Accomplishments 2011-2014

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).

William Desmond has just published Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness: An Essay on Origins, revised with new material for the Second Edition, Cascade Books, 2014.  His new book, The Intimate Universal:  Between Religion, Art, Philosophy and Politics coming out from Columbia University Press.  Also note the recent publication of The William Desmond Reader (2012), from SUNY, with an introduction by John D. Caputo.

John Doody, co-editor, Augustine and Apocalyptic (one of the series of Augustine in Conversation:  Tradition and Innovation)

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. 

Jim McCartney, O.S.A.  co-edited Replacement Parts:  The Ethics of Procuring and Replacing Organs in Humans, (in press to be published by Georgetown University Press).  He gave a lecture at the Widener Law School on April 1, entitled “Catholic Perspectives on End of Life Care.”

Gabriel Rockhill has just published Radical History and the Politics of Art, Columbia University Press. He 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 is the co-editor of Philosophical Perspectives on Democracy in the 21st Century, Spring Books, 2014.  She 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” in Beauvoir 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.

James Wetzel has just published Parting Knowledge:  Essays after Augustine, Cascade Books, 2014.


Laura McMahon published: “Home Invasions: Phenomenological and Psychoanalytic Reflections on Embodiment Relations, Vulnerability, and Breakdown” published in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 28, no. 3 (2014), 358-69.

Dan Wood published: “Descolonizando las Historias Biopolíticas con Amílcar Cabral,” in Tabula Rasa, Numero 20 (Enero-Junio, 2014): 69-87 and “Marxian Displacements in Bachir Hadj Ali’s Narrative of Algerian Liberation,” in Philosophia Africana, Vol. 16:1 (May/June, 2014): 25-42.

Dave Mesing: published “To Organize Without a Preface: On Rodrigo Nunes’ Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks.” L.A. Review of Books. October 1st, 2014.

Dave Mesing: presented “The Use of Non-Philosophy in the Task of Philosophy: Laruelle, Critical Theory, and Materialism” at Superpositions: Non-Standard Perspectives on Critical Theory, Philosophy, and Media Studies – A Symposium on Laruelle and the Humanities (New York, NY: October 9th-10th, 2014).

Dave Mesing: presented “Techniques of True Life: Badiou and Virno as Readers of Wittgenstein” at 53rd Annual Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (New Orleans, LA: October 23rd-25th  2014).

Mark William Westmoreland Presented “Political Solidarity & the Subversive Acts of Transversality,” 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2014.

Mark William Westmoreland  Presented “Césaire and Revolutions of Pedagogy,” Annual Conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs: Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future, Philadelphia, PA, October 9, 2014, 2014.

Mark William Westmoreland  Presented “Christos Yannaras and the Constellation of Evil, Politics, and Religion(s),” Philadelphia Summer School in Continental Philosophy: Continental Philosophy of Religion and the New Metaphysics, Philadelphia, PA, August 9, 2014.

Mark William Westmoreland Presented “Black Bodies, White Racist Selves, and Raced Norms” in a panel titled 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act: Post-Black but not "Post-Race,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Harrisburg, PA, April 3, 2014.

Mark William Westmoreland published “Surviving Heredity” a review of Reproduction/ Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences, edited by Susanne Lettow in American Philosophy Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (Nov. 2014) and reviewed:

·       Robert C. Robinson, Justice and Responsibility-Sensitive Egalitarianism” in CHOICE (Nov. 2014).

·       Dalia Nassar (ed), The Relevance of Romanticism” in CHOICE (Oct. 2014).

·       Jon Mandle and David A. Reidy (eds), A Companion to Rawls in CHOICE (Oct. 2014).

·       Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Born Free and Equal? A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature of Discrimination in CHOICE (June 2014).

Chris Drain reviewed The Hand, an Organ of the Mind: What the Manual Tells the Mental, edited by Zdravko Radman, 2013: MIT Press, for Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, (forthcoming 2014), and presented “Material Engagement and Agentive Emergence,” at the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy—Formalism and the Real: Ontology, Politics, and the Subject (August 2014, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA).

 Rachel Aulmiller was a recipient of a 2014 Fulbright Scholarship.  She is doing research for her dissertation in Slovenia.

Colin Casica was a recipient of a 2014 Fulbright Scholarship.  He is an English Teaching Assistant in Germany.

Patricia Grosse  was the Managing Editorial Assistant, (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  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).

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).

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.

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