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 2019-2020 academic year, Aaron Higgins-Brake, Mary Brown, and Gaia Ferrari are coordinating the Colloquia Series. Please contact any of them if you have any questions or would like to sign up to present.
2018-2019 Colloquia Series
April 11 Conference-Style Presentation
- Marty Fitzgerald, "A Pin in the Hand: Interventions in Utilitarianism"
March 29 Round-Table Presentations
- Gizem Atalay, Dissertation Prospectus
- Alex Gorman, Dissertation Prospectus for "Post-Leninism: Althusser and the Theory of the State in Contemporary Marxist Thought"
- Aaron Higgins-Brake, Dissertation Prospectus for "Form and Matter in Kant's Theoretical Philosophy"
- Ellen Moysan, Dissertation Prospectus
- Zack Slanger, Dissertation Prospectus for "Theorizing the Self: A Laplanchian Reading of Philosophical Autobiography in Augustine, Rousseau, and Freud"
March 22 Professionalization Workshop
Workshop on Academic Publishing led by Dr. Jennifer Bates and Dr. Tom Eyers
March 1 Conference-Style Presentation
- Mackenzie Foster, "Nature and Nurture in Plato's Republic: Why Aristocracy is Unlikely to Degenerate"
February 14 Conference-Style Presentation
- Emily Grice, "Laughter and Inversion: On the Intersection Between Rabelaisian and Nietzschean Philosophy"
February 7 Round-Table Presentations
- Andrew Blough, "Toward a Pharmacology of Spirit: On the Logic of Infection in Hegel's Phenomenology"
- Anthony Casadonte, "Inversion in Hegel's Phenomenology"
- Jiho Oh, "Problems and Foundations of Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit"
- Kimberly Tucker, "Natural Religion in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit"
November 14 Conference-Style Presentation
- Tristana Martin Rubio, "Aging as Transformative Experience"
October 31 Conference-Style Presentation
- Marty Fitzgerald "Techniques for a Mechanized Kantian Ethics for Artificial Intelligence Applications"
October 24 Professionalization Workshop
Workshop on CVs led by Dr. Kelly Arenson and Dr. Daniel Selcer
October 17 Conference-Style Presentation
- Anthony Casadonte "Question Concerning the Selfie"
October 5 Round-Table Presentations
- Magda Figiel, "The Concept of Essence in Spinoza's Ethics: A Dynamic Metaphyisics"
- Martin Krahn, "The Mutability of Species in Hegel's Philosophy of Biology"
- Christopher Lutz, "Presentation on Plato's Republic"
- Iziah Topete, "Spinoza on the Dynamics of Power: An Essay on Political Community"
September 12 Conference-Style Presentation
- Dan Cook, "Time and Writing"
2017-2018 Colloquia Series
- Thomas Szwedska, "Mo(ve)ments of Economies: Derrida on Dwelling, l'avenir..."
- Marty Fitzgerald, "Duchamp's Infrathin Titling Makes Painting an Experimental Tool for Lacanian Psychoanalysis"
- Jacob Smith, "Happiness Among Cavemen: Against the Egoist Reading of Ennead I.4"
- Andrew Blough, "Force and Feeling: Reconstructing Nietzsche's Relational Ontology"
- Colin Bodayle, "Kant and Hegel on Logical Quality"
- Aaron Higgins-Brake, "Kant on the Unity of the World"
- Paul Zipfel, "The Originality and Directness of Consciousness in Husserl's Phenomenology"
- Mackenzie Lefoster, "Food Choice and Epicureans: Which Diet Provides the Most Pleasant Life"
- Jacob Smith, "Plato's theory of evil in the Timaeus"
- Marty Fitzgerald, "The Metaphysical Implications of Max Ernst's Method"
- Colin Bodayle, "The Constitution of Material Corporeality in Husserl's Ideas II"
- Roland Carspecken, "Illocution and Self-consciousness in Hegel"
- Jeff Lambert, "Understanding Folds and Complexions in Leibniz"
- Daniel Cook, "Sovereignty, Death, and Burial: Bodily Vulnerability in Horkheimer and Adorno's Odysseus"
2016–17 Colloquia Series
- Colin Bodayle, "Husserl's Phenomenology of Force"
- Zach Slanger, "Transmission, Infection, Contagion: Towards a New Sexual Ethics"
- Roly Carspecken, "The Illocutionary Dimension of Self-Consciousness"
- Roly Carspecken, "Spiritual Autopsy: Hegel and Derrida on the Life and Death of Spirit"
- Anthony Celi, "Tradition and World: Understanding Between Gadamer and Heidegger"
- Colin Bodayle, “Hegel’s Inverted World”
- Josh Sturman, “On Phenomenological Certainty”
- Martin Krahn, “The Structure of Logical and Natural Concepts in Hegel’s System”
- Frank ‘Trey’ Weise, “Reading Wordsworth’s ‘Prelude’ with Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory: Apocalyptic Imagination, Utopian Materiality, and Hope for Reconciled Subjectivity”
2015–16 Colloquia Series
- Georg Oswald, “Justifying the Philosophical Approach Towards History”
- Norman Schultz, “Hegel’s Absolute Idea, the Incomplete and Universal Individual: Time as a Connection of Heaven and Earth”
- Ellen Moysan, “Introduction to the Notion of Inner Song”
- Tylor Cunningham, "Imitation and Immortality in Plato's Symposium"
- Michael Kramer, "Toward a Gadamerian Hermeneutics of Religious Experience"
- Luke Schumacher, "Heidegger and the Philosophy of Problems"
- Kimberly Tucker, "The Metaphoricity of Language in Gadamer and Nietzsche"
- Anthony Celi, “Non-Aggression as a Means of Normalizing Virtue Ethics”
- Thomas Cantone, “A Case for Hamann”
- Trey Weise, “Adorno and the Guilt of Thinking”
- Sıla Özkara, “Death and Circularity in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit”
- Tylor Cunningham, “Suicide as a Tenable Last Resort in Epicurean Ethics”
- Sıla Özkara, “Hegel’s Philosophy of Language as a Critique of Empircism”
- Thomas Cantone, “Traversing Kant’s Critical Turn”
- Zach Slanger, “Integrity Lost: Freud, Laplanche, and Milton on the Sexual Drive”
- Stephanie Adair, “Disjunctive Judgment and Purposiveness without a Purpose in Kant’s Third Critique”
- Norman Shultz, “Logic and Time: The Diamond Net and the Movement of Spirit”
- Adam Burnfin, “Marx’s Capital Vol. 1, Synopsis and Critical Implications”
2014–15 Colloquia Series
- Peter Libbey, “‘Free Necessity’ and ‘Real Complexity’: Causality in Pierre Macherey’s A Theory of Literary Production”
- 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 Mallarmé”
- Rebecca Warshofsky, “Language, Limit, and Identity”
- Martin Krahn, “The Problem of Nature in Hegel’s System”
- Alexander Gorman, “The Necessity of a Dialectic: Reason and History in Husserl’s Logic”
- 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”
- Bethany Somma, “The (Un)Reality of the Adopted Self”
- Joseph Bertino, “Wise Endurance: Does Socrates Fear?”
- Matt Lovett, “Deleuze, Lacan, and the Idea of Sexual Difference”
- Jeff Lambert, “Windowless Intimacy: Contiguity in Irigaray and Leibniz”
- Matthew Yaw, “Heidegger’s Phenomenology of Truth”
- Jacob Greenstine, “Non-Being as the Result of the Eleatic Hypothesis: Aristotle’s Physics 1.3”
2013–14 Colloquia Series
- 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”
- Karim Barakat, “Foucault’s Critical Subject”
- Sean Skedzielewski, “Nietzsche and Kierkegaard:The Question of Truth as an Orientation Toward Meaning and Significance”
- Sean D’Alessio, “The Privacy of Experience”
- Matthew Valentine, “Finishing the Critical Project:Towards a Kantian Theory of the Subject and Higher Pleasures”
- Jeff Lambert, “The Arborescent and Rhizomatic in Walt Whitman: Deleuze and Leaves of Grass”
- Richard Sharpe, “Perspectives on Human Immortality in Aquinas and Marcel”
2012–13 Colloquia Series
- Jacob Greenstein, “Why Galileo Matters”
- Matt Lovett, “Rothko’s Negative Theology”
- 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”
- Sean D’Alessio, “The Case for Epistemological Nihilism”
- Pail di’Giorgio, “A Critique of Foucault’s Concept of Freedom”
- Ryan Johnson, “De-Mystification and Counter-Actualization”
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”
- Kamal Shibei, “Hegel on Plato: The Refreshment of Essence”
- Matt Lovett, “Antinomy, Existence, and the Thing-In-Itself: Hegel’s Response to Transcendental Idealism”
- Christopher Mountenay, “Apeiron and Noumena”
- John Fritz, “The Indefinite Time and Place of Plato’s Philebus”
- Paul DiGeorgio, “Plotinus as the first Phenomenologist”
- Jeff Lambert, “Luce Irigaray and ‘That’s What She Said’”
- Jessica Patella Konig, “The Dancing Philosopher”
2011–12 Colloquia Series
- Jacob Greenstine, “Animal Error and Human Falsehood in Aristotle.”
- Sila Ozkara, “Expressing Kant’s Sublime.”
- 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.”
- Ryan Johnson, “The Story of the Eye, According to Descartes.”
- Billy Goehring, “Spinoza and the Structuralist Principle.”
- Dave Mesing, “Affective Politics: On Spinoza and Occupy Wall St.”
- Nathan Eckstrand, “Foucault, Arendt, and the Possibilitty of a Transformational Politics.”
2010–11 Colloquia Series
- Nathan Eckstrand, “Modeling Electronic Media”
- Zach Hamm, “Deleuze’s Critique of Phenomenology”
- Justin Habash, “Leibniz &Torture”
- Chris Mountenay, “Arachnid Gladiators”
- David Hoinski, “Did Plato Invent Philosophical Autobiography?”
- Kamal Shlbei, “Rethinking the Kantian Thing-In-Itself”
- 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”
- Brittany Leckey, “Deleuze, Kundera, and the Eternal Return”
- Jacob Greenstine, “Reason and Absolute Idealism”
- Ryan Johnson, “Nietzschean Shadowplay”
- Zach Hamm, “Descartes’ Lullian Vision”
- David Mesing, “Satan’s Pulpit”
- Kelsey Ward, “Hegel and Abstract Art.”
- Jacob Graham, “Excellence and Friendship: Confucius and Aristotle.”
- 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.