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Fall 2017–Spring 2018

Duquesne Philosophy Department continues its Speaker Series throughout the fall semester. Featured speakers include Amy Allen, Mari Ruti, Christopher Moore, and many more.

The Examined Life Series, a series of monthly lectures aimed at delivering diverse and accessible topics, remains an exciting event organized by the department. More information can be found on The Examined Life Series page.

Fall 2016–Spring 2017

Recent News

D-WiP hosted their fourth conference 24–25 March 2017, “Critical Philosophies of Life,” with a keynote address given by Dr. Cynthia Willett (Emory). More information can be found on D-WiP’s page.

Fall 2014–Spring 2015

Dr. Thomas Rockmore appointed Professor Emeritus

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Rockmore has received the title of Professor Emeritus of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. During his 28 years at the university he has published over 20 books and over 400 scholarly articles (many of which have been translated into other languages). Dr. Rockmore had previously held the position of Distinguished McAnulty Professor of Philosophy.

Congratulations to Andrew Jussaume, Recipient of the 2014 Charles S. Dougherty Graduate Teaching Award

We are very proud of Andrew Jussaume and the excellent work he has done and will continue to do.

Fall 2012–Spring 2013

Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Matt Lovett, recipient of the Faculty Development Grant! Matt has developed a “Philosophy before and after the Holocaust” course, to be taught in Spring 2014 that will involve a spring break away trip to Berlin.

Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy:
Schelling and Naturphilosophie, August 5–9

In recent years there has been a surge of research on Schelling, aided in the English speaking world by a number of recent translations. This movement has included reexaminations of Schelling as a figure in the history of philosophy, as a source of influence on a number of twentieth century thinkers, and as a rich resource for addressing contemporary philosophical debates.

This project was awarded a grant from the NEH to bring together an international group of graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty for a week of discussion, lecture, and close textual study concerning this important philosopher. We will examine questions about nature, objectivity, matter, life, knowledge, and whether or not transcendental philosophy can be reconciled with the findings of the empirical sciences.

Please find more information on the website here.

The Inaugural Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy Conference Was a Success!

Congratulations and thanks to conference organizers Jacob Greenstine and Bethany Somma! The first PCAP was an excellent event filled with high quality scholarly papers. More information about the conference, including pictures from the event, can be found here.

Department Highlights

Jennifer Bates hosted a conference on Hegel’s Logic last semester on October 28th. Panel participants included Jay Lampert (University of Guelph), John Russon (University of Guelph), David Morris (Concordia University), and Tom Rockmore.

Daniel Selcer has recently spoken on early modern materialism at the University of Pittsburgh, on the importance of history for philosophy at Slippery Rock University, on Spinoza’s account of individualism at the University of Guelph, and on the idea of ‘operative science’ in Bacon and Spinoza at Simon Fraser University. We are also pleased to announce that Dan is being awarded the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Faculty Teaching Award for his fine classroom work.

Graduate Newsletters

Vol. 1 Issue 1: Spring 2008
Vol. 1 Issue 2: Fall 2008
Vol. 2 Issue 1: 2009
Vol. 2 Issue 2: Spring 2010
Vol. 3 Issue 1: Fall 2010
Vol. 3 Issue 2: Winter 2011
Vol. 4 Issue 1: Spring 2011
Vol. 5 Issue 1: Spring 2012
Vol. 6 Issue 1: Spring 2013
Vol. 7 Issue 1: Spring 2014
Vol. 8 Issue 1: Spring 2015
Vol. 9 Issue 1: Spring 2016
Vol. 9 Issue 1 [sic]: Spring 2017