Congratulations to Alum Giovanni Valente

Giovanni Valente has been awarded the Cushing Prize in history and philosophy of physics. 

The Cushing prize, in honor of James Cushing, is awarded for 'significant new work by younger scholars in the history and philosophical foundations of modern physics.'

Date Published: May 28, 2014

Evan Westra awarded SHRC Fellowship

 Evan was awarded a 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship.

Date Published: May 18, 2014

Evan Westra at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology

 Evan Westra is presenting a poster at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology at the University of British Columbia in June. The poster title is "Teleosemantics and the Tetrachromat: Why Etiological Functions Can’t Solve the Problem of Content Determinacy.”

Date Published: May 18, 2014

Peter Carruthers interviewed by Scientific American

An interview with Peter Carruthers about his views on working memory in animals (published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) was recently posted on the Scientific American website at:

Date Published: Apr 21, 2014

Peter Carruthers in Cincinnati

Peter Carruthers gave the keynote address and the  Don Gustafson Memorial Lecture at a conference on inner speech at the University of Cincinnati.

Date Published: Mar 30, 2014

Logan Fletcher in Sweden

Logan Fletcher gave a talk, "Mechanistic understanding, visual proof, and mathematical beauty", at the Workshop on Beauty and Explanation in Mathematics (WBEM) at Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, March 10-12, 2014.

Date Published: Mar 24, 2014

Eric Pacuit at Dependence Logic Workshop

Eric Pacuit gave an invited lecture "Dependence and Independence in Social Choice" at the Dependence Logic Workshopin Amsterdam, March 3-6. 

Date Published: Mar 11, 2014

Michael McCourt at CUNY Sentence Processing Conference

March 16, Michael McCourt presents a poster at the 27th CUNY Sentence Processing Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The poster reports joint work with Alexander Williams, Ellen Lau, Jeff Green and Aleksandra Fazlipour, concerning the interpretation of implicit arguments, such as the implied logical subject in a passive clause.

Date Published: Mar 11, 2014

Interview with Jeff Horty

The interview is in the recent edition of the Reasoner.  

Date Published: Feb 3, 2014

Sue Dwyer published an article Aljazeera America

The article is available here.

Date Published: Feb 3, 2014

PhD alum in the news

William Kalfelz, an alum of our PhD program, is profiled in the Reflector.

Date Published: Feb 3, 2014

Aidan Lyon awarded a Humboldt Fellowship

Aidan was awarded the fellowship to work on collective wisdom at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy. Aidan will also be a visiting research fellow at the Australian National University in 2014.

Date Published: Nov 20, 2013

UMD Ethics Bowl Teams wins first and second place!

Congratulations to the Ethics bowl teams who came in first and second in the Ethics bowl competition in Baltimore, MD.   A winning team will compete in the Mid-Atlantic regional competition in South Carolina.   The story was covered in the Diamondback.  

Date Published: Nov 2, 2013

Aidan Lyon to give public lecture at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Oct 25

Interpretations of Probability
The concept of probability plays a crucial role in every branch of science and everyday life. Indeed, probability is so important to all of humanity's endeavors that Bishop Butler once said that "probability is the very guide to life" and Henri Poincaré once wrote that “if [the probability] calculus be condemned, then the whole of the sciences must also be condemned”. However, despite the ubiquity and importance of the concept of probability, it is surprisingly difficult to say what statements of probability mean. What do we mean when we say something has a certain probability? To answer this question is to give an interpretation of probability. In this talk, I will give a critical overview of the leading interpretations of probability: the classical, logical, frequentist, propensity, subjective, and best-system interpretations of probability. 
Date Published: Oct 18, 2013

Brock Rough gives an invited lecture at St. Mary's College of Maryland

October 9, Brock Rough gives an invited talk ``Why Videogame Criticism is Difficult'' at St. Mary's College of Maryland. This is a joint event between the philosophy and art departments.

Date Published: Oct 7, 2013

Eric Pacuit is teaching a MOOC with Coursera

Eric Pacuit is teaching a MOOC "Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division" for UMD on Coursera.  The course will run sometime during the Fall semester. 

Date Published: Sep 25, 2013

Peter Carruthers' book published in paperback

Peter Carruthers' book, The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Knowledge, is now published in paperback by Oxford University Press.

Date Published: Sep 16, 2013

Winter Term Courses

Registration for the winter term (Jan. 2 - 22, 2014) begins on October 29. 

Date Published: Sep 10, 2013

Paul Pietroski presents keynote at Princeton Conference

September 14-15, Paul Pietroski gives a keynote address "Church to Chomsky, Marr to Most" at a CRNAP Conference in the Philosophy of Language.  A two-day event at Princeton University, Semantics: Mathematics or Psychology? focuses on Barbara Partee's classic paper. 

Date Published: Sep 5, 2013

Eric Pacuit at ESSLLI

Eric Pacuit co-taught (with Wes Holliday) the course Ten Puzzles and Paradoxes about Knowledge and Belief and co-organized  (with Ulle Endriss) the workshop Logical Models of Group Decision Making at ESSLLI 2013 in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Date Published: Aug 31, 2013

Lucas Dunlap gives an invited lecture

Lucas Dunlap gave a talk entitled "Some Philosophical Considerations Regarding D-CTCs and the Consistencty Condtion" at a conference Quantum Mechanics Seen Through Closed Timelike Curves, Les Treilles, France, June 24 - 29, 2013.

Date Published: Aug 30, 2013

Lucas Dunlap at Philosophy of Logic, Math, and Physics Graduate Conference

Lucas Dunlap gave a talk entitled "Does the Existence of a CTC Allow for Superluminal Signaling?" at Western University's annual Philosophy of Logic, Math, and Physics Graduate Conference, London, Ontario, May 18-19, 2012.

Date Published: Aug 30, 2013

Jeff Bub gave an invited lecture

Jeff Bub gave the Itamar Pitowsky Memorial Lecture at the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Edmond Safra Campus of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, March 13, 2013.

Date Published: Aug 9, 2013

Jeff Bub and Allen Stairs give a talk

Jeff Bub and Allen Stairs gave a joint talk "D-CTCs, P-CTCs, and Superluminal Signaling"  at a conference Quantum Mechanics Seen Through Closed Timelike Curves, Les Treilles, France, June 24 - 29, 2013. 

Date Published: Aug 9, 2013

Jeff Bub organizes a conference in France

Jeff Bub co-organized the conference Quantum Mechanics Seen Through Closed Timelike Curves,  Les Treilles, France, June 24 - 29, 2013. (with Alexei Grinbaum, CEA-Saclay, France, and Eric Cavalcanti, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia).

Date Published: Aug 9, 2013

Jeff Bub co-organized New Directions in the Foundations of Physics

Jeff Bub organized (with James Mattingly, Philosophy Department, Georgetown University) the annual 'New Directions in the Foundations of Physics' conference (about 65 participants), at the Mathematical Association of America Carriage House, Washington, DC, May 10 -12, 2013

Date Published: Aug 9, 2013

Jerry Levinson in Paris

Jerry Levinson presented a paper  "The Expressive Specificity of Jazz" at a meeting of the Societe Francaise d'Esthetique held at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the old haunt of Jean-Paul Sartre. 

Date Published: Aug 7, 2013

Jerry Levinson invited to speak in Beijing

Jerry Levinson gave two lectures in July at a 'New Musicology' Symposium at the Beijing Central Conservatory.  

Date Published: Aug 7, 2013

Paul Pietroski in Paris

Paul Pietorski  had a one-month professorship at the Ecole Normale in Paris, and gave the Context and Content Lectures at the Institut Jean Nicod.

Date Published: Aug 7, 2013

Aidan Lyon in Munich

Aidan Lyon is visiting the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy during the Fall Semester.  

Date Published: Jul 24, 2013