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UCSB Ethics Bowl Team makes National Playoffs

Congratulations to the UCSB Ethics Bowl team, which placed 3rd in the the Southern California Regional competition on December 5th, 2015 at San Jose State University. UCSB was invited to join 36 other teams at the National Competition to be held in Virginia in February.

Coached by Sherri Lynn Conklin and David Mokriski, the team was composed of Gabrielle Balance, Jesse Chang, Susanna Faulds, Preethika Santha, and Itzel Garcia.

In Memoriam: Burleigh Wilkins

On October 13th the Philosophy Department lost a dear colleague, friend, and mentor, Professor Burleigh Wilkins. Burleigh taught for 45 years at the Department. He wrote many books and articles in political philosophy and the philosophy of history, and both his scholarly and his mentoring were celebrated in the volume Essays In Honor of Burleigh Wilkins: From History to Justice (2001). Burleigh loved to teach, and will be vividly remembered by the many students he inspired with his generosity of spirit and love for philosophy. We will miss him.

Job opening

The UCSB Philosophy department is conducting a open-rank job search for a tenure-track position. More details here.

In Memoriam: Jason Bennett

On the last day of 2014, the UCSB Philosophy Department lost a brilliant student, teaching associate, and friend, Jason Bennett. Jason was genuinely remarkable. He was talented, kind, extremely thoughtful, and extremely admirable. In addition to being a very capable and insightful philosopher, Jason was an artist. With his tremendous potential, he seemed to have a promising future ahead of him. Sadly, it was not to be. Above all, Jason was a thoroughly decent human being. The world is significantly impoverished by his absence.

Jason’s syllabus for Philosophy 1 included the following quote from T. S. Eliot’s Little Gidding:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Those who knew him are invited to leave their memories and condolences on his memorial Facebook page.