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Jennie Latta - "Being and Person: An Introduction to Edith Stein's Finite and Eternal Being"

Paul Hammond - "Deleuze on Individual and Collective Action"

Justin Sledge - "Freedom, Solidarity, Revolution: Toward a Marxist Ethics"

Nicolás Garrera - "Ethics as Experience: Elements for a Comprehensive Phenomenological Ethics"


2012/13 Matt Bower - "The Birth of the World: An Exploration in Husserl's Genetic Phenomenology"


2011/12 Michael Burroughs - "Ideal Adults, Deficient Children: The Discourse on the Child in Western Philosophy"

Heidi Samuelson - "Out of Joint: The Nexus of Madness and Time-Consciousness"

Cheri Carr - "Deleuze's Critical Philosophy: The Differential Theory of the Faculties"

Arsalan Memon -  "The Problem of Perception, Radical Reflection, and the Body: Towards Understanding Merleau-Ponty's Post-Kantian Transcendental Philosophy"



William Allen, "Locke'd in the Game," in The Wire and Philosophy, Joanna Crosby and Seth Vannatta, eds. (Chicago: Open Court, 2013).

Desiree Ramacus-Bushnell. Review of Nicholas Buccola, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (New York: New York University Press, 2012). Forthcoming in Journal of American Studies.


2012/13 Nicolás Garrera. “La experiencia ética como evento y fuente de normatividad,” in Cuadernos Filosóficos (Segunda Época), No.IX, December 2012: 11-23.



Bryan Kimoto will present “Shen (身) and De (德), Embodiment, Disability: Zhuangzi and Merleau-Ponty on Perspective and Being a Body” at the Eastern APA Conference in Philadelphia.

Dan Larkin will present "Who's to Blame? The Possibility of Collective Responsibility in Plato's Political Philosophy" at the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Conference at Fordham University and "Up to Me or Up to Them: Determining Moral Responsibility in Aristotle's Politics" at the British Society for the History of Philosophy Conference at the University of York. He will also provide commentary on Karl Aho's paper "Kierkegaard's Revision of the Aristotelian Virtue of Courage" at the Eastern APA Conference in Philadelphia.


Mike Butler presented "There Is No Good Answer: The Role of Responsibility in Sartre's Ethical Theory" at the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism Conference in St. Louis.

Sebastian Orlander presented "Imagination: Synthesis in the Transcendental Deduction" at the 9th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference at West Chester University.

Alberto Romo presented two papers: "'Another World': Zapatismo and The Exercise of Power" ("'Otro Mundo': el zapatismo y el ejercicio del poder") at "Philosophical and Political Dimensions of NAFTA: Examining Twenty Years of Free Trade" at the Metropolitan Autonomous University; and "Without Further Ado: Logos, Knowledge and Fables in Derrida and Marin" at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum.

Jordan Liz presented two papers: "Representing Race in the State of Nature: Hobbes on Savages, Slavery and Colonialism" at the Representations of Race in the Early Modern Period conference at the University of Michigan; and "Hobbes, Schmitt and the King of the Proud: The Role of Religious Reservation in the Leviathan" at the 14th annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Duke University.

Josh Dohmen presented two papers: "Feminine Genius, Disabled Singularity" at Kristeva Circle, Vanderbilt University, and "Prisons and Their Subjects" at the Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South conference at the University of Mississippi.

Jonathan Wurtz presented "Wonder in Play: Rethinking an Ethics of Sexual Difference Outside the Male/Female Binary" at the 8th annual PhiloSOPHIA conference at Penn State University.

John Torrey presented "The Moral Costs of Code Switching for African-American Men" at the Research Association of Minority Professors in New Orleans.

Dan Larkin presented six papers: "No Victory in Virtue: Incoherence in Aristotle's Defense of Slavery" at the North Carolina Philosophical Society at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; "Surely You Can't Be Serious: Understanding the Role of Rhetoric in the Menexenus" at the University of Pennsylvania Ancient Philosophy Workshop; "Method or Madness: Tracking Down the Ever Elusive Socrates" at the Ancient Philosophy Society meeting in Tampa, FL; "Looks Can Be Deceiving: Plato and the Seduction of the Polis" at the International Plato Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan [unable to attend]; "Aristotle's 'Good' Spartans" (with Tim Roche) at the Philosophical Collaborations Conference, Southern Illinois University; and "Obligation over Goodness: Reconciling the Politics of Aristotle and Hobbes" at the History of Philosophy as the History of Anti-Aristotelianism International Congress in Santiago, Chile.

William Allen presented "A Reflection on the Mills/Shelby Debate: The Limits of Reforming Rawls" at the 7th annual Southeast Philosophy Congress, Clayton State University.



Jordan Liz presented "Towards Hobbes' Theory of Sovereignty: The Role of Books III and IV of Leviathan" at the inaugural Lehigh University Philosophy Conference ("The Last Chapter").

John Torrey presented “Philosophical Horizons and Why Pre-College Philosophy Matters” at the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) Conference, Loyola University and at the Winning Words Initiative Conference on Pre-Collegiate Philosophy, University of Chicago. He also presented “Dispelling the Myth of Philosophy’s Uselessness” at Morehouse College and “Outreach as Impact: Teaching Philosophy in an Informal Setting” at American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Morehouse College.

William Allen presented "Rawls, Perfectionism and the Black Underclass" at Morehouse College.

Mike Butler recently presented two papers: "Activity, Passivity and Original Choice: Responding to a Merleau-Pontean Critique of Sartrean Freedom" at the North American Sartre Society annual conference and "Do not ask me who I am and do not ask me to remain the same:' Foucault's Discontinuous Subject in the Archeaology of Knowledge" at the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.

Josh Dohmen presented two papers: "The Bios that Binds Us: Care Ethics and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Disability" at the 7th annual philoSOPHIA Conference in Banff, Canada; and "Disabling 'Traditional' Philosophy: Philosophy, Disability, and Practice" at the APA Diversity in Philosophy Conference, University of Dayton.

Alice Everly presented "Foucault, Discontinuity, and the Moral Value of Biological Life" at the 7th annual philoSOPHIA Conference in Banff, Canada.

Marygrace Hemme presented "Feminine Genius and the Importance of Narrating Lives" at the 7th annual philoSOPHIA Conference in Banff, Canada.

Sarah Marshall presented "The Rebirth of Zoē: Ingenious Biography and the Future of the Polis" at the 7th annual philoSOPHIA Conference in Banff, Canada.



Samaiyah Jones Scott (with Prof. Bill Lawson) presented "Mills and Pateman, Contracts and Relationships: Some Reflections" at the Philosophical Collaborations conference at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Matt Bower presented "Method and Motivation for Phenomenological Reconstruction in Husserliana 39" in a plenary session of the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists at Ramapo College.

William Allen presented "A State of War: The Life of Disadvantaged Communities in The Wire" at Grinnell University.

Sarah Vincent presented "Zoo Hermeneutics and Non-Human Animals" at the Midsouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College.

Chris Lucibella presented "Deviations from the Norm: The Danger of Classifying Intersex Conditions as Disorders" at the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy 2012 Annual Conference in Auckland, New Zealand AND "The Rightfulness of Unauthorized Publication: Kant and Hegel on Intellectual Property" at the University of Pennsylvania Philosophy Graduate Student Conference.

Josh Dohmen presented "Freedom Enabled: Reflections on the Concept of Freedom from the Disability Perspective" at Disability Issues and Advocacy Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Matt Bower presented "Spatiality and its Genesis in Husserl's Transcendental Aesthetic" at the annual meeting of the Seminar in Phenomenology and the History of Philosophy in South Bend, IN.

Nicolás Garrera presented "Ethical Experience as Event and Source of Normativity" at the 51st Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in Rochester, NY.

Justin Sledge presented "Sense Beyond Sense: John Dee, Angelic Language and the Early-Modern Crisis of Representation" at UC Berkeley Modern Group's conference on the theme of "Inarticulacy."

Foreign Study, Summer Schools, Workshops

2013/14 Dan Larkin will attend the University of Pennsylvania Intensive Ancient Greek Language Program this summer.

John Torrey will attend the Spencer Foundation Graduate Institute for Philosophy of Education workshop at University of Loyola, Chicago in July.


2012/13 Samaiyah Jones Scott participated in the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Writing Retreat for Mellon Fellows.


2011/12 Nicolás Garrera defended an MA dissertation at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal as the closure of a two-year stay in Europe with the “Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie” program. Dissertation's title: “Méthode phénoménologique, affectivité et éthique chez Henry et Levinas” (“Phenomenological Method, Affectivity, and Ethics in Henry and Levinas”). Director: László Tengelyi.

Alice Everly attended the Third Annual International Summer School in German Philosophy: Bonn, Germany and presented a paper entitled “The Ontological Turn in Contemporary Philosophy.”

Matt Bower was a visiting researcher at the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. He participated in the annual summer school on Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Mind while there.

Paul Hammond attended the International Summer School in Political Philosophy in Istanbul, Turkey and presented a paper titled "Hegel's Theory of Social Groups."

Honors and Awards

2013/14 Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Award (CAS): Dan Larkin

Hilary Johnson Memorial Graduate Student Teacher Award: Justin Sledge

William Allen was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars of Morehouse.



Social Science Research Council Dissertation Completion Grant: Samaiyah Jones Scott

Departmental Service Award: Josh Dohmen and Sarah Marshall

Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Award CAS Nominee: Maia Nahele

Hilary Johnson Memorial Graduate Student Teacher Award: Marygrace Hemme



Dissertation Defenses



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