Community of Fellows
News of members of the community of former and current fellows
(Further information about fellows can be got by clicking on their names, which in most cases will take you to their websites. Fellows are encouraged to communicate with one another directly, as well as to provide occasional updates for this site. For memorials of deceased fellows see In memoriam)
Paula Boddington (1992) writes from Somerville College, Oxford "Much of my work in recent years has focused on questions where philosophical work can impact upon clinical and scientific practice. One product is my new book a book, Ethical Challenges in Genomics Research (April 2012).
David, Lord Alton of Liverpool (1996) continues to be active in relation to a number of human rights issues around the world. For information about these see the following reports:
2010 - Sudan On The Brink
2009 - Tibet: Breaking the deadlock
2009 - North Korea: Carpe diem
2004 - Darfur - The Genocide continues
2004 - Congo - The Killing continues
2004 - Rwanda- The Killing continues
Dale Miller (2007) writes from Old Dominion University "My book John Stuart Mill: Moral, Social and Political Thought is forthcoming from Polity later this year. I did work on this at St. Andrews, and I acknowledge CEPPA for the fellowship".
Tim Chappell (2006) reports that he is 'having a good time being Professor of Philosophy at The Open University' having recently moved there from the the University of Dundee. Last year (2009) he published Ethics and Experience: Life Beyond Theory, and currently he is co-organising with Edinburgh University a conference on 'Intuition, theory, and anti-theory in ethics' to be held in Edinburgh in July 2010.
Kristof Nyiri (1993) continues to teach philosophy in Budapest. From 2001 to 2009 he directed an international research programme on the social and cognitive consequences of mobile telephony, editing eight English-language volumes in the process. Recently he became infatuated with the philosophy of time, issues in which he attempts to blend with issues in the philosophy of images.
Max Hocutt (1987) is one of two philosophers (the other is Quine) mentioned in B.F. Skinner’s autobiography. Since publishing Grounded Ethics (2000) which presents an empiricist theory of normative judgments he has continued to publish in philosophy and psychology, with a number of recent pieces on the political philosophies of Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jeremy Bentham, and Cass Sunstein.
Hugh LaFollette (1986) has held the Cole Chair in Ethics, at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg since 2004. Besides editing a 3rd edition of Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (2007) and the Oxford Handbook for Practical Ethics (2003) he recently published The Practice of Ethics (2007).
George Graham (1989) writes from Atlanta, 'Two years ago I joined the faculty of Georgia State University in Atlanta as a Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience, having spent the previous five years as the A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Just recently I have published The Disordered Mind with Routledge and have been working on philosophical issues associated with mental illness.
Thom Brooks (2004) continues to edit the Journal of Moral Philosophy which he founded in 2004 with the aim of promoting 'lively discussions and debates that will be stimulating for both established academics and the wider community'. He is currently writing on the capabilities approach, global justice, and the philosophy of crime and punishment. He is also co-editing Rawls's Political Liberalism with Martha Nussbaum.
Christopher Taylor (2004) is now Emeritus Professor, and Emertus Fellow of Corpus, Oxford. The translation and commentary on Aristotle, Nic. Eth. II-IV, on which he was working while a fellow in St Andrews was published by the Clarendon Press in 2006, and the following year he published Pleasure, Mind, and Soul: Selected Papers in Ancient Philosophy, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2008. He is currently engaged with other scholars on the translation of Simplicius, On Aristotle Physics 1.1-4, for the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series, under the general editorship of Richard Sorabji.
Pierre Destrée (2005) followed his fellowship at St Andrews, his first stay 'in the Anglo-Saxon world' with a visiting professorship at University of Maryland. Recently he has been working with Stephen Halliwell of the School of Classics at St Andrews on a conference on Art and Morality in Ancient Philosophy to which Catherine Collobert (2003) is also contributing.
Nick Wolterstorff (1995) writes to say 'I remember my term in St Andrews with great warmth' and to report that having retired from Yale he is now a senior fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. When in St Andrews he delivered the Gifford Lectures the main part of which was published as Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology (2001); with other parts now appearing as chapters in Practices of Belief: Selected Essays Vol. 2 (2010).
Fred Miller (2004) continues as Executive Director of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green and remains busy on many fronts. He is working on two translations, one of Aristotle's De Anima and Parva Naturalia for Oxford University Press, and another of Alexander of Aphrodisias' commentary to Aristotle's Metaphysics Lambda for Sorabji's Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series. While at CEPPA he did the basic research and laid the foundation for a series of essays on the Greek origins of the principle of the rule of reason, two of which are now pubished with two others forthcoming.
Rick Momeyer (2009) echoes many other former fellows in remembering with fondness his time in St Andrews, enjoying both the social and academic sides of things. He writes "We greatly enjoyed living in the centre of St. Andrews ... and do hope that this wonderful program can be sustained even through these difficult times that others may have such an opportunity. For me it was the ideal setting to complete the ms. of Valuing Life and Choosing Death, and the opportunity to share some of that thinking with the faculty and graduate students at St. Andrews was especially helpful.
Bob Brecher (1998) writes "my own time in the Centre was extremely fruitful for me: I was able to try out some initial ideas in relation to an ongoing project about the nature of moral justification which I hope will eventually see the light of day in 2012 as a book entitled A Justification of Morality. That projecty was temporarily put to one side while I wrote Torture and the Ticking Bomb (2007) and a string of related articles about torture, the so-called war on terror and their connections. I have also established the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics at Brighton University".
Mark Nelson (1991) returned briefly from is period of fellowship to Hampden-Sydney College (Virginia, USA), but left after two years to take up a lectureship at the University of Leeds, where he was latterly head of the department of philosophy. In August, 2006, he returned to the USA to take up the Kenneth Monroe Endowed Chair in Philosophy at Westmont College. His research interests have continued primarily in ethics, epistemology and philosophy of religion, with papers in Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Mind.
Zenon Stavrinides (1986) writes "My time in St Andrews confirmed my strong interest in Applied Ethics. I went on to teach in various areas of Philosophy in the Universities of Leeds, Bradford and Manchester, while I retained a connection with journalism and political activism. I am now back in Leeds where I teach Political Theory and Biomedical Ethics. I look forward to taking up a visiting appointment in June 2010 in the University of Pune in India".
Kimberley Brownlee (2009) continues as a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. In addition to publishing Disability and Disadvantage (with A. Cureton, eds., OUP 2009), she is working on a monograph on dissent and disobedience (under contract with OUP). The CEPPA Fellowship provided a highly stimulating environment in which to work on this project.
Dafydd, Lord Elis Thomas of Nant Conwy, (1990) - like David Alton - was an MP at the time of his fellowship. In 1992 he became a crossbench member of the House of Lords, and in 1999 was elected to the Welsh National Assembly Assembly of which he also became, and remains, Llywydd (Presiding Officer). His political interests include the development of devolution in Wales and Wales’s position as a region in Europe.
Igor Primoratz (1989) is now Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. His current research interests are ethical issues of violence, war, and terrorism, and the moral credentials of patriotism. His most recent publications are the edited collection Terror from the Sky: The Bombing of German Cities in World War II (Berghahn Books, 2010) and “Patriotism and the Value of Citizenship” (Acta Analytica, 2009).
Lloyd Gerson (2009) continues to work on issues in the foundation of political philosophy and its intersection with ethics: moral agency, self-ownership, property, justice, and rights. He is currently finishing editorial work on the Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity which is scheduled to appear this year.
Basil O'Neill (2008) continues in furtherance of the project on which he worked while in the Centre, and which now takes the form of a projected book on Plato's development. He also continues to participate in the St Andrews Greek philosophy reading group, and is a frequent participant in CEPPA and other philosophy seminars and events.
Steven Lee (2007) looks back with great fondness to his tenure at the Centre. He is currently completing a book on the ethics of war for CUP, which was begun during his time at the Centre. He has also has published two articles which he worked on while at CEPPA: “The Moral Distinctiveness of Genocide,” forthcoming in Journal of Political Philosophy, and “Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction,” in Patrick Hayden (ed.), Ethics and International Relations (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009). He was recently appointed to the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professorship in the Humanities at his home institution, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Adrian Walsh (2010) has recently returned to the University of New England (Australia) after an extremely stimulating and productive stay at CEPPA. He is currently working on a variety of ethical issues relating to money-Lending and banking that he developed during his time at St Andrews.
John Hittinger (2001) who at the time of his St Andrews fellowship was professor of philosophy in the United States Air Force Academy, is currently a professor of philosophy at the University of St Thomas, Houston Texas, and a member of the Center for Thomistic Studies. He continues to write on the importance of political participation and on philosophical issues concerning war.
Garrath Williams (2002) is now Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. He continues to work on moral responsibility, which was the focus of his fellowship in the Centre - his most recent paper appears in Philosophy (2010), and he remains hopeful that his work will bear fruit in a book on this topic. He also has a long-standing interest in bioethics - most recently he has been working on children's involvement inresearch as part of a project on childhood obesity (www.idefics.eu).
David McCabe (2005) found his time at the Centre to be extremely productive and restorative. While there he worked on a manuscript on liberalism which has since been published by Cambridge University Press: Modus Vivendi Liberalism: Theory and Practice (2010). David writes "Of late my research has crystallized around a set of related concerns: the problem of dirty hands in politics, the place of publicity within liberal democracies, and the ethics of leadership".