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The department is pleased to be the home of the Varieties of Understanding project from 2013-2016. In conjunction with New York University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Princeton Theological Seminary, the project will explore the various ways in which human beings understand the world and how that understanding might be improved. It is made possible by the support from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation.



RECENT Dissertation Defenses

Brendan Palla will defend his dissertation "Aquinas on Two Problems for Free Choice" on December 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Gyula Klima, Readers: John Davenport, Giorgio Pini, Examiners: William Jaworski, Nathan Ballantyne.

Shane Wilkins will defend his dissertation "A Hylomorphic Theory of Composite Material Substances" on December 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the Philosophy Department Conference Room, Collins Hall, Room 138. Mentor: Gyula Klima, Readers: Bryan Frances, William Jaworski, External Reader: Howard Robinson (Central European University), Examiner: Nathan Ballantyne.

Jeremy J. Allen defended his dissertation "A Groundwork for a Politics of Remembrance: Between Self-Enclosure and Recognition" on November 22, 2013 at 11:35 am in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Merold Westphal, Readers: John Davenport, Jeffrey Flynn, Examiners: Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Bradford Winegar.

David Wood defended his dissertation "SURPRISED BY SUFFERING: Hume, Draper, and the Bayesian Argument from Evil" on October 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm in room LL802, Lincoln Center Campus. Mentor: Brian Davies, Readers: John Davenport, Bryan Frances, Examiners: Michael Baur, Reed Winegar.

Paul Kucharski defended his dissertation "The Possiblity of a Thomistic Personalism" on September 13, 2013 at 11:00 am in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Readers: Christopher Cullen, S.J., Giorgio Pini, Examiners: Christopher Gowans, Dominic Balestra.

Jared Woodard defended his dissertation "Material Composition and Theory Choice" on May 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Bryan Frances, Readers: Stephen Grimm, William Jaworski, Examiners: Gyula Klima, Theodore Sider (Cornell University).

John Mumm defended his dissertation "The Standpoint We Share: An Intersubjective Constructivist Account of Normative Reasons" on April 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Collins Hall, Philosophy Department Conference Room. Mentor: Christopher W. Gowans, Readers: John Davenport, Bryan Frances, Examiners: Jada Strabbing, Sharon Street (New York University).

Charles Lassiter defended his dissertation "Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs": Extended Encultured Cognition and Implicature Calculation on April 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the  Plaza View Room, Lincoln Center Campus. Mentor: William Jaworski, Readers: Bryan Frances, Gyula Klima, External Examiner: Richard Menary (Macquarie University, Australia), Examiner: Nathan Ballantyne.

Zane Yi defended his dissertation "The Possibility of God: An Examination and Evaluation of Charles Taylor's Transcendental Critique of Closed-Worlds" on April 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm in Collins Hall, Philosophy Department Conference Room. Co-Mentor: John Davenport, Co-Mentor: Jeffrey Flynn, Reader: Stephen Grimm, Examiners: Nathan Ballantyne, Crina Gschwandtner


Andrew Komasinski defended his dissertation "Moral Selfhood from Kant to Kierkegaard" on April 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Merold Westphal, Readers: John Davenport, Christopher W. Gowans, Examiners: Brian Johnson, Bradford Winegar. 

Walter Wietzke defended his dissertation "From One Self to Another: Moral Conversion in Korsgaard and Kierkegaard" on April 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm in the Lowenstein Building, Room LL802, Lincoln Center Campus. Mentor: John Davenport, Readers: Christopher W. Gowans, Stephen Grimm, External Reader: Anthony Rudd (St. Olaf College), Examiner: John J. Drummond.

Gregory Lynch defended his dissertation "Answering to the World: Language and Normativity in Gadamer and Davidson" on April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Merold Westphal, Readers: John Drummond, Stephen Grimm, External Reader: David Vessey, Examiner: Bryan Frances.

Margaret Hughes defended her dissertation "Sculpting the Moral Man: Josef Pieper on the Perception of Beautiful Art in Moral Formation" on March 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Readers: Christopher Cullen, S.J., Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Examiners: Giorgio Pini, Daryl Tress.

Adam Wood defended his dissertation "The Immateriality of the Intellect in Thomas Aquinas' Philosophical Psychology" on September 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm in Collins Hall, Philosophy Department Conference Room. Mentor: GyulaKlima, Readers: William Jaworski, Giorgio Pini, Examiners: Christopher Cullen, S.J., Howard Robinson (Central European University).

Sterling Berry-Whitlock defended his dissertation "Contemporary Philosophy of Law and the Problem of the Rule of Recognition" on May 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm in Collins Hall, Philosophy Department Conference Room. Mentor: Michael Baur, Readers: Stephen Grimm, Jeffrey Flynn, Examiners: Dominic Balestra Judith Green.


Sister Mary Denise D'Attore defended her dissertation "Thomas Aquinas on the Role of Second-Order Judgement in Human Electio" on May, 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm in Collins Hall, Philosophy Department Conference Room. Mentor: Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Readers: Giorgio Pini, Christopher Cullen, S.J., Examiners: Ann Murphy, John Davenport.

Johanna Nashi defended her dissertation "A Humanistic Approach to Bystander Responsibility in Cases of Crimes against Humanity and Genocide" on April 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM in The Walsh Family Library, Room 229. Mentor: John J. Drummond, Readers: Ann Murphy, Christopher W. Gowans, Examiners: Michael Baur, Jeffrey Flynn.

Christopher Rice defended his dissertation "The Value of Relationships with Other Species" on April 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM in Collins Hall, Philosophy Conference Room. Mentor: Christopher W. Gowans,Readers: Michael Baur, John Davenport, Examiners: John van Buren, Gerard Vong.

Ian Rottenberg defended his dissertation"Sacred Text as Saturated Phenomenon: The Unspoken Command of Scripture" on April 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Merold Westphal, Readers: Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Samir Haddad, Examiners: Judith Jones, Ann Murphy.

Aaron Converse defended his dissertation "An Examination of Aquinas's Approach to Conscience" on December 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM in Duane Library, Room 140. Mentor: Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Readers: Giorgio Pini, Christopher Cullen, S.J., Examiners: Ann V. Murphy, Daryl Tress.

Seth Joshua Thomas defended his dissertation A Pragmatist Recover of Health: Rethinking the Limits of Biomedicine on January 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM in the Lowenstein Building, Room LL402 at the Lincoln Center Campus. Mentor: Judith Green, Readers: Judith Jones, John Davenport, Larry Hickman (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Examiner: John J. Drummond.

Scott O'Leary defendedhis dissertation The Significance of Affect: On the Practical Functions of Emotion on March 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM in Collins Hall,Philosophy Conference Room. Mentor: John Davenport, Readers: John J. Drummond, Christopher Gowans, Examiners: Jada Strabbing, Stephen Grimm.

Thomas Becker defended his dissertation John Finnis on the Obligation to Follow Unjust Laws on April 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Readers: DanaMiller, Christopher Cullen, S.J., Examiners: Dominic Balestra, Judith Green.

David Zoller defended his dissertation Heidegger and Social Identity: A Phenomenological Analysis of Judgments of Cultural Identity and Difference on April 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM in Duane Library, Room352. Mentor: John van Buren,Readers: John J. Drummond, Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Examiners: Ann V. Murphy, Jeffrey Flynn.

Gary Thomas Gabor, Jr. defended his dissertation 'Carving Nature at its Joints': The Platonic Method of Division in Plato, Aristotle, and their Neoplatonic Commentators on April 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Dana Miller, Readers: Daryl Tress, Brian Johnson, Examiners: Giorgio Pini, Bryan Frances.

David Storey defended his dissertation Nature, Nihilism, and Life in Heidegger and Nietzsche: Naturalistic Metaphysical Foundations for Environmental Ethics on April 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM in Keating Hall, Room 124.Mentor:John van Buren, Readers: John Davenport, Ann V. Murphy, Michael Zimmerman (University of Colorado), Examiner: Samir Haddad.

Eleanor Helms defended her dissertation A Kierkegaardian Phenomenology of Authorship on May 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM, in Keating Hall, Room 124. Mentor: Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Readers: John J. Drummond, Merold Westphal, Examiners:John Davenport, Samir Haddad.

Andrew Henscheid defended his dissertation Love's Authority: Kierkegaard and the Question of Autonomy on May 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM in Collins Hall, Philosophy Conference Room. Mentor: John Davenport, Readers: Merold Westphal, Christopher Gowans, Examiners: Ann V. Murphy, Samir Haddad. 

Kirk Kanzelberger defended his dissertation The Mystical Daydream: Fictive Being and the Motive of Evil on May 11, 2011 at 1:00 PM in Collins, Philosophy Conference Room. Mentor: Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Readers: Christopher Cullen, S.J., Dominic Balestra, Examiners:Judith Green, Dana Miller.

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