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Women in Philosophy Potluck Dinner

Join us for a night in conversation and company with the women in the department! This event is open to Loyola Philosophy undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff who identify as women, trans, or gender non-conforming.

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:30 PM 

For the address and food sign-up, email Katherine Brichacek (

This Friday and Saturday: Dissent and its Discontents

Join us this Friday and Saturday for our graduate student conference! The conference will take place Friday, October 6 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturday, October 7 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Keynote speakers include Dr. Gabriel Rockhill from Villanova University and our own Dr. Joy Gordon. Presenters will speak on panels on discourse, decentralization, structural oppression, argumentation, community, political obligation, and (non?)violence. Click on Graduate Conference to view the full schedule!

Monday: AGSP Meeting

Our first AGSP meeting will be held next Monday, October 2nd at 7PM. Join us to discuss department news, graduate student funding, unionization updates, tenure-track faculty hiring, and more!

This event is only open to Loyola Philosophy graduate students. There will be free pizza and wine! Bring a snack or dessert item to share (optional). This event is held off-campus. Contact Katherine Brichacek ( for the address.

This Friday: Is Justice Burning? On Secrecy and the Death Penalty

Join the DePaul University faculty as they host speaker Peggy Kamuf (University of Southern California) this Friday, September 29, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Richardson Library (Room 300).

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Visitor parking is available at the Sheffield Parking Garage located at 2331 N Sheffield or the Clifton Parking Deck located at 2330 N. Clifton. The DePaul rate will be given if a validated ticket is presented to the attendant.

DePaul is also less than a block from the Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple line stop and 74 Fullerton bus.

Wednesday: Ethics and Values Workshop with Jennifer Lackey

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 
5 PM – 6:15 PM 

Professor Jennifer Lackey of Northwestern University will be discussing a paper on the ethics and rationality of long-term punishment. If you would like to attend the workshop or be added to the list about future workshops, e-mail Dr. Joe Vukov at

This workshop is part of a series of Ethics and Values workshops held at Loyola University Chicago. The workshop focuses on works-in-progress in the areas of ethics and values broadly construed. For more information, click here or email Dr. Joe Vukov. The next meetings will feature:

October 11: Marcella Linn (Loyola)
November 8: Marya Schechtman (UIC)

Illinois Humanities Brown Bag Talk

Nicoletta Ruane is a PhD candidate in our Philosophy department and will be speaking about her assistantship with Illinois Humanities at a brown bag talk on Tuesday, October 3 from 12pm-1pm at Crown Center 528. This is a great opportunity for humanities graduate students looking to explore non-academic options. A recent interview with Ms. Ruane can be found on the Graduate School’s Professional Development page. Ms. Ruane spoke with us about herself and the program: 

I work in the area of social and political philosophy and teach as an adjunct instructor at Loyola and other area colleges. I also work on the Owl of Minerva, the journal of the Hegel Society of America. I’m currently writing a dissertation where I aim to develop a theoretical approach to post-capitalist institution formation. When it’s all over, I hope one day to write on aesthetics again as well.

As a philosopher, one is often acutely aware that few people understand what goes on in the profession and what it’s all for, and that this question mark often hangs over the humanities in general.

What was most appealing to me about working at Illinois Humanities (IH) was learning what public, i.e., non-academic, humanities offerings look like in Illinois and how they are developed. With less than 40 percent of the US completing a bachelor’s degree (and assuming there is some exposure to the humanities in college or university), the wealth that the disciplines have to offer, at least as that is presented in higher education, is not accessed by the majority.

IH has positioned itself as a rather non-traditional state humanities council, and I’ll be talking a bit about what that means. The organization works pretty ambitiously to connect a broad general audience in different areas of interest: to the history of the state, and its regions and towns; to contemporary art, music and culture; to political representatives and leading intellectuals on social and civic issues; even offering programs geared toward the journalism and business communities. The program I was brought on to develop, Illinois Speaks, is a state-wide civic engagement series, so it fell under the public policy umbrella of programs, but as it grew, we were able to draw in some of IH’s sizeable arts and culture audience.

I valued the opportunity to work there for a year because I learned some ways to share what the humanities offer, in particular the historical and cultural perspective they provide, in the form of creative and accessible public programming. Broadly speaking, this sort of work will be attractive to those who are oriented to the social good and enjoy organizational challenges. I’ll be speaking specifically next month on what I learned, the tasks involved, the specific skills needed, and how those may relate to the experiences and training of graduate students.

All humanities graduate students are invited on October 3. Bring your questions!

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


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.

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.

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”

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.

Conference: Contemporary Moral Theory and the Problem of Evil, Notre Dame, Nov. 15-16

Conference Announcement: Contemporary Moral Theory and the Problem of Evil

November 15-16, 2013
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

On Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, the University of Notre Dame will host the first of two conferences on contemporary moral theory and the problem of evil. These conferences seek to advance discussion of the problem of evil by examining how different views about ethics and morality affect how we understand and respond to the problem. The second conference will be held at Notre Dame on March 21-22, 2014.

The November conference will include talks by Marilyn AdamsStephen Wykstra, and Linda Zagzebski. The talks will take place at 3 pm and 7 pm on Friday, and 10 am on Saturday, with receptions after the first Friday talk and before the Saturday talk. The location of talks is TBD, and will be listed on the philosophy department events website closer to the date of the conference.

The conference is being organized by Jim Sterba and funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

There is no official registration required, but if you are interested in attending, we would appreciate it if you would E-mail Nevin Climenhaga to give us an idea of how many attendees to expect. If you have any questions, you can contact Nevin or Meg Schmitt for more information.

Nevin Climenhaga
Meg Schmitt

Conference: Equality and Public Policy, Ohio U., Nov. 14-16

The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites you to attend our conference on Equality and Public Policy. This conference aims to promote academic discussion and to explore new research trends on equality as a social and political ideal guiding public policy.

The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (14–16 November 2013). Gerald Gaus (Arizona) will deliver the keynote lecture. Full conference program below.

Limited rooms at a conference rate may be available at the Ohio University Inn; please inquire if you are interested.

Thursday, 14 Nov.
Keynote Session, 7:30 pm.
Gerald Gaus (University of Arizona):  “The Egalitarian Species”
Friday, 15 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 – 10:15
Kristin Voigt/Gry Wester (McGill University): “Equality in Public Health: Relational or Distributive?”
Steve Horwitz (St. Lawrence University): “Inequality, Mobility, and Being Poor in America”
Session II, 10:30 – 12:15
Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan): “Equality and Freedom: Forgotten Connections”
Sarah Skwire (Liberty Fund): “Without Regard of Persons: Gender Equality, Theology, and the Law in the Writing of Margaret Fell”
Session III, 2:00 – 3:45
Scott Winship (The Manhattan Institute): “Inequality of Income and Inequality of Opportunity”
Paul Weithman (Notre Dame University): “Relational Equality and Inherent Stability”
Session IV, 4:00 – 5:45
Dierdre McCloskey (University of lllinois): “Equality is Better Viewed as Dignity”
Debra Thompson (Ohio University): “What Lies Beneath: Equality and the Making of Racial Classifications”
Saturday, 16 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 – 10:15
Govind Persad (Stanford University): “Equality over Time: Mobility, Security, and Economic Justice”
George Sher (Rice University): “How does Choice Justify Inequality?”
Session II, 10:30 – 12:15
Tom W. Bell (Chapman University): “What Can Corporations Teach Governments About Democratic Equality?”
Rich Vedder (Ohio University)/Daniel Bennett (Florida State University): “Inequality and American Higher Education: History, Theory and Evidence”

Dr. Mark LeBar (

Dr. Robert G. Ingram (

Conference flyer at