April 26-27: conference at the Lonergan Institute on "Critical Thinking and Critical Realism".
April 22-23: "Encountering Afresh the Mystery of Good and Evil" at the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.
Six teaching fellows from our department receive the 2013 Professional Excellence Award for their teaching: Vincent DeVendra, Teresa Fenichel, Gregory Floyd, Michael Frost, Frances Maughan-Brown, and Paul Van Rooy.
Prof. John Sallis, has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award.
Prof. Jeff Bloechl will be distinguished visiting researcher at the Australian Catholic University in June 2013. He will lead an advanced graduate seminar on Christian philosophy, and offer the annual Simone Weil lecture on values. He will also be invited visiting professor at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in November 2013. He will lead an advanced graduate seminar on philosophy and theology in St. Paul and some modern interpreters.
Prof. Sarah Byers' book, Perception, Sensibility and Moral Motivation in Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis, has been released by Cambridge University Press.
Prof. Dan McKaughan has been awarded a one-year grant by the Use and Abuses of Biology Program at Cambridge University. The grant will begin on January 1, 2013.
The department welcomes two new assistant professors, Micah Lott and Marius Stan. Micah comes to us from the University of Chicago by way of the Asia Women’s University in Bangladesh. Marius comes to us from Johns Hopkins by way of the California Institute of Technology.
Prof. Jeff Bloechl was invited visiting professor at the Federal University of Sao Paolo in August 2012. While we has there he gave five lectures on philosophy and psychoanalysis.
DIANOIA, a newly founded undergraduate philosophy journal, fosters open philosophical discussion and writing among undergraduate students at Boston College. The journal provides a necessary venue for sharing creative, philosophy-based essays that bridge academic disciplines.Organizing this new initiative are Lucia Kim, Kyle Kavanaugh, and Nathaniel Sanders.
Prof. Sallis speaks about the painter Paul Klee, whose work has been commented by many contemporary philosophers.
Video from Front Row
Marina McCoy, the Fitzgibbon Chair in Philosophy, discusses approaches to understanding the relationship between society and “vulnerable.”
Video from Front Row
Robert Wood of the University of Dallas delivers a talk about the work of modern ordinary language philosopher John Searle.
Video from @BC
A camera crew came to St. Mary's Hall to film a dinner conversation between William Richardson, S.J., and three eminent philosopher friends.
How does political change occur? Why is it so difficult to make the world a just place? These are questions of particular interest to Serena Parekh, Ph.D. ’05 “The most important reason I chose to focus on philosophy was because I found it to be the best way to think about the political questions that I found so pressing.” More
First-year Ph.D. candidates
Ten students from all over the world entered the department's doctoral program this year, all with different reasons for choosing Boston College.