Prof. Fleischacker wins Distinguished Researcher Award

Prof. Fleischacker has been given the Distinguished Researcher award, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Below is a description of the award, and a description of Prof. Fleischacker's recent research.

The Distinguished Researcher award is given to 5 UIC researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievements in their field of expertise

Distinguished:  Samuel Fleischacker, Ph.D., Professor, Philosophy, Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Fleischacker is a prolific scholar who has produced two major books in different sub-fields in the past 3 years which bring philosophy to bear upon current societal issues helping to inform political debate.  "What is Enlightenment?"  explores the legacy of Kant's essay by that name, arguing that it helps all of us, including traditional religious believers, recognize the importance of a pluralist, open, secular and liberal politics and public morality.  "Divine Teaching and the Way of the World" explores similar questions from within the standpoint of religious belief.  These works make important contributions to the history of ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.  His most recent work brings attention to similar tensions affecting the relationship between nationalism and multicultural toleration. Leading scholars have called his recent work "brilliant" and "a major contribution to contemporary philosophy of religion".  He was awarded a highly competitive fellowship at Stanford's Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 2013 and in 2012 there was a session devoted to "Divine Teaching" at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association..