Faculty News

2014-15 Faculty Activities

Gordon Bearn

Gordon Bearn was on academic leave during AY 2014, when he was a Visiting Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. During the year he presented papers in Japan, Greece, Peru, Turkey, and the U.S.:

  • "What is Philosophy?" 2015 Kobe Women's University in Suma, Japan.
  • "Communication and Resistance in Deleuze and Gertrude Stein" Invited Plenary Address at Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari-Refrains of Freedom  24-26 April 2015 Panteion University Athens, Greece.
  • "Punctuation in Gertrude Stein and Wittgenstein: Legacies of William James MD" Invited Lecture. The Jennie Mae and Ellis L. Krause Lecture, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. November 12, 2014.
  • "The Experience of Stanley Cavell [Bringing up Baby]" Invited Paper, El pensamiento del cine. Coloquio internacional sobre cine y filosofía en homenaje a Stanley Cavell, [The Thought of Movies. International             Colloquium on Cinema and Philosophy in honor of Stanley Cavell] Lima, Peru November 4, 2014
  • "Foucault, Boole, and Our Deleuzean Century" Lehigh University, Second Annual Philosophy Conference, October 24, 2014.
  • "Violescent Sensuality: Beyond Deleuze's Logic of Sensation" at the 7th International Deleuze Studies Conference, Models, Machines and Memories Istanbul, July, 14-16th 2014.
Mark Bickhard

Mark Bickhard was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 24, Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology in August 2014.  In addition to organizing the biennial Interactivist Summer Institute (most recently, 2015 in Bilkent University, Ankara), he organized and  presented a paper at the Lehigh conference honoring Donald Campbell, September 10&11, 2015 (see Events for details).  He also gave a number of presentations in Europe and the U.S.:

  • “(Inter-)Action as a Framework for Understanding Piaget,” May 2014, Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco
  • “How do you Operationalize a Person?” Jean Piaget Society, May 2014, San Francisco
  • “The Social-Interactive Ontology of Language,” Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use, 2014, University of Connecticut
  • “Functional Dynamics of the Central Nervous System. The Thirteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2014), June 2014, Utah.
  • “Robot Sociality: Genuine or Simulated?” Robo-Philosophy, Aarhus University, August 2014, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • “Dissolving Dichotomies: Naturalism vs Anti-Naturaliasm; Empiricism vs Rationalism,” Philosophy Unbound, Lehigh University, Oct 2014
  • “Perceiving and Apperceivin,” AAAI Fall Symposium:Modeling Changing Perspectives: Reconceptualizing sensory-motor experiences. Arlington, Virginia, November 2014.
  • Psychopathology,” Franklin & Marshall College, February 2014.
  • “Interactivism, Enactivism, and the Emergence of Sociality:Implications of a Process View,” Center for Human Interactivity, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, August 2014.

Upcoming activities include presentations at the First International Conference on ANTICIPATION, November 2015, in Trento, Italy, and at the  2nd International Conference in Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, "Situating Cognition: Agency, Affect, and Extension," October 2015, in Warsaw, Poland

Ricki Bliss

Ricki Bliss had an active first year as a new Lehigh faculty member. She received a Humboldt Fellowship and spent summer '15 in Hamburg, Germany on the first stage; she'll be on leave in 2016-17 to take advantage of the rest of the fellowship.  In addition to teaching new courses and publishing several papers (see Faculty Publications), this past year she also presented papers at conferences in Switzerland, South Korea, Spain, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, and the U.S.:

  • ‘What Dependent Entities Explain’, Grounding Workshop, Switzerland, June 2015.
  • ‘In Defense of Coherentism’, A Conference on ‘One’, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, May 2015.
  • ‘What Dependent Entities Explain’, Junior Metaphysics Workshop, Grand Valley State University, MI, April 2015.
  • ‘Humeanism and the Emptiness of Causation’, MAP Non-Western Philosophy Conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 2015.
  • ‘Grounding and Reflexivity’, LOGOS Research Seminar, University of Barcelona, Spain, December 2014.
  • ‘What Dependent Entities Explain’, Grounding and Fundamentality Workshop, University of Helsinki, Finland, June 2014.
  • ‘Ultimate Explanations’, Research Seminar, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, July 2014.
  • ‘Metaphysical Foundationalism and the Principle of Sufficient Reason’, Staff Seminar, Otago University, New Zealand, April 2014
  • ‘Circles of Ground’, Grounding Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, February 2014
Robin Dillon

 Robin Dillon  delivered several papers in 2014, including two keynote addresses:

  • “Self-Respect, Humility, and Arrogance,” Keynote Address, Dignity, Respect, and Self-Respect conference, Bologna University and University of Pavia, Bologna, Italy, May 2014
  • “Kant on Humility, Arrogance, and Self-Respect,” Keynote address, Kantian Ethics Workshop, University of North Carolina, March 2014
  • “Arrogance and Power,” Philosophy, Knowledge, and Feminist Practices conference, XV International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPH) Symposium, Universidad de Alcala, Madrid, Spain, June 2014
  • “Arrogance, Self-Respect, and Power,” Culture, Values, and Justice conference, University of Vaasa, Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion, and Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange, University of Vaasa, Finland, May 2014 [paper on program; unable attend due to death in family]

She is also featured philosopher interview in Ein Forscherleben für Respekt, ed. Eva Marsal (Bamberg: CC Buchner Verlag, 2015),  a German textbook for elementary school children.The double-page interview joined others devoted to Kant, Schopenhauer, Cassirer, Albert Schweitzer, and Hannah Arendt. Sherecently joined the Editorial Board of the Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, and stepped down in August 2015 after six years as President of the Society for Analytical Feminism, for which she organized more than thirty SAF sessions for all three APA meetings and one SAF conference

Roslyn Weiss

Roslyn Weiss is on academic leave during AY 2015-16. She is working on a translation, with introduction, notes, and commentary,  of Hasdai Crescas’s ‘Or Adonai’, which will be published by Oxford University Press. She published a number of articles this past year (see Faculty Publication] and gave presentations at conferences in Israel, Denmark, Canada, and numerous U.S. venues:

  • “Elohim: Knower of Good and Evil,” Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Bible, Talmud, and Midrash Conference,” Jerusalem, December 2015.
  • “Maimonides on the Thirteen Divine Attributes,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, December 2015.
  •  “The ‘Spirit’ of Cooperation: Thumos in Republic IV,” Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, Philadelphia, November 2015.
  • “The Transcendent God of Goodness,” Tulane University, October 2015.
  •  “Justice in Republic I and in the First Part of Republic II: Is There an ‘Objective’ Answer?” Interim Meeting of the International Plato Society, Emory University, March 2015.
  •  “Maimonides on Perfecting Perfection,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, December 2014.
  • “Wisdom as Good Fortune in Plato’s Euthydemus,” Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, Boston, November 2014.
  •  “Defining and Defending Justice in Book I of Plato’s Republic,” University of Copenhagen, October 2014.
  •  “The Role of Reason in Plato’s Republic,” University of Copenhagen, October 2014.
  •  “Pity or Pardon: Responding to Intentional Wrongdoing in Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle,” Plato and Xenophon: Comparative Studies Conference, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, June 2014.
  •  “Maimonides on Perfecting Perfection,” Bucknell University, April 2014.
  •  “The Deficient Philosophers of Republic 7,” York University, Toronto, Canada, March  2014