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The Murphy Institute welcomes 2014-2015 CEPA Faculty Fellows.

August brings visiting colleagues to campus.

The Murphy Institute is pleased to welcome the 2014-2015 Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellows. These visiting colleagues will spend the academic year at the Murphy Institute’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University, devoting most of their time to their own research projects which focus on ethics and public affairs. The Faculty Fellows will also participate in the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Seminar along with invited Tulane faculty and graduate students.

Hille Paakkunainen received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. Her research interests are primarily in the fields of ethics and action theory and especially the intersection of the two. Her work is forthcoming in a number of venues, including The Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and the Routledge Handbook of Metaethics. Professor Paakkunainen is co-editor, with Kieran Setiya, of the volume Internal Reasons: Contemporary Readings (MIT Press, 2012). She will devote her fellowship year to her research project “Can There Be ‘Government House Reasons’ for Action?”

Massimo Renzo, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, received his Ph.D. in philosophy of law from the University of Milan School of Law in in 2007. He works primarily in legal and political philosophy and is interested in problems relating to political authority, political obligation, and criminal law. The co-editor of six books and journal issues including, most recently, The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (OUP, forthcoming), Professor Renzo also serves as an editor of the journal, Criminal Law and Philosophy. His work has appeared in a number of highly ranked academic journals including, Analysis, Philosophical Studies, The Philosophical Quarterly, and Social Philosophy and Policy. He will spend the year working on his research project, “State Legitimacy and Political Obligation.”

Neil Sinhababu, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore, received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. His research, which focuses on metaethics and the philosophy of action, has appeared in top philosophy journals including Philosophical Review, Noûs, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Utilitas, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. Professor Sinhababu co-edited Nietzsche and Morality (OUP, 2007) with Brian Leiter. His paper “Possible Girls” has attracted media coverage for arguing that if David Lewis’ modal realism is true, we can have romantic relationships with people in other universes. His research project, “The Humean Theory of Motivation,” will involve writing a book titled A Treatise of Humean Nature.

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