Department of Philosophy
314 Moses Hall #2390
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2390

Phone: 510-642-2722
Fax: 510-642-4164

phildept@berkeley.edu

Events this week

Tue Mar 21, 2017
1–2 PM
WIP lunch
Wed Mar 22, 2017
470 Stephens Hall, 6–7:30 PM
Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Jeremy Gray (The Open University)
Theory choice: Felix Klein and Galois theory
Fri Mar 24, 2017
The Howard Room, Faculty Club, 8:30 AM–2:30 PM
Conference
Annual Pre-Spring Break Symposium: Language, Thought and Social Identity
Fri Mar 24, 2017
5101 Tolman Hall, 11 AM–12:30 PM
Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
Formats for Thinking
Fri Mar 24, 2017
5101 Tolman Hall, 11 AM–12:30 PM
Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
Formats for thinking
Fri Mar 24, 2017
60 Evans Hall, 4:10–5:10 PM
Logic Colloquium
Françoise Point (FNRS-FRS (UMons))
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News

A message from the Chair

In the light of recent media reports, I want to reaffirm our Department’s very strong commitment to preventing and combatting all forms of sexual violence and sexual harassment. This commitment is fuelled not only by considerations of law and University policy, but by the values articulated in our 2014 departmental statement on equity and inclusion, according to which “a commitment to the values of collegiality, respect, and sensitivity is not ancillary to the philosophical enterprise,” but instead “something that grows out of a proper appreciation for the nature and difficulty of philosophical activity itself.” Sexual harassment and sexual violence, along with racial discrimination and other forms of targeted hostility, are profoundly antithetical to the values we seek to uphold. We as a Department condemn such behaviour in the strongest terms as not only contrary to law and University policy, but as striking at the heart of the principles of respect and inclusion that we regard as central to our educational mission and to the practice of philosophy. Equally strongly we support the campus processes through which allegations of policy violation are investigated and resolved.

2017 Outstanding GSI Award

It’s a pleasure to announce that three of our Graduate Student Instructors, Austin Andrews, Caitlin Dolan, and Antonia Peacocke have received the Graduate Division’s Outstanding GSI Award for 2017. Congratulations! And a big thank you also to all of our GSIs for their tremendous contribution to our undergraduate teaching. Their hard work and dedication is much appreciated.

Welcome to our new GSAO, Karen Twelves

We extend a warm welcome to Karen Twelves, who started work in the Department Office this week as our new GSAO (Graduate Student Affairs Officer). Karen joins us from the Haas School of Business, where she was a Faculty Assistant. Her other activities include leading improvisational theater workshops and designing and marketing video games. We’re delighted to have her on board!