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philosophy department

Fall 2013

The Department welcomes two new faculty members:

Aspen Brinton, who comes to BC most recently from the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught in the honors program for the College of Arts and Sciences. Before Penn, she spent four years teaching political philosophy, liberal arts, and political science courses at Northwestern University and Georgetown University on their campuses in Doha, Qatar. Her research interests include democratic theory and the intellectual history of civil society and free speech. Her current book manuscript examines the philosophical legacy of Eastern European dissidents during the Cold War. Her other interests include working toward the development of philosophical and theoretical tools to examine the discourses produced by dissident movements and civic associations more generally. In addition to teaching courses at BC related to these topics, she teaches the International Studies course ‘Ethics, Religion, and International Affairs’ and the core course for the philosophy’s department’s PULSE program.

David Johnson, who, prior to coming to BC was a visiting research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan. From 2010 to 2011 he was a visiting researcher in the philosophy department at the University of Freiburg. His interests include Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, especially figures in and associated with the Kyoto School of Philosophy, Hermeneutics and Phenomenology, especially Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur, and Comparative Philosophy. He will be teaching Perspectives on Western Culture, Comparative Philosophy, Asian Philosophy and Philosophical Hermeneutics.

We also welcome new part-time faculty: You Guo Jiang, SJ, Brian Marrin and Cherie McGill.

Finally, we welcome the following new doctoral students:

Sean Driscoll, (Brigham Young University) has a particular interest in the philosophy of Heidegger and questions concerning language.

Melissa Fitzpatrick (Loyola Marymount University) has interests in Kierkegaard, Levinas, and Ancient Greek philosophy.

Kevin Marren (Missouri) has interests in Husserl and modern German philosophy.

Stephanie Rumpza (Boston College) has interests in phenomenology, Christian philosophy, and the metaphysics of mediation.


Fall 2012

The department has the pleasure to welcome two new faculty members:

Marius Stan, who joins us from Caltech, where he was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow from 2009 to 2012, and a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (2011). His current research covers three related fields. One is Kant's natural philosophy, where he is making a case for a Leibnizian heritage alongside its well-known Newtonian elements. Another, related endeavor is to uncover the impact of Leibniz's philosophy of physics, and its complex interaction with Newtonianism after 1716. In addition, Marius researches the philosophical foundations of Enlightenment science. This year, he will be teaching in the Perspectives on Western Culture program; for advanced undergraduates, he will be teaching Bioethics, and Philosophy of Space and Time.

Micah Lott, who joins us from the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where he taught ethics and political philosophy. Before teaching at AUW, Micah completed his Ph.D. in the philosophy department at the University of Chicago. His main interests are in Aristotelian and Kantian ethics. He has defended and developed the "natural goodness" approach to moral philosophy found in the work of thinkers such as Philippa Foot and Michael Thompson. His current focus is on neo-Aristotelian accounts of justice and obligation, and the relation of such an accounts to neo-Kantian and contractualist views.

We are also welcoming new part time faculty: Elisabeta Sarca, Kevin Berry, Rocco Sacconaghi, and Bruce Taub.

Finally, we welcome the following new doctoral students:

Martin Bernales, who comes to us from the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago, Chile. He has been admitted to practice law in Chile, but gone on to pursue philosophy of law and political philosophy.

Hessam Dehghani who comes to us from Iran, though his studies include extensive work in the United Kingdom. His interests range from structural linguistics and contemporary philosophy of language into Islamic thought and philosophy of religion. Andrea Cimino, who comes to us from Italy, but spent a semester in our department two academic years ago. He is interested in contemporary continental philosophy.

Zachary Tigert, who comes to us from Seattle University and the University of Oregon. His studies have concentrated in modern German thought and in existential psychology.

Tyler Viale, who comes to us from Florida. He has particular interests in medieval philosophy, Catholic philosophy and the history of philosophy.


Fall 2011

The department has the pleasure to welcome Professor Rémi Brague, from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Ludwig-Maximilian Universität of Munich, as the Gadamer Visiting Professor during Fall 11. He will be giving, from September 15 to October 26 a grad/undergrad course on "Aquinas' doctrine of Providence" and a grad seminar on "The legitimacy of mankind".

The department has the pleasure to welcome a new faculty member: Prof. Jonathan Trejo-Mathys. He joins us from the Justitia Amplificata Centre for Advanced Studies at the J.W. Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010-11 after completing his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in December 2009. His dissertation, “Inheritance, Sovereignty, and Promise: Authority and Obligation in an Age of Global Transformations”, was written under the direction of Cristina Lafont. His current research interests lie in social and political philosophy and contemporary philosophical work informed by the interdisciplinary tradition of the Frankfurt School. In particular, his work seeks to engage intersections between normative political philosophy and international relations theory. He has additional historical interests in the development of political thought, and in classical German and American philosophy insofar as they relate to sociopolitical issues. He has published or has forthcoming articles in journals such as Contemporary Pragmatism, Philosophy and Social Criticism and Constellations. He recently co-organized an international conference on “Domination Across Borders” held at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bad Homburg, Germany in July 2011. This year he will teach in the interdisciplinary Perspectives in Western Culture program, offer an elective on topics in modern political philosophy and in addition give a graduate seminar on ethics, globalization and Critical Theory.

The department also welcomes two new part-time instructors to the department. Dr. Martin Black has his doctorate from Boston University and specializes in ancient philosophy. He will be teaching two sections of Philosophy of the Person. Dr. Hege Finholt has just completed her work at Boston University with a dissertation reconsidering the idea of the sovereign nation state. She will also be teaching two sections of Philosophy of the Person. As Dr. Black comes from Australia and Dr. Finholt from Norway, they will add to the international character of the department. In addition, our Ph.D. graduate David Lang will be teaching PL 577 Symbolic Logic.

The department is also pleased to welcome 11 new doctoral students:

Jonathan Conley received a BS from Towson Univiversity in 2003 and an MA degree from Boston College in 2008. Jonathan’s research interests are Phenomenology, Philosophy of Technology, and the History of Philosophy.

Marina Denischik received a BS from Roosevelt Univiversity in 2006 and an MA degree from Loyola-Chicago in 2011. Marina’s research interests are Continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, Greek, medieval, modern and contemporary philosophy with a focus on classical Greek thought, German Idealism, and Phenomenology.

David Ellis received a BA from University of West Georgia in 2007 and an MA degree from Boston College in 2011. David is interested in Ancient Greek philosophy as the source of reflection on philosophy as a way of living and teaching. He has a particular interest in Plotinus.

Gregory Floyd received a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 and an MA degree from Boston College in 2011. Gregory would like to explore possible applications of Bernard Lonergan’s cognitional philosophy to contemporary Continental debates within the field.

Emmanuel Gurumombe, S.J. received a BA from Arrupe College in 1998, an MA in Philosophy from University of Zimbabwe in 2000 and an MA in Theology from Heythrop in 2007. Fr. Gurumombe is interested in researching the interplay between Ethics and Economic Development.

Fidele Ingiyimbere, S.J. received an MA in Philosophy from UCAS-Institut Catholique de Yaounde in 2003, a BA in Theology from Hekima College in 2005, and a LIC in Theology from Boston College in 2011. Fr. Ingiyimbere is interested in the philosophical foundation of human rights.

Peter Li received a BA from the University of Tulsa in 2011. Peter is interested primarily in German idealism and political philosophy.

Robert Minto received a BA from Dordt College in 2011. Robert is interested in modern philosophy, especially Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and in social theory.

Matthew Mohorovich received a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in 2008, received a Thomas J. Watson fellowship and conducted research abroad from 2008-2009, and received his MA from The New School for Social Research in 2011. Matthew's research interests are Political Philosophy, German Idealism, Genocide studies, and Philosophy of Music..

Matthew Ray received a BA from Tulane University in 2006 and an MA from Tulane in 2010. Matt is interested in the relationship between Aristotelian and modern science, in Ancient philosophy in general, and in Kant's rational theology.

Kevin Rothman received a BA from Univ of Massachusetts in 1997, an MS from Florida International University in 2004 and an MA from Yeshiva Univ in 2009. Kevin is interested in Jewish thought after Nietzsche, especially Rosenzweig.


Fall 2010

Vincent DeVendra recevied a BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2010. Vincent's research interests are medieval scholastic philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and epistemology.

Reham Elnory received an MA in Islamic Philosophy from the American University in Cairo in 2007, and an MA in Modern European Philosophy from Middlesex University in 2011. Her research interests are ancient Greek philosophy (Plato), phenomenology, contemporary French thought, and Islamic mystical philosophy.

Willy Moka-Mubelo received an MA in philosophy from Saint Peter Canisius Faculty of Philosophy in Kimwenza in 2001, a BA in theology from Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006, and a STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) and MA in Social Ethics from Santa Clara University, California in 2010. His research interests are political philosophy (Human Rights and the Rule of Law) and Social Ethics.

Paul Van Rooy received a BA from John Carroll University in 2003 and an MA from Boston College in 2005. His research interests are social and political philosophy, ethics and meta-ethics.

Amelia M. Wirts received her BA in philosophy from University of Oregon in 2009. She is interested in political philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of law.