It's been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I'm writing to update you on life in our department.
- Dermot Moran and Miguel de Beistegui were splendid as the 2015 Gadamer Visiting Professors.
- Many of our doctoral students are studying abroad: Stephanie Rumpza, MA'13, in Paris, France; Marina and Kevin Marren in Freiburg, Germany; and Greg Floyd, MA'11, in St. Andrews, Scotland.
- Jorge Garcia organized the 2015 annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
In other news, last spring we reached agreement on a three-to-five-year plan of priorities for hiring. We are in conversation with the Psychology Department about a possible joint hire in neuroscience and the philosophy of mind and are currently selecting finalists for a position in political, social, and legal philosophy. The administration has given us a strong endorsement of the direction we charted in our 2014 vision: to create a new model for a pluralistic philosophy department.
On a sad note, a number of us gathered on October 24 to remember doctoral student Anthony Anderson, who died this past year after a long illness. Thomas J. Owens '44, PhL'48, an alumnus and longtime professor, died on January 26 at age 93. Dr. Owens joined the Philosophy Department in 1957 and retired in 2011. They will both be greatly missed.
We have many events happening on campus in the coming months. Please see our website for more detail on upcoming events.
We encourage you to let us know where you are and what you are doing, how your Boston College education is serving you, and what we can do to make it better!
Arthur Madigan, S.J.
Chair, Philosophy Department