News, Events, & Awards

Congratulations to Becky Vartabedian, recipient of the Charles S. Dougherty Philosophy Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2011-12.

Congratulations to Jessica Konig, recipient of the 2011 Philosophy Graduate Essay Prize for her paper "The Dancing Philosopher: Nietzsche and the Art of Aphorism".

Undergrad Thesis Defenses

  • Stephen Hanson, "Husserl, Wittgenstien, & the Intersubjectivity of Language." Director: Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer
  • Rachel Van Campenhout, "Between Consciousness and the Body: A Phenomenological Exploration." Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer
  • Roman Becicka, "The Role of Reason in Mental Health: Case-Studies in Ancient and Modern Philosophy." Director: Dr. Patrick Lee Miller

All defenses were conducted in the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center on April 26, 2012.


Faculty and Ph.D. College Awards 2012

  • Dr. George Yancy has won the McAnulty College and Graduate School for Liberal Arts Excellence in Scholarship Award.

  • Dr. Daniel Selcer has won the McAnulty College and Graduate School for Liberal Arts Faculty Teaching Award.

  • Mrs. Joan Thompson, administrative assistant, has won the McAnulty College and Graduate School Staff Award.

  • Mr. Nathan Eckstrand (Philosophy Ph.D. Student) has won The McAnulty College Graduate Student Scholarship Award.


2011-2012 Speakers and Conferences

  • Markus Gabriel (Bonn / New School) in the Silverman Center, Friday, March 9, 2012.

  • 6th Annual Duquesne Graduate Philosophical Conference: Aesthetics & Politics
    Bayer Learning Center, Pappert Lecture Hall, Saturday, February 18th, 2012.
    Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova), presenting "Immanence and Intervention: Towards a Radical Historicist Analytic of Practice."

  • "The Collision of Derrida's Deconstructionism and Chinese Marxism" Wei Xiao Ping (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) in the Silverman Center, Friday, December 2, 2011.

  • Silvia Stoller (Vienna) November 17, 2011. Co-sponsored with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

  • Symposium on Hegel's Science of Logic, with Dr. Jay Lambert (Guelph) Dr. David Morris (Concordia), Dr. Tom Rockmore (Duquesne), and Dr. John Russon (Guelph), in the Silverman Center, Friday, October 28, 2011.

  • "Reclaimed Voice? Echo's Own Echo" Lisa Folkmarson Käll (Uppsala), October 14, 2011. Co-sponsored with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

  • "Lacan on Love" - Bruce Fink (Duquesne University / Psychology Department) September 23, 2011.

  • Film screening - "Only God Can Save Us". September 9, 2011.
    Film and panel discussion featured film maker Jeffery van Davis, Dr. Tom Rockmore (Duquesne University) and the Duquesne University's Department of Philosophy's first doctoral graduate, Dr. Ted Kisiel (Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University). This film looks at one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, Martin Heidegger and his rejection of democracy and support of Nazism in the 1930's.

Undergraduate Philosophy Society Events (Under Construction)


Department Highlights

  • Ron Polansky is the current Chair, replacing James Swindal who was recently hired as Dean of the McAnulty College of Arts and Sciences.

  • 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.

  • Fred Evans was elected Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee for the Society of Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). He was also one of four Keynote speakers of the Seminario International: Rutas y Encuentros de Los Estudios Sociales y Culturales in Bogota, Columbia in October, presenting his paper "Voces de la democracia: cuidadania y arte public en el Millenium Park de Chicago."

  • Louis Bulter, an undergraduate major, has been award a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Munich for the academic year 2011-2012. Pittsburgh Tribune Article.

  • Daniel Selcer is the Director of Graduate Studies, replacing Ron Polansky while he serves as Chair. He 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.

  • Patrick Miller was awarded a Presidential scholarship for research in the summer of 2011.

  • Lanei Rodemeyer presented her paper: "Similar (but Different) and Different (but Similar): The Possibility for Intercultural Others in Husserl's Fifth Cartesian Meditation," at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. She was also invited to speak at the "Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine" conference at Uppsala University where she presented her paper "Feminism, Phenomenology, and Hormones," which has been submitted for publication in an anthology on Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine.

  • Patrick Miller presented a series of posts, entitled "Crosswise Christ," on the Immanent Frame, a blog sponsored by the Social Science Research Council.


Recent Faculty Publications

Patrick Miller Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy. Continuum Press, 2011. Tom Rockmore Kant and Phenomenology. University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Jennifer Bates Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination. SUNY Press, 2010.

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Tom Rockmore Before and After 9/11: A Philosophical Examination of Globalization, Terror, and History. Continuum Press, 2011.
Daniel Selcer Philosophy and the Book. Continuum Press, 2010.

George Yancy, editor. The Center Must Not Hold. White Women Philosophers on the Whiteness of Philosophy. Lexington, 2010.

George YancyLook, A White! Philosophical Essays on Whiteness. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press 2012.

Fred Evans,The Multivoiced Body: Society and  Communication in the Age of Diversity, Columbia  University Press, 2009.

James Swindal, Action and Existence: A Case For Agent Causation. (Macmillan, 2012).

Michael HarringtonOn the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy: The Thirteenth-Century Textbook Edition. Peeters, 2011.



Graduate Student News

New 2012-2013 Graduate Students

Hasret Akin (Middle East Technical University)

Thomas Ball (University of Georgia)

Karim Barakat (American University of Beirut)

Richard Brzustowicz (Washington and Jefferson College)

Seth Christensen (University of Denver)

Jonathan Cohen (DePaul University)

Sean D'Alessio (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Minglai Dong (Sichuan University)

Matt Keefer (University of North Texas)

Richard King (Penn State)

Francois Kodena (Universite Catholique D'Afrique Centrale)

Jessica Konig (Duquesne University)

Jeff Lambert (University of Central Arkansas)

Peter Libbey (Sarah Lawrence College)

Fr. Michael Mburu (Urbaniana University)

Norman Schultz (University of Cologne)

Richard Sharpe (Pontifical College Josephinum)

Sean Skedzielewski (Montclair State University)

Bradley Van Uden (St. John's College)

Departmental Graduate Student Awards

  • Eric Mohr and Patrick Craig received the 2012-2013 McAnulty Dissertation Fellowship.
  • H.A. Nethery is the recipient of the Charles Dougherty Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award for 2011.
  • Zachary Hamm won the Philosophy Graduate Essay prize for 2011.
  • Stephanie Adair, Dave Mesing, Keith Hehr, James Bahoh, Ryan Johnson, Sila Ozkara, Paul Zipfel, Becky Vartabedian, Paul Di Georgio, and Jacob Greenstine received the Ronald M. Polansky summer language study grants for 2012.

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