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University of Sheffield
RA5a: Research environment and esteem
The Sheffield department is dynamic and highly successful, with an international reputation for the quality of its staff, the significance of their research, and its postgraduate provision. It has a distinctive research profile, with widely recognized strengths both in areas that are commonly represented, and some that are not (including ancient philosophy, German idealism, pragmatism, feminism, aesthetics, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of mathematics). Senior staff have major reputations in their fields, such as Hale on the epistemology and ontology of mathematics, and on modal metaphysics; Hookway on Peirce studies and on epistemology; Hopkins on aesthetics; Laurence on philosophy of psychology; Lenman on Humean metaethics and normative ethics; Olson on the metaphysics of personal identity; Owens on epistemology, moral psychology and normative ethics; Saul on philosophy of language and feminism; Stern on German Idealism, and on transcendental arguments; and Wenar on the jurisprudence of rights, Rawls scholarship, and theories of global justice; equally, more junior staff are also making their mark in very important ways.
The Department has grown since the last RAE, from 12 permanent staff to 17. It offers a uniquely supportive and interactive research community; as a result, since 2001 staff have published 8 authored and 5 edited books, 147 journal articles, and 61 book chapters. They have also supervised the theses of 44 research students (31 with AHRC funding), and have brought in over £632,000 in research income. As a consequence of the quality of their research, and their resulting academic standing, staff have also contributed widely to the research environment of the discipline and have significant indicators of esteem, including journal editorship, membership of editorial boards, service to professional bodies, and prestigious invited papers and visiting fellowships.
1. Research environment of the Department
1.1 Research management
Oversight of the research of the Department lies primarily with the Head of Department, while the Director of Graduate Studies has responsibility for graduate students. Research activity and developments are monitored and discussed in a variety of ways, including research items in the regular Departmental meetings; annual Staff Review and Development meetings (see 1.5 below); and away days. A research strategy is presented annually to the University’s Academic Development Committee, which has led to a planned approach to recruitment in research terms (such as enabling us to replace staff effectively, and to build up the areas of expertise mentioned above and in 1.5 below).
1.2 Research students and research studentships
The Department has one of the largest graduate schools in the UK, supporting on average 31.5 research students annually over the review period. Its students have secured high levels of external funding, obtaining 31 AHRC studentships, and 5 ORS awards. It recruits PhD students both internally, through its research track MA programme, and externally, including from Oxbridge, as well as internationally. Since 2001, 38 doctoral and 6 MPhil theses have been completed successfully.
Research students play a vital role in the life of the Department, and contribute at many levels. They are provided with computer-, study- and common-rooms, and receive funding of up to £400 per event from the University to attend and present papers at conferences. They have their own weekly research seminar, and participate in weekly departmental reading groups, the general departmental seminar, study weekends, conferences, and workshops. They can also conduct first-year tutoring, and research-led teaching for our third-year undergraduates, on all of which they receive advice and feedback. Their supervision is of high quality, involving both primary and secondary supervisors; reports on supervisions; and a progress meeting each semester, which reviews research and training needs. Our Research Training Programme includes skills training in research and teaching, and advice on matters such as careers and publication; and we run regular research training away days. We hold ‘mock’ vivas, interviews and job talks, and help students attending the APA job round.
As a result, our research students are highly active in the research community. They attend and present papers at conferences both here and abroad, including Europe and the US (presenting some 100 papers in total); and publish their research in a variety of journals and conference proceedings (publishing 48 papers, 19 reviews and 1 edited book). Our students have founded two journals (Journal of Moral Philosophy and Abstracta). The Department has an excellent placement record, which since 2001 has included posts at Aberdeen (two), Birkbeck, Cambridge, Cork, Essex (two), Glasgow (two), Keele, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Macquarie, Newcastle, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Open University, Shandong, Sheffield (four), Stirling, Trinity College Dublin, St Andrews, UNAM, York and Zurich. Four of our graduates currently hold post-doctoral fellowships (including a British Academy Fellowship, and an Analysis Studentship).
1.3 Research income
The Department has attracted significant research grant income for both collective and individual projects. Our total research income for 2001-07 was over £632,000.
The Department hosts the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies (HSCCS), and its Director, Stephen Laurence, has secured two major AHRC project grants in the review period: £313,735 for ‘Innateness and the Structure of the Mind’ (2001-04), and £538,141 for ‘Culture and the Mind’ (2006-11).
Individual staff also do well in grant capture. Divers received a two-year research readership from the British Academy in 2003, for £60,861; Owens was awarded a two year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for £77,555; and Faulkner received a Mind Association Fellowship of £13,000, both in 2007. The Department also does particularly well in the AHRC Research Leave Scheme, which has funded 12 staff over the period of review, and in which we have a success rate of 80% (the national average for all disciplines is around 50%). In addition, both Saul and Hopkins have received Philip Leverhulme Prizes of £50,000 each, while Wenar received a fellowship grant of $5000 from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York (although this income does not appear in RA4, as it came to them as individuals).
1.4 Research structure
The Department’s research structure contributes decisively to its success as a research institution. Staff are fully supported in their individual research, while the Department also offers a stimulating and highly interactive research community, which promotes both individual research, and more collaborative projects.
1.4.1 Individual research
This is supported through research leave, funding for research-related activities, and through the infra-structure of the Department.
Research leave: We follow the standard University arrangement of one semester’s study leave after three years of teaching, while we have also twice secured funding for extra leave from the University through special schemes. In addition, staff teaching and administrative loads are often reduced in response to research needs. Early-career staff also have reduced loads (see 1.5 for details). We fully support applications for externally-funded research leave, with advice and guidance provided by the Head of Department and other senior staff, and by the Director of Research in the Arts and Humanities Division. As a result, we have been able to allocate research leave at twice the level of the University norm.
Funding for research activities: (i) Staff are entitled to reclaim elements of the costs of attending one conference or learned society meeting in the UK or abroad per year (three per year if they present a paper), through the University’s Learned Societies Fund. The same entitlements apply to all research students. The Department makes up any shortfall in LSF funding. (ii) The Department funds the Departmental Research Seminar, allowing us to invite speakers from the UK and abroad. (iii) It also helps fund conferences and workshops where external funding is not available. (iv) The Department and the Arts and Humanities Research Division also help to fund travel and accommodation for visiting professors.
Infrastructural support: (i) Permanent staff have their own offices, and access to a common room. (ii) Staff have a networked computer and printer, replaced roughly every three years. There is extra funding for specialist needs, such as voice recognition software. (iii) The Department has a networked photocopier for use by staff and postgraduates. (iv) The Department has a library budget of £21,252, and is particularly well provided with on-line journal subscriptions. In addition to standard resources such as JSTOR, The Philosopher’s Index, and the major on-line encyclopaedias, we have a large electronic collection of the works of the major philosophers (some 24 in all). All staff and postgraduates have unlimited use of the Inter-Library Loan system. (v) The Department also has access to the Humanities Research Institute, which offers high-quality workspace and conference facilities. Post-doctoral researchers associated with the AHRC Culture and the Mind project are located here, and it has hosted several of our conferences and workshops.
A significant factor that contributes to individual research within the Department is its research community. This is supported through both informal arrangements and more formal structures.
Informal structures: (i) Reading groups are regularly formed in response to staff and postgraduate research interests, and constitute a significant part of Departmental life. There are 10 to 12 of such groups per year; they usually meet weekly, comprising between 3 and 6 members of staff and a similar number of graduate students. Groups may be problem- or text-based, or devoted to the discussion of work in progress. (ii) Staff members also frequently circulate work in draft form, and receive constructive comments and suggestions from colleagues. As a result, while the Department does not have a formal structure of research groups, those working in particular research areas or on particular projects can interact fruitfully with others in their field.
Formal structures: (i) The Departmental Research Seminar meets weekly during term-time, with an average audience of 35. The paper is sent and read by participants in advance, which greatly enhances the ensuing discussion; several other departments have begun to follow our practice here. Sheffield staff normally give two of the sessions per year, with the rest by outside speakers. There have been 120 seminars since 2001, of which 22 of the speakers were from outside the UK, including 18 from the US. (ii) We have hosted five visiting academic staff, from a range of countries, who will typically present papers on their work. A prominent example was the recent visit of Stephen Stich (Rutgers, USA), who is also an Honorary Professor in the Department. (iii) We have hosted four post-doctoral researchers, both from the UK and abroad. (iv) There have been 29 conferences and workshops in Sheffield. Aside from those associated with the HSCCS (see 1.4.2), particularly significant examples include ‘Hegel &/or Kierkegaard’, ‘Character and Imagination’, and ‘Gender, The Body and Objectification’. (v) Staff are encouraged to engage in research-led teaching, particularly at MA and final-year undergraduate level.
1.4.2 Collaborative research
As well as promoting individual research in these ways, we also encourage collaborative work, through the use of reading groups, reading of work, conferences and the like, alongside more formal structures.
Our most significant activity of this sort is focused on the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, an internationally recognised centre for interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers, psychologists, and others. Two major research grants from the AHRC have enabled the Centre to pursue increasingly ambitious research projects, with broad international collaboration.
The first project, on Innateness and the Structure of the Mind, began in 2001. It investigated the current status and likely future directions of nativist research in philosophy and the cognitive sciences. There were twelve three-day workshops and three four-day international conferences, involving nearly 150 scholars, from more than 70 universities worldwide. Laurence has co-edited three volumes based on the project, published by OUP.
A second five-year AHRC-sponsored project on Culture and the Mind began in 2006, to investigate the philosophical consequences of the impact of culture on the mind and the cognitive and evolutionary foundations of culture. It will involve eighteen workshops and three major international conferences, resulting in three further volumes. It will establish deep new links between philosophy, psychology, and anthropology in the form of three sets of cross-cultural psychological experiments spanning three years at twelve different fieldsites across the globe. This experimental work will help to address philosophical questions about the interaction of culture and mind. As the first major collaboration between philosophers, psychologists, and anthropologists, it promises not only to yield fascinating results of interest to all three disciplines, but in addition to form the basis for sustained collaborative work amongst scholars in these fields.
HSCCS has also run an independent series of occasional interdisciplinary seminars and interdisciplinary reading groups involving staff and students from four different University departments.
Staff are also involved with other interdisciplinary and collaborative projects running at Sheffield: Bennett is a member of the University's Centre for Criminological Research; Laurence is a board member of the Centre for Applied and Interdisciplinary Research in Music; Stern contributes to the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies; and Saul is a member of the Gender Research Network and the Gender Studies in Europe Centre.
Staff are also actively involved in collaborative research projects based elsewhere. (i) Divers, Hale, Keefe and Gregory play significant roles in the Arché centre in St Andrews; Hale was Director of this project, and is currently an Associate Director, and all have contributed to workshops and conferences. (ii) Stern is on the management committee of a three-year AHRC-funded research project on Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism, has given papers at conferences organized by this project, and has regularly attended workshops. (iii) Wenar is part of the multi-disciplinary Global Poverty Studies group, an international research collaboration led by development specialists at the University of Bergen. (iv) Saul is a member of the Practical Issues in Philosophy research project in Barcelona. (v) Olson is scientific advisor for ‘The Limits of Personhood’, a research project funded by the Academy of Finland, at the University of Jyväskylä. (vi) Hookway is a member of a project on ‘Creencia, responsabilidad y acción’, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and based in Valencia. He has also been involved in the AHRC-funded ‘Knowledge, Mind and Value’ project based at Stirling, where he was a visiting project fellow in 2005.
1.5 Staffing policy
The Department takes very seriously the need to support staff in their research, as the many institutional and informal structures outlined above show. There are also structures to help staff develop their research skills, and to ensure their progress. Research forms a central part of the annual Staff Review and Development Scheme, which reviews the year, sets objectives, and identifies training needs. These needs can then be met either at an individual level, or through more general training or ‘away days’ (recent topics include graduate supervision and research grant capture), or by the Staff Development Unit.
All new staff (temporary and permanent) receive induction information, and have regular mentoring and probation meetings in which research issues are discussed and reviewed. They are quickly integrated into the Department through reading groups, the Departmental seminar, and guidance from their mentor and the Head of Department. Probationary staff are given reduced teaching and administrative loads to allow them more time for research (50%, rather than the usual 66% for established staff).
Our staffing policy also emphasises high quality recruitment, where we seek to identify and support the most promising researchers from around the world, whether at junior or senior level. In recent years, new staff have been appointed from Britain, the US and Israel. Appointment to posts at Sheffield is highly competitive, with over 100 applications to the most recent junior position.
The success of our recruitment policy is reflected in the high calibre of our appointments since the last RAE, and the way we have managed to replace staff who left or retired in that period. Of the 12 permanent staff in post in 2001, Bell has retired, and Carruthers and Joyce have gone to academic appointments elsewhere. Divers was appointed from Leeds in 2003, and returned there in September 2007. In a proleptic appointment, Bell was replaced by Hale in 2006, thereby covering Bell’s expertise in philosophy of logic and language, and the history of early analytic philosophy (while Bell’s interests in Kant and German Idealism remain a focus of the Department through the work of Stern and Schlösser, and to a lesser degree of Bennett and Hopkins). Bennett was appointed to a permanent post to replace Joyce, while the subsequent appointments of Lenman and Shemmer have increased our expertise in ethics and meta-ethics, making this one of the current research strengths of the Department (where Frowe is also a temporary appointment, replacing Divers, as metaphysics had already been strengthened with the arrival of Hale). While Carruthers’ departure was matched with a new post, an appointment was not made directly in philosophy of mind/psychology, although the HSCCS continues to thrive at Sheffield through the work of Laurence as Director and Botterill as Associate Director, and other new members of staff have expertise in this area (particularly Hopkins and Shemmer). Taken overall, staff changes since 2001 have greatly added to the reputation of the Department: new staff have built additional strength in metaphysics (Gregory, Hale, Lenman, Olson, supplementing Hookway, Keefe and Makin), aesthetics (Hopkins), ethics and political philosophy (Bennett, Lenman, and Shemmer, supplementing Owens, Saul, Stern and Wenar), epistemology (Faulkner, Hopkins, supplementing Hookway, Owens and Stern), and philosophy of logic and language (Hale and Gregory, supplementing Hookway, Keefe, Laurence and Saul). Existing staff have also developed their research interests in ways that complement research strengths in different ways: for example, Owens now works on issues in moral psychology, and Stern has published on pragmatism. Moreover, despite the three departures noted above, the Department has done remarkably well in retaining key members in the face of approaches from elsewhere. This is in large part due the health of its research culture and the support it provides.
Our staffing policy has also been successful in supporting temporary staff, where all those on fixed term contracts have gone on to academic posts, and we will enable Schlösser and Frowe to do likewise. The same is true of our post-doctoral researchers. Taken together with our strong graduate placement record (see 1.2), we therefore make a significant contribution to maintaining the discipline in this respect.
1.6 Research strategy
At the heart of our research strategy is the ability and commitment of our staff. The objective here is thus to continue making strong appointments, while ensuring that Sheffield is a place where the best researchers in the subject enjoy working, through a combination of the formal and informal structures outlined above. We aim to continue to strengthen our position in some areas (particularly political philosophy, philosophy of mind/psychology, and continental philosophy), in order to create larger research clusters, and to increase our graduate recruitment. We will also continue to attach great importance to the role of research students, and aim to maintain our excellent reputation as a centre for graduates. We also recognize the greater role for research grants in supporting high-quality research, both at the individual and collaborative level, particularly for those with inter-disciplinary interests.
Staff in the Department have clear plans for developing their research, to ensure that Sheffield remains a centre of excellence in the field:
- Metaphysics: Olson will complete papers on the ontology of material objects, on the philosophy of time, and on personal identity; Hale will work on books and articles on the metaphysics and epistemology of modality, and on abstraction principles as a foundation for mathematics; and Owens will work on the topic of freedom.
- Logic and language: Keefe intends to work on logical consequence and logical pluralism, while Saul will write a book on the lying/misleading distinction and its ethical implications.
- Philosophy of mind and psychology: Laurence plans to publish a book on number concepts with OUP. He will also continue to direct the AHRC Culture and the Mind project; oversee its cross cultural psychological experiments; and begin co-ordinating the three multi-authored volumes based on it. He also aims to significantly expand its scope, by incorporating a large postgraduate and postdoctoral training component (for which he is seeking a Marie Curie grant of 2.5 million) and a link with a research institute in China (for which he plans to seek further AHRC funding). Botterill will write a series of papers on the role of contrastive accounts of causal explanation in folk psychological explanation. Hopkins intends to present a comprehensive account of experiential imagination: its differences from perception, its role in memory, and its relations to observation, attention, and affect.
- Epistemology: Faulkner is writing a book on testimony, and three papers on the rationality, ethics and value of trust; Hookway will continue to develop his defence of a broadly pragmatist approach to epistemology; and Gregory will continue to work on a range of problems in modal epistemology, aiming to apply the insights gained here to epistemological issues concerning appearance-producing mental states like perceptions and perceptual memories.
- Ethics: Owens will work on a series of papers on topics related to honesty which may form a monograph. He will also be working with Faulkner, Hopkins and Saul on a project to explore wider aspects of this issue that relate to epistemology and philosophy of language. Stern’s research will focus on the anti-realist claim that some form of constructivist ‘self-legislation’ is required if morality is to be compatible with human autonomy. Shemmer will continue publishing on Humean views of practical reason, and is working on a paper on the coherence notion of reasons. He and Lenman plan to edit a volume on constructivism, and they are seeking funding to run a project on this issue.
- Political philosophy: Wenar will complete two major books, one offering the first full treatment of the nature and justification of rights in 25 years (under contract with OUP), and another on the duties of the global rich to the global poor and the morality of the system of nation states. Bennett will publish a book with CUP on punishment, moral responsibility and retribution. He will also publish papers developing his work on apology, blame and forgiveness.
- Feminism: Saul will work on a contextualist understanding of the term ‘woman’ and how this relates to the sex/gender distinction. She is also seeking funding for a large-scale project on sex and gender.
- History of philosophy: Makin will start a project on Socrates and his successors, emphasising the importance of non-Platonic developments of Socratic thought in the 4th-3rd century Cynic tradition. Lenman will complete a book for Routledge on Plato and knowledge. Hookway will work on a second volume of his essays on the philosophy of Peirce, involving new work on Peirce’s arguments for pragmatism and also on his philosophy of language. Schlösser will write a book on Kant. Stern will complete a collection of his papers for OUP on Hegel and Hegelianism, and will work with Hookway on setting up a funded project on pragmatism.
We have followed our Departmental strategy outlined in RAE2001. Individual staff have broadly carried out their research plans, although inevitably some of the longer term projects have changed. Of the books scheduled, those by Makin, Saul and Stern have appeared, while the book by Hookway is due out in 2008, and Laurence and Wenar chose instead to write substantial articles.
2. Contribution to research environment of the subject
Staff at Sheffield have made an extremely significant contribution to the research environment of the discipline during the review period, with the following highlights:
- The European Journal of Philosophy has close connections to the Department. Stern has been editor since 2001. Bell was a co-founder, and continues to serve on the Advisory Panel, as does Hookway. As only the second editor of the journal, Stern has been instrumental in helping it achieve its current high standing. He is also the series editor for EJP books.
- Staff are also on the editorial boards of other journals, including:
Abstracta: Divers, Hopkins, Olson
Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Logic: Hale
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: Lenman
Facta Philosophica: Divers
Journal of Moral Philosophy: Wenar
Kant Yearbook: Stern
Philosophia Mathematica: Hale
Philosophical Alternatives: Hookway
Philosophy Compass: Divers, Olson
Res Publica: Bennett
Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy: Saul
- Other editorial activities include:
Hookway: advisory board of the Peirce Edition Project
Keefe: guest editor for a special issue of Studia Logica
Lenman: guest editor for special issue of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Saul: co-editor for feminism on the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
Schlösser: co-editor of issue of Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie
Stern: subject editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy on-line.
- As detailed previously, the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies has run collaborative, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research projects, with over 20 workshops and conferences since 2001. These projects have involved over 200 participants from more than 90 institutions worldwide. The AHRC Innateness and the Structure of the Mind project has produced 3 edited volumes during this period.
- Staff have organized 17 other workshops and conferences at Sheffield and elsewhere, including the Joint Session in 2001; two conferences for the Hegel Society of Great Britain; and a conference on rights at Tulane University, USA.
- Staff play important roles in learned societies, including:
Hale: President of the Aristotelian Society, and member of its council and executive committee
Hookway: Vice-President and President of the Mind Association
Hopkins: Honorary Secretary (i.e. Director) of the Mind Association, and member of its Executive Committee; member of the executive committee of the British Society of Aesthetics; and a member of the Analysis committee
Keefe: member of the Analysis committee
Lenman: two terms as President of the British Society for Ethical Theory
Stern: President of the Hegel Society of Great Britain; management committee of the Institute of Philosophy
Saul: Analysis committee; member of the Executive Committee of the Aristotelian Society; and of the Society for Women in Philosophy UK
- Staff contribute to the management of major research projects based outside Sheffield, including AHRC-funded research projects on Epistemology and Metaphysics (Hale) and Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism (Stern); the Leverhulme Modality & Vagueness Network (Divers). Laurence has directed two major AHRC research projects based at Sheffield: see 1.4.2.
- Hale, Laurence, Lenman and Stern are members of the AHRC Peer Review Panel, and Hookway is on the RAE sub-panel. Owens has refereed for a £500K grant application to the Swiss National Science Foundation, and a £50K project grant to Leverhulme
- Hale served on the AHRC postgraduate award panel.
- As noted above (see 1.2), research students who have come through the Department have played a significant role in the profession, both while here and afterwards, and we have also enabled temporary staff and post-doctoral researchers to develop their academic careers.
- In the review period, staff have refereed for publishers and journals on 546 occasions; reviewed 67 books; organized 37 conferences and workshops; edited 5 books; and externally examined 42 PhD theses.
Indicators of esteem for individual staff:
External assessors for tenure or chairs:
11 in the UK and 29 in North America, including:
Hale: Harvard, Northwestern, Waterloo, MIT
Hookway: Toronto, Indiana, Yale, California at Santa Barbara, Notre Dame
Keefe: Kansas, Princeton
Laurence: Hull, British Columbia, Indiana
Olson: Illinois Chicago, SUNY Buffalo
Owens: Queen’s University Canada, Wellesley College, Amherst College
Saul: Manchester, Northwestern, 25 CREA Research Professorships (Catalunya)
Stern: UCL, Warwick, Glasgow, Sydney, Northwestern, Kent, North Carolina State
Wenar: Tennessee, California Irvine
Editorship of journals:
Editorship of book series:
Stern: EJP book series
Membership of editorial boards:
See above, 2.0
Refereeing for publishers and journals:
See above, 2.0
Invited papers to major conferences:
234 conference papers in the UK and abroad, including:
Aristotelian Society: Keefe, Laurence, Saul
Joint Session: Hookway, Hopkins, Lenman, Saul
APA: Divers, Hale, Hookway, Hopkins, Olson, Owens, Shemmer, Stern
Invited seminar papers:
233 seminar papers in the UK and abroad
See above, 1.3
Membership of committees for learned societies and research councils:
See above, 2.0
Staff have had work accepted by journals and publishers with the highest international reputations, including Ethics, Mind, Noûs, Philosophical Review, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Routledge. Several staff have also been invited to contribute to prestigious encyclopaedias and reference works, such as the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (Laurence, Lenman, Olson, Saul, Stern, Wenar) and the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (Hopkins, Makin, Stern).
Translations of works into other languages:
Botterill: The Philosophy of Psychology, into Italian and Portuguese
Hookway: ‘How to be a Virtue Epistemologist’, into French
Hopkins: Picture, Image and Experience, into Greek
Keefe: a chapter of Theories of Vagueness, into German
Saul: three papers translated, two into German and one into Spanish and French
Reprinting of work:
Divers, Hookway, Hopkins, Keefe, Lenman, Olson, Saul, Stern, Wenar have had work reprinted in 2001-07.
Notable responses to work:
Staff who have published books have received a number of reviews, many in leading journals. Particularly significant responses to work since 2001 include:
Divers: replies by Manuel Bremer and then Alex Paseau, in Mind
Gregory: Barry Smith in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy and Patrick Blackburn and Maarten Marx in the Journal of Philosophical Logic
Hale: APA session on The Reason’s Proper Study, and a book symposium on this in Philosophical Books
Hookway: a workshop on pragmatism organized around his visit to Santiago de Compostela in 2002, and a conference on epistemology and the emotions around his visit to Zurich in 2005
Hopkins: Richard Wollheim, G. McIntosh, Catherine Abell, Aaron Meskin, Cain Todd and Andrew McGonigal, in papers published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, British Journal of Aesthetics, and elsewhere
Keefe: Nicholas J. J. Smith and Stephen Gross
Lenman: Saul Smilansky, Elinor Mason (in Utilitas) and Alfred R. Mele and Joshua Gert
Olson: APA session on The Human Animal, and a paper by Sydney Shoemaker in Noûs largely devoted to one of his articles
Owens: discussion of work in papers in Philosophical Review and Philosophical Studies
Saul: ‘Substitution and Simple Sentences’ has received 15 replies in all, five since 2001
Stern: awarded Journal of the History of Philosophy prize for the best article of the year, for ‘Hegel’s Doppelsatz: A Neutral Reading’
Wenar: reply to ‘The Nature of Rights’ from Matthew Kramer and Hillel Steiner, in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.
Divers: Visiting Fellow, MacQuarie; Williams Evans Visiting Fellowship, Otago
Faulkner: Visiting Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, London
Hookway: Profesor invitado, Department of Logic, Santiago de Compostela
Lenman: Faculty Fellowship, Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions
Owens: Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy, London; Visiting Professor at Yale
Saul: Offered (3 times) Humphrey Professorship in Feminist Philosophy at University of Waterloo, Canada (declined for family reasons)
Wenar: Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, The Murphy Institute of Political Economy, Tulane University; and Laurance S Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton Center for Human Values
See above, 2.0.
Two government funded post-doctoral researchers, one from Canada and one from Spain, chose to work in Sheffield with Wenar and Hopkins respectively.
Visits from overseas researchers and research students:
We have hosted visiting researchers from the Universities of Seoul, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Kyoto. Stephen Stich visited the Department for two months in 2006, and ran a series of workshops to receive comments on his work in moral psychology. We have received visits from research students from the Universities of La Laguna, Barcelona, Seoul, Calcutta, Valencia, Girona, Geneva, and Navarra.
Indicators of the overall strength and standing of the Department:
(i) success of seven staff in gaining promotions to the level of Reader and Professor since 2001, based on external peer review
(ii) number, quality, and world-wide distribution of applicants for vacant posts
(iii) number, quality, and world-wide distribution of the applicants for our PhD programme – and particularly the number who have obtained AHRC and other external funding
(iv) success in the placement of our research students
(v) reputation enjoyed by the department’s Research Seminar and the activities of the HSCCS
(vi) ability to attract distinguished visiting academics
(vii) positive endorsements from external assessors, external examiners, visiting speakers, grant and award donors, participants in Departmental conferences, and the like
(viii) honours, awards, grants, prizes, invitations, commissions, favourable reviews and citations, and so forth that we have received
(ix) the recent peer review of UK philosophy departments conducted by the Philosophy Gourmet Guide, based on the academic reputation of staff, where the Department was ranked as one of the very strongest departments in the UK and internationally