May 25, 2012
We are delighted to announce that Eric Swanson has been promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy, with tenure. Swanson, who earned his PhD from MIT in 2006, pursues linguistically-informed philosophy of language, with applications to epistemology and metaphysics, particularly the metaphysics of causation. His teaching is innovative and interdisciplinary. He uses literature to impel philosophical questions in an undergraduate course centered on the Brothers Karamazov, and with Ezra Keshet of the Linguistics Department he co-taught a wildly successful graduate seminar on discourse constraints in anaphora. During a spell when the Department’s philosophy of language faculty were in rapid flux, Swanson provided crucial continuity to graduate students working in that area, officially chairing some graduate committees and morally chairing others. He continues to serve our graduate students as a valued advisor. Congratulations, Eric, on your promotion!