Six new permanent appointments in Philosophy
Posted on 04/05/2012
Professor Bill Brewer, who will take up the Chair of Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy from September 2012
The Department of Philosophy at King’s College London is delighted to announce six new high-profile academic appointments.
Professor Bill Brewer, currently at the University of Warwick, joins us as the new Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy. Professor Brewer, whose research interests lie in Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, and Epistemology, takes up the Chair previously held by Emeritus Professor Richard Sorabji FBA, Professor Christopher Peacocke FBA, and Professor Mark Sainsbury FBA. Professor Brewer commented:
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining such an outstanding department in an excellent university, where I aim to continue the great tradition of Susan Stebbing Professors in my work in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind.”
Dr Nicholas Shea (currently at the University of Oxford) will take up a position as Reader in Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Psychology. Dr Shea, himself an alumnus of the Department, commented:
“[I am] delighted to be joining the Philosophy Department at King's and working together closely with colleagues in philosophy of mind, language and cognitive science. [I am] particularly pleased to become part of a tight-knit philosophical community that has such strengths across the full range of philosophical research.”
In addition, we look forward to welcoming Dr Sarah Fine from the University of Cambridge, who joins us as Lecturer in Political Philosophy, strengthening the Department’s expertise in this area. Dr Fine’s appointment has allowed us to provide an additional module in Political Philosophy for our MA students in 2012/3.
Dr Sacha Golob (also from the University of Cambridge) joins the Department as a Lecturer in post-Kantian German Philosophy and Aesthetics. Dr Golob, whose particular areas of specialisation include Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger, extends the Department’s teaching and research capacity further into areas not before heavily represented. Dr Golob’s appointment strengthens the Department’s claim to have expertise in the entire history of the subject – this is unique among philosophy departments in the UK.
Dr Joachim Aufderheide, from the University of St. Andrews and currently a temporary lecturer in the Department, has been appointed permanently to the position of Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy, further emphasising the Department’s continued strength in this fundamental area of the discipline.
In addition, Dr Shaul Tor (currently a research fellow at the University of Cambridge) has been appointed to the position of Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy, in a joint post with the Department of Classics at King’s.
Finally, we are delighted to announce that Professor Peter Adamson (Ancient and Medieval Philosophy), due to take up a Chair at the University of Munich from September 2012, will retain a part-time position at King’s. In particular, he will give an annual research seminar and will continue to be available for the supervision of new and current research students.
Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, the Head of Department, remarked that:
“These appointments reinforce traditional areas of strengths of the Department -- Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, on the one hand; Ancient Philosophy, on the other hand -- allowing us to compete with the very best in world. In addition, they enhance our credentials in areas of growth where student demand is high, namely in Political Philosophy, post-Kantian Philosophy and Aesthetics.”
All six new appointments will take up their posts from September 2012, and will be involved in teaching modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will be available to supervise new and current research students.