Eric Marcus receives prestigious faculty award
Each year, Auburn University recognizes its faculty members’ achievements in teaching, research, creative scholarship and outreach by awarding its prestigious faculty awards. Recipients this year include philosophy professor Eric Marcus, who received the Creative Research and Scholarship Award in the fine arts, liberal arts, architecture & design, business, social and human sciences category, and political science professor Steven P. Brown, who received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.
“The faculty recognized this year represent the level of commitment and service to our institution and dedication to teaching, research, scholarship and outreach that Auburn continually strives to foster,” said Provost Vini Nathan. “Their contributions symbolize what a land-grant institution like ours should be known for – pioneering research and scholarship, innovative pedagogy and impactful engagement with our communities.”
A member of Auburn’s faculty for 23 years, Marcus has received widespread acclaim for two groundbreaking books in the philosophical fields of human rationality, self-consciousness and inference. His most recent book, "Belief, Inference, and the Self-Conscious Mind," published in 2021, has been described as “transformative” and “the new gold standard” in its field. His previous book, "Rational Causation," was published by Harvard University Press and is likewise considered highly influential. The American Society of Aesthetics awarded Marcus its Arthur Danto Prize for the Best Paper in Aesthetics in 2020.