Student and Faculty Accomplishments

Recent Accomplishments by Our Students and Faculty (2012-2013) 

Paul Camacho has been awarded a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation to complete a research project at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Augustijns Historisch Instituut next year (2013/2014). The project, entitled "Desire, Excess, and Origin: Augustine on Love and Freedom" will be completed under the direction of William Desmond and Mathijs Lamberigts.

John Carvalho's most recent publications include “Strange Fruit: Music Between Violence and Death” (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Winter 2013), and reviews of Manos Perrakis’s Nietzsches Musikästhetik der Affekte (Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Spring 2012) as well as Alva Noë’s Varieties of Presence (AVANT: the Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, 2012). In addition, he presented “Film and the Enacted Mind” at Swarthmore College (November 2012) and Miami University of Ohio (February 2013), “The World Achieved” for the Society for the Philosophical Study of the Visual Arts (Match 2013) and “Neuro-Image and Enacted Mind” for the 2013 Film-Philosophy Conference in Amsterdam (July 2013).

Patricia Gross will be the Managing Editorial Assistant, (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (beginning July 2013).  Her book chapter “Suffering Nuclear Reactors: Depictions of Soul from Plato to Supernatural” has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming book On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural, edited by Regina Hansen and Susan George. She also presented a conference-length version of the chapter in a panel titled Supernatural I: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives at the 34th International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts: “Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences”  (March 2013).

John Immerwahr’s article, “The Case for Motivational Grading” (Teaching Philosophy 34:4, 2011) received an honorable mention for the 2011-2012 Mark Lenssen Prize for the most outstanding article on the teaching of philosophy published in that two year period.  His website,, has been accessed by over 300,000 distinct visitors since it was begun in January 2008.  For the spring semester of 2013, Immerwahr is on leave of absence working as a consultant for Public Agenda on a variety of projects on the future of higher education.

Jim McCartney gave a lecture at the Widener Law School on April 1, entitled “Catholic Perspectives on End of Life Care.”

Dave Mesing has had one article accepted for publication: “Hierarchy and its Discontents: Towards an Egalitarian Dionysian Political Theory.” Political Theology (Forthcoming 2013). He co-organized the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy on Schelling's Naturphilosophie at Duquesne University (August 5th-9th, 2013). He also presented work on critique and temporality in Marx at Historical Materialism NYC: Confronting Capital (April 2013), and Agamben, Aristotle, and materialism at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (October 2013).

Dalia Nassar's book, The Romantic Absolute: Being and Knowing in German Romantic Philosophy 1795-1804, will be coming out later this year with the University of Chicago Press. Her article, "Pure versus Empirical Forms of Thought: Schelling’s Critique of Kant’s Categories and the Beginnings of Naturphilosophie,” will also be appearing in the Journal of the History of Philosophy later this year.

Gabriel Rockhill received a TEMA EMMC Visiting Scholar Fellowship for theEuropean Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Master Course at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary (summer 2013). He delivered two keynote addresses earlier in the year: “L’art entre le réel: Overcoming the Contradiction of the Art of the Commonplace” (But Is It Art?, La Maison Française, New York University, March 2013) and “Critique of the Contradiction in Terms of Political Art” (On Jacques Rancière, Text Image Sound Space, University of Bergen, Norway, November 2012). He also published three articles: “Critical Reflections on the Ontological Illusion: Rethinking the Relation between Art and Politics” (Thinking – Resisting – Reading the Political.  Eds. A. Esch-van Kan, S. Packard and P. Schulte. Zürich: Diaphanes, 2013), “La Différence est-elle une valeur en soi ? Critique d’une axiologie métaphilosophique”  (Penser la reconnaissance, entre théorie critique et philosophie française contemporaine. Eds. M. Bankovsky and A. Le Goff. Paris: Les Éditions CNRS ALPHA, 2012) and“Comment penser le temps présent? De l’ontologie de l’actualité à l’ontologie sans l’être” (Rue Descartes 75 (2012/3): 114-126).

Sally J. Scholz guest edited a Special Issue of Hypatia on Crossing Borders, Volume 28, Number 2, Spring 2013.  Scholz will be the Editor of Hypatia from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2018.  She has also recently published the following articles: “‘Globalization’ as Anti-Feminist Ideology: An Essay in Honor of William L. McBride” in Revolutionary Hope: Essays in Honor of William L. McBride, edited by Nathan Jun and Shane Wahl (Lexington Books), pp. 157-176;  “Solidarity” in Key and Contested Concepts in Intercultural Discourse/Di Interkulturalitäts-debatte: Leit- und Streitbegriffe, edited by Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Gita Dharampal-Frick, and Minou Friele (Munich: Verlag Karl Alber Freiburg 2012), pp. 265-272; “Rousseau on Poverty” in Economic Justice, edited by Helen Stacy and Win-Chiat Lee  (Springer: 2012); and  “Existence, Freedom, and the Festival: Rousseau and Beauvoir” inBeauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler, edited by Shannon Mussett and William Wilkerson (SUNY: 2012).  She was invited to present “Solidarity as a Human Right” at a workshop on Solidarity and the European Crisis at the Center for European Studies, University of Salzburg.  November 8-10, 2012.

Mark William Westmoreland recently gave the following presentations: “Reclaiming Political Theology in the Name of Caesar” at the Seventh Annual Telos Conference: Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World; “Every Denial of Justice: Césaire, Public Intellectuals, and the Coming Revolution” in a panel titled The Legacy of Aimé Césaire: Politics, Poetry, and Resistance in the 21st Century at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association; and “A Queer Democracy: The Conversion of Political Space” in a panel titled Queer Conversions: Reorienting the Political Space of Religion, Race, and Sexuality at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature in Tallinn Estonia. He also published “Sartre’s Anti-Racist Politics” in Sartre Studies International, Vol. 18., No. 2, (2012). He published three reviews inCHOICE: Angelica Nuzzo, Hegel on Religion and Politics, Albert Atkin, The Philosophy of Race, and Grégoire Chamayou, Manhunts: A Philosophical History.

Dan Wood published his essay “God’s Relation to Dialectical Volition according to Blondel and Hegel,” in ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, vol. 40 (2012): 1-11. He will also be presenting “Ending Metaphysics for Good: A Propaedeutic to Vattimo’s Ethics,” at the Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy as well as “Marxian Displacements in Bachir Hadj Ali’s Narrative of Algerian Liberation,” at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Narrative in Manchester.

Past Accomplishments by Our Students and Faculty

Sally Scholz was selected by the APA Committee on the Status of Women to be the profiled philosopher for the month of March. See

Dalia Nassar's article "From a Philosophy of Self to a Philosophy of Nature: Goethe and the Development of Schelling's Naturphilosophie," which was published in the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie in 2010 has won the prize for "best essay published in the year 2010 on Goethe, his times, and/or contemporary figures," awarded by the Goethe Society of North America (GSNA). The prize will be awarded to me at the upcoming meeting of the GSNA in Chicago on November 3.

Gabriel Rockhill co-edited Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique:  Dialogues.  New York:  Columbia University Press, Series “New Directions in Critical Theory,” 2011.      

He edited and co-translated, with John V. Garner, Postscript on Insignificance:  Dialogues with Cornelius Castoriadis.  London:  Continuum Books, 2011.   

He also published two articles:  “Through the Looking Glass:  The Subversion of the Modernist Doxa.”  Introduction to Jacques Rancière.  Mute Speech.  Trans. James Swenson.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2011 and “Rancière’s Productive Contradictions:  From the Politics of Aesthetics to the Social Politicity of Art.”  Symposium 16:2 (fall 2011):  1-28.

Sally Scholz recently published six articles in the Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee and published by Springer (2011).  The articles are: “Shiva, Vandana,”  “Genocide,” “Solidarity,” “Rousseau, Jean-Jacques,” “War, Just and Unjust,” and “Social Contract theory.”

Georg Theiner  co-organized the 4th “Joint Action Meeting” that was held in Vienna, Austria (July 7th – 9th 2011). The bi‐annual Joint Action Meeting (JAM) brings together cognitive scientists and researchers from related disciplines sharing an interest in individuals’ ability to act together. The participants presented their latest research and thinking on a range of different topics, including language as a form of joint action, the interplay of perception and action in joint action, and the phylogenetic, ontogenetic, and cultural foundations of joint action.

He also presented a paper titled “Towards a Mechanistic Psychology of Group Memory: Some Programmatic Remarks” at several conferences.

His book, Theiner G. (2011). Res Cogitans Extensa: A Philosophical Defense of the Extended Mind Thesis. Frankfurt/Main, Oxford, New York: Peter Lang was published this past summer.

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