Conferences and Lectures

Philosophy Graduate Student Union presents
Silvia Federici

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


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

Silvia Federici

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
4 to 7 pm
Mendel 101

Reception to follow in the Philosophy Lounge, St. Augustine Center


North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
Tenth annual meeting
Society Hill Sheraton, Philadelphia
September 17–19, 2015
Hosted by Villanova University

Keynote Speaker
John Sallis, Boston College

The Future(s) of Hermeneutics
A panel discussion with
John D. Caputo, Villanova University
Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
James Risser, Seattle University
Invited Speakers
Maria Acosta, DePaul University
Robert Dostal, Bryn Mawr College
Niall Keane, University of Limerick
Sean Kirkland, DePaul University

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015. Papers on all themes related to philosophical hermeneutics are welcome. Sessions will consist of 30 minute presentations of papers followed by discussion. In the spirit of dialogue and meaningful reflection, presenters will be invited to make their papers available to be read in advance.  While time to present papers is limited to 30 minutes, submissions may be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Papers in English, formatted for blind review, must be submitted electronically to Attachments in *.doc, *.pdf, or *.rtf format are preferable.

The North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics (NASPH) was established in 2005 to advance the study of Hans-Georg Gadamer, major figures and themes associated with the tradition of hermeneutics, as well as the dialogues that have formed between hermeneutics and deconstruction, critical theory, and other contemporary movements of philosophy. NASPH not only focuses on philosophical hermeneutics as an important area of inquiry in its own right but also recognizes hermeneutics as a distinctive philosophical orientation that is central to many approaches in continental European philosophy and the history of philosophy.
Please direct inquires about the conference to the conference organizer Walter Brogan at Please direct inquires about the society to Theodore George or see our website at

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.

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

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.