Dr. C. Kenneth Waters joins the Department of Philosophy effective June 1, 2014 as Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Logic & Philosophy of Science. Waters comes from the University of Minnesota where he has also been the Director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. Founded in 1953 by Herbert Feigl of the "Vienna Circle", MCPS has become an international centre of research, bringing together scholars from around the world for discussion and collaboration, the major results of which are published in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Waters' arrival adds to an already strong philosophy of science component in our department and promises great things to come for philosophy of science at Calgary.
Dr. David Liebesman joins the Department July 1, 2014 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Linguistics. Since receiving his PhD in 2009 from Cornell University, Liebesman has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His main interests are in philosophy of language and metaphysics. Liebesman is establishing a strong publishing record and has articles forthcoming in Analytic Philosophy, Mind, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, The Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity (ed. Dan Star), and Quantifiers, Quantifiers, and Quantifiers (ed. Alessandro Torzo). His appointment here brings additional strength to already strong areas of research in our department.
Dr. Adrian Currie arrived in Calgary in July after receiving his doctorate from Australian National University to take up an appointment in our Department as one of the University of Calgary's Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholars. His research focuses on 'paleoepistemology': how historical scientists (palaeontologists, geologists, archaeologists, and so on) generate knowledge about the deep past, although he also dabbles in environmental philosophy, the philosophy of biology and issues of philosophical methodology. According to Adrian, he is keener to discuss metaphysics than you would expect.
The Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science, held at the University of Calgary September 26-27, 2014, was a resounding success. Our thanks to all who participated, especially featured speakers John Dupré, Philip Kitcher, Helen E. Longino, Elliott Sober, C. Kenneth Waters, and William Wimsatt and commentators John Beatty, Marc Ereshefsky, Carla Fehr, Lisa Gannett, Mohan Matthen, and Robert Wilson. Special thanks to Summit organizers Megan Delehanty, Marc Ereshefsky, and Ken Waters and their team for a thoroughly enjoyable conference. A Facebook page has been established for ongoing news resulting from The Summit. (Search for "Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science".) "We're just getting started!"