.  Students may win the award more than once.  The award will be announced at the end of the spring semester and will include a cash prize of $200. Submit your paper!

May 23, 2010

Sitting With Marina - by Arthur C. Danto

("Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, and was the art critic for The Nation from 1984 to 2009. He is the author of several books on analytical philosophy and the philosophy of art; and winner of the the National Book Critics Prize for Criticism in 1990, as well as Le Prix Philosophie for “The Madonna of the Future.”)

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