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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Departmental Speakers Series and Related Talks

Please visit here for recordings of many of our past speakers' presentations.
2014-2015

JOHN SALLIS (Boston College), "Return to Nature." September 5

CLAIRE COLEBROOK (Penn State), TOM SPARROW (Slippery Rock University), ERIK GARRETT (Duquesne University), "Approaching The Liminal: Pushing The Boundaries of Continental Philosophy." September 26-27.

ANTON FRIEDRICH KOCH (Universität Heidelberg), "Why People Like Us Are Metaphysically Necessary." September 22.

DOUGLAS JESSEPH (University of South Florida), "Hobbes & Conatus or The Ultimate Explanatory Principle?" October 3.

LUNA DOLEZAL (Trinity College Dublin), "The Phenomenology of Self-Presentation." October 31.

TOM SPARROW (Slippery Rock University), " Plasticity, American Style." November 14.

PAUL S. LOEB (University of Puget Sound), "Live in such a way that you want to live again." December 5.

PATRICK LEE MILLER (Duquesne University), "Avatars of Oneself." January 23.

JESSICA GELBER (Univeristy of Pittsburgh), February 13.

JENNIFER BATES (Duquesne University), March 27.

C.D.C. REEVE (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), April 17.

2013-2014

JAMES MARSH (Fordham), LEAH KALMANSON (Drake) & ROGER BURGGRAEVE (Leuven). Keynotes for the North American Levinas Society conference. Sponsored by the College, Communications, Theology & the Silverman Center. July 28-31.

IAIN HAMILTON GRANT (U West England) & JASON WIRTH (Seattle). Keynotes speakers and seminar leaders for the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy: Schelling and Naturphilosophie. August 3-9.

JESSICA WISKUS (Duquesne), "Movement in Merleau-Ponty (Painting, Music, Poetry)". September 6.

ERIC BROWN (Washington U), "Cosmopolitans and Unmet Friends". September 20.

DERMOT MORAN (University College Dublin) & PIERRE RODRIGO (U Bourgogne). Keynotes for the International Merleau-Ponty Circle conference. Sponsored by the College. September 26.

HANS PEDERSON (Indiana U Pennsylvania),"Heidegger, Strawson, and Responsibility". October 18.

TOM ROCKMORE (DUQUESNE),  "Kant and Cognitive Constructivism". November 8.

JOHN PROTEVI (LSU), "Darwin, Disasters, and Prosociality". December 6.

CRISTINA BUCUR (Silverman Center Fellow), "From Ipseity to Kenosis: Reflections on Ricoeur's Itinerary to the Face-to-Face". January 17.

VALENTIN MUDIMBE (Duke), KATHRYN GINES (Penn State), TSENAY SEREQUEBERHAN (Morgan State) & ELIAS BINGMBA (Rice University). Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology in the African and Africana Worlds. February 14-15.

DANA HOLLANDER (McMaster). "Hermann Cohen on Ethical Subjectivity and The Legal Institution of the Neighbor". March 14.

RAYMOND BRASSIER (American University of Beirut), "Intuition, Picturing, Immanence". March 21.

THEODORE GEORGE (Texas A&M), "Lost and Found in Translation". March 28.

LLOYD GERSON (Toronto), "Platonism versus Naturalism". April 11.

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2012-2013

PATRICK LEE MILLER (Duquesne), "Monstrous Maturity on Mulholland Drive". September 7.

JAY LAMPERT (Guelph), "Do Sheets of Past Exist? Deleuze on Citizen Kane." October 12.

GRAHAM HARMAN (American U of Cairo), "Epistemism and Subjectalism: A New Fault Line in Speculative Realism." October 22.

KAREN STOHR (Georgetown), "Self-Deprecation". November 9.

C.D.C. REEVE (UNC Chapel Hill), "Plato's Undivided Soul". November 28.

TERRY SMITH (Pittsburgh), "Contemporeneity as a Quality of Our World Picture." Sponsored by CIQR. January 24.

ULRIKA BJÖRK (Uppsala). "Political and Subjective Freedom: Reading Hannah Arendt with Julia Kristeva". Co-sponsored by WGS. February 22.

ADRIAN JOHNSTON (New Mexico), "Reflections of a Rotten Nature: Hegel, Lacan, and Material Negativity." GSIP Conference keynote. February 23.

RACHEL SINGPURWALLA (U Maryland, College Park), EMILY AUSTIN (Wake Forest), & CHRISTINA IONESCU (Catholic U). Symposium on The Body and theNon-Rational in Ancient Greek Thought. March 15.

DAN SMITH (Purdue), "Time, Truth, and Thought." CIQR. March 21.

JONATHAN LEAR (Chicago), "Wisdom Won From Illness: The Psychoanalytic Grasp of Human Being." April 12.

GALEN JOHNSON (Rhode Island), GAIL WEISS (George Washington University), LAURA DOYLE (U Massachusetts, Amherst) & DAVID ABRAM (The Alliance for Wild Ethics), Silverman Center Symposium: Merleau-Ponty Into the Future. April 29-30.

2011-2012

TED KISIEL (Northern Illinois), TOM ROCKMORE (Duquesne) & JEFFERY VAN DAVIS, screening and panel discussion of Only a God Can Save Us (on Heidegger). September 9.

BRUCE FINK (Duquesne), "Lacan on Love." September 23.

LISA FOLKMARSON KÄLL (Uppsala),"Reclaimed Voice? Echo's Own Echo". Co-sponsored by WGS. October 14.

JOHN RUSSON (Guelph), David Morris (Concordia), Jay Lampert (Guelph), TOM ROCKMORE (Duquesne). Symposium on Hegel's Logic. October 28.

SILVIA STOLLER (Vienna). Co-sponsored by WGS. November 17.

WEI XIAO PING, (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), "The Collision of Derrida's Deconstructionism and Chinese Marxism." December 1.

TONY SMITH (Iowa State), JASON HILL (DePaul) & WALTER MIGNOLO (Duke). Conference - Cosmopolitics: Unity, Diversity and Global Subjects. CIQR, Critical Race Theory Series & Pitt Cultural Studies. December 2.

PAOLO PALMIERI (Pittsburgh), "Ethics and Learning: A Deweyan Approach". February 10.

MARKUS GABRIEL (Bonn), "The Meaning of Existence and the Contingency of Sense". March 9.

DOROTHEA OLKOWSKI (U Colorado, Colorado Springs), "Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn". March 30.

GABRIEL ROCKHILL (Villanova). GSIP Conference keynote. April 18.

LEONARD LAWLOR (Penn State), CLAIRE COLEBROOK (Penn State), PAOLO MARRATI (Johns Hopkins) & BRUNO BOSTEELS (Cornell), Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology and Its Critics. April 19-20.

2010-2011

TIANYU WU (Beijing University), "Rethinking Augustine's Adaptation of ‘First Movements' of Affection." October 8.
Critical Theory Roundtable conference. October 23-24.

LUCA M. SCARANTINO (Conseil international de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines), "The Historical Nature of the A Priori and the Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy." November 3.

PEG BIRMINGHAM (DePaul), "The Subject of Rights: On the Declaration of the Human." Co-sponsored by CIQR. December 3.

ALISDAIR MACINTYRE (Notre Dame), "Philosophical Education Against Contemporary Culture." Co-sponsored by Health Care Ethics. December 4.

PATRICK LEE MILLER (Duquesne), "Heraclitus's Crosswise Logic". January 28.

CRISPIN SARTWELL (Dickinson College), "Against Consensus." February 18.
Philosophy and the Environment Roundtable IV. March 15.

DENNIS SCHMIDT (Penn State), JUDITH LOCKHEAD (Stony Brook), MARCIA SÁ CAVALCANTE SCHUBACK (U Södertörn) & JOHN SALLIS (Boston College), Silverman Center Symposium: Music and Phenomenology. March 17-18.

CHRISTOPHER D. JOHNSON (Harvard), "Cesi's Lynx: Tabular Reason and the Natural Desire for Knowledge." Co-sponsored by PCMRS. March 25.

DAVID BOLLER (Manhattan College). GSIP Conference keynote. April 2.

GIUSEPPINA MECCHIA (Pittsburgh), "Anthro-Politics: A Reading of Capitalism and Schizophrenia." Co-sponsored by CIQR. April 14.

2009-2010

ANDREW CUTROFELLO (Loyola Chicago), "Kant and Shakespeare," August 28.

FRED EVANS (Duquesne), "Citizenship and Public Art: Chicago's Millennium Park." CIQR. September 17.

LIU ZHE (Notre Dame/University of Beijing), "Merleau-Ponty's Conception of Transcendental Phenomenology".
 October 2.

KELLY ARENSON (Memphis), "Health and Hedonism in Epicurean Ethics." October 9.

GREGORY BAUM (McGill). "Dialogue Between Believers and Secular Thinkers." Co-sponsored by the College, Theology, Psychology & Sociology. October 23.

ANDY WALLACE (Sonoma), "Compassion, Service, and Happiness: A Contemporary Aristotelian-Buddhist Perspective."
 October 23.

ISABELLE THOMAS- FOGIEL (Ottawa), "Fichte and the Contemporary Transcendental Arguments of Debate."
 November 6.

GINA ZAVOTA (Kent State) "Merleau-Ponty's Alchemical Vision." November 13.

TOM ROCKMORE (Duquesne). "Philosophy After 9/11." December 4.

DAN ZAHAVI (U Copenhagen), CATHERINE MALABOU (U Paris-X & SUNY Buffalo), SHAUN GALLAGHER (U Central Florida and U Hertfordshire) & EVAN

THOMPSON (Toronto). Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. February 18-19.

JAMES LENNOX (Pittsburgh), "Aristotle's Discourse on Methodos." February 25.

DANIEL SELCER (Duquesne) & THERESA J. SMITH (Harvard), "Manuscript, Photograph, Facsimile: Copernicus' Revolutions". CIQR. March 11.

JAY LAMPERT (Guelph) & GRAEME NICHOLSON (Toronto). Keynotes for Hegel's Absolute Spirit: Connections Between Art, Religion and Philosophy conference. March 19-21.

Philosophy and the Environment Roundtable III. April.

BABETTE BABICH (Fordham University). GSIP Conference keynote. April 10.

BROOKE HOLMES (Princeton), "Early Medical Analogies: Taking Care of Body and Soul in Classical Greek Ethics." April 16.

VERA BÜHLMANN (Institute for Technology in Architecture), "Gilles Deleuze as a Materialist of Ideality." April 22.

2008-2009

MOIRA GATENS (Sydney), DIETER LOHMAR (Köln), GUNTER FIGAL (Freiburg) & ÉTIENNE BALIBAR (Paris X). Keynotes for the Society for Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Conference. October 16-18.

NICHOLAS RESCHER (Pittsburgh), "Pluralism." October 31.

MOHAMMED A. BAMYEH (Pittsburgh), "Anarchist traditions and Islamic Hermeneutics." CIQR. November 13.

DARA GREENWALD (RPI) & JOSH MACPHEE, "Art and Action: Seeing Social Movements." Co-sponsored by CIQR and SJ. January 21.

JAMES MARTEL (San Francisco State) "Hobbes and the 'Error of Separated Essences': Rhetoric, Authority and Sovereignty in Leviathan." Co-sponsored by PCMRS. February 26.

HELEN FIELDING (U Western Ontario), Co-sponsored with WGS. March 19.

FRANCO BERARDI [BIFO] (Accademia delle Belle Arti, Milan), CLARENCE SHOLE JOHNSON (Middle Tennessee State) & DAVID SCHWEIKART (Loyola-Chicago). A New Democracy? Economics, Culture, and Difference conference. CIQR, Critical Race Theory Series, & Pitt Cultural Studies. March 20.

KATHLEEN HIGGINS (UT Austin) "Nietzsche's Untimely Art of Philosophy." GSIP Conference keynote. March 28.

ELIZABETH GROSZ (Rutgers), "Darwin and the Split between Natural and Sexual Selection." The College. April 1.
Philosophy of the Environment Roundtable II. April 17.

JEAN LUC MARION (Chicago), RICHARD KEARNEY (Boston College), EDITH WYSCHOGROD (Rice), JAY LAMPERT (Guelph). Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology and the Theological Turn. April 28-29.

2007-2008

C.D.C. REEVE (UNC Chapel Hill). "Glaucon's Thrasymacheanism?" and "Two Blue Ruins: Love and Memory in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." September 13-14.

JIN XIPING (Beijing University/Stony Brook), "Heidegger and Lao Tze." September 28.

MICHAEL WITMORE (Carnegie Mellon), "An Island of One: Spinoza and Shakespeare's Tempest." Co-sponsored by PCMRS. October 5.

KELLY OLIVER (Vanderbilt), "Sexual Difference, Animal Difference: Derrida and Difference 'Worthy of its Name'." Co-sponsored by CIQR and WGS. October 26.

JOHN CROSBY (Franciscan U Steubenville), "Dietrich von Hildebrand's Phenomenology of Love." February 1.

JOHN SALIS (Boston College). GSIP Conference keynote. February 23.

JOHN CAPUTO (Syracuse), TRISH GLAZEBROOK (University of North Texas) & LAWRENCE VOGEL (Connecticut College). Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology and Post-humanism. March 17-8.

THOMAS HOLDEN (U California Santa Barbara), "Hume's Negative Natural Theology."
 March 28.

ERIC SEAN NELSON (U Massachusetts Lowell), "Nature and History in Adorno and Levinas."
 April 4.
Philosophy of the Environment Roundtable I. April 17.

2006-2007

TONY SMITH (Iowa State). "A Systematic Dialectic of Globalization." September 22.

ANDREEA DECIU RITIVOI. "Strategies of Dissent: Lessons from Paul Ricoeur for a New Rhetoric of Solidarity." CIQR. October 19.

CHRISTOPHER BRAIDER (U Colorado Boulder) "The Baroque Art of the Mind: Beholding in Dutch Genre Painting." Co-sponsored by PCMRS. October 20.

IRIS MARION YOUNG Iris Marion Young (Chicago). "Structural Injustice and the Politics of Difference." CIQR. November 3.

TOM FLYNN (Emory). "Philosophy as a Way of Life: Foucault and Hadot." November 11.

PENELOPE DEUTSCHER (Northwestern), "Derrida's Rogues and the Auto-Immunity of Feminism." Co-sponsored by CIQR and WGS. December 6.

CHARLES MILLS (U Illinois at Chicago), "Philosophy and Race: The Whiteness of Being." January 26.

JESSICA MOSS (Pittsburgh), "Pictures and Passions in Plato." February 22.

LEN LAWLOR (Memphis), "The 'Weak' Response to the Suffering of the Living: An Attempt to Follow Derrida." March 2.

CRISTINA LAFONT (Northwestern), DAVID RASMUSSEN (Boston College), JOEL WHITEBOOK (Columbia), LAMBERT ZUIDERVAART (Toronto), Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology and Critical Theory. March 16-17.

DAVID HOWARTH (University of Essex), "For and Against Interpretation: The Logics of Critical Explanation. CIQR. March 18.

GREGG LAMBERT (Syracuse), "The Political Ontology of Friendship." GSIP Conference keynote. March 24.

ROBERT VALGENTI (Lebanon Valley College), "Hermeneutic Deduction." April 13.

HUGH SILVERMAN (SUNY Stony Brook), "Derrida, Code-Enforcement, and the Limits of Expression." April 20.

2005-2006

FRANCESCO SAVERIO TRINCIA (U Rome, La Sapienza), "Scientist or Prophet? Recent Studies on Marx." September 12.

IRIS MARION YOUNG (Chicago), "Structural Injustice and the Politics of Difference." CIQR. November 3.

JAMES SWINDAL (Duquesne), "Working Off the Past: The 'Methodology' of Critical Theory." CIQR. January 26.

DANIEL HELLER-ROAZEN (Princeton), "The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation." Co-sponsored by PCMRS. February 24.

MORNY JOY, (Calgary), DAVID PELLAUER (DePaul), PETER KEMP (Danish U of Education), LENORE LANGSDORF (U Illinois Carbondale). SilvermanCenter Symposium: Paul Ricoeur and Phenomenology. March 17-18.

ED CASEY (SUNY Stony Brook), "Coming to the Edge: Reflections on Borders and Boundaries." CIQR. March 23.

ANGELICA NUZZO (CUNY Brooklyn College) "Hegel's Dialectic as Logic of Transformation." March 31.

JOHN PROTEVI (LSU), "Hurricane Katrina as a Natural and Social Event." April 7.

2004-2005

DÉBORAH BLOCKER (Pittsburgh), "Texts, Traditions, Transmissions: Aristotle's Poetics in Early Modern Europe." October 20.

DON IHIDE (SUNY Stony Brook), DAVID SEAMON (Kansas State), DAVID ABRAM (Alliance for Wild Ethics), & ANDY FISHER. Silverman Center Symposium: Phenomenology and Ecology. March 11-12.

REBECCA DENOVA (Pittsburgh), RON POLASKY (Duquesne) & PATRICK JUOLA (Duquesne), Symposium on Interpreting Ancient Documents: The Question of Historical Accuracy. CIQR. March 17.

NIKLAUS LARGIER (U California Berkeley), "Theaters of Arousal: Medieval and Early Modern Ascetic Practices and the Invention of Pornography." Co-sponsored by PCMRS. March 31.

GRAHAM HARMAN (American U of Cairo), "The Volcanic Structure of Objects." April 22.