Author Archives: Sarah Babbitt

ATTN Women in Philosophy (in Chicago): Works-in-Progress Workshop

An email from the philosophers of Northwestern’s WiPhi is reposted below.


Dear Colleagues:


We hope this email finds you all well. We are writing to you on behalf of WiPhi (Northwestern’s group of women in philosophy). We would like to contribute to the creation of a thriving and supportive intellectual community for women in the profession.  Toward that end, we are attempting to organize a work-in-progress workshop for all women philosophers (graduate and faculty) in the Chicagoland area.


The purpose of this workshop would be to provide an opportunity for women philosophers to present their work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback in an informal and collaborative environment. Participants can present on any topic in philosophy.


In the beginning we plan to meet once a month. However, depending upon the demand and the number of participants, we may hold bi-weekly meetings in the future. In order to facilitate and encourage participation from graduate students and faculty at other Chicagoland universities, we plan on holding our meetings at Northwestern’s downtown campus.


Any and all graduate or faculty women are encouraged to participate, regardless of whether they anticipate in presenting their own work for discussion.  


If you are interested in being part of this workshop, either as a presenter or participant, and being on the email list, please email  Your email will be added to a listserv and you will receive more specific information regarding organization and upcoming meetings.  Please note in your email whether you would be interested in presenting during the 2014-2015 academic year.


We would like to schedule our first meeting in the fall, so if you are interested in meeting during the Fall term, in addition to emailing us please fill out the following “whenisgood” by Monday, October 10th:


Please, feel free to circulate this email to anyone who may be interested in joining our meetings.


We look forward to hearing from you!




Cristina Carrillo 

C.K. Egbert

Save the date: August 25th! Grad Student Welcome BBQ

As a reminder, please save the following date and time for Philosophy’s annual Graduate Student Welcome Barbeque:


5 P.M. on Monday, August 25th


We will send out more information about the event later this summer.




Molly Clasen

Strong work! Our graduate students are making us proud.

According to the information we have, the following is a brief summary of the accomplishments of our graduate students this past academic year.  Congratulations to all!

  • 18 had teaching assistantships
  • 4  received university fellowships for next year
  • 5 received department awards (4 for summer research and 1 for excellence in teaching)
  • 7 different students gave a total of 14 presentations
  • 9 were granted Graduate School travel awards
  • 3 had work published
  • 12 graduated (2 Ph.D., 10 M.A.)


LUC-Marquette Phenomenology Workshop, May 21-22

Dear all,
Please find the program for the joint workshop on May 21-22 of the Phenomenology Research Group (PRG), to take place at Marquette (location TBA).  This is the first workshop organized jointly by graduate students at Loyola University Chicago and Marquette University interested in phenomenology.  This is the kick-off event of a series of ongoing exchange between both departments to be continued in the fall (alternating between Chicago and Milwaukee).  Please spread the news and consider attending.  Please RSVP to either me or Greg Trotter ( so we know how big a space we need to reserve.
Best wishes,
Sebastian Luft (on behalf of the Phenomenology Research Group)

End of the Year Graduate Student Potluck! 5/1


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The end-of-year graduate student potluck party! Please join us to celebrate graduating students and retiring faculty.


Who?                 Graduate students, faculty members, staff members.

When?             Thursday May 1st, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where?        Crown Center Lobby.

NOTE:                Family and friends welcome. We’ll provide soft drinks and meat/veggie burgers. Please bring a dish and/or drinks to share.


Hope to see you there!





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

Congratulations to Loyola’s Bioethics Bowl Team!

Loyola’s Bioethics Bowl team took home the championship trophy last Saturday, beating out the defending champions from Georgetown University.  The team consists of undergraduates Paul Kubicki, Noah Whitney, Monica Finke, Amanda Epstein, MaryKate Brueck, and coaches Dr. Jennifer Parks and Sarah Babbitt.

The bowl is part of the 2014 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference (NUBC), which Loyola hosted from April 5th-7th at the Water Tower Campus.  Both events are sponsored in part by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).  Organizers, Dr. Parks and bioethics minor Graham Hale, worked very hard to bring students and faculty together to pull this event off.

The philosophy department was instrumental in running this year’s bowl competition.  Several professors, including Drs. Pamela Lomelino, David Ingram, Hugh Miller, James Murphy, David Ozar, Victoria Wike, Christina Drogalis, and Brandon Morgan-Olsen, volunteered to serve as judges for the competition.  And several philosophy graduate students, including Corbin Casarez, Xin Chen, Kristina Grob, Mike Gutierrez, Kyoungnam Park, Merritt Rehn-DeBraal, and Joel Stenftnagel, served as judges or moderators. And Bryn Dugre provided vital administrative assistance for the competition.

Thanks to all of the volunteers at Loyola and beyond for putting on a great event!

Colloquium: Dr. Peter King on “Augustine’s *Confessions*: A new philosophical genre,” (LUC) Apr 9, 4pm

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LUC Grad Conference: Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood – April 11-12

LUCGCposterDRAFT2Mark your calendars! Our graduate conference is April 11th-12th, at the Lakeshore campus on the 4th floor of the Klarchek Information Commons.

The theme is Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood. We’re going to hear papers from graduate student philosophers from various philosophical backgrounds. And we have excellent keynote speakers slated for both evenings of the conference.  We’re hoping to generate some quality discussion on the ways philosophy affects and transforms our lives.



Friday, April 11th

10:00 – 10:45

Continental Breakfast

10:50 – 11:35

Jonathan Spelman (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Consequences and Virtue

11:40 – 12:25

Theodore Bergsma (Miami University) – On the Substantial Subject: “Aspectival Captivity” in Wittgenstein and Nietzsche

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:45

Ryan Gustafson (New School for Social Research) – Genealogy, Critique, and Normativity

2:50 – 3:35

Justin Kitchen (San Francisco State University) – Virtue as the Skill of Living: Inducing ‘The Good Flow’

3:45 – 5:00

FACULTY KEYNOTE: Hanne Jacobs (Loyola University Chicago) – Husserl on Self-Constitution and Personhood

Saturday, April 12th

10:00 – 10:45

Continental Breakfast

10:50 – 11:35

Jessica Adkins (Marquette University) – Finding the Good in Dying: Defending Physician Assisted Death of the Akratic Agent

11:40 – 12:25

Daniel Rodriguez Navas (University of Chicago) – The Pursuit of Truth and Ethical Self-Constitution: On Foucault’s Kantianism According to Hacking

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:45

Matthew Howery (San Francisco State University) – Posthumous Agency

2:50 – 3:35

David Antonini (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) – Kant on Virtue

3:45 – 5:00

KEYNOTE: Gabriel Richardson Lear (University of Chicago) – Plato on Moral Beauty and the Look of Love


Congratulations, Merritt!

The recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Teaching Award is Merritt Rehn-DeBraal.

We congratulate Merritt on her teaching achievements. And we want to congratulate the other applicants for the award, all of whom have been successful teachers and taught innovative and engaging courses.

via Dr. Wike

Loyola ranks 3rd at the IEB Nat’l Ethics Bowl Championships 2014

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We are very pleased to announce that LUC’s Ethics Bowl team placed 3rd at the 2014 IEB National Ethics Bowl Championships! Well done! The team consists of Paul Kubicki, Noah Whitney, Monica Finke, MaryKate Brueck, Alex Bravo, and Amanda Epstein, and is coached by Dr. Jennifer Parks and Sarah Babbitt. Congratulations!

We’d also like to congratulate the IEB champions at the University of Montana, the other finalists, and the University of California Santa Cruz, the winner of the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl award (and the creators of that snazzy t-shirt, above).

Ethics Bowl 2014 Finalists

Champion: University of Montana
Finalist: University of Oklahoma
Semifinalist: Loyola University of Chicago
Semifinalist: University of North Florida
Quarterfinalist: Oklahoma Christian University
Quarterfinalist: Providence College
Quarterfinalist: Union College
Quarterfinalist: Whitworth College

PRG Spring Semester Event Calendar

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Events in Spring Semester

It will be a busy Spring (and early Summer) with four PRG (or, PRG-related) events. Please join us for any and all. Essential details below; consult the website for last minute schedule changes, rooms, and times.

On February 26th Loyola will host a Book Symposium for Dr. Ardis Collins’ new book Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Dialectical Justification of Philosophy’s First Principles. Speakers include:
-Kevin Thompson (DePaul)
-Mark Alznauer (Northwestern)
-Corbin Casarez (LUC)
-and Ardis Collins will provide a response
Details here:

On February 28th we will have a Dinner Symposium on Max Scheler’s Phenomenology of Love with Saboura Hajialiorakpour (SIUC) and
Thomas Ruble (SIUC). Space limited, RSVP required.

On March 22nd the PRG will host Matt Bower (Beloit College) for a talk titled “Affect in the perception of dispositional properties and states of affairs: A phenomenological analysis.” Time/location TBD.

On May 21st-22nd the PRG will participate in a joint workshop with Marquette University. The workshop will be held at Marquette and is open to interested attendees. Details forthcoming.

Graduate Student Happy Hour!! March 21

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Lecture: John Rist, “We Don’t Do Truth,” LUC, Feb 6

John Rist
Catholic University of America
University of Toronto, Emeritus

In the spirit of Augustinian Platonism, this lecture treats -by “indirection”- aspects of secular culture. In contrast to post-modern and skeptical perspectives, it argues: first, Nietzsche was right to fear that we have not gotten rid of God because we still believe in grammar; second, unless we are out to mislead, we cannot speak without assuming that belief in grammar entails acceptance of the reality of truths and falsehoods; third, our belief in grammar (and consequently in truth) entails, as for Augustine, belief in God; and fourth, those who try to “create” truth are in trouble self-referentially.

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Sponsored by the
Lumen Christi Institute

John M. Rist is the Father Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Chair in Philosophy at Catholic University of America. He is also Emeritus Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and Visiting Professor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. In 1976 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1991 he was elected a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and numerous books including Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized, Real Ethics, and most recently Plato’s Moral Realism: The Discovery of the Presuppositions of Ethics.

Catholic Q & A with Fr. James Murphy, S.J., Jan. 28

The second biannual “Catholic Q&A” is on Tuesday (1/28) at 7 in Damen (Campus Ministry Suite, 217). The Topic: “Catholicism: What’s t/Truth Got To Do With It?” Professor James Murphy, S.J. will lead.


Flyer below: a fun reference to Plato and the allegory of the cave. And: it’s always a humdinger when t/Truth is on the table…

And it just so happens that this event falls on the feast of St Thomas Aquinas. The plot thickens…

Hegel Symposium @ Loyola: Dr. Ardis Collins’ Hegel’s Phenomenology, Feb. 26

We are very pleased to announce that the Philosophy Department at LUC is hosting a symposium on the new book Hegel’s Phenomenology: A Dialectical Justification of Philosophy’s First Principles by our very own Dr. Ardis Collins.

DATE: 02/26/2014

TIME: 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Damen Student Center, Room 1100
Lake Shore Campus
Loyola University Chicago


The symposium will consist of three commentaries about Prof. Collins’s book, by:

  • Prof. Kevin Thompson (DePaul University)
  • Prof. Mark Alznauer (Northwestern University)
  • Mr. Corbin Casarez (Loyola University Chicago)

Prof. Collins will respond to the commentaries, with time for questions from the audience.