Press Release: Philosophic Universe Expands at (Graduate) Center

New York may or may not be the philosophic center of the universe, but it is less arguably the center of the philosophic universe. That center is now expanding, with the addition of two renowned philosophers who will be Visiting Professors on an ongoing basis at the City University of New York Graduate Center. They are acclaimed philosopher and logician Saul Kripke and Martin Davies, a renowned philosopher of language, mind, and psychology.

In addition, Gerald Cohen, a leading Marxist scholar who is Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford's All Souls College, will come on a one-time basis in the fall of 2002 and Simon Blackburn, a brilliant and witty generalist who is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge will come for a semester in 2003-4. The National University of Singapore's Chin Liew Ten, who specializes in political and social philosophy, was a visiting professor in spring of 2002.

"New York Metropolitan area universities encompass many of the world's leading philosophy faculty and programs, and The Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program is a vibrant part of that scene," said Distinguished Professor Michael Devitt. "The addition of these internationally renowned scholars enhances the region's philosophy community in general and The Graduate Center's relationship to it. In this particular academic field, New York is the place to be right now, for students and faculty alike."

Recognized as one of the country's leading philosophers, Saul Kripke began as Visiting Professor in the spring of 2002 and will continue to teach an intensive half-semester course each year. In 2001, he won the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy, which is given by the Swedish Academy of Sciences and is the equivalent in its field of a Nobel. He was a Junior Fellow at Harvard, was on the faculty of Rockefeller University, was a John Locke Lecturer at Oxford, and recently retired from Princeton, where he spent much of his career. Known for delivering brilliantly clear lectures without notes, Professor Kripke rarely writes for publication, but some of his lectures have been recorded and transcribed into highly significant, influential publications, including Naming and Necessity (Harvard University Press, 1980) and Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (Harvard University Press, 1982).

Martin Davies is internationally renowned for his contributions to the philosophies of language, mind, and psychology and his ability to bridge conceptual and empirical issues. Beginning in Spring 2003, he will be joining The Graduate Center faculty as a Distinguished Visiting Professor for one semester each year. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australia National University, and last fall was Marshall Weinberg Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He has also served as Professor of Philosophy and Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford and was a tenured lecturer at the University of London. He has published dozens of books, articles, chapters, reviews, and encyclopedia entries.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,500 students in 31 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to a recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2002

Category: Philosophy, Press Room