University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty Achievements

John Bengson

  • Vilas Associates Award (2017-19)
  • Templeton Foundation Research Award (2014-15)
  • The Philosopher’s Annual – “The Intellectual Given” recognized as one of “the ten best articles published in philosophy” (2015)
  • Publications in Mind, NoûsPhilosophy and Phenomenological ResearchPhilosophical Studies, Mind & Language, InquiryAnalytic PhilosophyOxford Studies in Epistemology, and various edited volumes.
  • Visiting Faculty at Harvard University (2016-17)

Harry Brighouse

  • Harry Brighouse was recently awarded a WARF named chair, as the Mildred Fish Harnack Professor of Philosophy of Education.
  • His book, edited with Michael McPherson, The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2015) won the 2017 Frederick Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for the book that contributed most the the understanding and practice of liberal education
  • His newest book  is Educational Goods: Values and Evidence in Educational Decisionmaking (University of Chicago Press, 2018), written with Helen Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift. 
  • His previous book (with Adam Swift), Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships, (Princeton University Press, 2014) is the subject of special issues of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and Law, Ethics and Philosophy
  • He’s currently directing the Center for Ethics and Education (link to our webpage: http://ethicsandeducation.wceruw.org/)

Emily Fletcher

  • “Plato on Incorrect and Deceptive Pleasures,” forthcoming in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
  • “Two Platonic Criticisms of Pleasure,” forthcoming in Pleasure, Oxford Philosophical Concepts, ed. Lisa Shapiro, (OUP)
  • “The Divine Method and the Disunity of Pleasure in the Philebus,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 55.2 (2017), 179-208.
  • “Aisthēsis, Reason and Appetite in the Timaeus,” Phronesis 61 (2016), 397-434.
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Research Fellowship, Spring 2015
  • “Plato on Pure Pleasure and the Best Life,” Phronesis 59 (2014), 113-142.

Paula Gottlieb

  • “Feelings in Aristotle’s Rhetoric” in Virtue, Happiness and Knowledge: Themes from the work of Gail Fine and Terence Irwin, ed., D. Brink, S. Meyer, and C. Shields, Oxford: Clarendon Press, forthcoming.
  • “Aristotle on Self-Knowledge” in Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy ed. Fiona Leigh, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • With Elliott Sober, “Nature does Nothing in Vain”, the Journal of the History of the Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), forthcoming.
  • “Aristotle on Sympathy” the inaugural Spellman lecture in honor of Professor Lynne Spellman’s retirement, University of Arkansas, April 2016.
  • Entry on Aristotle on Non-Contradiction for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the web, last revised, 2015. (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-noncontradiction)
  • “Aristotle on Inequality of Wealth” for a volume edited by Georgios Anagnastopoulos and Gerasimos Santas.
  • Elected Central Divisional Representative for the American Philosophical Association, 2012-15.
  • Aristotle on Reason and Feeling (contract with Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Dan Hausman

  • Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy, 3rd. edition (co-authored with Michael McPherson and Debra Satz, Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • 2016 Wittgenstein Lectures, University of Bayreuth
  • Valuing Health: Well-Being, Freedom, and Suffering (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Preference, Value, Choice, and Welfare (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

John Mackay

  • Modal Interpretation of Tense in Subjunctive Conditionals forthcoming, Semantics and Pragmatics (final version will be uploaded shortly)
  • Subjunctive Conditionals’ Local Contexts forthcoming, Linguistics and Philosophy (final version will be uploaded shortly)
  • Past Tense and Past Times in Subjunctive Conditionals Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 98.S1 (2017), 520-535.
  • Explaining the Actuality Operator Away Philosophical Quarterly 67.269 (2017), 709-729.
  • Actuality and Fake Tense in Conditionals Semantics and Pragmatics 8.12 (2015), 1-12.
  • Quantifying over Possibilities Philosophical Review 122.4 (2013), 577-617.

Farid Masrour

  • “Consciousness and Unity: Groundwork for a Comprehensive Account.” Forthcoming In Oxford Studies In Consciousness, ed., Uriah Kriegel, Oxford: OUP.
  • “Space Perception, Visual Dissonance and the Fate of Standard Representationalism.” Nous (2016): (Early View, 1–29 doi: 10.1111/nous.12139
  • “Revisiting the Empirical Case Against Perceptual Modularity.” Frontiers in Psychology 6(2015): 1676. (with Nirshberg, G., Schon, M., Leardi, J., & Barrett, E)
  • “The Geometry of Visual Space and the Nature of Visual Experience.” Philosophical Studies 172 (7) (2015): 1813-1832
  • Harvard University Mind-Brain-Behavior Fellowship Award, 2013

James Messina

  • “Kant’s Stance on the Relationalist-Substantivalist Debate and its Justification.” Forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Philosophy
  • “Looking for Laws in all the Wrong Spaces: Kant on Laws, the Understanding, and Space.” European Journal of Philosophy 26 (2017): 589–613
  • “Kant’s Necessitation Account of Laws and the Nature of Natures,” in Kant and the Laws of Nature, edited by Michela Massimi and Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Chosen for the 2016 The Philosopher’s Annual (I was selected for my 2015 paper, “Conceptual Analysis and the Essence of Space: Kant’s Metaphysical Exposition Revisited”)
  • “Kant on the Unity of Space and the Synthetic Unity of Apperception.” Kant-Studien 105:1 (2014): 5-40

Steven Nadler

  • The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism, Edited by Steven Nadler, Tad M. Schmaltz and Delphine Antoine-Mahut (Oxford University Press, Spring 2019)
  • Steven Nadler’s latest book, Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy, is a graphic history of philosophy in the seventeenth century (with his son, Ben Nadler, as illustrator). It will be published in June by Princeton University Press.

Sarah Paul

  • Grant recipient, Philosophy and Science of Self-Control project, FSU/the John Templeton Foundation, 2016.
  • Vilas Associates award, 2016
  • “The Courage of Conviction,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2015
  • “Doxastic Self-Control,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 2015
  • Section Editor, Ergo, 2015-present.

Larry Shapiro

  • Visiting Scholar, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), January 2017.
  • The Miracle Myth: Why Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural Is Unjustified (Columbia University Press, 2016).
  • The Multiple Realization Book, with Thomas Polger (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition (ed., Routledge Press: London, 2014).
  • President, Phi Beta Kappa, UW Alpha Chapter 2011-2014
  • The American Philosophical Association’s Joseph P. Gittler Award for an outstanding contribution in the field of the philosophy of the social sciences for Embodied Cognition, 2013
  • Honored Instructor Award, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
  • Kellett Mid-Career Award, Spring 2012

Anat Schechtman

  • The Philosopher’s Annual selected “Substance and Independence in Descartes” as “one of the ten best articles published in philosophy” in 2016
  • The Philosopher’s Annual selected “Descartes’ Argument for the Existence of the Idea of an Infinite Being” as “one of the ten best articles published in philosophy” in 2014
  • NEH Summer Institute “Between Medieval and Modern”, CU-Boulder, July 2015
  • ACLS Fellowship, 2014-15

Russ Shafer-Landau

Alan Sidelle

  • “Coincidence: The Grounding Problem, Object-Specifying Principles, and Some Consequences,” Philosophical Papers (2016) 497-528.
  • “Frameworks and Deflation in ‘Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology’ and Recent Metametaphysics,” in Ontology After Carnap (ed. By Stephan Biatti and Sandra Lapointe, 2016) 59-80
  • “Does Hylomorphism Provide a Distinctive Solution to the Grounding Problem?” Analysis (2014) 397-404

Elliott Sober

  • Awarded the Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the American Philosophical Association in 2017.
  • Ockham’s Razors — A User’s Manual was published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press.
  • Awarded the Carl G. Hempel Award in 2014 by the Philosophy of Science Assocation for lifetime scholarly achievement in Philosophy of Science.
  • Did Darwin write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin’s Theory, was published by Prometheus Books in April 2011.

Mike Titelbaum

  • Keynote speaker, 2018 Formal Epistemology Workshop.
  • “Reason without Reasons For” selected for the 2017 Wisconsin Metaethics Workshop and publication in Oxford Studies in Metaethics.
  • “Rationality’s Fixed Point (Or: In Defense of Right Reason)” awarded the Sanders Prize in Epistemology. Published in Oxford Studies in Epistemology Volume 5. Recognized by The Philosopher’s Annual as one of “the ten best articles published in philosophy” in 2015.
  • Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Spring 2016.
  • Quitting Certainties: A Bayesian Framework Modeling Degrees of Belief published by Oxford University press in 2013. Winner of the Council of Graduate Schools’ 2014 Gustave O. Arlt Award for best book in the humanities. Honorable Mention for the 2015 American Philosophical Association Book Prize.

Peter Vranas

  • Kellett mid-career award, 2018-2023.
  • “‘Ought’ implies ‘can’ but does not imply ‘must’: An asymmetry between becoming infeasible and becoming overridden.” The Philosophical Review, 127 (2018), 487-514.
  • “I ought, therefore I can obey.” Philosophers’ Imprint, 18, no. 1 (2018), 1-36.
  • “Informative aboutness”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 95 (2017), 354-364.
  • “New foundations for imperative logic III: A general definition of argument validity”, Synthese, 193 (2016), 1703-1753.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend (2016).