Philosophy Department

303 College Hall
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412 396 6500
Fax: 412 396 5353

Ron Polansky
Chair
polansky@duq.edu

Daniel Selcer
Director of Graduate Studies
selcerd@duq.edu

Michael Harrington
Director of Undergraduate Studies
harringtonm@duq.edu

Joan Thompson
Administrative Assistant
thompson@duq.edu

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Graduate Student Colloquia Series

    Hosted by the Graduate Students in Philosophy (GSIP), the Colloquia Series offers current graduate students the opportunity to present works in-progress. All presentations take place in the Simon Silverman Penomenology Center, located on the first floor of Gumberg Library. We will post Colloquia Series events here as they are scheduled. Many graduate students use this as an opportunity to get feedback on papers they are currently sending out to conferences, however, any graduate student in the department who wants to share a paper is encouraged to do so. 
    For the upcoming Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 academic year, Tylor Cunningham and Alessio Rotundo will be coordinating the Colloquia Series. Please contact either of them if you have any questions or would like to sign up to present.

    2014-2015 Colloquia Series

    March 20, 2015
    • Peter Libbey, "'Free Necessity' and 'Real Complexity': Causality in Pierre Macherey's A Theory of Literary Production​"
    March 13, 2015
    • Tylor Cunningham, "If You Liked it You Should Have Put a Ring On it: Pleasure as a part of teachable virtue in the ring structure of the Protagoras"
    • Joseph Bertino, "From the Ashes of Baudelaire: Diametrical Opposition and Poetic Influence from Charles Baudelaire to Stephane Mallarme"
    February 27, 2015
    • Rebecca Warshofsky, "Language, Limit, and Identity"
    February 20, 2015
    • Martin Krahn, "The Problem of Nature in Hegel's System"
    • Alexander Gorman, "The Necessity of a Dialectic: Reason and History in Husserl's Logic"
    February 6, 2015
    • Bethany Somma, "Sight Not Yet Seeing: Indefiniteness in the Generation of the Intellect in Plotinus"
    • Tristana Martin Rubio, "Derrida Contra Rawls: Reasonableness, Sovereignty, and Desire"
    November 7, 2014
    • Bethany Somma, "The (Un)Reality of the Adopted Self"
    • Joseph Bertino, "Wise Endurance: Does Socrates Fear?"
    October 17, 2014
    • Matt Lovett, "Deleuze, Lacan, and the Idea of Sexual Difference"
    • Jeff Lambert, "Windowless Intimacy: Contiguity in Irigaray and Leibniz"
    September 12, 2014
    • Matthew Yaw, "Heidegger's Phenomenology of Truth"
    • Jacob Greenstine, "Non-Being as the Result of the Eleatic Hypothesis: Arostotle's Physics 1.3"

    2013-2014 Colloquia Series

    January 11, 2014
    • Bethany Somma, "Adoptees and Philosophers: Searching for Self and Stability in Stoic Therapy"
    • Tristana Martin Rubio, "Old age is life's parody: The Spatiality of Aging in Simone de Beauvoir's The Coming of Age" 
    October 11, 2013
    • Karim Barakat, "Foucault's Critical Subject"
    • Sean Skedzielewski, "Nietzsche and Kierkegaard:The Question of Truth as an Orientation Toward Meaning and Significance"
    November 15, 2013
    • Sean D'Alessio, "The Privacy of Experience"
    • Matthew Valentine, "Finishing the Critical Project:Towards a Kantian Theory of the Subject and Higher Pleasures"
    November 22, 2013
    • Jeff Lambert, "The Arborescent and Rhizomatic in Walt Whitman: Deleuze and Leaves of Grass"
    • Richard Sharpe, "Perspectives on Human Immortality in Aquinas and Marcel"

    2012-2013 Colloquia Series

    April 5, 2013
    • Jacob Greenstein, "Why Galileo Matters"
    • Matt Lovett, "Rothko's Negative Theology"Friday, March 22nd, 2013
    March 22, 2013
    • Christopher Mountenay, "Painter of Light and the Philosopher of Pessimism: A Schopenhauerian Analysis of Thomas Kinkade"
    • Jim Bahoh, "Heidegger's Differential Concept of Truth in Beitrage"Friday, January 11th, 2013
    January 11, 2013
    • Sean D'Alessio, "The Case for Epistemological Nihilism"
    • Pail di'Giorgio, "A Critique of Foucault's Concept of Freedom"Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
    December 5, 2012
    • Ryan Johnson, "De-Mystification and Counter-Actualization"Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
    November 7, 2012
    • Duquesne Women in Philosophy Colloquium (co-sponsored event)
    • Boram Jeong, "Repetition and Revolution: Temporality in Deleuze and the Book of Changes"
    • Jessica Patella Konig, "Francis Bacon on Nature: The Secret, the Erotic, the Dominated"
    • Sila Ozkara, "Hegel's Self-Consciousness as Progression"
    October 24, 2012
    • Hegel Responds!
    • Kamal Shibei, "Hegel on Plato: The Refreshment of Essence"
    • Matt Lovett, "Antinomy, Existence, and the Thing-In-Itself: Hegel's Response to Transcendental Idealism"
    October 10, 2012
    • Christopher Mountenay, "Apeiron and Noumena"
    • John Fritz, "The Indefinite Time and Place of Plato's Philebus"
    September 26, 2012
    • Paul DiGeorgio, "Plotinus as the first Phenomenologist"
    • Jeff Lambert, "Luce Irigaray and 'That's What She Said'"
    September 14, 2012
    • Jessica Patella Konig, "The Dancing Philosopher"

    2011-2012 Colloquia Series

    March 23, 2012
    • Jacob Greenstine, "Animal Error and Human Falsehood in Aristotle."
    • Sila Ozkara, "Expressing Kant's Sublime."
    February 17, 2012
    • Kyle Wendling, "Joyful Overman: On the Realization of Truth through Laughter and Levity."
    • Andy Jussaume, "Proof of the Transcendent God: The Suspension of Teleology in Thomas' Metaphysics."
    January 27, 2012
    • Ryan Johnson, "The Story of the Eye, According to Descartes."
    • Billy Goehring, "Spinoza and the Structuralist Principle."
    January 20, 2012
    • Dave Mesing, "Affective Politics: On Spinoza and Occupy Wall ST."
    • Nathan Eckstrand, "Foucault, Arendt, and the Possibilitty of a Transformational Politics."

      2010-2011 Colloquia Series

      March 23, 2011
      • Nathan Eckstrand, "Modeling Electronic Media"
      • Zach Hamm, "Deleuze's Critique of Phenomenology"
      February 17, 2011
      • Justin Habash, "Leibniz &Torture"
      • Chris Mountenay, "Arachnid Gladiators"
      February 2, 2011
      • David Hoinski, "Did Plato Invent Philosophical Autobiography?
      • Kamal Shlbei, "Rethinking the Kantian Thing-In-Itself"
      January 19, 2011
      • Matt Lovett, "The Flesh of the Feminine: Merleau-Ponty and Irigaray"
      • Becky Vartabedian, "Let's Get Small: the Joke as Event in Deleuze's Logic of Sense"
      December 10, 2010
      • Brittany Leckey, "Deleuze, Kundera, and the Eternal Return"
      November 12, 2010
      • Jacob Greenstine, "Reason and Absolute Idealism"
      • Ryan Johnson, "Nietzschean Shadowplay"
      October 27, 2010
      • Zach Hamm, "Descartes' Lullian Vision"
      • David Mesing, "Satan's Pulpit"
      October 6, 2010
      • Kelsey Ward, "Hegel and Abstract Art."
      • Jacob Graham, "Excellence and Friendship: Confucius and Aristotle."
      September 22, 2010
      • Scott Sparrow, "On Language and Mediation: Hegel's Arguments in 'Sense Certainty',"

      Scott was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Graduate Student Essay Award, an annual award determined by Duquesne's Philosophy Faculty.