Phillip Barron: Book Award for Philosophical Poetry

Grad student Phillip Barron wins book award for philosophical poetry
Philosophy graduate student Phillip Barron will receive the 2019 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award for his book of poetry, What Comes from a Thing (Fourteen Hills Press, 2015). The Guillén Award, given by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, recognizes contributions to philosophical literature. The award will be presented at the CPA’s annual conference, June 6-8, at Brown University in Providence, RI.
Barron earned an MFA in creative writing before entering UConn’s Philosophy program. What Comes from a Thing is his first book of poetry. An excerpt from the referee report submitted to the Awards Committee calls the book “a stunning piece of poetic philosophical work. It is a masterpiece of phenomenological description in which poetry is not application or a technique for profundity but instead at the heart of philosophical/poetic evocation. ”

Why Study Philosophy?

From an interview with legendary investor and philanthropist Bill Miller.

Q: What advice would you give students about areas of study and being prepared for the working world?

I was recently giving a talk at a conference, and there was a speaker there who specialized in disruptive technologies and had a PhD in computer science.  He described all the different technologies that would be changing significantly over the next 10 to 20 years and would upend the work force.  During the audience Q and A, somebody asked, “If that’s the case, what should we advise our children to do, because so many of the things that they would be trained for might become obsolete?”

He said, “You need to think about this in a way in which an economist would think about it. Mainly, what’s the scarcest resource?”  The scarcest resources get more valuable, and the abundant resources get less valuable.  He said, “In that kind of an environment, the scarcest resource will be critical and analytical thinking, and moral reasoning.  That would indicate you might want to have them take philosophy, or other disciplines in the humanities that might encourage those habits of mind.”

That was an interesting point, and I think it’s exactly right.

Susan Schneider: Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Library of Congress

Susan Schneider has just begun a four-month appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in The John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. The award is to enable her to pursue a research project entitled “Mind Design: Artificial Intelligence, Brain Enhancement, and the Nature of the Self.” She will confab with other top scholars, make use of the Library’s rich resources, and interact with policymakers and the public, plus give a public presentation about the nature and results of her research.


Philosophy Department Published Books (2018):

We are pleased to share our Faculty’s published works in 2018:


Battaly, H. D., ed. (2019). The Routledge handbook of virtue epistemology. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Beall, J. C., Glanzberg, M., & Ripley, D. (2018). Formal theories of truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bragato, F. F., & Gordon, L. R., eds. (2018). Geopolitics and decolonization perspectives from the Global South. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Green, M. S. (2018). Know thyself: The value and limits of self-knowledge. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Hellman, G., & Shapiro, S. (2018). Varieties of continua: From regions to points and back. New York: Oxford University Press.

McLeod, A. (2018). The philosophical thought of Wang Chong. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Simmons, K. (2018). Semantic singularities: Paradoxes of reference, predication, and truth. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Announcing the UConn Assistant Research Professors

UConn’s Philosophy Department has inaugurated an ongoing program of hiring three Assistant Research Professors, each for a three-year term. UConn Assistant Research Professsors will pursue their own research, collaborate with faculty and students, and teach one course per semester. The inaugural group comprises Tracy Llanera, Jessica Tizzard, and Charlie Crerar. Tracy received her PhD from Macquarie University in 2016. Her main research interests are Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and American Pragmatism. Jessica received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Chicago. Her main research interests are Kant, Kantian Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Charlie is finishing his PhD from the University of Sheffield. His main research interest is epistemology, and in particular virtue and social epistemology. We are delighted that these three young philosophers will be joining us in Fall 2018.

Recent appointments for UConn Philosophy Graduate Students

  • Emma Bjorngard-Basayne has accepted a position as Academic Advisor & Program Coordinator in the UConn School of Business in Stamford starting summer, 2018.


  • Ralph DiFranco has accepted a position as Instructor in Philosophy at Auburn University starting fall, 2018.


  • Hanna Gunn has accepted a position as Mellon Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University starting fall, 2018.


  • Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco has accepted a position as Resident Fellow in the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy starting fall, 2018.


  • Thomas Meagher has accepted a position as Postdoctoral W.E.B. Du Bois fellow at UMass-Amherst, summer 2018; thereafter he will take a position as Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Political Science, Quinnipiac University, starting fall, 2018.


  • Andrew Tedder has accepted a two year post-doctoral position at the Institute for Computer Science at the Czech Academy of Sciences as part of the research project Non-Classical Logical Models of Information Dynamics (NOCLID) starting fall, 2018.