Number 12

The University of Oklahoma        

Summer 2006



A newsletter published by the University of Oklahoma Department of Philosophy



Welcome to the 10th newsletter for which I have been writing the greetings.  Whew!  Time flies when you are having fun.  I’ve been looking over the past newsletters and have noticed that I appear to be getting wordier and wordier.  A professional liability, I suppose.  Well, it is time to change and keep things short – not because a lot has not happened, but because the newsletter can speak for itself.


I am thrilled to welcome Professor Sherri Irvin who joined our department this Fall.  Sherri received her doctorate at Princeton and recently has been teaching at Carleton University in Canada.  She works primarily in aesthetics and ethics and she already has had a positive impact on the life of the department.  I also am happy to announce that Martin Montminy (Ph.D. Montreal) has accepted a position with us as associate professor with tenure beginning in the fall of 2007.  Martin works primarily in philosophy of language.  In addition we will be performing a national search for an assistant professor in the Philosophy of Religion.  Should be an exciting search. 


During the year, we completed a successful self-study; celebrated Linda Zagzebski’s Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship lectures and our ninth David Ross Boyd Lectures with Professor Hilary Putnam; completed our 10th annual undergraduate colloquium; continued our active colloquium series; taught numerous students; and awarded 17 B.A.s in philosophy and ethics and religion and three M.A.s.  Perhaps the most exciting news of all is that Linda was awarded a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship at this spring’s Faculty Awards Ceremony.  A GLC is the highest research award that the University bestows and it is well deserved.  Congratulations, Linda!   Next year promises to be exhilarating as well.  As you can see, this continues to be an exciting time in the life of the program, and we have no intention of sitting still.


Finally, I would like to thank all our alumni who have responded to our previous newsletters and various questionnaires. A special “thank you” goes to those of you who have contributed financially to the department. It is important, however, to hear from all of you, especially as we try continually to improve our program. The Philosophy Department has a Web site at Among other things, the site has an online form alumni can fill out to provide information about themselves. Please, let us know how you are doing!

Hugh H. Benson, Chair




During the calendar year 2005, the following students graduated with a degree in Philosophy or Religion and Ethics:

Andrew Kaeleb Call, Gregory Pierre Chansolme, Matthew Ted Dorius (with distinction), Nathaniel Garrett Foell (with distinction), Tyler Emory Haas, Devon Julian Holcombe,Thomas Russell Hunter, David Lee Kersey, Jonathan Christian Lewis, Jennifer Brooke Mullins (with distinction), Sarah Beth Piazza, Sarah Kelly Price, Edward Lee Robertson, Damian Collin Russell, Gabriel J. Thomas, Joshua James Valentine, Mary Elizabeth Wikswo and Emily Anne Pain (Ethics and Religion)


In Spring 2006, the following students graduated with a degree in Philosophy or Religion and Ethics:



Ryan Mitchel Collins, Bryan Anthony Cook, James Dizikes (summa cum laude), William Floyd Hilderbrant, Christopher James Schaefer (summa cum laude), Zachary Don Troutt, Michelle Chanleur Verges, Kendall Morgan White (cum laude)




Ethics and Religion

Chelsie Lynn Elkouri, Kent David Gonser (summa cum laude)




The following students are to be congratulated for successfully defending their Ph. D. dissertations:

Clint Barrett, Jesse Butler, Dara Fogel, Kyle Johnson and Elliot Welch.


Jesse Butler continues to work as a researcher at the Center of Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma. Publications: Jesse W. Butler, Michael D. Mumford, and Morris W. Foster (2006) "A New Paradigm for Understanding Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Trials" in Philosophy and Ethics: New Research. Edited by Laura V. Siegal. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 

Dara Fogel is moving to Santa Fe to take a position as the director of a small theatrical company. She also hopes to teach philosophy as an adjunct at one of the colleges in Santa Fe.

Kyle Johnson received a visiting assistant professorship at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. He also received the Kenneth R. Merrill Graduate Teaching Award for 2004. To cap it all, he married Lori Davis on June 3.

Rusty Jones has broken all records for research by graduate students in his first two years as an M.A. student. He presented "Self-Love and Friendship: Reexamining the Argument of Nicomachean Ethics IX.4" to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at the Pacific Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, March 24. His paper was one of only three chosen out of more than 30 submissions, and the only one by a student. He presented the same paper to the 29th Annual Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, Emory University, April 21.

Rusty also presented "Christian Belief, Platonic Rationality, and Expert Opinion" at the Fifth Annual Donald G. Wester Philosophy Conference, Oklahoma State University, April 2,  2005, and "Escapism and Luck" to the Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Conference, University of San Diego, Feb. 17. This paper now is forthcoming in Religious Studies.


Elliot Welch will be taking a job at University of Maine, Farmington. Elliot married Sheryl Elshout on April 8 in California. Congrats, Elliot!




Brian Barnett was the recipient of a number of honors: the Elizabeth Wade Scholarship, established in honor of Elizabeth Wade (a Philosophy alumnus) by her parents, Larry R. and Mary Jane Wade, of Elk City, Okla.; the Sooner Heritage Scholarship; the Arthur Frederick Bernhart Mathematics Scholarship; and the McNair Scholars Program Scholarship.


Nathan Foell received the J. Clayton Feaver Scholarship for 2005. This scholarship honors the memory of

J. Clayton Feaver (1911-1995), who was the first Kingfisher Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma (1951-1981).  It is funded by Audrey Ellsworth Maehl (M.A., 1955), who was the first Kingfisher Fellow.


Congratulations to Brian and Nathan, and many thanks to the donors whose generosity made the awards possible.



Neera Badhwar

Presentations: “Friendship and Commercial Societies,” 2005 Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, University of Manchester, England; “Carnal Wisdom and Sexual Virtue,” Colloquium on Sex and Virtue, American Philosophical Association, March 2005; “International Aid: When Giving Becomes a Vice,” Panel on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Association for Private Enterprise Education, April 2005;

“Is Realism Really Bad for You? A Critique of Some Critiques of Realism,” The Carl M. Williams Institute of Ethics and Values, Conference on Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology, October 2005;

“Philosophical, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives on Happiness,” Association for Private Enterprise Education, 2006;

“Happiness as the Highest Good,” Washington University, February 2006.

Neera was invited to visit the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for 2005-06, but had to turn down the invitation. She also participated in a conference on Liberty and Utopia (2005) put on by Liberty Fund, for which she directed a conference on International Ethics  in 2004.


“Friendship and Commercial Societies,” in Bernard Schumacher, ed. L'amitié (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2005), in the series Philosophie morale,183-208 (Presses Universitaires de France is reputed to be the Oxford or Cambridge University Press of France). A link to the English version of the paper is on her Web page. (Neera is happy she has at least two colleagues (soon to be joined by a third) who can read her article in French, since she herself cannot.)

“Friendship and Sexuality,” Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, ed. A. Soble (2005), 390-97.

“International Aid: When Giving Becomes a Vice,” Social Philosophy and Policy, issue on Justice and Global Politics, Vol. 23, Winter 2006, 69-101.


Hugh Benson

Presentations: “Plato’s Dialectic Method” at the Arizona Colloquium on Plato

“The Socratic Method” at the XVIth International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture, Olympia, Greece, in 2005.

The Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture awarded him an Honorary Commendation for his work on Socrates and Plato. (Congratulations, Hugh!) 


“Plato: The Republic” in Central Works of Philosophy 1:  Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, ed. J. Shand (2005);

“Plato’s Rationalistic Method” in Blackwell Companion to Rationalism, ed. Alan Nelson (2005).


Monte Cook

Presentations: "Desgabets as a Cartesian Empiricist" at the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy, Harvard, June 2005.


"Desgabets on the Creation of Eternal Truths," The Journal of the History of Philosophy, January 2005, pp. 21-36.


Reinaldo Elugardo

Presentations: “Core Meaning” at the Canadian Philosophical Association Meeting in May 2005 in an “Authors Meet Critics” session on Cappelen and Lepore’s Insensitive Semantics.  He also participated in an APA Pacific Division Symposium on Roger Wertheimer’s “Quotations, Displays, and Autonomes” and commented on Jon Cogburn’s “Notes from the Ungerground” at the APA Central Division and APA Pacific Division Meetings  (although Jay Newhard had to present the comments, as Ray fell ill).


▪An anthology coedited with Robert Stainton, Ellipsis and NonSentential Speech (Kluwer, 2005); 

“Fodor’s Incompleteness Argument” in ed. E. Machery, G. Schurz, and M. Werning, The Compositionality of Concepts and Meanings: Foundational Issues (Ontos).


James Hawthorne

Presentations: “Another Representation of Jeffrey Updating and the Uniformity Rule,” Second Annual Austin–Berkeley Formal Epistemology Workshop, FEW 2005,

UT–Austin, 2005;

“Nonmonotonic Conditionals that Behave Like Conditional Probabilities Above a Threshold,” Fourth International Workshop on Computational Models of Scientific Reasoning and Applications (CMSRA IV), Lisbon, Portugal, 2005;

“Graded Belief or Degrees of Belief: A Friendly Amendment to Christensen’s Probabilism,” American Philosophical Association, 2006.;

“On the Logic of Comparative Confidence and Belief;” Decision Theory Workshop, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2006.


“Degree of Belief and Degree of Support: Why Bayesians Need Both Notions,” Mind.

“Nonmonotonic Conditionals That Behave Like Conditional Probabilities Above a Threshold,” Journal of Applied Logic.


Sherri Irvin

Presentations: “Artists, Institutions and the Shaping of Contemporary Artworks” at the meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics,

“Apprehension and Interpretation of Artworks” at meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association and the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts,

“Everyday Aesthetics” at the meeting of the Société de philosophie de Québec,

“Museums, Curators and the Nature of the Artwork” at the Thinking About Museums conference in Scotland, and an invited commentary on a keynote lecture by Stephen Davies at the Pacific APA.  

Sherri won the American Society for Aesthetics John Fisher Memorial Prize for the best paper in aesthetics by a philosopher within five years of receiving the doctorate. She also was awarded some cushy Canadian grants she had to give up to come to OU.

In April 2006 she ran her first marathon in 4:19:13. She hopes that by the time the newsletter comes out in 2007, she will have her time down to four hours.  


“The Artist’s Sanction in Contemporary Art.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63 (2005), 315-326.

“Appropriation and Authorship in Contemporary Art.” British Journal of Aesthetics 45 (2005), 123-137.

“Interprétation et description d’une œuvre d’art.” Philosophiques 32 (2005), 135-148


Kenneth Merrill retired the first of July 2005, after 47 years at OU.  He still goes to his office every day – or rather, every midnight — but no longer has to grade papers — or edit this newsletter. Nor does he have to attend department or committee meetings or advise or ….  (all of which, in any case, take place during the day). For a while, he took positive delight in not attending those meetings, but eventually decided that his attitude was verging on Schadenfreude (though he was never glad that others were obliged to go). He saw his final Ph.D. student through the commencement exercise in May 2006 — a distinctly happy way to end his academic career.  So far, he is finding retirement very much to his liking. He completed A Historical Dictionary of Hume’s Philosophy and sent it off to his publisher.


Wayne Riggs and his wife, Karen, stopped being faculty-in-residence in May 2005, and moved out of the Couch Tower residence hall into a new house in a wonderful Norman neighborhood.


Chris Swoyer 

Presentations: Chris gave the presidential address to the Southwestern Philosophical Society in Fayetteville in November 2005. The title of the talk was “Hybrid Solutions to the Problems of Universals.”

Chris says he would be happy to take on some of the American philosophy courses that Ken used to teach, but having just taught a seminar on American philosophical naturalism, he’s finding that mastering the material is more work than he’d expected (so is he still happy about teaching some of Ken’s courses? “Yeah, I guess so.”). He also remains concerned about how well the critical thinking and introductory logic courses work for students.


“Conceptualism” in Sir Peter Strawson and A. Chakrabarti, eds., Universals, Concepts and Qualities (Ashgate), 2005.

Review of second edition of Layman’s The Power of Logic.

Chris’s critical reasoning manuscript, available on his Web site, has now been used by at least the following people in one or more sections of critical reasoning (or comparable courses elsewhere): Jesse Butler, Monte Cook, Ed Cox, Dustin Denson, Steve Ellis, Mary Gwin, Mark Gutel, Vassiliki Papapostolou, Michael Silberstein, Sara Sweet, Chris Swoyer, Robert Thompson, Stuart Barnum, Randy Ridenour and Jason Oakes, and portions have been used by others. At least 2,500 students have used it. Perhaps some day he’ll try to publish it, but he’s mindful of its limitations (he thinks it’s the best thing out there, but it still has a long way to go and he doesn’t know how to improve it).


Zev Trachtenberg  

Presentations: a paper at the biannual meeting of the Rousseau Association, comparing Rousseau's and Henry David Thoreau's attitudes toward nature. 

Zev continues to serve on the City of Norman's Greenbelt Commission.


An anthology co-edited with a team of social scientists, Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management  (MIT, 2005).

In November he appeared on a panel about the book at the annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association — he was the only philosopher at the meeting!


Linda Zagzebski

Presentations: Linda gave talks at SUNY Brockport, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Arizona, Loyola Marymount University and Oklahoma State University. In March and April 2006 Linda gave the McCarthy Lectures at the Gregorian University in Rome.

Linda was named the Romanell Professorship of Phi Beta Kappa for 2005-06. As part of this professorship, she delivered three lectures at OU (see “Speakers”).

On April 6, Linda was awarded the George Lynn Cross Research Professorship at OU, the highest research award in the university. (Congratulations again, Linda!)

Linda is president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and co-editor of the Philosophy of Religion section of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


“Sleeping Beauty and the Afterlife”

“The Ethics of Belief and the Primacy of What We Care About”

“More Suggestions for Divine Command Theorists.”

Portions of Linda’s book, Virtues of the Mind, were translated into French and published in a French anthology.


__________   _STAFF CHANGES_________________


In case you have not heard, Susan Nostrand retired from the University last September.  Susan has been caring for the department for over 36 years, and it was traumatic for those remaining in the department to see her leave.  From all reports, Susan is enjoying her retirement.  Some say that she has not stopped smiling since her last day in the department.  I myself have seen the smile a few times since September.  Congratulations, Susan!  A well-deserved respite!


Shelley Konieczny has moved into Susan’s office and is holding down the fort.  As all of us know, there is a lot to do in that office and much to learn, but the department is in good hands.


Lindsay Rice joined the department in August.  Some of you may already have met her.  She is the pleasant voice of the department, among her many other duties.  Welcome aboard, Lindsay!





Susan Alvarado (M.A., 2001; Ph.D. in Education, 2006 from University of Texas, was promoted to associate professor of philosophy at Austin Community College. She loves the philosophy department, which shares her view of philosophy as instrumental to the well-being of society. Since September, she has been “on a kind of life-sabbatical” in Germany, learning German and doing research on language and communication studies as well as rhetoric and philosophy.


Lee Basham  (Ph.D., 1998; is assistant professor at South Texas College (not “Community” College, as reported in last year’s newsletter) in McAllen, 10 miles from Mexico. He says that the place and its people are neither in the U.S. or Mexico. They're in the Rio Grande Valley. Parrots, palm trees and Mexican food (not to be confused with Tex-Mex). People living in mansions next to termite-eaten shacks. Young women being taught they must atone for the universal pursuit of premarital sex by getting pregnant for the Virgin of San Juan.  Lee feels like an astronaut from Kansas who’s discovered a new planet, and is doing what astronauts should do more often: making a documentary about this strange planet.

Lee won two awards for his paper, “Zionism as Rape? The Nakba and Palestinian Self-Conception” (2003): University of Kansas Religious Studies Research Award and University of Kansas Lewis Ethics Award.  The Lewis Ethics Essay award in “Applied Christianity” has been offered at the University of Kansas since 1911. In recent years the award has been granted to those who have done outstanding research and writing in religious ethics, reports of applications of religious belief and tradition to society and clearly related subjects.


▪"Conspiracy Theories, Resilience and Ubiquity," in Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (Ashgate, April 2006), ed. David Coady.

▪“Living With the Conspiracy,” Philosophical Forum, 2001, reprinted in Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate

“Malevolent Global Conspiracy,” Journal of Social Philosophy, 2003, reprinted in Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate.

Two other chapters in the book are replies to Lee’s views concerning the epistemic status of conspiracy theories. (Lee is not a conspiracy theorist, but he sure looks like a Metaconspiracy Theorist. He defends a studied agnosticism toward many of the more ambitious conspiracy theories, past and recent.)


Greg Bassham (B.A., 1982; M.A., 1985; is professor of philosophy and department chair at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Penn.


▪Coedited anthology, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (Open Court, 2005).

▪Essays in More Matrix and Philosophy (2005).

▪Essays in Poker and Philosophy (2006).

(Greg still claims to be the planet’s Most Clueless Person about popular culture except, perhaps, for Ken Merrill. Ken may disagree.)


Fred A. Bender (M.A., 1968) died in June 2005.  Fred taught at San Antonio College and later at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Belton, Texas.


Charles Brown (Ph.D., 1983, professor at Emporia Stare University, Emporia, Kan.).

Publications: Co-edited anthology, Eco-Phenomenology: Back to the Earth Itself, SUNY Press, 2003.


Stephen Brown

(Ph.D., 2003; is an assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. Stephen has had a new arrival to his family. Sophia Elyse Brown born on June 18th, 2006. She weighed 6 lbs. 4 1/2oz. Congratulations! Publications: “Naturalized Virtue Ethics and Same-Sex Love,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World.


Bill Ferraiolo (Ph.D., 1997; has been teaching at San Joaquin Delta Community College (in Stockton, Cali.) since 1997. He was the OU Philosophy Department speaker for FOCAS week, an annual event sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Bill’s talk, "Small Fish, Small Pond: A Community College Philosopher,"  was a hugely entertaining, yet serious, discussion of his job satisfaction in sending two or three students every year to top departments, such as the University of California at Berkeley, despite a very heavy teaching load. (He also presented his thoughts on some shocking facts about the hold of a very corrupt union on the entire educational system of California, from kindergarten to university, resulting in huge salaries and mediocre teaching in many colleges.)


 “Against Compatibilism: Compulsion, Free Agency and Moral Responsibility,” Sorites (2005).
“Eternal Selves and the Problem of Evil,” Quodlibet (2005).


Curtis Hancock (M.A., 1974 is professor of philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo.  In April 2005 he delivered two lectures at Lublin University, Poland:   “Philosophy and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Culture” and “Four Criticisms of Philosophical Naturalism.”


Peter Hutcheson (Ph.D., 1979; is professor of philosophy at Texas State University (San Marcos), where he has taught since 1979. He presented a paper, "The Best of All Possible Worlds Revisited" (2005), at the New Mexico Philosophical Society, and commented on another paper called "Ethics of Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard" (2006) at the West Texas Philosophical Society. At the 2006 meeting, Hutcheson was elected as the new secretary-treasurer of the society.


John Link (B.A., 1965; M.F.A. in painting, 1968; is professor of art at Western Michigan University, but still pursues matters philosophical.

Publication: “Perceiving Beauty,”


Harry Moore (Ph.D., 1998) has been teaching at

St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla. for the past six years. He presented “Diversity in Society: Normative and Descriptive Considerations,” at the Oxford Round Table, Pembroke College, Oxford, March 12 through 17. He was one of 35 invited. 


Albert B (Bert) Randall (Ph.D., 1972; continues to teach in the Department of History and Philosophy at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn. As a member of a delegation from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, he spent 10 days in Saudi Arabia in March 2005. He will teach two new courses, Islam as a World View and The Battle for God: An Examination of Religious Extremism, as part of a new masters degree in Military History. One of the texts for this course will be Bert’s second book, Theologies of War and Peace Among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.


Strangers on the Shore: The Beatitudes in World Religions (Peter Lang, 2006).


Randy Ridenour (Ph.D., 2000; Congratulations are in order for Randy, who was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2006. He presented "The Rationality of Mystery" at the Midwestern Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers in March 2006.


Rafael Rondón (Ph.D., 1997; teaches at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Florida.  He was appointed chair of the APA Committee on the Pre-College Instruction of Philosophy and has just moved to Memphis, Tenn., to assume his new position as the assistant superintendent for faculty development and diversity for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.   


Michael Silberstein (Ph.D., 1994; is associate professor of philosophy at Elizabethtown College, Penn., and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.  His big news is that his son, Robin Silberstein, will be attending OU in the fall and he is (gasp!) very interested in philosophy as a major. He doesn’t know what he did wrong but he does know that the department must have been very bad indeed in our past lives to deserve two Silbersteins in the same century!

Michael presented a paper on quantum mechanics and special relativity at the American Institute of Physics at an annual conference sponsored by UMD called New Directions in Physics (2005). He gave that same paper at The Centre for Time at the University of Sydney, Australia (2005). He also presented a paper on emergence and causal closure at various places, including the Rutgers philosophy department and also the philosophy department at Berkeley (2005).


Earl Spurgin (M.A., OU, 1988 and Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1995; ) is chair of the Department of Philosophy at John Carroll University, and has just been promoted to full professor.


Don Viney (Ph.D., 1982;, Pittsburg State University.


▪”A Lamp to Our Doubts: Ferré, Hartshorne, and Theistic Arguments,” in a festschrift for Frederick Ferré (Heritage Press).


Spencer K. Wertz received his Ph.D. in 1970 and has been on the faculty at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth since 1969.


____The Undergraduate Colloquium_____

We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Undergraduate Colloquium in April 2005 with a special t-shirt and catered dinner at Hugh and Ann Benson’s home. The driving force behind these special events was Michelle Verges, who has since graduated from OU.  Robert Johnson was the program director. Mary Gwin and Michelle Verges also were on the committee. Two of the papers were given by OU undergraduates Justin Donathan and Sarah Price. OU graduate students Carl Gustafson, Rusty Jones, Robert Johnson (whose comments were presented by Josh Spears), Jason Southworth and Andrea Taylor served as commentators on the papers delivered at the conference.


In April 2006, we held our 11th Undergraduate Colloquium with Rusty Jones as the program director. Brian Barnett, Grant Mowser and Andrea Taylor also were on the committee. One of the papers was given by OU undergraduate Christina Leinneweber. OU graduate students Ruth Dysart, Rusty Jones, Robert Mackey, Buffy Price, Jeff Schaffner and Paul Franks served as commentators.



           SPRING and FALL 2005,SPRING 2006     



Spring 2005

·          January 28, Bryan Frances, University of Leeds, "How Are Existence and Time Related?"

·          January 31, Matthew Boyle, University of Pittsburgh, "Self-Deception as Failure of Self-Knowledge."

·          February 4, Matthew Weiner, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, "Credibility and the Norms of Assertion."

·          February 11, Sherri Irvin, Carleton University, "Apprehension, Interpretation and the Artist's Sanction."

·          February 25, Kathleen Dougherty, Bowie State University, "Reflections on Teaching and Doing Philosophy." Alumna Speaker for the annual Focus on Arts and Sciences Week (FOCAS).

·          Eric Mack, Tulane University, was the keynote speaker for the Undergraduate Colloquium and gave two talks:

April 8: "Prerogatives, Restrictions and Rights."

April 9: Keynote address, "Lockean Provisos, Self-Ownership, and the Most Abject Proletarian."

Fall 2005

  • September 15: Elijah Millgram, University of Utah, "Deflating Deflationism."
  • September 23: Ward Jones, Rhodes University, South Africa, "Explanation and Condemnation."
  • December 2: Agnieska Jaworska, Stanford University, "Autonomy, Hierarchy, and Caring."

    In the week of Sept. 26, Linda Zagzebski, University of Oklahoma, gave the Romanell Lectures. Phi Beta Kappa sponsored a reception.

1.        Lecture I:   “The Admirable Life and the Desirable Life”

2.       Lecture II:  “The Desirable Life and the Ethics of Belief and Assertion”

3.       Lecture III: “The Ethics of Belief and the Diversity of Religions”

     In the week of October 23rd, Hilary Putnam, Harvard University, gave the David Ross Boyd Lectures:

“William James, John Dewey and the Future of Philosophy”

1.        Lecture I:    "The Story of Pragmatism"

2.       Lecture II:   "Some Reflections on the Story"

3.       Lecture III:  "Pragmatism and the Future of Philosophy"

Spring 2006

  • February 17: P.J. Ivanhoe, Boston College. "The Values of Spontaneity."
  • February 24: FOCAS Week alumnus speaker. William Ferraiolo, Delta College. "Small Fish, Small Pond: A Community College Philosopher."  
  • Bernard Boxill University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was the keynote speaker for the Undegraduate Colloquium, and gave two talks:

▪April 7: "Art and the Divided Self."

April 8: "DuBois and Douglass on the Sorrow Songs."

  • April 14: Jonathan Dancy, University of Reading and University of Texas, Austin, ""Practical Reasoning and Inference."



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