July 15, 2013

ASU professor invited to be visiting professor at Princeton

Posted: July 15, 2013
Cheshire Calhoun selected as visiting professor at Princeton
Philosophy professor Cheshire Calhoun hopes to pursue writing her book, "Meaningful Living," which is devoted to examining the complexities of being both evaluators and temporal beings.
Photo by: Professor Elizabeth Brake

ASU philosophy professor Cheshire Calhoun will join the faculty of Princeton University as a visiting professor with the Department of Philosophy and visiting research scholar in the University Center for Human Values for the spring of 2014. Calhoun's studies cover normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies.

Her publications include "Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet" (Oxford, 2000), and two edited collections, "What is an Emotion?" (co-edited with Robert C. Solomon, Oxford, 1984) and "Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers" (Oxford, 2004). Her published essays include articles on forgiveness, integrity, shame, common decency, commitment and civility. Calhoun will be teaching a graduate seminar on feminist philosophical literature, which she will be offering at ASU this fall (PHI 591).

“The Center for Human Values hosts or is associated with a number of seminars and colloquia series in ethics and political philosophy, and I look forward to spending time in such a rich philosophical environment,” Calhoun said. “I will also continue work on my book, "Meaningful Living," which is devoted to examining the complexities of being both evaluators and temporal beings.”

“Princeton has one of the top-ranked philosophy programs in the country and Professor Calhoun, who is an outstanding philosopher and teacher, will represent us well there,” said Matthew Garcia, director of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. “In addition, Carla Merino-Rajme, a recent graduate of Princeton, will join our faculty in the fall. That such a prestigious university is interested in our faculty is a testament to the caliber of our school and the programs we are building.”

Established in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. The Department of Philosophy has existed in its present structure since 1904. According to its website, the University Center for Human Values “fosters ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in private and public life and supports teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across the disciplines at Princeton University.”

In addition to her other accomplishments, Calhoun is series editor for Oxford University Press’ "Studies in Feminist Philosophy," an associate editor for the journal Ethics, and the Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination for the American Philosophical Association. Prior to her service with ASU, she served as chair of the philosophy departments at Colby College and University of Louisville, and was director of Women’s Studies at Colby College and the College of Charleston.

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Written by Beatriz Kravetz