Recent Ph.D. in Philosophy graduate, Ryan Byerly, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Regent University. He is excited about this opportunity as they have expressed interest in having philosophy play a fundamental role in the undergraduate curriculum, interest in building a major in philosophy, and even some interest in building a graduate program. Dr. Byerly will begin this position in Fall 2012.
Dr. Mike Cantrell, BU Ph.D. in Philosophy 2009, has been selected as one of fourteen 2012 John Marshall Fellows by the Claremont Institute. This fellowship is billed as one for those whom they consider to be potential law clerks for justices of the United States Supreme Court.
The John Marshall Fellowship is seven days of intensive seminars in American political thought and jurisprudence. During the program, John Marshall Fellows will learn about and discuss the political philosophy of the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, Progressivism, modern Liberalism, and Conservatism--all with a specific focus on the origins and development of American constitutional jurisprudence.
Baylor Philosophy Ph.D. student, Ryan West, presented "Emotion, Moral Epistemology, and Moral Motivation" which won the first place award for the 3rd Annual Evangelical Philosophical Society Midwest Region Student Paper Contest. A second Baylor Philosophy Ph.D. student, Chris Tweedt, received the runner-up award. Congratulations Ryan and Chris!
Thirteen Baylor Philosophy Graduate students presented at last week's Society for Christian Philosophers Midwest Regional Conference on "The Virtue of Justice." The conference featured plenary addresses by Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame), Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame), and Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale University). Baylor students presented papers (often in response to the work of the keynote speakers) on philosophy of religion, ethics and metaethics, and political philosophy. Blake McAllister, a first year graduate student in philosophy, received an award for the best graduate student paper, and another graduate student, Gregory Poore, was the runner-up.