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 will be held at the University of Calgary September 26-27, 2014. The topic of The Summit will be future approaches for philosophy of biology. Six extensive discussions will start with talks by John Dupré, Philip Kitcher, Helen E. Longino, Elliott Sobert, C. Kenneth Waters, and William Wimsatt and comments by John Beatty, Marc Ereshefsky, Carla Fehr, Lisa Gannett, Denis Walsh, and Robert Wilson. The Summit will include a poster forum where Canadian students and postdoctoral fellows can present their research. All students, scholars, and scientists are welcome to attend. For more information about The Summit, and for those students and postdoctoral fellows interested in presenting their research at The Summit, please visit here.