Monthly Archives: October 2013

PRG Workshop: with Harald Wiltsche; LUC, Nov. 5

The PRG welcomes Harald Wiltsche (University of Graz, University of Toronto) for a talk and workshop. Participants interested in the workshop are asked to read two articles in advance, which can be downloaded at the following link:

Talk: 4pm
Workshop: 2pm
Location: TBA (Lake Shore Campus)

Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Lecture: Harry Gensler, SJ; “The Golden Rule,” LUC, Nov. 6

Visiting Professor Harry Gensler, SJ wil be delivering a talk, “The Golden Rule,” to the Philosophy department onWednesday, November 6th, at 2:45 pm, in Crown Center room 210.

All department faculty and students are cordially invited to attend.

Philosophy Grad Student Happy Hour!



You’re enthusiastically invited to…


The Philosophy Department’s Grad Student Happy Hour!


Who?                    Grad students, faculty, and staff members. This means you!

When?                 Friday, November 8th. 4-6pm.

Where?               Crown Center 200 East (The glass room on the second floor)

Why?                    To drown our sorrows, toast our successes, and enjoy each other’s company.


The department will provide drinks, so it would be great if you could bring a snack to share.


Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you there!






Molly Clasen

Office Assistant

Philosophy Department
Loyola University Chicago

Cuba Today: Latin America Matters Speaker Series


Latin America Matters Speaker Series


Cuba Today –What’s Going On?

Thursday, October 24, 5-6:30 p.m., Crown Center 530

Panel Discussion

Humberto Miranda, Instituto de Filosofia de Cuba, and Visiting Professor at the University of Charleston, will discuss the reforms that have taken place and are taking place in Cuba since Raul Castro took over from Fidel as President of the Council of State.


David Schweickart, Professor of Philosophy, LUC, will discuss his recent visits to Cuba.


Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program,

the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Sociology.

CFP: Mental Illness and Power

“Mental Illness and Power”

A Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

February 21-22, 2014

Deadline for proposals: November 15th, 2013

This and more information available online at:

As much historical and theoretical work has shown, the way people have understood mental illness throughout history is co-occurrent with shifting power relations within which human beings understand themselves. Mental illness manifests itself in different ways in different contexts and certain theoretical lines can be drawn between the way mental illness is understood and the forms of power which operate on the human mind, body and understanding.   Recently many issues surrounding mental illness have become  prominent in public discourse. To name a few examples, the controversial publication of the DSM 5; attempts by legislators to allow mental health professionals to refuse services based on values; the investigations of the mental health of mass murderers; and the expansion of mental health coverage intended by the Affordable Care Act.  These issues have all been featured prominently on the nightly news while at the same time drawing the attention of public intellectuals and politicians. With this in mind, it seems that now is an opportune moment to open a dialogue about the relationship of mental illness and power.

Philosophy provides a promising, critical, yet constructive space in which to open this dialogue.  Indeed, philosophy and the mental health professions have greatly influenced one another.  Some philosophers are critical of mental health practices while others use psychological insights to develop their own theoretical resources. Many psychological theories have historically been influenced by philosophers, whether John Locke, the positivists, or the existentialists.  Thus, philosophers and mental health professionals have much to share with one another, especially at this moment.

The Philosophy Graduate Student Association welcomes papers from philosophers of all stripes and theoretically interested scholars in other fields, including but not limited to: clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, history, literature and the arts, and political science/studies.

To Submit:

Please prepare a proposal (500-700 words in length) for blind review in either .pdf or Microsoft Word file format.  Send the file as an attachment to an e-mail with a body containing the title and the author’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation and status (graduate student, faculty member, independent researcher, etc.)  If accepted, final papers need to be suitable for a presentation approximately 20 minutes in length.

Proposals should be submitted to<>.

The deadline for submissions is November 15th, 2013.

This conference is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence, and the Philosophy Graduate Student Association at the University of Memphis.

“Animal: What Makes Us Human,” Lectures at Newberry Library/Chicago Humanities Festival, Nov 2

The Chicago Humanities Festival, The Newberry Library, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago are pleased to announce a special opportunity for graduate students.
On Saturday, November 2 three dynamic scholars of American history and culture-Professors Peter Mancall (University of Southern California, History and Anthropology), Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University, English and American Studies) and Susan Scott Parrish (University of Michigan, English and Environmental Studies) -will deliver public lectures at the Newberry Library as part of the 24th annual Chicago Humanities Festival’s theme of “Animal: What Makes Us Human.”


In addition to their talks, these speakers will lead brief discussions for a small group of students about their work focusing especially on the topic of environmental history and “Animal Archives.” Refreshments and lunch will be provided; and participants in the seminar will receive free passes for the lectures. The discussions will be moderated by Daniel Greene, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry Library, and Professor Eric Slauter, Director of the Karla Scherer Center. All events will take place at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Avenue, Chicago. A schedule for this daylong event appears below, along with brief biographies of the speakers.

Interested students should please submit the following:

1. A brief biography (200 – 500 words) including his/her area of research
2. One to two questions s/he would like to pose during the seminars

Email applications and questions to with the subject heading “Animal Archives.” The deadline is Wednesday, October 23. Priority will be given to current graduate students who have not attended the seminar in previous years. Selected applicants will be notified by Friday, October 25.

SCHEDULE: November 2, 2013
LOCATION: The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Ave., Chicago

9:30am: Peter Mancall seminar

10:30am: Peter Mancall lecture: “Pigs for Historians: A New View of Early America

11:40am-12:20pm: Lunch (boxed lunch provided to those who enroll)

12:30pm: Wai Chee Dimock lecture: “Hearing Animals in Thoreau

1:30pm: Wai Chee Dimock seminar

2:30pm: Susan Scott Parrish lecture: “Noah’s Kin

3:30pm: Susan Scott Parrish seminar

About the speakers:

Peter Mancall, Professor of History and Anthropology at USC, and the Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, is a historian of colonial North America, the early modern Atlantic basin, Native American history, and environmental history.  He is the Mellon Professor of the Humanities at the University of Southern California and the director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.He is the author of five books including Fatal Journal: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson-A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Artic (Basic Books, 2009); Hakluyt’s Promise: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English America (Yale, 2007; paperback 2010) and Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America(Cornell, 1995). He is currently writing American Origins, which will be volume one of the Oxford History of the United States. He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education,Bloomberg Businessweek, and American Heritage and been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, has written on American literature of all periods, from Anne Bradstreet to Star Trek. She argues for a broad conception of American literature, including materials both high and low, and scales both local and global.  Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Critical Inquiry to Los Angeles Review of Books toSalonShe is the author of the prize-winning Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (Princeton, 2006), Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy (California, 1996), and Empire for Liberty: Melville and the Poetics of Individualism (Princeton, 1989), as well as the co-editor of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature (Princeton, 2007).She was a consultant for “Invitation to World Literature,” a 13-part series produced by WGBH and aired on PBS in 2010. Her lecture course, “Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner,” is available from Open Yale Courses. She is now at work on a digital humanities platform, “American Literature in the World,” which features a web-and-print anthology and an annual graduate conference.

Susan Scott Parrishis an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan; she is also a Fellow at the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute (UM). Her research addresses the interrelated issues of race, the environment, and knowledge-making in the Atlantic world from the 17th up through the mid-20th century, with a particular emphasis on southern and Caribbean plantation zones. Her book American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (North Carolina, 2006) was awarded both the Jamestown Prize and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize; the Emerson prize is given by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to one book each year for its contribution to understanding “the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her recent projects include work on slavery and portraiture in the 18th-century Atlantic world, and a new edition of Robert Beverley’s 1705 History and Present State of Virginia (North Carolina, 2013). She is currently completing a book-length study of the ecological imagination of the U.S. South in the first half of the Twentieth Century.


Eric Slauter
Director, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture
Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago
Visiting Editor, The William and Mary Quarterly

Anne E. Cullen
Program Assistant
Smith Center | Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St. | Chicago, IL 60610

CFP: Subjectivity in Question

LUC Philosophy Placement Statistics for PhD Alumni

•             From 2010-2013, twenty-seven Ph.D. students have completed their degrees and graduated.

•             Of those, a small number have chosen non-academic careers (theater, community organizing, chaplaincy, business).

•             The rest have academic careers. Seventeen have full-time positions and five have one or more part-time positions.

•             Eleven alumni teach at non-religiously affiliated schools, and eleven teach at religiously affiliated schools.

•             Seventeen alumni teach at four-year colleges, and five teach at two-year colleges.


Any additional questions about these statistics or recent alumni placement, should be directed to Molly Clasen (contact info below).


Molly Clasen

Office Assistant

Philosophy Department
Loyola University Chicago

Crown Center 381

1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: 773.508.2453

Fax: 773.508.2292


PRG Workshop: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology, LUC, Oct. 19

Saturday, October 19th /// 1-4pm /// Crown Center, Room 200 (Lake Shore Campus)


Marilyn Nissim-Sabat (Lewis University)

“Contra Ricoeur: The Compatibility of Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis”


Russell Newstadt (LUC)

“Nothing To Us: Negation and the Limits of Experience”


Allan Breedlove (LUC)

“Indoctrination or Transformation? Nussbaum’s Reply to Friedman on the Democratic Ideal of Public Education”


Congratulations to Justin Nordin and his wife on the birth of their baby girl over the weekend!

CFP: Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Princeton University

April 11-12, 2014


Call for Papers (deadline January 17, 2014)


The Committee for the Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University welcomes papers concerning any topic in political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought. Papers should be submitted via the conference website by January 17, 2014. Approximately eight papers will be accepted.


The Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University will be held from April 11-12, 2014. This year, we are excited to include Professor Bryan Garsten, Yale University, as keynote speaker and conference participant.


The conference offers graduate students from across institutions a unique opportunity to present and critique new work. Each session, led by a discussant from Princeton, will focus exclusively on one paper and will feature an extensive question and answer period with Princeton faculty and graduate students. Papers will be pre-circulated among conference participants.


Submission Information:

  • Due date January 17, 2014.
  • Submissions must be made in PDF format via the conference website:
  • Papers should be no more than 7500 words.
  • Format without any identifying information; include title but exclude all personal and institutional information.
  • Submissions by email or postal mail will not be accepted.


Papers will be refereed by political theory graduate students in the Department of Politics at Princeton. Acceptance notices will be sent by in February.


Assistance for invited participants’ transportation, lodging and meal expenses is available from the committee, which acknowledges the generous support of University Center for Human Values and the Department of Politics at Princeton University.


Questions and comments can be directed to:


For more information, please visit the conference website at

CFP: Kent State University Graduate Conference

The Department of Philosophy at Kent State University is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference in Remembrance of May 4th.

Submission Deadline: January 19, 2014
Conference Date: March 15, 2014
Conference Website:
Submission Guidelines: We invite submissions on any philosophical topic, and from any research tradition in philosophy.  Submissions should be 3500 words or 30 minutes reading time. All submissions should be sent to <>. 

PRG: Events and Updates (Event This Friday!)

On Friday, October 4th the PRG welcomes Carly Lane from the University of Chicago for a research seminar titled “It is Not Finished: Emmanuel Levinas and the Politics of Love”. The session will begin at 2pm in the Crown Center, Room 200 (the glass-walled room).


On Saturday, October 19th the PRG presents a workshop on phenomenology and psychoanalysis. Presenters include Marilyn Nissim Sabat (Lewis University), Allan Breedlove (LUC), and Russell Newstadt (LUC). Time and location TBA, check the website for updates.


On Tuesday, November 5th we welcome Harald Wiltsche (University of Graz) for a discussion on contemporary themes in phenomenology and the philosophy of science. The talk begins at 2pm — check the website for location and updates.

CFA: Thirty-First International Social Philosophy Conference

Call for Abstracts

Thirty-First International Social Philosophy Conference

sponsored by

The North American Society for Social Philosophy

July 17 – July 19, 2014

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon, USA


Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to the theme:


Power, Protest, and the Future of Democracy


Some possible paper topics include:

·        The Aims and Uses of Protest

·        Protest and Human Rights

·        Civil Disobedience

·        Protest and Deliberative Democracy

·        The Future of Protest

·        Transnational Solidarity and Protests

·        Protest and Complacency

·        Forms of Power

·        Democratizing Global Political Power

·        Democracy and Disenfranchisement

·        The Justification of Political Power

·        Global Capitalism and Democracy


We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.


Please submit a 300-500 word abstract

Submission Deadlines:

For those living in Canada or the U.S.: March 15, 2014.

For those living outside of the United States and Canada: January 15, 2014.


The Program Committee:

Professor Mark Navin of Oakland University (Chair), Professor Elizabeth Sperry of William Jewell College, and Professor Peter Higgins of Eastern Michigan University.


Members of the Program Committee may be reached at:




NASSP Support for International Presenters

The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada.
NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students
The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.


The winners of the annual prizes each receive $300. The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.


The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings.


Those who want to be considered for this award should send their full papers – and they should also submit their abstracts – by March 15, 2014. 


Congratulations to Clinton Neptune and his wife who just welcomed a new baby daughter!