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Sarah Vaughan Brakman published “Embryo Adoption before and after Dignitas Personae: Defending an Argument of Limited Permissibility.” In Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics Ed. Jason Eberl. (Dordrecht: Springer Publishers, 2017):  147-167 (with Darlene F. Weaver) and “The Principle of Subsidiarity and The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption: A Philosophical Analysis,” Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 33, Issue 2, Summer 2019, pp. 207-230.  In addition, Brakman has just received a 2019 Veritas Summer Research Award from Villanova University to work on her next article, “A Capabilities Approach and the Best Interests of Children in Intercountry Adoption.”  Recently, Brakman presented invited plenaries at two conferences: “Emerging Reproductive Technologies: The Ethics of Disclosure to Children,” Invited lecture, Ethics and Emerging Medical Technologies: A Symposium, (Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, April 21, 2017) and “The End of Community,” Religion and the Secular Age Conference, Brigham Young University, March 2, 2019 and she gave two invited Clinical Lectures: “As the Stomach Turns…Framing the Issues of Moral Distress in Clinical Practice and Building Moral Resilience.” The Twenty-Third Annual Helena T. Devereux Ethics Symposium, , (May 9, 2018) and “Dealing and Healing: Using Moral Resilience to Combat the Effects of Moral Distress.” The Twenty-Fourth Annual Helena T. Devereux Ethics Symposium, (May 10, 2019).  Recently, Brakman presented as part of a peer reviewed panel with department colleagues at the 2018 annual meeting of The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities:  “The (Non)-Future of Precedent Autonomy,” (with Stephen Napier, Peter Koch, and former Villanova student and philosophy double major, Kristen Carey Rock, M.D.).

Walter Brogan is a member of the College of Fellows at Western Sydney University.  He published "In the Wake of Socrates: Impossible Memory" which appeared in 2018 in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy, ed. S. Kirkland and E. Sanday, Northwestern University Press;  “The Impossible Voicing of Philosophy's Double,” in The Philosophy of Creative Solitudes, ed. David Jones, London: Bloomsbury Press, in April 2019.  He delivered keynote addresses at the Italian Philosophy Society at Stony Brook University in March, 2019, titled Giorgio Agamben: On the Intimacy of the Human and the Animal; at the Australian Continental Philosophy Society In Sydney, in November 2018, titled "The Human Being and the Animal: A Reconsideration of Giorgio Agamben’s Critique of Martin Heidegger;" and at the 50th anniversary of the North Texas Philosophical Association in March 2018 titled "The Beast and the Sovereign: Derrida's Deconstructive Reading of Heidegger on Animality."

John Carvalho recently published Monograph: Thinking with Images: An Enactivist Aesthetics (Routledge 2018). (accepted 2017, contract and published in 2018); Book Chapter: "Singing and Signification," in Singing: The Timeless Muse, Essays on the Human Voice, Singing and Spirituality, compiled by Darlene C. Wiley (Inside View Press, 2018). (accepted 2017, published in 2018). Book Chapter: “Music and Emergence,” in The Oxford Handbook of Sound & Imagination, 2 vols. Mark Grimshaw, Mads Walther-Hansen, Martin Knaakkergaard, eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). Review Essay: Rancière’s Sentiments, by Davide Panagia and Art, Politics and Rancière: Broken Perceptions, by Tina Chanter, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 77.3 (Summer 2019). Journal Entry: “The Feminist Institute,” Brooklyn Rail: Critical Perspectives on Arts, Politics and Culture (March 2019). Invited Presentation: “The Emergence of Music in Composition and Improvisation,” Invited Lecture, Department of Philosophy, Denison University, March 2019.

William Desmond published The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being: Between the Aesthetic and the Religious (Wipf & Stock, 2018).  His book, The Intimate Universal: The Hidden Porosity among Religion, Art, Philosophy and Politics (Columbia University Press, 2016) was awarded The J.N. Findlay Prize for the Best Book in Metaphysics, 2016-2017 by The Metaphysical Society of America.  This is the second time Desmond has won the award (previously in 1997 for Being and the Between).  

Other noteworthy events include: a key-note address to The Mid-Atlantic American Conference for Irish Studies, November 9 2018. The American Academy of Religion organized a symposium on the book William Desmond and Contemporary Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018). He gave the Aquinas Lecture at Blackfriars College, Oxford University, 23 January, 2019.  A number of articles appeared about his work, but also two books: Thinking Metaxologically: Between Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Ethics and Religion, ed. Dennis vanden Auweele, Palgrave Press 2019. Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy: Reading Tanabe Hajime and William Desmond by Takeshi Morisato, Bloomsbury Press, 2019.  Nine journal articles or book chapters appeared in print.  Two doctoral students whom he supervised completed their PhD at Villanova.


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. He also co-authored "Hume the Sociable Iconoclast: the Case of the Four Dissertations,” In the June 2013 issue of The European Legacy:
Toward New Paradigms —
special volume on David Hume. 
John’s first year Honors philosophy students have just completed, and introduction to Boethius’ famous work – The Consolation of Philosophy.

Julie Klein recently published:

“‘Something of It Remains’: Spinoza and Gersonides on Intellectual Eternity,” forthcoming in Spinoza and Jewish Philosophy, ed. Steven M. Nadler (Cambridge UP December, 2014), 177-203.

“Philosophizing Historically/Historicizing Philosophy: Some Spinozistic Reflections,” in Philosophy and Its History. Aims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Mogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith and Eric Schliesser (Oxford UP 2013), 134-158.

Gave the following talks:
“Freedom of Choice and Freedom of Affect,” University of Missouri-St. Louis, April 2014.

“Intellect and Will in Spinoza and Descartes,” Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky-Lexington, March 2014

“Before the Linguistic Turn: Language and Intellection in Spinoza,” University of Turku, Finland, October 2013.

“Knowledge and Freedom,” University of Helsinki, Finland, September 2013.

“Descartes and Spinoza on Freedom and Intellection,” Israel-Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Jerusalem, May 2013.

“Thinking Desire in Gersonides,” Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Philosophy/Quadrennial Meeting of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM), Munich, August, 2012.

“Hermeneutics and Toleration,” University of Haifa, December 2011.“Understanding Infinity in Spinoza,” Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2011.

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.”

Stephen Napier published a book review on Death before Dying: History, Medicine, and Brain Death. In the Linacre Quarterly, (2018) 85.1: 89-91.  Napier recently completed his manuscript for Uncertain Bioethics. This book will be available in August 2019.  One of his endorsers, Sophie-Grace Chappell, observes the following: "Stephen Napier argues with verve and subtlety for a cautious and restrained approach to acts of killing in bioethics."  Napier’s book project has been chosen to receive funding from the Knowledge Unlatched initiative, making it available on an Open Access basis.   

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.

Georg Theiner published the journal article: Theiner, G. (2018). Collaboration, Exploitation, and Distributed Animal Cognition. Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, 13, 41-47; and two book chapters: 1) Theiner, G. & Fogle, N. (2018). The ‘Ontological Complicity’ of Habitus and Field: Bourdieu as an Externalist. In D. Pritchard et al. (Eds.), Socially Extended Epistemology (pp. 220-252). Oxford: Oxford University Press.  2) Theiner, G. (forthcoming). The Extended Mind: A Chapter in the History of Transhumanism. In Hipólito, Gartner, & Clowes (Eds.) The Mind-Technology Problem. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag. In 2019, he took over as Executive Editor of the journal Social Epistemology (Taylor & Francis). He will be a keynote speaker at the 5th International Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition (ISSILC) in Chongqing, China (November 2019).

James Wetzel edited and contributed a chapter to the Cambridge Critical Guide to Augustine’s City of God (Cambridge 2012; paper 2014) and published a collection of his essays on Augustine and Augustinian philosophy with Cascade (2013), under the title, Parting Knowledge. He also wrote two of the entries—Memory, Wittgenstein—for the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (Oxford 2014) and numerous chapters in anthologies: “What the Saints Know” in A Companion to Christian Mysticism (Wiley-Blackwell 2012); “Augustine on the Will,” in A Companion to Augustine (Wiley-Blackwell 2012); “Augustine’s Short History of Philosophy,” in Theology and Philosophy, Volume One: Faith and Reason (T&T Clark 2011), and “End of the Soliloquy,” in Tolle, Lege: Essays on Augustine and on Medieval Philosophy (Marquette 2011). He delivered the Saint Augustine Lecture, “A Tangle of Two Cities,” in the Fall of 2012 at Villanova, and in Spring of 2014 he was the keynote speaker on Augustine at a conference at Princeton University on The Politics of Spirit: Augustine and Hegel in Dialogue. In May of 2014 he received from Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences the Medallion for excellence in scholarship.

Professor Emeritus

Dr. John D. Caputo, David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
has recently published 2 books, and can be found here: Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information  and The Essential Caputo: Selected Writings 


Yue Jennifer Wang published an article "The Division of Labour and Its Alien Effects" in Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy vol. 23 no. 2 (Spring 2019): 183-201. She was also recently awarded the 2019 John G. Tich Research Award for outstanding student research. In the fall of 2019, she presented a paper entitled “Augustine on the Spiritual Senses and Suffering” at the annual conference of the American Catholic Philosophical Association's Augustine Group satellite session.

Terence Sweeney has presented "The Presence and Absence of Prayer: Anselm's Theology of Substitionary Prayer" and "The Place of Education in Plato's Phaedrus: Community in Nature with the Divine." at the 2019 ACPA as well as "Histories of Thieves: Anti-Imperial Genealogies in Augustine and Bartolome de las Casas" at the 2019 PMR Conference. He has three forthcoming articles: "Keeping Company with the Gods: Plato on and at Prayer" In Heythrop Journal; "Ways to God: William Desmond's Recapitulation of Aquinas's Five Ways" in Philosophy and Theology; and "Pedagological Settings of the Phaedrus: A Community in Nature with the Divine" in Logos: a Journal of Catholic Thought.  He has also written online articles for America MagazineChurch Life Journalthe Genealogies of Modernity Projectand Plough Magazine


David Mesing published an article "From Structuralism to Points of Rupture: George Jackson and the Tactics of the Subject" in Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy vol. 23 no. 2 (Spring 2019): 115–137. He also recently was awarded the 2019 Harvey Teaching Award for outstanding instructional contributions along with fellow graduate student Kelsey Borrowman, and completed a book translation of Vittorio Morfino's The Spinoza-Machiavelli Encounter: Time and Occasion for Edinburgh University Press.

Miranda Pilipchuck: In Fall 2019 Miranda published an article, "Good Survivor, Bad Survivor: #MeToo and the Moralization of Survivorship," in the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy's special issue on the #MeToo movement. (Available here:

The special issue is the first sustained philosophical treatment of #MeToo.

Mark William Westmoreland recently received a research grant from the Hagley Museum and Library to work on a project titled “A Political Genealogy of Racial Sciences.” Westmoreland’s most recently published work is “Bergson, Colonialism, and Race” in Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays, edited by Alexandre Lefebvre and Nils F. Schott (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). He co-edited (with Andrea J. Pitts) Beyond Bergson: Examining Race and Colonialism through the Writings of Henri Bergson (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2019). His presentations from the past year include “Fanon and the Malediction of the Black Body,” in a panel titled Disciplines of Decolonization, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (March 2020); “Enhancing Class Participation & Promoting the Common Good,” American Association of Philosophy Teachers/American Philosophical Association Teaching Hub, Annual Conference of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (January 2019); “Am I a Racist? Teaching Racism in an Age of Denial,” The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum: Race and Justice in America (October 2020); and “Hypervisible Blackness: Fanon and the Black Body,” in a panel titled Frantz Fanon’s Corporeal Malediction, Northeast Modern Language Association, 50th Anniversary Convention (March 2019).



Humberto Gonzalez Nuñez has recently published an article titled, “Infrapolitical Reflection: Schürmann and the Existential Durchbruch”, in the interdisciplinary journal, Política Común. Furthermore, he has several forthcoming articles, "The Undecidability of the Politics of Politics: On Geoffrey Bennington’s Scatter 1" and "The Destruction of Philosophy: Metaphoricity-History-Being", both in Política Común, as well as "Neither People nor Multitude: Posthegemony and the End of the Politics of Representation" to appear in Paradigmi, an Italian Journal for Critical Philosophy, and finally "El nudo infrapolítico y la verdad de la democracia", which will appear in a special issue of Pensamiento al Margen, on Infrapolitics and Democracy. Additionally, he will also be delivering several papers in upcoming conferences: "Uncanny Intimacy, or the Deconstruction of the Ipseic Image" at the 50th North Texas Philosophical Association Conference at the University of Texas at Dallas,"La desarticulación de la máquina antropológica como tal: hacia otra noción de vida" at the 5th Transnational Critical-Political Seminar at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and finally "Necesidad de libertad: la autografía y exscripción de Reinaldo Arenas" at the 1st International "Latinoamérica en perspectiva: conceptualizaciones emergentes en tiempos de cambio" also at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  Finally, he is currently a visiting student at the Universidad de Cádiz in Spain as part of the Erasmus+KA107 mobility program.

Katherine Sepulveda was a fully funded participant in the 2018 Mellon Mays-Social Science Research Council Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development Seminar. She was previously awarded Mellon Mays-Social Science Research Council Predoctoral Research Grants in academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 toward professional development and independent research. 

Yue Jennifer Wang was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend for the Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators seminar “Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice, and the Political.” This program was held at the University of Buffalo in July 2017.

Dan Wood has recently published two articles, “Descolonizar el conocimiento: una mise en place epistemográfica.” Tabubla Rasa: Revista de Humanidades Numero 27 (Diciembre, 2017): 301-337 and “Immanence, Nonbeing, and Truth in the Work of Fanon.” CLR James Journal23: 1-2 (Fall, 2017): 211-44. He has also recently published 40 philosophical aphorisms accompanied by an illustration by Evgenia Bersheva in, “Sylvan Passages.” Azure: A Journal of Literary Thought 2:4 (2017).

Zack Sievers recently finished Haptic Cinematography, a short film created by philosophers and artists concerning touch and language. Haptic Cinematography was shown at at “Concept/s: Hegel’s Aesthetics” hosted by Aufhebung International Hegelian Association at the Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia, January 11-14, 2018).  The film will also be shown at the May 9th conference,"The Making of Haptic Cinematography,” hosted at Villanova University by Villanova scholars and the University of Ljubljana, the Aufhebung International Hegelian Association, and the Ljubljana Haptolinguistics research team (Villanova, PA. May 9, 2018). Sievers recently delivered papers at two international conferences: “Dehiscence: Space and Time in Merleau-Ponty” delivered at 42nd Collegium Phaenomenologicum (Città di Castello, IT, July 2017) and “Drone Cinematography” delivered at the 10th International Deleuze Studies Conference (Toronto, CA, June 2017)