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2015-16 UC Davis Philosophy Department Newsletter
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Letter from Philosophy Department Chair 

The previous newsletter was David Copp’s last as outgoing Chair. This is my first, as incoming Chair. I am a repeat “offender,” having served as Chair from 2005-2010 as well. I wish to thank David for his stewardship over the past five years. He left the department in better shape than I could have hoped. David detailed many good things that were either coming to fruition or about to happen as he stepped down. The new Cognitive Science major already has 93 declared majors and hundreds more announcing their intentions upon admission for next year. Our four new colleagues who just arrived or were about to arrive on campus – Tina Rulli, Zoe Drayson, Hanti Lin, and Alyssa Ney – are settling in and already starting new initiatives, getting grants, giving talks, and raising our profile. New Philosophical Ideas courses and new “emphases” in our undergraduate Philosophy major (Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine) are launched and drawing interest. And our new endowments are growing and supporting Philosophy students: the Barrall Family Philosophy Scholarship and the Templeton Endowment for the Arts and Letters (TEAL) are both providing much-needed support to our highly deserving students, for which we are extremely grateful. Jim Barrall, UCD ’72, won the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. We also enjoyed the teaching and collegial presence of former PhD student Vadim Keyser, Professor Dennis Holden (American River College), visiting Professor Mark Reiff (University of Manchester Law School), and Professor Paul Gomberg who is now a research affiliate of the department, having settled in our area after retirement from a long career in Chicago. In addition to all this good news, our strong traditions continue unabated. Faculty continue to be honored for their work. This year, we are all proud and pleased that Professor G.J. Mattey received the well-deserved and prestigious Charles P. Nash Prize for his career-long commitment to shared governance. Our area-specific research and mentorship groups continue their high levels of weekly activities: BioLab (for philosophy of biology and related subjects), DaGERS (for ethics and related subjects) and LLEMA (for logic, epistemology and philosophy of math). The graduate students and faculty continue to be highly productive, as documented elsewhere in this newsletter. And the staff continue to keep us on track, on time and within budget. In so many ways, it should have been a piece of cake to pick up where David left off. Alas, it was not to be. We suffered the worst tragedy that can befall a family, a department, a faculty, a student body, a staff organization. On an October Sunday, our esteemed colleague and Professor Elaine Landry’s partner, Professor Aldo Antonelli, passed away suddenly. He was, characteristically, discussing a student with a colleague, Professor Robert May, while on a bike ride. We are all grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from colleagues, friends, former students, and family around the world and for their help in establishing a memorial fund in support of graduate students working in logic and philosophy of logic. As we continue to mourn his loss, Aldo’s example serves as an inspiration to meet his high standards, his good humor, and especially his dedication to students and the university. He will be missed. 

James Griesemer

Aldo Antonelli 1962-2015

Our colleague and friend, Aldo Antonelli, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 11, 2015 while bicycling in Sacramento. California. Aldo was a much-loved professor of philosophy who specialized in pure and applied logic. Together with his partner and colleague, philosopher of mathematics Elaine Landry, Antonelli established philosophy of logic and mathematics as a focal point of scholarship in the Davis department.

Contributions in Aldo’s memory may be made to a fund in support of graduate students working in logic and philosophy of logic. Please write checks to: UC Davis Foundation, marked “Aldo” and mail to: Chair, Department of Philosophy, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 USA. You may donate via credit card directly through an Antonelli Memorial Fund Giving page at the UC Davis website.

Professor G.J. Mattey was awarded the Charles P. Nash Prize at a special ceremony on May 16. The Charles P. Nash Prize, funded by the campus community and the Nash family and friends, is awarded by the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, the UC Davis Academic Federation, the Davis Faculty Association and the Nash Family to acknowledge achievement in and commitment to promoting shared governance in keeping with Charlie Nash’s exceptional efforts in promoting and advocating for faculty interests and welfare. The prize is awarded to an individual who clearly represents advocacy, achievement and dedication within a body of service that exemplifies Charlie's legacy.
Student Profile: Jasmine Gunkel
Jasmine Gunkel is a major in the philosophy department and the recipient of the philosophy department's essay prize for two consecutive years. She is also the president of the undergraduate philosophy club, which hosts weekly discussions and talks over the academic year. Our reporter caught up with Jasmine just as she was finishing up her spring quarter work.

1. What are you studying at UC Davis?
I am majoring in philosophy and minoring in human rights.

2. How long have you been leading the philosophy club? 
I joined Philosophy Club as a freshmen, became an officer as a sophomore, and now as a junior am the President of Philosophy Club. 

3. What first drew you to philosophy and the major? 
I actually came to Davis already declared as a philosophy major, which I gather is fairly unusual for freshmen. In high school I had a really difficult time deciding on what to major in. I was torn between biology, physics, history, English, and a few other disciplines. I looked at the course listings for various majors at the universities I was applying to and philosophy had by far the most appealing list at every school. Every course seemed so exciting and the classes overlapped with many of my areas of interest. For instance, the Space and Time class here looked like it would cover more of the questions about physics I found especially interesting than many physics classes would. I took Intro to Philosophy my first quarter here with Professor Sennet and it completely solidified my major decision. I always looked forward to attending lecture and enjoyed thinking about many of the issues raised in class in my spare time. Every philosophy class I've taken since then has made me feel more sure about my decision to study philosophy.

4. What are your plans for after you graduate? 
After I graduate next year, I hope to head straight into a philosophy PhD program, probably to focus on ethics. I am currently preparing to write my honors thesis with the assistance of Professor Rulli, which I plan to use as my writing sample when I apply to graduate programs this December.

5. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Half Moon Bay, California. It's a small, foggy town on the coast, a little drive south of San Francisco. I often hear some of my classmates talk about how small Davis feels, but it's actually significantly larger than where I'm from.

6. What was the most exciting philosophical idea or argument you learned about in a class or discussion?
One of the coolest arguments I've learned about recently is the argument that because relativity entails there is no such thing as absolute simultaneity and our standard conception of the present is that it is what is simultaneous with our now, our standard view of the present could not be correct. I really like this argument because I find it very disconcerting. I think the premises are convincing, but the conclusion seems so bizarre and counter-intuitive. One of my favorite things about philosophy is how often  I find myself considering ideas I initially regarded as ludicrous.

7. Are you a member of any other clubs? 
I am also involved with a couple student-run theatre groups. I've been performing since I was 5 or 6 and am very thankful I've found such a wonderful creative outlet at Davis. This quarter I was in Studio 301's production of Almost, Maine, an absurdist romantic comedy. I was also in Dead Art Society's production of Psychobash, a student written one-act in which I played the character Sadness.
Professor David Copp visited Xiamen University this spring, where he was an external examiner at the dissertation defense of Qiqi Wang.  Qiqi spent the academic year 2014/15 at UC Davis studying moral epistemology. At Xiamen, Professor Copp also gave a public lecture on the right to privacy as well as a talk on metaethics to the department's epistemology and experimental philosophy workshop. 
Faculty from the Philosophy and Physics departments have won a $5000 Faculty Research Cluster Award from the Davis Humanities Institute to fund new research collaborations and a series of talks on the "Philosophy and Physics of Space-time." 
u-POW, the UC Davis group for philosophically-oriented undergraduate women, had a year packed with activities. One highlight was an inspiring spring meeting with the philosopher of science Elisabeth Lloyd.
Professor Tina Rulli has won a $4000 Individual Research Grant from the UC Davis Institute of Social Sciences (ISS). This will act as a seed grant to fund a project on "Genetic Research, Race, and Informed Consent."

 

Upcoming Colloquia for 2016-17

 

Save the dates. 
All talks held Fridays at 3:30 pm in the Philosophy Department Library.

 
October 7: Craig Callender (UC San Diego)
October 21: Catherine Elgin (Harvard)
October 28: Rachael Briggs (Stanford)
January 27: Nancy Cartwright (UC San Diego/Durham)
March 3: James Owen Weatherall (UC Irvine)
March 10: Gideon Rosen (Princeton)
March 31: James Dreier (Brown)

 

 

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The fourth installment of the department's DEX conference series, this one organized by Adam Sennet, Tim Houk, and Liz Rard, took place March 28-29, 2016 on the UC Davis campus. It featured talks by Luvell Anderson (Memphis), Nate Charlow (Toronto), Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana), Roberta Ballarin (British Columbia), Allen Habib (Calgary), and Alan Hayek (ANU).
Get to know our new faculty member: Hanti Lin
Professor Hanti Lin joined the UC Davis Philosophy department in July 2014, coming to us from Carnegie Mellon, where he took his PhD and the Australian National University, where he enjoyed a postdoctoral fellowship. He took the time to answer the following tough questions from our philosophy department reporter.

1. What are your main areas of research?
Epistemology (broadly construed to include formal epistemology and epistemological topics in philosophy of science, such as the problem of induction and the foundations of statistics), Decision theory (especially the part that concerns the decisions made by cognitively bounded agents), and Philosophy of language (especially the part that concerns whether some declarative sentences lack truth conditions). 

2. What is a project you are especially excited about right now?
I am currently developing a new framework for doing natural language semantics, which works not by telling us when a sentence is true, but when it is acceptable. Two things about it really make me excited. (1) The new semantic framework can do a lot; it is so general that it covers many kinds of sentences that have even been suspected to lack truth values, such as conditionals, epistemic modals, mathematical sentences, and moral sentences. (2) To give a solid foundation to the new semantic framework, I need to do (and have done) a lot, even using many of my research results in decision theory and epistemology (yes, you read it right). OK, I know what I just said sounds very weird, but send me an email and I will explain to you how the so-called preface paradox in epistemology is crucially relevant to the issue whether moral sentences lack truth values.  

3. Where did you grow up?
I am from Taiwan, where I lived since birth until I turned 26. 

4. How did you first get interested in philosophy?
I was a physics student in college, particularly interested in theoretical physics. So I took a number of courses in mathematics. Somehow I came across a course about mathematical logic, whose lecturer was actually a philosopher and brought me to Frege's work on the foundations of arithmetic. Then I thought: "Holy cow! Philosophy can be done that way, with the help of mathematical rigor. Probably I want to switch." And I did switch. 

5. What is an article or book you would recommend to those who want to get a taste for what your work is about?
If you want to know what my work on the problem of induction is about, I recommend the following pair of papers: 

Reichenbach, Hans (1940) “On the Justification of Induction”, The Journal of Philosophy, 37(4): 97-103.
Carnap, Rudolf (1945) “On inductive logic”, Philosophy of Science, 12(2): 72-97.

(Spoiler: Carnap is less Carnapian than many people think.)

6. What have you most enjoyed about Davis so far?
I can do so many things I love to do within walking distance: grocery shopping, eating sushi, and meeting philosophers. I also love the good weather here---I am a pacific islander who barely managed to survive five severe winters while I did my PhD in Pittsburgh.

7. What are some things you like to do when you are not doing philosophy?
I like to watch anime and read manga. If luckily I still have enough energy after a week of philosophization, I will play strategy games on my beefy PC (and exhaust myself). You can call me an otaku.

8. Are there any new classes you are teaching next year that students can look forward to?
PHI 102 Theory of Knowledge
PHI 133 Logic, Probability, and Artificial Intelligence

9. Is there anything else you'd like to tell our readers?
Philosophize Hard = Play Hard
 
The 2016 Davis Undergraduate Philosophy Conference was held on campus Saturday, April 23rd . Students from around the region presented work on Frege, the philosophy of mind, social philosophy, and epistemology. The conference featured a keynote lecture by Sacramento State professor Dan Weijer.
Student Profile: Noel Joshi-Richard
Noel is a PhD student in the philosophy department just getting started on her dissertation project. She took the time to answer our reporter's questions just after she finished TA-ing her last class for the academic year.

1.  What are your main areas of research?
I work in applied ethics. I have a strong interest in not only bioethics and feminist bioethics, but also in how our globalized world has brought us all so much closer together. People, from all over the world, commonly transact with one another across national and cultural borders. These practices open us up to new and vexing moral questions about who is a member of our moral community as well as put pressure on us to attempt to justify (or not) the often very troubling ethical implications of these transnational transactional practices. Given this interest set, it should come as no surprise that I am planning to write my dissertation on the ethical problems of transnational surrogacy as the practice is currently carried out in India.  
 
2. What is a project you are especially excited about right now?
I am trying to work out what, exactly, the moral wrong of transnational surrogacy is. This is a surprisingly hard question to answer as the practice is quite complex and crosses both national and cultural borders. There are also issues of cultural imperialism to be concerned about. A woman in India who takes on surrogacy work is doing an incredibly courageous thing as this work is highly stigmatized. We must be careful when importing our Western feminist ideas that the voice of the surrogate does not get swamped out and that we accord her the respect that she is due as an agent. Obviously—I have a lot to say about this ***laughing*** so, yeah, I guess this is the project that I’m most excited about right now. 
 
3. Where are you from?
I’m a California girl—I spent my early childhood in a geodesic dome that my parents built outside Mt. Shasta City in the Trinity Mountains (about 3 hours north of here). When I was older we moved to the San Francisco bay area. As an adult my husband, Apurva, and I have lived in Santa Barbara, Chico and currently are in Yuba City (about an hour north of here).
 
4. How did you first get interested in philosophy?
 As a self admitted all-around-nerd, I was always attracted to academia, it was just a matter of trying to find the right niche. I was interested in the biological science, in anthropology, in religious studies, gender studies, all kinds of stuff—Then I took an intro to philosophy course at city college in Santa Barbara and instantly realized I had found my place in the world. My philosophy professor was exceptional and helped me realize that, while I was very interested in all those disparate areas of academia, I was already thinking about them like a philosopher. In other words, I could keep thinking about and writing about all those things and get my hands on new and exciting ways to look at the issues in all those disciplines that I was interested in through philosophy. So, I changed my major to philosophy the next day and have never looked back!
 
5. What is an article or book you would recommend to those who want to get a taste for what your work is about?
There are several great journal articles about transnational surrogacy. One of the best is Jennifer Parks’ “Care ethics and The Global Practice of Commercial Surrogacy” in the Journal Bioethics. Also, for some interesting sociology with a philosophical bent you can read the ethnographic work of Amrita Pande-- who has studied Indian gestational surrogates in ART clinics in India. Dr. Pande has several published essays, including “Commercial Surrogacy in India: Manufacturing a Perfect Mother-Worker” and “Not an Angel, not a Whore: Surrogates as “Dirty” Workers in India” as well as a book that just came out last year. 
 
6. What have you most enjoyed about Davis and Davis philosophy so far?
The people are what is best about this department. Not only are the faculty and the staff incredibly supportive, but this is one of the best bunches of graduate students that I have ever known.
 
7. What are some things you like to do when you are not doing philosophy?
I spend most of my down-time with my wonderful husband, Apurva, and our ever-growing posse of pets (which currently includes two ridiculously tiny dogs, three cats, a small parrot, 6 chickens and—by the time anyone reads this—another 10 tiny baby chicks). My husband and I also love to travel. 

Student Awards


The Barrall Family Philosophy Scholarship honors a philosophy major who has a history of community service or other activities that demonstrate an ongoing personal interest in bettering society and the world in general.  This year's recipient is Courtney Klousner.

This year's Philosophy Essay Prize winner is Jasmine Gunkel. Jasmine earned the prize for her essay, "Past-Cone-ism: Problems Determining What is Present." 
The runner-up for this year's prize is Jarom Longhurst.

Philosophy and linguistics major Zion Mengesha is the recipient of this year's Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Congratulations as well to all of the philosophy majors who have earned Outstanding Performance Citations:
Megan Gramlich
Denise Hossom
Nicholas Jensen
Zion Mengesha
Evan Micheels
Jonathan Monson
David Rajec
Nicholas Waterstraat
Mariah Watson
Taishi Williams

Finally... 

Our graduate students and faculty had a busy year writing and presenting papers. Here is a summary.

Kyle Adams presented his paper "Realism and Moralism in Identity Representation" at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in a special session organized by the Society for LGBTQ Philosophy.

David Copp finished three essays that will appear soon – one is a response to one of Derek Parfit’s arguments against normative naturalism, one is about an issue in philosophy of education and the other is in philosophy of law. He presented papers at the University of Calgary and at Xiamen University, China. He also gave a public lecture at Xiamen on the right to privacy and the idea of a civil liberty. 

Zoe Drayson presented soon-to-be-published work at the Congress on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science (CLMPS), the Australian National University, and MIND23 (a workshop at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies). She also presented at the St. Andrews conference "Sensing Strange Things" and delivered a commentary at this year's Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association.

Gerald Dworkin published "Paternalism”  in Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. (October 2015). He will be the Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern for the 2016-17 academic year.

Cody Gilmore presented his paper "A Cartesian Argument Against Compositional Nihilism" at the California Metaphysics Conference at USC and the Undergraduate Philosophy Club. He has three papers that were published this academic year: "The Metaphysics of Mortal: Death, Immortality, and Personal Time." Philosophical Studies, published online 3/24/16, "Relativity and Three Four-Dimensionalisms." with Damiano Costa and Caludio Calosi. Philosophy Compass. vol. 11 (2016), and "Personal Identity, Consciousness, and Joints in Nature." The Journal of Ethics. vol. 19 (Dec. 2015).

James Griesemer has several publications to report: “Sharing Spaces, Crossing Boundaries.” Chapter 8, pp. 201-218, in Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke and Ellen Balka (eds), Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star. Cambridge: MIT Press, Star and Griesemer 1989, "Institutional Ecology, 'Translations,' and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907 - 1939." reprinted in Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke and Ellen Balka (eds), Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star. Cambridge: MIT Press, “The Enduring Value of Gánti’s Chemoton Model and Life Criteria: Heuristic Pursuit of Exact Theoretical Biology,” Journal of Theoretical Biology 381:23-28. Online publication complete: 1-JUN-2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2015.05.016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2015.05.016 , “What Salamander Biologists Have Taught Us About Evo-Devo,” in Alan C. Love (ed), Conceptual Change in Biology: Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, vol. 307). Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, pp 271-301, and Griesemer, J. “Reproduction in complex life cycles: A developmental reaction norms perspective,” Philosophy of Science, in press 3/15/2016. He also gave the following presentations: Invited Comment on “What a difference research questions can make!” Romanell Lecture by Elisabeth Lloyd, America Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, March 30, 2016, “Taking Goodhart’s Law Meta: Gaming, Meta-Gaming, and Hacking Academic Performance Metrics,” in “Impact Or Perish: Innovating Misconduct in the Age of Metrics,” Conference hosted by Innovating Communication in Scholarship, UC Davis, Feb 4-5, 2016, "Preserve, organize, mobilize: Systematics, evolutionary morphology and the dualism of representing and intervening, or, how some species got their names,” Symposium: “Labels, Catalogues, and Architectures: The Art and Science of Modern Systematics,” Volkswagen Stiftung, Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany, June 25, 2015, “Evo-Devo from a Reproducer Process Perspective,” Université Paris, IHPST (Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques), Paris France, June 22, 2015, and “What Simon Should Have Said,” Symposium: “Scaffolding Werner Callebaut’s Naturalistic Turn,” ISHPSSB 2015, Montréal Canada, July 7, 2015.

Chris Healow presented his paper "Conventionalism(s) in Plato's Cratylus" at the Annual Meeting of the International Plato Society in Paris, the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, and in a meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at the Pacific APA. He has also accepted a 1-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Weber State University for the 2016-17 academic year. 

Timothy Houk has a commentary article (co-authored with Russel DiSilvestro and Mark Jensen) forthcoming in The American Journal of Bioethics: "Smoke and Mirrors: Subverting Rationality, Positive Freedom, and Their Relevance to Nudging and Smoking Policies." He also presented papers and one poster at a variety of conferences: “Nudging Doesn’t Threaten Rationality,” Colloquium, American Philosophical Association Pacific Meeting, “Solving Russell’s Transitivity Problem,” Bertrand Russell Society, American Philosophical Association Central Meeting, “If Responsibility is Compatible with Determinism, It’s Compatible with Indeterminism” Institute of Philosophy (Croatia) Conference: Agency, Causality, and Free Will, “Nudged and Rational,” Symposium on the Ethics of Nudging, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, CSU Sacramento, and  “Can There Be Purely Rational Manipulation?,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Poster Session, University of Colorado Boulder.

Michael Hunter was accepted to present a talk titled: Philosophers Behaving Badly: The systemic failures of "Experimental Philosophy" at the following conferences: the first annual MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) at Leeds conference on Implicit Bias (Sept. 2015), the Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference (Sept. 2015), the Inaugural Meeting of the Experimental Philosophy Group Germany (Nov. 2015), and MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) conference at Bristol University (May 2016).

Fabio Lampert presented “Tableau methods for two-dimensional modal logics" at the Association for Symbolic Logic, Storrs CT, the CSHPM, Calgary CA, Logic and Language: 5th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference, Calgary CA, and NASSLLI, at Rutgers, upcoming July 2016, and "Natural natural deduction for modal logics", co-authored with Greg Ray at the Society for Exact Philosophy, Coral Gables FL.

Hanti Lin published “Bridging the Logic-Based and Probability-Based Approaches to Artificial Intelligence”, in Hung, T.-W. (ed.) Rationality: Constraints and Contexts, Amsterdam: Elsevier, Kevin, K. T., Genin, K. and Lin, H. (2016) “Realism, Rhetoric, and Reliability”, Synthese, 193(4): 1191-1223, and “The Meaning of Epistemic Modality and the Absence of Truth”, in Yang, C-M., Deng, D.-M., and Lin, H. (eds.) Structural Analysis of Non-Classical Logics, Berlin: Springer-Verlag. He also presented "Conditionals and Actions: A Case Study of Choosing between Logic" at the 5th CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Intelligent Interaction at Stanford, "A Tale of Two Epistemologies" (with Alan Hájek), Annual Res Philosophica Conference: Bridging Formal and Traditional Epistemology, Saint Louis University, "Acceptance as an Apt, Structural Correspondence between Credences and Beliefs" (with Kevin T. Kelly), American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, , "When ‘Or’ Meets ‘Might’: Toward Acceptability-Conditional Semantics", Departmental Colloquium, University of Sydney, and "Counterfactuals, Graphical Models, and Indeterminism", the Determinism, Probability, and Conditionals Workshop, the Australian National University.

Robert May has forthcoming “Truth in Frege,” (co-authored with Richard Heck) in The Oxford Handbook of Truth, “The Proof of Hume’s Principle,” (co-authored with Kai Wehmeier) in  Essays on Frege’s Basic Laws of Arithmetic (Oxford University Press), and “Pejoratives as Fiction,”(co-authored with Christopher Hom) in Bad Words (Oxford University Press). He presented “The Conceptual Structure of Linguistic Theory. Part 1: The Representation of Derivation” (co-authored with Adam Sennet) at the Philosophy of Linguistics and Language, Dubrovnik, “Higginbotham on Anaphora (and Logical Form)," at the Rutgers Semantics Workshop, “Pejoratives as Fiction” (co-authored with Christopher Hom) at Institut Jean-Nicod, Ecole Normale Superieure, “Judgement and Truth” at  IHPST, University of Paris I, Paris, “Logic As Science” at the France-Berkeley Workshop, Universite Paris I, and “Sense and Judgement” at the Society for Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy Symposium at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Meeting.

Roberta Millstein edited (with Rasmus Winther and Rasmus Nielsen) Genomics and Philosophy of Race, special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. In addition, she published "Probability in Biology: The Case of Fitness" in A. Hájek and C. R. Hitchcock (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Probability and Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 601-622, "Re-examining the Darwinian Basis for Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic,"Ethics, Policy & Environment 18: 301-317, "Thinking About Populations and Races in Time," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 52: 5-11. Ramsus Grønfeldt Winther, Millstein, Roberta L., and Nielsen, Rasmus (2015), "Introduction: Genomics and philosophy of race," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 52: 1-4. She presented "Rethinking Aldo Leopold's Land Community Concept."  as a keynote at the Texas Tech Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Simon Fraser University, and the International Society for Environmental Ethics session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. She also presented "Discussion of 'A War on Science? Vaccines, Climate Change, GMOs, and the Role of Science'." at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, D.C. (The session was written up in Science and Scientific American) and "Is Aldo Leopold's 'Land Community' an Individual?" at the biennial International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Bernard Molyneux presented "Modeling De Se Belief" at Thinking the Same: a workshop on Mental Files at Bogazici University in Turkey.

Alyssa Ney published "Microphysical Causation and the Case for Physicalism" in Analytic Philosophy, "Grounding in the Philosophy of Mind: A Defense" in Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground (Palgrave-Macmillan), and "Fundamental Physical Ontologies and the Constraint of Empirical Coherence" in Synthese. She presented "Finding Consciousness in the Wave Function" at Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) in Tucson, "Are the Questions of Metaphysics More Fundamental Than Those of Science?" at the EPSA (European Philosophy of Science Association) in Dusseldorf, the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina, and the University of California, San Diego, "The Metaphysics of Mental Disorders" at the University of Bordeaux, Iowa State University, and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology's annual meeting, "The Empirical Case for Physicalism" at the Northern California Consciousness Conference, "Finding the World in the Wave Function" at a workshop on spatial functionalism in Paris, Causality in a Quantum World in Queensland, and the New Trends in the Metaphysics of Science in Paris, and "What is Physicalism?" in the Philosophy Today Series at the University of Alabama. She was also one of the critics in an author-meets-critics session on Mathias Frisch's Causal Reasoning in Physics at the Pacific APA.

Dan Norton presented "A Challenge to the Causal Closure of the Physical" as a poster at this year's TSC (The Science of Consciousness) meeting in Tucson.

Marina Oshana has been working on a volume she is co-editing, The Social Dimensions of Moral Responsibility, with Katrina Hutchison and Catriona Mackenzie for Oxford University Press. She has just finished the first year of a three year stint on the APA Committee for Lectures, Publications, and Research. She was also elected as the At-Large Board Member of the APA for July 2016 - 2019.

Tina Rulli published “IIA, Rationality, and the Individuation of Options,” (co-authored with Alex Worship) in Philosophical Studies (173)1, 2016: 205-221. She presented “On Conditional Obligations: Understanding Surfaxin-Style Cases,” California State University, Sacramento, “What is the Value of 3-Parent IVF?” at California State University, Sacramento, and “On the Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement IVF: Medical Resources, Relative Risk, and the Way Forward,” American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting, Panel Presentation, Houston.

Adam Sennet published an update to his article on ambiguity for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an article on polysemy for the Oxford Online Handbook of Philosophy, and a critical review of Peter Ludlow's Living Words (co-authored with Tyrus Fisher) in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He also presented "LF and Trees" (co-authored with Robert May) at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology annual meeting, as well as two talks at the Catolica University of Lima and one talk at UNAM in Mexico City.

Ted Shear presented "Lockean Danger Zones and Lossy Inferences"at the European Logic Colloquium, "Identity Crisis: Logical Considerations for Physicalist Solutions to the Hard Problem of Consciousness," (co-authored with Bernard Molyneux) at PHILOGICA IV Colombian Conference in Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science, and "Two Approaches to Belief Revision," (co-authored with Branden Fitelson and Jonathan Weisberg),at PHILOGICA IV Colombian Conference in Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, the Epistemic Utility Theory 2016 Conference, and the Formal Epistemology Workshop (FEW) in Groningen, Netherlands. He also presented a poster with Bernard Molyneux at the Northern California Consciousness conference.

Jan Szaif published a paper on Ethical Questions Concerning the Manipulability of the Human Genome in a volume dedicated to the topic of Synthetic Biology (Synthetische Biologie. Alber: 2015). He presented papers on “The Academic Division of Goods” at the University of Munich—UC Berkeley Workshop (Sept. 2015), on “False Pleasures and the Place of Uncertain Hopes in a Good Life” at the West Coast Plato Workshop (May 2016), and “Two Gifts for the Lad: Parmenides on the Role of krisis for the Attainment of Wisdom” at the meeting of the International Association for Presocratic Studies  (June 2016).
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