Announcement Archive




  • Congratulations to Renee Bolinger, for receiving USC's University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Spring 2015.
  • Congratulations to our graduate students Maegan Fairchild, for being awarded the USC General Education Graduate Assistant Award, and Renee Bolinger, for being awarded the USC Associates' Award for Excellence in Teaching, in Fall 2014.
  • Tom Pashby (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh) who has been our Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow during 2014-1015,  has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chi
  • John Hawthorne has accepted a full-time position in our department starting in the fall of 2015. He has already been with us part-time.
  • Jeremy Goodman, currently finishing PhDs in philosophy at both Oxford University and New York University, will join our faculty as Assistant Professor in Fall 2016.
  • Bihui Li, who has recently finished his PhD in History and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, has joined our department as a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow as of Fall 2015.
  • Kadri Vihvelin has been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective in Fall 2014.
  • Stephen Finlay has been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective in Fall 2014.
  • We are delighted to share the news that Gary Watson has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Mark Schroeder is the winner of the Senior Raubenheimer Award for 2014, USC Dornsife's highest award for scholarship, teaching, and service. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations Andrew Bacon for being awarded the 2014 APA Article Prize for his paper "Quantificational Logic and Empty Names", selected as the best article published by a younger philosopher in 2012 or 2013, and for the paper's selection as one of the ten best philosophy papers of 2013 by The Philosopher's Annual.

Students and Alumni:



  • Tom Pashby (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh) will be joining us as a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, working in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics, starting in Fall 2014.

Jeff Russell (metaphysics, phil. physics, logic) will be joining our faculty as Assistant Professor in Fall 2014, from the University of Oxford.  Welcome Jeff!

  • With regret we announce the passing of one of our faculty, Distinguished Professor Jim Higginbotham. An obituary is here.
  • Friday, September 5: A workshop on Kadri Vihvelin's new book, Causes, Laws, and Free Will: Why Determinism Doesn't Matter. The presenters are: Randolph Clarke, Dana Nelkin, Michael Nelson, and Derk Pereboom. The format will be "pre-read" with papers distributed in advance. The event will take place in the Franklin Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor of the law school.
  • With regret we announce the passing of one of our faculty, Professor Dallas Willard. A Celebration of Life was held at USC in October. To view video from the event, or to sign our online guestbook, please click here.
  • Alex Sarch (JD Michigan, PhD Univ of Amherst Mass.) has accepted our two-year postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy of law, starting spring 2014.


  • Eduardo Villanueva has been hired by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy with tenure. Congratulations Eduardo!
  • The Celebration of Life for Professor Dallas Willard took place at USC Caruso Catholic Center on Friday, October 4, at 3PM. It commemorated Professor Willard’s achievements contributions as a philosopher and an educator. More information is here: /dallas-willard/
  • Scott Soames gave the Hempel Lectures at Princeton in Spring 2013, as well as the Hempel Lectures in Peru.
  • Tran Nguyen, one of our outstanding undergraduate philosophy majors at USC, accepted an offer to undertake a Ph.D. in philosophy at Harvard. Congratulations Tran!
  • Sam Shpall joined the Yale University Department of Philosophy on a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship. Congratulations Sam!
  • Marina Folescu (History of Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and Mind) accepted a tenure track appointment in the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Philosophy. Congratulations Marina!
  • Julia Staffel received USC's Ph.D. Achievement Award, given to USC students with exceptional academic profiles. Only six graduates at USC were given this award this year. Congrats Julia!
  • Justin Snedegar (Ethical theory, Metaethics, Practical reasoning) accepted a position as Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. Congratulations Justin!
  • Julia Staffel (Epistemology, Formal Epistemology) was hired by Washington University, St. Louis! Julia starts as an Assistant Professor in January of 2014, after a post-doc at the Australian National University during fall semester of 2013. Congratulations Julia!
  • USC Deontic Modality Workshop
    Los Angeles, May 20-22, 2013

    Deontic or normative modality is a subject of common interest for researchers in several fields, including moral philosophy, metaethics, linguistic semantics, and deontic logic. This workshop brings together leading and creative thinkers in each of these fields in order to advance our collective understanding of this subject.

    The keynote address will be given by Angelika Kratzer (Umass-Amherst); other talks will be given by John Broome (Oxford), Frank Jackson (Princeton/ANU), Jeff Horty (Maryland), Paul Portner (Georgetown), Cleo Condoravdi & Sven Lauer (Stanford), Dan Lassiter (Stanford), Aynat Rubinstein (Georgetown), Jennifer Carr (MIT), Paul McNamara (New Hampshire), Joshua Knobe & Zoltan Szabo (Yale), and Malte Willer (Chicago). Additionally, selected work by other innovative scholars will be featured in a poster session. The full program can be viewed at

    Registration is free; to register please email no later than May 1st . Please also indicate if you wish to attend the conference dinner on Tuesday, May 21st. For further information email either Mark Schroeder ( or Steve Finlay (
  • Undergraduates joined us for a workshop with business and USC alumnus Paul Reddam, entitled "How to succeed in business with a degree in philosophy," April 5, 2013 from 2-4pm in MHP-106.
  • "When Physics Met Finance: A Discussion of the Practical Use of Advanced Mathematics" (28 Mar 2013 at 4pm). A workshop with James Owen Weatherall. Weatherall is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Irvine, and author of The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable. He will be joined by two commentators: Erik Friedlander (Dean's Professor of Mathematics, USC Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Mathematical Society) and Jacob Soll (Professor of History and Accounting, USC MacArthur Fellow 2012)
  • Ed McCann has been awarded the 2012-2013 USC Dornsife Raubenheimer Award. Named in honor of Albert S. Raubenheimer, the award recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university.
  • John Hawthorne accepted a half-time position as Professor of Philosophy. He will be joining us for the next five years, while maintaining his position as the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He will be at USC for several weeks every Fall and Spring semester, supervising graduate students, leading seminars, and otherwise participating in the general life of the department.
  • Andrew Bacon (logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics) joined us in the Spring of 2013 as Assistant Professor, having received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
  • Bryan Roberts (philosophy of science, philosophy of physics) joined us as a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Fall of 2012.


  • Kenneth Pearce has received the 2012 USC Dornsife College General Education Graduate Assistant Award.
  • John Kwak has received the 2012 USC Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
  • Lewis Powell has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, beginning in 2012-2013.
  • Geoff Georgi has been appointed Assistant Professor at West Virginia University, beginning in 2012-2013.
  • Eduardo Villanueva has been appointed Lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, in Lima, Peru, beginning in 2012-2013.
  • Julia Staffel received the USC Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2012-2013.
  • Shyam Nair received the Russell Fellowship for academic year 2012-2013.
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