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by staff Nov 05, 2019
Philosophy as a Transitional Genre: On Richard Rorty’s Intellectual Bequest
Recently, the Richard Rorty Society hosted the second international conference at Penn State University, with the title “Rorty’s Ethics.” The conference took place November 22-24th, 2019 at the Nittany Lion Inn, in State College. For this second international conference, Prof. Robert Brandom was the keynote speaker. The responses to his two plenaries were delivered by Richard Bernstein and Brady Bowman. The full program and details can be found at the Society’s Website. Below, I talk with Eduardo Mendieta about the conference.
The empathy option: The science of how and why we choose to be empathetic
We can choose to put ourselves in situations where we will feel empathy — the experience of understanding and actually sharing the feelings of someone else — or we can choose to avoid such situations. Penn State psychologist Daryl Cameron is studying how we make that decision, and whether we can be encouraged to be more empathetic.
CBC Radio One's IDEAS episode features Eduardo Mendieta on philosopher Richard Rorty
Check out CBC Radio One’s episode of IDEAS on Richard Rorty, recorded at the second meeting of the Richard Rorty Society at Penn State. It features many of the Richard Rorty Society's members, including Eduardo Mendieta, Marianne Janack, Christopher Voparil, Susan Dieleman, Richard J. Bernstein, and Mary V. Rorty, among others.
Eduardo Mendieta quoted in On The Media "Sticks and Stones" episode
Check out On the Media’s recent story, where Andrew Marantz speaks about Rorty and quotes Dr. Eduardo Mendieta. You can listen here.
Call for Stand Up 2020 Nominations
Deadline for nominations is January 27, 2020. Click here for more information.
Elizabeth Ransom publishes Global Meat
Elizabeth Ransom is Associate Professor of International Affairs and Senior Research Associate at Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University. Her book, Global Meat: Social and Environmental Consequences of the Expanding Meat Industry was published in October 2019.
Lippin Lecture to Focus on Technology and Inequality
How new technology exacerbates inequality will be the focus of the Rock Ethics Institute’s coming Richard B. Lippin Lectureship in Ethics. Scholar and author Virginia Eubanks’ speak on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
New HEEP Initiative Makes First Faculty Hire
The Rock Ethics Institute has hired the first researcher for its new HEEP initiative. HEEP s an effort to look at the ethical issues surrounding human health comprehensively. Christine Costello, whose PhD is in civil and environmental engineering, will join Penn State in December.
"Author Meets Critic" Events Held
The Rock Ethics Institute recently conducted the first two events in its Author Meets Critics series. Featuring critical analyses of new books by REI Core Faculty Jonathan H. Marks and Hilary Malatino, Author Meets Critic allows authors to receive critical commentary about their work from experts in their fields in front of a live audience.
Neuroethics and Neural Engineering Faculty Position
The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and the Rock Ethics Institute (REI) at Penn State seeks applicants for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in Neuroethics and Neural Engineering. All academic ranks will be considered (Assistant, Associate, or Professor).