The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the Center’s Visiting Faculty and Fellows for 2011-12. Our visiting colleagues will devote a year’s residence in Princeton to research, writing, and teaching about ethics and human values.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching
Larry S. Temkin is professor of philosophy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The author of Inequality (1993) and many articles, Temkin has received fellowships from the Danforth Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions, All Souls College Oxford, the National Institutes of Health, and the Australian National University. He is also the recipient of eight major teaching awards, including Rice University’s George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Nicholas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Teaching Award, and Rutgers’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Temkin is currently completing the book Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning (forthcoming, 2011).
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellows
Ben Bradley is associate professor of philosophy at Syracuse University. He is the author of Well-Being and Death (2009), as well as many articles in journals such as Ethics, Mind, Nous, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, on topics such as the nature of value, the evil of death, consequentialism, endangered species, desire, and the doing/allowing distinction. While at Princeton he will investigate questions about harm and benefit, such as whether there is more reason to avoid harm than to benefit.
Emily Brady is a reader in the Institute of Geography and an academic associate in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include aesthetics, environmental ethics, and eighteenth-century philosophy. She is the author of Aesthetics of the Natural Environment (2003), and co-editor of Humans in the Land: The Ethics and Aesthetics of the Cultural Landscape (2008) and Aesthetic Concepts: Essays After Sibley (2001). While at Princeton she will be working on the relationship between aesthetic and moral value in eighteenth-century philosophy and its significance for contemporary environmental thought for a book, Aesthetics of Nature: A Philosophical History.
Pablo Gilabert is associate professor of philosophy at Concordia University and works in political philosophy and normative ethics. His papers have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, The Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, and Kant-Studien, among others. While at Princeton he will work on a book entitled Humanism, Political Practice, and Human Rights, which presents a new account of human rights that mediates between so-called “naturalistic” and “political” conceptions of their meaning, content, justification, and feasible implementation.
Kinch Hoekstra is in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley Law. He was previously in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he was the Leveson Gower Fellow in Ancient and Modern Philosophy at Balliol College. He has written Thomas Hobbes and the Creation of Order, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. At Princeton he will be studying how early modern political thought was shaped by readings of Thucydides.
Adina Roskies is an associate professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College. Her research and writing has focused on philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics, including neuroethics. She was a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project and is co-editing a primer on Law and Neuroscience with Stephen Morse. She is the author of some fifty articles published in academic journals, including one for which she was awarded the William James Prize by the Society of Philosophy and Psychology. While at Princeton she will focus on exploring how our changing views of mind and brain affect moral and legal views of responsibility and agency.
Karl Schafer is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and works in ethics, epistemology, the history of modern philosophy, and Kant. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in (among others) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and Hume Studies. While at Princeton he will be working on moral disagreement, moral relativism, and related questions in political philosophy.
George Sher is Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy at Rice University. His areas of interest are ethics, social and political philosophy, and moral psychology. His essays have appeared in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Ethics, The Journal of Philosophy, Nous, and numerous other journals. His books include Desert (1987), Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (1997), Approximate Justice: Studies in Non-Ideal Theory (1997), In Praise of Blame (2006), and Who Knew? Responsibility Without Awareness (2009). While at Princeton he will work on a book entitled Equality for Inegalitarians, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Laurie J. Shrage is professor of philosophy and director of the Women’s Studies Center at Florida International University in Miami. She is the author of Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate (2003) and Moral Dilemmas of Feminism: Adultery, Prostitution, and Abortion (1994). She edited “You’ve Changed”: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity (2009) and was co-editor of the journal Hypatia (1998-2003). While at Princeton she will be drafting a book Reinventing the Sexual Contract: Sex, Marriage, and Autonomy, which explores social and legal alternatives to marriage, and the implications for human freedom and dignity.