I’m William Davenport and I have taught at Lakeland Community College for the last 10 years. This photo was taken at the Descartes Cafe in Chicago. I wanted to pose like Nietzsche, but barely think I pulled it off. I have two master’s degrees in philosophy and I’m currently writing a dissertation at Duquesne concerning the capacity of touch in Aristotle’s De Anima. My specialization is in ethics, and in particular deontology and virtue ethics.
I’m George Wrisley. I’ll be going from visiting to assistant professor at North Georgia College and State University in the fall of 2012. I’ve done work so far primarily in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and on Wittgenstein. Lately I’ve been branching out, teaching a class on happiness and suffering (fall of 2011) and a class on death and awe (fall 2012). I try to spend as much time as possible outside and with my animals. Something that is made easier by living in the north Georgia mountains.
I’m Adam Hosein and I’m an Assistant Prof. at CU, Boulder. I work mainly in moral, political and legal philosophy. I also have a middle name, “Omar.” According to my father this is after Umar, the Islamic Caliph. But my mother says it’s because she fancied Omar Sharif. In this photo I aim for facial hair worthy of these men.
My name is Holly Andersen, and I’m an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University. I work on philosophy of science and some issues in causation and mind at the border of phil sci and metaphysics. This picture was taken by one of my Epistemology students about a year and a half ago, when my daughter was recovering from a sickness and babysitting arrangements fell apart at the very last minute. She spent the two hour lecture drawing on the board and smiling at students; the students were great about having her in there.
I’m Adam Hogan. I’ll be entering the Masters program of philosophy at Ohio University this Fall. Besides doing philosophy, I some day hope to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, where I will show once and for all that choosing C,D,M & A in the final round is the worst strategy to solving the puzzle; choosing G or H with the wild card will also yield poor results. This picture was taken by my wife (Sarah) at Longman & Eagle, a very good restaurant in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
I’m Matthias Warkus, a PhD student in philosophy at Marburg University, Germany. My work is in semiotic and pragmatic metaphysics; more precisely, I’m trying to develop, on the foundation of C.S. Peirce’s semiotics, a concept of change that is more viable than Cambridge change. I’m currently a part-time executive assistant for the German Association for Philosophy (DGPhil) and co-founder of an initiative to build a museum for philosophy. In younger years, I wanted to study CS and I’ve worked in IT quite a bit. As the photo shows, I’m a bureaucrat at heart and not ashamed of it. In my spare time I sing in a choir, I play the piano and the organ, I ride my bicycle and I meet my friends over drinks and horrible puns.
I’m Katie Homan, a doctoral student at Emory University. I work on 20th century German philosophy, with my primary research on the philosophy of play. I can often be found walking my dog, decorating cakes, sewing quilts, and cooking dinner with my boyfriend, although my very favorite thing is traveling with my sister. Here we are last summer (I’m on the left) dipping our feet in Pammukale, Turkey just before a huge thunderstorm, which made standing in water not the best idea.
I am Bill Edmundson. I teach at Georgia State. My primary appointment is in Law but I manage to do some philosophy as well, mainly political philosophy but also moral philosophy more generally. This is a photo of me and my dog, Niall. I chose it because Niall can make moral judgments. He is judging me harshly, here, because I have stopped throwing him his ball.
I am Francois Raffoul, with a picture where I am skiing the Matterhorn. I am professor of Philosophy at Louisiana State University. I specialize in continental philosophy, with an emphasis on Heidegger, Derrida and Nancy. I have recently published a book, The Origins of Responsibility, and preparing a new monograph on the event in contemporary thought.
My name is Christina Van Dyke. I’m an associate prof at Calvin College, and I’m currently the Director of Gender Studies there as well as the Executive Director of the Society of Christian Philosophers. I work primarily in medieval M&E (focused on the high middle ages—I’m pretty useless past Aquinas) and the philosophy of gender, although I’ve got interests in a lot of other areas as well. I’ve been single parenting for the last decade, which has been both a challenge and a delight. I’ve traveled all over the world with my son, but a friend took this picture of me in my own driveway. I chose it because while I don’t usually look traditionally “professional”, I am pretty darn happy (most of the time, anyway)!
I’m Rae Langton. I am a professor of philosophy at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For various reasons, personal and philosophical, I have also spent time in India, Australia, Scotland and England. With that clue, you might guess where this photo was taken. I work in the history of philosophy, moral and political philosophy, metaphysics, and feminist philosophy. There is no subject like philosophy for letting you think about, and write about, whatever grips you. I’ve written about many topics, ranging from God, freedom and immortality, to sex, lies, and videotape. I wouldn’t be where I am without a great deal of concrete support. I’m lucky to have discovered philosophy at a time and place when there were no student fees, and an allowance for those of modest means; lucky to have had encouragement from teachers and friends; and lucky to find family-friendly attitudes and policies among the people and institutions I know. In a close possible world, I am a botanist. In the actual world, I possess the embarrassing talent of recalling names of plants better than names of people.
I’m Bradley Rettler, a 4th year graduate student in philosophy at Notre Dame. I work in metaphysics, and I’m currently writing a dissertation on truthmaking and related notions. When I’m not doing philosophy, I enjoy single malt scotch, rap karaoke, kettlebell workouts, and the NFL. I’m pretty sure that I watch more TV than academics are supposed to watch.
I am Milena Ivanova and I am a doctoral candidate in the philosophy department at Bristol University. I specialise in philosophy of science, in particular the conventionalist tradition, the scientific realism debate and the relativized a priori. I am also interested in epistemology, applied ethics and meta-ethics. When I am not doing philosophy, I love playing tennis, experimenting with food, traveling, making jewellery, and most of all going to football and tennis matches. Here, I am at the Emirates to see my team win the Emirates’ Cup (2009).
My name is Edward M. Engelmann and I teach at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. I am into what I call philosophy of nature, which compares Classical, Medieval, and non-Western views of nature to those which have arisen with the Scientific Revolution. This was taken at Easter after a few glasses and there was a beautiful sky.