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  • A Conference in Memory of Derek Parfit

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    On Friday December 15th - Saturday December 16th Rutgers University will be hosting a conference in memory of Derek Parfit, who held a visiting professorship here and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of moral philosophy. The conference is co-organised with the NYU Philosophy department, where Derek also held a visiting professorship. Registration is free but required

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  • In Memoriam: Jerry Fodor

    Jerry FodorOur department is very sad to report that our colleague University Professor Jerry Fodor died on November 29, 2017 after a long illness. He was a friend and mentor to many at Rutgers. Jerry’s arrival at Rutgers catapulted our department to the top ranks and he was instrumental to bringing other outstanding philosophers and cognitive scientists to Rutgers.

    Jerry was indisputably the most important philosopher of psychology of his generation. He played a crucial role in reversing the Rylean and Wittgensteinian tide that engulfed philosophy of mind in the 1960s and in his seminal 1975 book, The Language of Thought, developed an alternative - the computational representation theory of mind (CRTM) - that took intentional mental processes seriously. The CRTM provided a framework both for the resolution of many traditional problems in the philosophy of mind, and for actual psychological research and experimentation, some of which Fodor himself pursued in the areas of modularity and natural language processing. In subsequent work he put the problem of naturalizing mental content in the forefront of research in philosophy of mind.

    His views were often provocative and provoked an enormous secondary literature of responses. Among those views are “mad dog nativism”, “the modularity of mind”, “the atomicity of concepts” and his criticisms of Darwinian accounts of psychological capacities. He not only provoked; he often entertained and amused with his jokes and wit.  We will miss him.

    - Barry Loewer

  • Lectures in Philosophy

    philosophy lecturesIn the Fall of 2016, The Rutgers Philosophy Department in partnership with Oxford University Presswere pleased to announce the launch ofThe Rutgers Lectures in Philosophy. This annual series brings some of the world’s  greatest living philosophers to RutgersUniversity–New Brunswick where they present three original lectures to be published by Oxford University Press. The lecturers also hold workshops with faculty and graduatestudents, and meet with undergraduates. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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