April 18: Sean Kirkland, from Depaul, will be speaking on “Dialectic and Proto-Phenomenology in Aristotle” at 7:30 p.m. in Walsh. Prof Wians will be the commentator. There is also an afternoon seminar in Stokes 325 on “On the Necessity of Understanding Aristotelian Methodology and Ontology Otherwise” from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
April 17: Robert Gooding-Williams (University of Chicago) will give a Fitzgibbons lecture entitled "Obama, Dubois, Autobiography" at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton 115.
April 4: Fitzgibbons lecture "Are We Violating the Human Rights of the World's Poor" by Thomas Pogge (Yale), at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton 135.
March 18: David Storey from Fordham University will be lecturing on "Philosophy as a way of life: a response to nihilim" at 7:00 p.m. in Merkert 130.
March 15-16: 14th Annual Graduate Conference, "Philosophies of Religion and Secularity."
March 14: Prof. Rudi Visker of the KU Leuven will give a lecture on "Multicultural Differences in the Public Sphere" at 4:15 p.m. in Cushing 001.
November 30: Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology lecture by Prof. James Long (Fairfield University): "Natural Philosophy and Adam’s Rib”. 2:00 p.m, Maloney 328.
November 30: Prof. Bret Davis (Loyola Maryland) will lead a text seminar on Nishida Kitaro’s Philosophical Typology of Cultures. Western Being and Eastern Nothingness. 10:30 a.m., Maloney 380.
November 29: Fitzgibbons Lectureon “Knowing Limits: Toward a Nonwillful Perspectivism with Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Zen”, by Prof.Bret Davis (Loyola Maryland). 4:00 p.m., Gasson Commons.
November 28: inaugurating a "Philosophy in foreign countries" series, doctoral students Timo Helenius and Marina Denischik will present on Finland and Estonia. Refreshments offered. Maloney 328, 11:00 a.m.
November 27: screening and discussion of the movie "Lost in translation". 8:00 p.m., Higgins 300.
November 26: MA Council lunch with Professor Sweeney, who will present her recent research and works. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Maloney 328.
November 16: screening of a film about the life and work of Fr. William J. Richardson. This event will take place in Cushing 001, 4:00 p.m.
November 15: Dianoia, the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Boston College, is proud to present "Why Philosophy Now?", a lecture by BC Professor Mary Troxell. Gasson Honors Library, 7:00 p.m.
November 15: lecture by Professor Mario De Caro (University di Roma Tre) entitled "Galileo's Platonism. When Science Divorced Common Sense". McGuinn 334, 2:00 p.m.
November 9: lecture by Prof. Jeff Hanson (Australian Catholic U.) on "Hate Is the New Love: Scripture, Duty, and the Absolute in Fear and Trembling". 3:30 p.m., Cushing 001.
November 6: block party, 12:00-2:00 p.m., dept reception area.
November 2: "Natural philosophy and Adam's rib", an Institute of Medieval Philosophy and theology talk by Prof. James Long (Fairfield U.). 1:00-3:00 p.m., Maloney 328. EVENT CANCELLED.
November 2: the MA Council will be hosting a screening of a documentary on the 20th century French intellectual, social activist, and mystic, Simone Weil. Higgins 300, 4:30 pm
November 1: Prof. Alfred L. Ivry (Emeritus, New York U.) will lecture on “Maimonides and Gersonides on Omniscience and Free Will”. 3:00-5:00 p.m., Maloney 328.
October 25: The Psychoanalytic Studies Program is sponsoring a talk by Prof. Alan Bass (New School for Social Research): "Introduction to the Iridescent Thing." 12:00 p.m., Merkert 129
October 16-19, 2012: Conference: “Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision. From Nature to Art”– Gasson Hall, Rm. 100
This conference will focus on the philosophical dimension of Paul Klee’s work as presented both in his writings and in his artistic creations. In conjunction with the conference, an extensive exhibition of artworks by Paul Klee is being held at the Boston College McMullen Museum of Art from September 1 to December 9, 2012.
Conference speakers include both art historians and philosophers, among them several leading authorities on Klee’s work. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You may download the program and register at http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/centers/ila/events/klee.html.
As indicated on the program, the conference incorporates two events by composers whose music has been influenced by Paul Klee’s work as well: on October 16, an interview with Gunther Schuller and on October 18 a concert by Peter Schuback.
Conference and exhibition organizers are grateful to the Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Philosophy for their generous support.
October 13: annual Contemporary Philosophy Workshop (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., McGuinn 121). This year theme is "Public Reason, Pluralism, and the Moral Underpinnings of Liberalism"), and the keynote speaker is Prof. Robert Audi from Notre Dame.
October 13: Fitzgibbons lecture by Prof. Robert Audi: "Rationality and religious commitment", Gasson 305, 4:00 p.m.
October 13: Luncheon and seminar with Prof. Robert Audi: "Intuitionism: old and new", Maloney 328, 12:15 p.m.
September 20: The Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy presents "Likeness and Unlikeness as Ontological Principles in Proclus," by Prof Pieter d'Hoine (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), with a commentary by Prof Sara Ahbel-Rappe (U of Michigan), Gasson 100, at 7:30 p,m. Prof. D'Hoine will also present a seminar on "Compresence of Opposites in the Neoplatonic Interpretations of the Phaedo" in Maloney 328.
September 14: First lecture of the year by Prof. Edward McGushin (Stonehill College): "Can the care of self still speak to us today? Derrida, Foucault, and Patocka on the challenge of bringing philosophy to life" (4:00 p.m., Gasson 305). Dept social to follow.
June 6-9: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Husserl Circle (Gasson Hall, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
April 27: “Memory and Temptation: Heidegger’s Reading of Confessions–Book X”, a public lecture by Prof.Costantino Esposito (University of Bari, Italy), 4:30 p.m., Higgins 310.
April 25: Prof.Costantino Esposito (University of Bari, Italy) will lead a seminar on “Kant and the Problem of Modern Ontology” (2:30-4:00 p.m.)
April 20: "Intrinsic increase and actual infinities: Dietrich von Freiberg on the intensification of qualities", by Prof. Brian Conolly (Bard College), Maloney 335, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
April 19: BACAP lecture by Prof. Robbert van den Berg on "Plotinus' Socratic Intellectualism" (Walsh Function room, 6:00-7:30 p.m.) He will beforehand lead a seminar on "Plato's Socratic Intellectualism".
April 19: LaBrecque lecture, by Prof. Christopher Tollefsen (Univ. of S. Carolina): "The Philosophical and Theological Roots of Institutional Conscience" (Higgins 300, 7:00 p.m.)
March 30-31: 13th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference. Topic: Philosophy and Rhetoric.
March 23: Fitzgibbons lecture by Prof. Kelly Oliver (Vanderbilt) on "Kristeva's severed heads" (Gasson 305, 4:30 p.m.)
March 22-24: Cross-Disciplinary Conference "After the Unthinkable: Trauma, Nachträglichkeit, and Coming to Terms".
March 21: lecture by Prof. Richard Kearney on "Derrida and Messianic Atheism", 6:00 p.m., Gasson Commons.
March 18-19: 2012 Corcoran Chair Conference at the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. Topic: Levinas, Biblical Exegesis and Literature.
February 27: BC Patristic and Medieval Philosophy and Theology noon lecture
“The Path to Happiness: Natural Religion in Classical Islamic Thought”, by Nadja Germann, University of Freiburg, Germany. Maloney 328, 12:00-1:30 p.m.