Accomplishments 2011-2017

John Carvalho recently published “Socrates’ Refutation of Apollo,” Journal of Ancient Philosophy, 8.2 (2014); “TABU: Time Out of Joint in Contemporary Portuguese Cinema,” Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, 5 (2014); “For the Love of Boys,” Foucault Studies, 17 (April 2014); “The World Achieved: Film and the Enacted Mind,” Contemporary Aesthetics, 11 (2013); “Strange Fruit: Music Between Violence and Death,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 71.1 (Winter 2013); and “Nietzsche,” Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music (2011). He also published review essays on The Rhythm of Thought: Art, Literature and Music After Merleau-Ponty, by Jessica Wiskus, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (November 2013); Varieties of Presence, by Alva Noë, AVANT: the Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy of Science (2012); and Nietzsches Musikästhetik der Affekte, by Manos Perrakis, Journal of Nietzsche Studies (Spring 2012). He presented papers at meetings of the American Society for Aesthetics, the Society for the Philosophical Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, at the Film-Philosophy Conference in Amsterdam, the Dutch Aesthetics Association in Leuven, at Rowan University, Miami University of Ohio and Swarthmore College.

William Desmond has just published Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness: An Essay on Origins, revised with new material for the Second Edition, Cascade Books, 2014.  His new book, The Intimate Universal:  Between Religion, Art, Philosophy and Politics coming out from Columbia University Press.  Also note the recent publication of The William Desmond Reader (2012), from SUNY, with an introduction by John D. Caputo.

Dr. Desmond  was the keynote speaker at the inauguration of the Master of Arts in Philosophy program at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon.

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.”

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.

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.



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.

Miranda Pilipchuk wrote a paper titled, "He Eats Me, He Eats Me Not: Violence Against Animals and Women, and the Construction of the Subject" and won the 2015 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Graduate Research Award.

Miranda also wrote, "Rape in the Age of Social Media: Knowledge, Ignorance, and the Steubenville Assault" and won the 2015 Best Graduate Paper at the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium Student Research on Women, Gender, and Sexualities Conference.

Paul Camacho was awarded a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) to complete his dissertation research project as a joint-doctoral student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in association with the Augustijns Historisch Instituut (2013–2015). His dissertation, entitled “The Weight of Love: Augustine on Desire and the Limits of Autonomy,” is directed by William Desmond (KU Leuven, Villanova) and James Wetzel (Villanova). While in Leuven, he presented the paper “Being Open to the Gift of Desire: Desmond and Marion on Love’s Asymmetrical Excess” with Patrick Cooper for the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture 17th Biennial Conference: “Re-imagining Human” (September 2014). He also gave two invited talks at the KU Leuven: “Perplexity and Praise: An Introduction to The Tree of Life” (April 2014); and “Uniting the University: Marion and Schindler on the Catholicity of Higher Education” (May 2015).

Paul was awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2015) to complete a research project on the role of love in Augustine’s political thought, culminating in a dissertation chapter and a conference workshop held at Oxford University (August 2015).

In addition, Paul co-organized an interdisciplinary workshop entitled “Latreia and Idolatry: Augustine and the Quest for Right Relationship” for the International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University (August 2015). He also presented his paper, “Ours and Not Ours: Desire, Delight, and the Good in Augustine’s Account of Freedom” as a part of the workshop panel.

Paul has two book chapters accepted for publication: “‘What Was It You Showed Me?’ Perplexity and Forgiveness: The Tree of Life as Augustinian Confession” in The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming 2016); and “The Promise of Love Perfected: Eros and Kenosis in To the Wonder” in Terrence Malick: A Theological Companion (Routledge, forthcoming 2016).

Jasmine Wallace was awarded the "Best Graduate Student Paper" prize for her paper,"The Fragments of the Disaster: Blanchot & Galeano on Decolonial Writing." She will present her work at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (Atlanta, GA: October 8-10th, 2015).

Jasmine presented, "Border Thinking Power: Reconstructing Genealogy Beyond the Border,” International Social Theory Conference (University of Cambridge, June 17th, 2015)
In addition, Jasmine presented, "On Sylvia Wynter's Sociogenic Principle," A Decolonial Thought Workshop (Montreal, June 10th, 2015) 

Jasmine was invited to present,“Dancing Away History: Analyzing Queer Gesture through Benjamin's Theory of Natural History,” Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (Pennsylvania State University, April 11th, 2015).

Ms. Wallace presented on the panel, “Author Meets Critics: Lisa Guenther, Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives," American Philosophical Association (Philadelphia, December 30th, 2014).

Ryan Feigenbaum received a 2015–2016 Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the Humanities Institute of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden. His project, “For the Love of Plants: On Lyrical Botany in the Late Eighteenth Century,” is inspired by the movement at that time of transforming botany into poetry, which had been inaugurated by Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden (1791). His project will culminate in a digital exhibition. Feigenbaum published his article, “Toward a Nonanthropocentric Vision of Nature: Goethe’s Discovery of the Intermaxillary Bone,” in the Goethe Yearbook, vol. 22 (2015). In June 2015, he presented his paper, “On Blumenbach’s Concept of Nature,” at the University of Sydney’s conference, Nature and the Philosophy of Nature in German Idealism and Romanticism.

Robert Leib was awarded the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C. Rob's project proposal is entitled, “The War on Language: Nazi-Deutsch and its Legacy.” This research fellowship will also serve as a dissertation completion grant for Rob. He will be in residency at the museum during the spring semester of 2016.

Laura McMahon published: “Home Invasions: Phenomenological and Psychoanalytic Reflections on Embodiment Relations, Vulnerability, and Breakdown” published in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 28, no. 3 (2014), 358-69.

Dan Wood published: “Descolonizando las Historias Biopolíticas con Amílcar Cabral,” in Tabula Rasa, Numero 20 (Enero-Junio, 2014): 69-87 and “Marxian Displacements in Bachir Hadj Ali’s Narrative of Algerian Liberation,” in Philosophia Africana, Vol. 16:1 (May/June, 2014): 25-42.

Dan published his essay “God’s Relation to Dialectical Volition according to Blondel and Hegel,” in ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, vol. 40 (2012): 1-11. He will also be presenting “Ending Metaphysics for Good: A Propaedeutic to Vattimo’s Ethics,” at the Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy as well as “Marxian Displacements in Bachir Hadj Ali’s Narrative of Algerian Liberation,” at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Narrative in Manchester.

Dave Mesing: published “To Organize Without a Preface: On Rodrigo Nunes’ Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks.” L.A. Review of Books. October 1st, 2014.
Dave presented “The Use of Non-Philosophy in the Task of Philosophy: Laruelle, Critical Theory, and Materialism” at Superpositions: Non-Standard Perspectives on Critical Theory, Philosophy, and Media Studies – A Symposium on Laruelle and the Humanities (New York, NY: October 9th-10th, 2014).
In addition, Dave presented “Techniques of True Life: Badiou and Virno as Readers of Wittgenstein” at 53rd Annual Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (New Orleans, LA: October 23rd-25th  2014).

Dave Mesing has had one article accepted for publication: “Hierarchy and its Discontents: Towards an Egalitarian Dionysian Political Theory.” Political Theology (Forthcoming 2013). He co-organized the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy on Schelling's Naturphilosophie at Duquesne University (August 5th-9th, 2013). He also presented work on critique and temporality in Marx at Historical Materialism NYC: Confronting Capital (April 2013), and Agamben, Aristotle, and materialism at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (October 2013).

Mark Westmoreland Presented “Political Solidarity & the Subversive Acts of Transversality,” 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2014.  He also Presented “Césaire and Revolutions of Pedagogy,” Annual Conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs: Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future, Philadelphia, PA, October 9, 2014, 2014.
Mark presented “Christos Yannaras and the Constellation of Evil, Politics, and Religion(s),” Philadelphia Summer School in Continental Philosophy: Continental Philosophy of Religion and the New Metaphysics, Philadelphia, PA, August 9, 2014.
Mark presented “Black Bodies, White Racist Selves, and Raced Norms” in a panel titled 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act: Post-Black but not "Post-Race,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Harrisburg, PA, April 3, 2014.

Mark Westmoreland published “Surviving Heredity” a review of Reproduction/ Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences, edited by Susanne Lettow in American Philosophy Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (Nov. 2014) and reviewed:

·       Robert C. Robinson, Justice and Responsibility-Sensitive Egalitarianism” in CHOICE (Nov. 2014).

·       Dalia Nassar (ed), The Relevance of Romanticism” in CHOICE (Oct. 2014).

·       Jon Mandle and David A. Reidy (eds), A Companion to Rawls in CHOICE (Oct. 2014).

·       Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Born Free and Equal? A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature of Discrimination in CHOICE (June 2014)

Mark recently gave the following presentations: “Reclaiming Political Theology in the Name of Caesar” at the Seventh Annual Telos Conference: Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World; “Every Denial of Justice: Césaire, Public Intellectuals, and the Coming Revolution” in a panel titled The Legacy of Aimé Césaire: Politics, Poetry, and Resistance in the 21st Century at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association; and “A Queer Democracy: The Conversion of Political Space” in a panel titled Queer Conversions: Reorienting the Political Space of Religion, Race, and Sexuality at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature in Tallinn Estonia. He also published “Sartre’s Anti-Racist Politics” in Sartre Studies International, Vol. 18., No. 2, (2012). He published three reviews inCHOICE: Angelica Nuzzo, Hegel on Religion and Politics, Albert Atkin, The Philosophy of Race, and Grégoire Chamayou, Manhunts: A Philosophical History.

Chris Drain reviewed The Hand, an Organ of the Mind: What the Manual Tells the Mental, edited by Zdravko Radman, 2013: MIT Press, for Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, (forthcoming 2014), and presented “Material Engagement and Agentive Emergence,” at the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy—Formalism and the Real: Ontology, Politics, and the Subject (August 2014, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA).

Rachel Aumiller was a recipient of a 2014 Fulbright Scholarship.  She is doing research for her dissertation in Slovenia. Rachel received the Fulbright for her dissertation research on the role of  communal laughter in Hegel's and Marx's ethics and politics. In Slovenia, She will be associated with the University of Ljubljana and the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts and will being working with Mladen Dolar, Lev Kreft, Slovoj Ziziek, and Alenka Zupancic. 

Colin Casica was a recipient of a 2014 Fulbright Scholarship.  He is an English Teaching Assistant in Germany.

Patricia Grosse is currently an Instructor in the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia. She presented her paper, “Augustine’s Two Flights and Our Two Cupidities: Loving Extension as Human Interaction,” at the International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University (August 2015) as well as participated in the Critical Theories Workshop in Paris, France (July 2015). Her book chapter “Suffering Nuclear Reactors: Depictions of Soul from Plato to Supernatural” can be found in the book On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural, edited by Regina Hansen and Susan George. She published a book review in AVANT: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies (Fall 2014), presented at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (March 2015), and gave an invited presentation at DePaul’s College of Communication (May 2015). She is currently working on her dissertation, Embodied Love and Extended Desire, which explores the possibilities of the multifaceted nature of love in Augustine.

Patricia Grosse  was also the Managing Editorial Assistant, (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  Her book chapter “Suffering Nuclear Reactors: Depictions of Soul from Plato to Supernatural” has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming book On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural, edited by Regina Hansen and Susan George. She also presented a conference-length version of the chapter in a panel titled Supernatural I: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives at the 34th International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts: “Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences”  (March 2013).