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Recent Dissertation Defenses

Eric J. Mohr

  • Title: "Max Scheler's Critical Theory: The Idea of Critical Phenomenology"
  • Director: James Swindal

Michael Christian Rudar, May 2014

  • Title: "Nietzsche and Comedy: Provocative Laughter Amidst a Tragic Philosophy"
  • Director: James Swindal

Brock Bahler, May 2014

  • Title: "Levinas and Merleau-Ponty: Traces of Childlike Peace in a World at War"
  • Director: Fred Evans

Joseph Cimakasky, April 2014

  • Title: "All of a Sudden: The Role of exaiphnés in Plato's Dialogues".
  • Director: Ron Polansky

Kazue Koishikawa, March 2014

  • Title: "A Phenomenological Analysis of the Relation Between Intersubjectivity and Imagination in Hannah Arendt"
  • Director: Lanei Rodemeyer

Ryan Johnson, Fall 2013

  • Title: "The Problem: The Theory of Ideas in Ancient Atomism and Deleuze"
  • Director: Dan Selcer

James Stover, Fall 2013

  • Title: "Aristotle's Ethics: A Viable System for Today's Life and Business"
  • Director: Ron Polansky

Christopher Mountenay, Fall 2013

  • Title: "In the Shadow of Anaximander: Philosophical Temperaments and Schopenhauerian Pessimism in Nietzsche's 'Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks'"
  • Director: Patrick Miller

David Hoinski, Fall 2013

  • Title: "Humanlife and the Advent of Philosophy: A Theory of Philosophical Autobiography"
  • Director: Ron Polansky

H.A. Nethery IV, July 2013

  • Title: "Husserl and Foucault on the Subject: the Companions"
  • Director: Lanei Rodemeyer

John H. Fritz, July 2013

  • Title: "Character, Time & Place in the Dialogues of Plato"
  • Director: Ronald Polansky

James B. Haile III, June 2013

  • Title: "Black Existential Philosophy: Truth in Virtue of Self-Discovery"
  • Director: James Swindal

Kamal Shlbei, March 2013

  • Title: "Sadra and Hegel on the Relationship Between Essence/Existence & Subject/Object"
  • Director: Jennifer Bates

Chelsea Harry, March 2013

  •  Title: "Time (Chronos) in Aristotle's Natural Philosophy and of its Place in Early Naturphilosophie (1750-1800)"
  •  Director: Ronald Polansky

Jacob Graham, March 2012

  • Title: "The Flourishing Self in Aristotle and the Authentic Self in Heidegger"
  • Director: Michael Harrington

Clayton Bohnet, November 2011

  • Title: "Logic, Thought, and the Unconditioned: An Essay on Kant and Hegel"
  • Director: Tom Rockmore

Keith Martel, November 2011

  • Title: "The Narrative Subject and Place"
  • Director: Lanei Rodemeyer

Patrick Reider, November 2011

  • Title: "German Idealism, Analytic Philosophy, and Realism"
  • Director: Tom Rockmore

Grant Julin, April 2011

  • Title: "Kierkegaard's Ethics of Repetition: A Re-examining of the Ethical in the 1843 Authorship"
  • Director: Ronald Polansky

Jonathan Mounts, April 2011

  • Title: "Salvation of the Damned Within the 'Periphyseon'"
  • Director: Michael Harrington

Frank Scalambrino, April 2011

  • Title: "Non-Being and Memory: A Critique of Pure Difference in Derrida and Deleuze"
  • Director: Daniel Selcer

    Michael Kilivris, August 2010.

    Director: James Swindal

    Taine Duncan, August 2010

    Director: James Swindal

    Geoff Bagwell, March 2010

    Director: Ron Polansky

    Tom Sparrow, November 2009.

    Director: Fred Evans

    Douglas Peduti SJ, August 2009.

    Director: James Swindal

    Mélanie Walton, July 2009.

    Director: Lanei Rodemeyer

    Joshua Miller, February 2009.

    Director: James Swindal

    Kenneth Agede, November 2008.

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Eric Duffy, November 2008.

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Previous Dissertation Defenses

    Emily Katz, Spring 2008.

    Director: Ronald Polansky

    Clifford Lee, Spring 2008.

    Director: Ronald Polansky

    Patrick Macfarlane, Fall 2007

    Director: Ronald Polansky

    Matt Morgan, Fall 2006

    Director: Lanei Rodemeyer

    Fr. Casimir Nyaki, Fall 2006.

    Director: Ronald Polansky

    Antonis Coumoundourous, Spring 2006.

    Director: Ronald Polansky

    Faith Bjalobok, Spring 2006.

    Director: Fred Evans

    Rev. Thomas Apken, Spring 2006.

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Matthew C. Eshleman, Fall 2005

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Sister Judith K. Parsons, Fall 2005

    Director: Lanei Rodemeyer

    George Yancy, Fall 2005

    Director: Fred Evans

    Pachomius Okogie, Fall 2005

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Joseph Campisi, Spring 2005

    Director: Fred Evans

    Daniel Collin-Cavanaugh, Spring 2005

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Rev. Felix Charles Owino, Spring 2005

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Sr. Theresa Wambui, Spring 2005

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Mark Brouwer, Spring 2005

    Director: Ron Polansky

    Agnieszka Patkowska, Summer 2004

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Mary Ann Fenicato, Summer 2004

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Rev. Joseph Penlong Nietlong, Summer 2004

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    J. Baynard Woods, Summer 2004

    Director: Ron Polansky

    Andre Archie, Fall 2003

    Director: Ron Polanksy

    Paul Kinsman, Fall 2003

    Director :Wilhelm Wurzer

    James Snyder, Spring 2003

    Director: Fred Evans

    David Cale, Fall 2002

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Michelle Carpenter, Fall 2002

    Director: Ron Polanksy

    Scott Davidson, Fall 2002

    Director: Diane Perpich

    Hulya Guney, Fall 2002

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Robert Johnson, Fall 2002

    Co-Directors: Wilhelm Wurzer and Stephen Ross

    Edward Pluth, Fall 2002

    Director: Fred Evans

    Christopher Venner, Fall 2002

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    Colleen Flewwlling, Spring 2002

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Leigh Viner, Spring 2002

    Director: Ron Polanksy

    Manuel Arriaga, Fall 2001

    Director: Tom Rockmore

    Georganna Ulary, Fall 2001

    Director: Fred Evans

    Henry Davis, Spring 2001

    Director: Lester Embree

    Jose Solis-Silva, Spring 2001

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer

    William Stewart, Spring 2001

    Director: Wilhelm Wurzer