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Elections 2018: Candidates for At-Large Member of the Board of Officers
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The four candidates for election were given the opportunity to submit candidate statements, photos, and other ballot information. All information submitted by the candidates appears below, listed in alphabetical order by the candidates' last names. The candidates are as follows:

Please read the candidate statements before voting. When you are ready to vote, go to the ballot.

Please note: only full (regular and emeritus) members of the association are eligible to vote. You will only be able to access the ballot for your division. If you are an associate member (international, student, K-12 teacher, or colleague membership), you will be unable to access the ballot.


R. Lanier Anderson
R. Lanier Anderson
Photo Credit: Katherine Preston

R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford University)

Candidate Statement

I am a historian of modern philosophy focused on Kant, Nietzsche, and Montaigne. I co-founded the Philosophy and Literature program at Stanford, and I currently serve as Senior Associate Dean for Humanities and Arts.

Philosophy and the humanities face serious challenges at the national level. We continue to face substantial problems in diversifying our profession. While dedicated programs to encourage more women and minority students into the pipeline have begun to help, much more needs to be done, and we need more data about where promising students depart philosophy. In addition, the basic institutions that have supported the humanities face growing pressures from the cost of higher education and from new technologies that disrupt traditional patterns of teaching and scholarly communication.

The APA must cooperate with other scholarly societies to advocate for the essential role of higher education in national social life. We must also promote conditions enabling philosophy to thrive—not only through teaching and publication, but also by bringing philosophical reflection to a wider public audience and showing its relevance to all of our students. I seek to bring the broadest possible perspective to the Board. Philosophy was a practice and a way of thinking long before it was a professional discipline, and as we confront today’s challenges, reforms should be guided by the goal of supporting that underlying activity.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 2015–present (Associate Professor, 2004–2015; Assistant Professor, 1997–2004)

Professional Offices

  • Member, APA Pacific Division Nominating Committee, 2015–2016 (Program Committee, 2001–2004)
  • Executive Director, North American Nietzsche Society, 2015–present
  • Senior Associate Dean for Humanities and Arts (2017–2020) and Chair of Philosophy Department (2016–2017, 2012–2015), Stanford University

Representative Major Publications

  • The Poverty of Conceptual Truth: Kant's Analytic/Synthetic Distinction and the Limits of Metaphysics (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • “What is a Nietzschean Self?” in Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity, edited by Christopher Janaway and Simon Robertson (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • “Nietzsche on Truth, Illusion, and Redemption,” European Journal of Philosophy 13:2 (2005)

Website


Adam Cureton
Adam Cureton
Photo Credit: UTK Department of Philosophy

Adam Cureton (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Candidate Statement

A main theme of my service work is to promote inclusiveness and support for people with disabilities. My own visual disability gives me a valuable perspective from which to highlight issues of disability in the APA that are essential for aspiring towards a diverse, inclusive and mutually-respectful profession. I also care deeply about the future of philosophy more generally and about the role of the APA in supporting the development of philosophers and in promoting philosophical inquiry. I founded the Society for Philosophy and Disability, which is dedicated to furthering research and teaching on philosophical issues related to disability and to promoting inclusiveness for people with disabilities. As the President of that society, I have helped to organize sessions at APA meetings; I recently organized a large, public conference on philosophy of disability; and I am on the advisory board for a project aimed at incorporating disability-related topics into philosophy courses. I served a three-year term on the APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Professions and I currently serve on the APA’s Diversity Task Force. At my university, I have served on several diversity committees and as the faculty advisor for the student group “Campus Disability Advocates.”

Degree Information

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
BPhil, Oxford University, 2005

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2017–present (Assistant Professor, 2011–2017)

Professional Offices

  • Founding President, Society for Philosophy and Disability, 2011–present
  • Member, APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession, 2012–2015
  • Member, APA Diversity Institute Advisory Panel, 2015–present

Representative Major Publications

  • ‘Offensive Beneficence,’ Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2:1 (2016)
  • ‘From Self-Respect to Respect for Others,’ Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94:2 (2013)
  • ‘Kant on Cultivating a Good and Stable Will,’ in Questions of Character, edited by Iskra Fileva (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Website

Adam Cureton’s Website


Mariam Thalos (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Candidate Statement

Philosophy ranks high among the last bastions of sexism, racism and elitism. Philosophers are often also perceived as detached from the real-life problems of our era. The street value of philosophy content (and a philosophy degree) is plummeting in many parts of the country and the world—more even than that of the humanities more generally.

The APA's Board of Officers can take leadership. The Board can and needs to redouble its efforts to promote the value of philosophy as a discipline, to the academy, to the individual and to the world. And this begins by getting our own house in order—becoming more aware of implicit bias and rooting out privilege. The news of what we do in our own house will always precede any high-falutin rhetoric about values and morals. We therefore need to redouble efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and justice in our ranks. Only then can we talk about it in the wider world.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1993

Academic Appointments

  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Head, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2018–present
  • Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah (2001–2018)
  • 1999 Visiting Professorial Fellow, Social & Political Theory Group, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Professional Offices

  • Member, APA Central Division Program Committee, 2007–2008
  • Member, APA Committee on Status and Future of the Profession, 2001–2004
  • Member, Kavka/UCI Prize Subcommittee of the APA Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research, 2016

Representative Major Publications

  • A Social Theory of Freedom (Routledge, 2016)
  • Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • "Degrees of Freedom in the Social World," Journal of Political Philosophy 7 (1999)

Website

Mariam Thalos’s Website


Helga Varden
Helga Varden

Helga Varden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Candidate Statement

I greatly value our profession's commitment to facilitating excellent, engaged, and fruitful philosophical interaction and its current efforts to make it more diverse. I have been fortunate to benefit from others' work in both regards, and have enjoyed the opportunity to join in such work since entering the profession in 2006. Since then, I have been involved in a wide variety of philosophical organizations. My involvement comprises leadership roles, hosting and organizing conferences, and serving on program and prize committees. Additionally, throughout my career, I have made it a priority to participate in a wide range of conference types, in the US and abroad. As a result of these professional experiences, I have gotten to know a cross-section of APA members from different backgrounds, stages of career, institutions, and sub-disciplines. These interactions have exposed me to a significant variety of perspectives and concerns among APA members and they have given me a sense of how to work within professional organization to address member concerns and to provide conditions conducive to academic excellence. I would be honored to serve on the APA Board of Officers.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Toronto, 2006

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012–present (Assistant Professor 2006–2012; Gender and Women's Studies 2008–present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2016
  • Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor in Ethics and Civic Life, Northwestern University, 2014–2015

Professional Offices

  • Co-President, Society for The Philosophy of Sex and Love, 2008–present
  • Chair, APA Central Division Program Committee, 2015–2017
  • Vice President, North American Kant Society, 2014–2017

Representative Major Publications

  • "Kant and Women," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98:4 (2017)
  • "The Lockean 'Enough-and-as-Good' Proviso—an Internal Critique," Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (2012).
  • "Kant and Lying to the Murderer at the Door… One more Time: Kant's Legal Philosophy and Lies to Murderers and Nazis," Journal of Social Philosophy, 41:4 (2010)

Website

Helga Varden’s Website

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