Tuesday 19 July 2011

Congratulations, Dr. DeMoor!

Michael DeMoor successfully defended his dissertation and received his doctorate at the VU University Amsterdam on July 4. His dissertation is titled “Brandom and Hegel on Objectivity, Subjectivity and Sociality: A Tune beyond Us, Yet Ourselves.” ICS Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart served as Michael’s supervisor (“promotor”), and VU Professor Peter Koslowski served as his co-supervisor (“co-promotor”) in the ICS/VU conjoint PhD degree program. Members of the reading and examining committees included ICS Senior Member Shannon Hoff and Paul Franks, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. In his laudatio to conclude the ceremony, Professor Zuidervaart remarked: “Michael’s dissertation offers a lucid and thorough exposition and critique of a leading American philosopher. Many scholars would think twice before tackling a thinker as protean and complex as Brandom or Hegel. To have addressed both of them, to have done this well, and to have done so as a reformational philosopher is indeed a wonderful achievement.” Dr. DeMoor currently serves as Assistant Professor of Social Philosophy in Politics, History, and Economics at The King’s University College in Edmonton. The ICS community extends hearty congratulations to Michael and to his family, friends, and colleagues.