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Recent Awards and Conference Presentations

Current Graduate Student Awards

  • Jim Bahoh, Karim Barakat, Joel Boyer, Jacob Greenstine, Boram Jeong, Jessica konig, Jeff Lambert, Peter Libbey, Matt Lovett, Bethany Somma, and Matt Valentine received the Ronald M. Polansky summer language study grants for 2013.
  • Becky Vartabedian is the recipient of the Charles S. Dougherty Philosophy Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2011-12.
  • Matt Lovett and Jacob Greenstine won the Philosophy Graduate Essay prize for 2012.

    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 Phenomenology Center, located on the first floor of Gumberg Library. We will post Colloquia Series events here as they are scheduled.

    2013-2014 Colluquia Series

    September 12, 2014
    • Heidegger's Phenomenology of Truth (Matthew Yaw)
    • Non-Being as the Result of the Eleatic Hypothesis: Arostotle's Physics 1.3 (Jacob Greenstine)
    October 11, 2013
    • Foucault's Critical Subject (Karim Barakat)
    • Nietzsche and Kierkegaard:The Question of Truth as an Orientation Toward Meaning and Significance (Sean Skedzielewski)
    November 15, 2013
    • The Privacy of Experience (Sean D'Alessio)
    • Finishing the Critical Project:Towards a Kantian Theory of the Subject and Higher Pleasures (Matthew Valentine)
    November 22, 2013
    • The Arborescent and Rhizomatic in Walt Whitman: Deleuze and Leaves of Grass (Jeff Lambert)
    • Perspectives on Human Immortality in Aquinas and Marcel (Richard Sharpe)
    Spring Semester
    • Adoptees and Philosophers: Searching for Self and Stability in Stoic Therapy (Bethany Somma)
    • Old age is life's parody: The Spatiality of Aging in Simone de Beauvoir's The Coming of Age (Tristana Martin Rubio)

    2012-2013 Colloquia Series

    Friday, September 14th, 2012
    • Jessica Patella Konig, "The Dancing Philosopher"
    Wednesday, September, 26th, 2012
    • Paul DiGeorgio, "Plotinus as the first Phenomenologist"
    • Jeff Lambert, "Luce Irigaray and 'That's What She Said'"
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    • Christopher Mountenay, "Apeiron and Noumena"
    • John Fritz, "The Indefinite Time and Place of Plato's Philebus"
    Wednesday, October 24th, 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"
    Wednesday, November 7th, 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"
    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
    • Ryan Johnson, "De-Mystification and Counter-Actualization"
    Spring Semester
    Friday, January 11th, 2013
    • Sean D'Alessio, "The Case for Epistemological Nihilism"
    • Pail di'Giorgio, "A Critique of Foucault's Concept of Freedom"
    Friday, March 22nd, 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, April 5th, 2013
    • Jacob Greenstein, "Why Galileo Matters"
    • Matt Lovett, "Rothko's Negative Theology"

    2011-2012 Colloquia Series

    Spring Semester 2012

    Friday, March 23
    • Jacob Greenstine, "Animal Error and Human Falsehood in Aristotle."
    • Sila Ozkara, "Expressing Kant's Sublime."
    Friday, February 17
    • 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."
    Friday, January 27
    • Ryan Johnson, "The Story of the Eye, According to Descartes."
    • Billy Goehring, "Spinoza and the Structuralist Principle."
    Friday, January 20
    • 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

      Spring Semester 2011

      Wednesday, March 23
      • Nathan Eckstrand, "Modeling Electronic Media"
      • Zach Hamm, "Deleuze's Critique of Phenomenology"
      Thursday, February 17
      • Justin Habash, "Leibniz &Torture"
      • Chris Mountenay, "Arachnid Gladiators"
      Wednesday, February 2
      • David Hoinski, "Did Plato Invent Philosophical Autobiography?
      • Kamal Shlbei, "Rethinking the Kantian Thing-In-Itself"
      Wednesday, January 19
      • 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"

      Fall Semester 2010

      Friday, December 10
      • Brittany Leckey, "Deleuze, Kundera, and the Eternal Return"
      Friday, November 12
      • Jacob Greenstine, "Reason and Absolute Idealism"
      • Ryan Johnson, "Nietzschean Shadowplay"
      Wednesday, October 27
      • Zach Hamm, "Descartes' Lullian Vision"
      • David Mesing, "Satan's Pulpit"
      Wednesday, October 6
      • Kelsey Ward, "Hegel and Abstract Art."
      • Jacob Graham, "Excellence and Friendship: Confucius and Aristotle."
      Wednesday, September 22
      • 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.