Conferences and Lectures

Upcoming Events

 

Past Events

Helen Lang Memorial

* Lang Conference.pdf
Helen Lang Memorial Conference Poster

Ancient Physics and Its Legacy: A Conference in Memory of Helen S. Lang

Monday, November 7, 2016
Falvey Library, 205
Villanova University

2-2:30 p.m. Coffee

2:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

3 p.m. "Thought Experiments: Experimental Thoughts Inspired by Philoponus, Avicenna and Lang"

Jon McGinnis, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
University of Missouri -- St. Louis

3:45-4:15 p.m.  Personal Reminiscences and Tributes

4:15-5 p.m. "Nature, Motion, and First Principles in Presocratic Philosophy"

Rhodes Pinto, PhD
2010 graduate of Villanova University

5-5:30 p.m. Personal Reminiscences and Tributes

5:30-7:30 p.m. Reception at the Dundale Mansion

For more information, please contact Betsy Fillippo betsy.fillippo@villanova.edu

Defenses and Proposals

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department
of
Villanova University

cordially invites you

to attend a dissertation proposal defense

 “Deviant Bodies: Toward an Aesthetics of Monstrosity”
by

Katherine Kurtz

Dissertation Committee: Dr. John Carvalho (director)
Dr. Yannik Thiem, Dr. Georg Theiner

Thursday, May 18th 2017, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
St. Augustine Center- Fedigan room 400

____________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

of

Villanova University
cordially invites you

to attend a dissertation proposal defense

 “A Physics of Affection: Aristotle’s Natural Science of the Páthē
by

Luis Salazar

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Julie Klein (director)
Dr. Yannik Thiem, Dr. Walter Brogan
Dr. Jon McGinnis (University of Missouri, St. Louis)

Friday, May 12th 2017, 1pm – 3pm
St. Augustine Center- Fedigan room 400

____________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

of

Villanova University

cordially invites you

to attend a dissertation proposal defense

 “The Structure of Anxiety and the Status of the Object:
Kant, Heidegger, Lacan”

by

Amanda Holmes

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Walter Brogan (director)
Dr. Farshid Baghai and Dr. Yannik Thiem

Friday, May 5th 2017, 2:30 – 4:30
St. Augustine Center- Fedigan room 400

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The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

of

Villanova University

cordially invites you

to attend a dissertation proposal defense

 “Harming Stupidity: Perspectivism as an Ethics of Thought”

By

         Katherine Filbert      

Dissertation Committee: Dr. John Carvalho (director)
Dr. Walter Brogan and Dr. James Wetzel

Friday, April 28th 2017, 4:30 – 6:30
St. Augustine Center- Fedigan room 400

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The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department at
Villanova University

Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

The Thought of Being in Aristotle's Poetics
by
Ian Maley
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Walter Brogan (director)
Dr. William Desmond
Dr. James Wetzel
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 ~ 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

St. Augustine Center ~ Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Department Lounge

____________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department
at
Villanova University

Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

Embodied Love And Extended Desire
by

Patricia Grosse

Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Wetzel (director)
 Dr. Sally Scholz, Dr. Theiner

Friday, February 24th, 2017 ~ 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St. Augustine Center ~ Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Department Lounge
_________________________________________

 The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

of
Villanova University
cordially invites you

to attend a dissertation proposal defense

“Epistemic Decolonization:
A Critical Epistemography of the Anticolonial Politics of Knowledge”
by

Daniel Wood
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Yannik Thiem (director)
Dr. Reiland Rabaka (University of Colorado) and
Dr. Gabriel Rockhill

Thursday, February 23rd 2017, 12:30 – 2:30
St. Augustine Center- Fedigan room 400

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The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department
at
Villanova University
 Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation
 Negative Reason: Adorno and the Critique of Neoliberal Society
by
Charles Prusik
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Yannik Thiem (director)
 Dr. Walter Brogan
Dr. Gabriel Rockhill
Dr. Robert Hullot-Kentor (School of Visual Arts)
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 ~ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
St. Augustine Center ~ Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Department Lounge

______________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department
at
Villanova University
Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation
The Laughing Matter of Spirit: A Young Hegelian Comedy

by

Rachel Aumiller

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Yannik Thiem (director)
Dr. Walter Brogan, Dr. James Wetzel

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 ~ 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
St. Augustine Center ~ Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Department Lounge

____________________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department
at
Villanova University
Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

Zones of the Flesh and the Confined Bodies of Women
by
Morey Williams
Dissertation Committee: Dr. John Carvalho (director)
 Dr. Walter Brogan, Dr. James Wetzel
Dr. Lisa Guenther: Vanderbilt University

Monday, November 14th, 2016 ~ 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
St. Augustine Center ~ Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Department Lounge
______________________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

at

Villanova University

Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

The Ritual Dialogue of Philosophy: 
How Homer's Tragic Tales Influenced Socratic Education

By
Katherine Eltringham
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Walter Brogan (director)
Dr. John Carvalho, Dr. James Wetzel

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 ~ 11am to 1pm

St. Augustine Center ~ Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in The Philosophy Department Lounge

______________________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department At

Villanova University

Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

“Unravel the Girl, Unravel the World:
Critical Theory, Gender, and the Crisis of Modernity”
by

Summer Renault-Steele

Dissertation Committee: Dr. John Carvalho (director),
Dr. Sally Scholz, Dr. Yannik Thiem

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 ~ 3pm to 5pm

St. Augustine Center, Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in The Philosophy Department Lounge

_______________________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department At
Villanova University
Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

"Political Myth: An Archaeology of Magical Language"

By
Robert Leib
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Walter Brogan (director),
Dr. Georg Theiner, Dr. James Wetzel
Monday, October 17th, 2016 ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm
St. Augustine Center, Fedigan room 400
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Department Lounge
__________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

of
Villanova University
Cordially invites you

to attend a dissertation proposal defense

Confession as Narrative Contemplation:
Imagination and Intellection in Saint Augustine’s Epistemology”

  by

Michelle Falcetano
Dissertation Committee: Dr. James Wetzel (director)
Dr. Walter Brogan, Dr. William Desmond

Tuesday, October 4th 2016 ~ 10:00am – 12:00pm
St. Augustine Center, Fedigan room 400

________________________________________________________________________

The Graduate Faculty of the Philosophy Department

At
Villanova University
Cordially invites you to attend a Defense of the Dissertation

“The Call to Believe and the Weak God in William James’s Philosophy of Religion”
by
Elie Saade
Dissertation Committee: Dr. William Desmond (director),
Dr. Thomas Busch, Dr. James Wetzel
Monday, October 3rd, 2016 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm

St. Augustine Center, Fedigan room 400
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Conversations About Living Existentialism: A Panel Discussion In Honor Of Dr. Thomas W. Busch

Conversations About Living Existentialism: A Panel Discussion In Honor Of Dr. Thomas W. Busch

Friday, April 22, 2016

3:00-5:00 p.m., St. Rita's Chapel

Sponsored by The Department of Philosophy and Villanova's Center for Liberal Education

 

Dr. Thomas Busch

Philosophy Graduate Student Union

Philosophy Graduate Student Union Presents

Fall Speaker
Dr. Banu Bargu
New School for Social Research
Politics Department
Friday, November 11th, 2016
4 pm to 6 pm
Bartley 1001

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Prof. Silvia Federici

Towards a Theory of the Commons: Historical Trends, Ethical and Political Perspectives

Friday, October 2, 2015
4:00-7:00 p.m. - MENDEL 101
Reception to follow in the Philosophy Lounge, St. Augustine Center

Sponsored by: The Philosophy Graduate Student Union,                                 Philosophy Department, and the Office of Student Development

 

20th Annual Conference Sponsored by the Philosophy Graduate Student Union (PGSU)

March 13-14, 2015
Villanova University

New Encounters in French and Italian Thought
Keynote: Jason E. Smith, Art College Center of Design (Los Angeles)  

The negotiation between French and Italian activists and intellectuals in the mid-twentieth century opened a field of theoretical experimentation, the effects of which pose a challenge for contemporary politics. This encounter materialized through various collectives, traversing the neat intellectual and practical boundaries of the academy. Whether through the images of intellectuals in the streets, or through radical activist groups extending from the Situationist International to Tiqqun, the laboratory of French and Italian thought poses a constellation of conceptual weapons that remain vital for any contestation with the state of things. These implements have been successful in intervening within contemporary struggles on the level of theory, practice, and the construction of history in the present.

Under the inheritance of this tradition, this conference will include submissions from the interstices and margins of recent French and Italian philosophy.

Lectures

Villanova University Lecture Series

Prof. Steve Fuller
University of Warwick, UK
Department of Sociology

Transhumanism as an Updated Version of Humanity’s Divine Image

Monday, March 23, 2015

4:30-6:00 CEER 001

Co-sponsored by the Ethics Program, Department of Philosophy, and the Villanova Center for Liberal Education

For about ten years now, I have been developing a version of transhumanism (or ‘Humanity 2.0’) that is continuous with aspirations common to both Christian theology and modern science. These are traceable to the exceptional status of our species as having been created ‘in the image and likeness of God’. To be sure, there have been many well-voiced objections to this project, not least coming from theologians who regard such literal readings of the imago dei doctrine as blasphemous. But there are also objections from the transhumanists, most of whom see themselves as pro-science but anti-religion. In addition, there is a growing number of ‘posthumanists’, who while generally sympathetic to both religious and scientific matters, nevertheless see the continued privileging of the human as the source of much of the world’s problems. In this talk I plan to define and defend my position in the face of these challenges, which together point to the need for a more open and frank discussion about the value of being ‘human’ in our times.

https://youtu.be/mk-SSVCPslk

 

Humanity 2.0: What It Means to be Human – Past, Present, and Future

A Roundtable Discussion with Prof. Steve Fuller

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:00-12:00 SAC 400

Co-sponsored by the Ethics Program, Department of Philosophy, and the Villanova Center for Liberal Education

 https://youtu.be/oTe9z6OcwTE

20th Anniversary Celebration

* APA Celebration Flyer AT.pdf
20th Anniversary Celebration