"On the Way of Perfection—Alone or Together?
Friday, January 29
Noon, Stokes North 325
Mystics and their Communities." Philosophy and Theology Workgroup: Cristina Gschwandtner (Fordham). "Brown bag" lunch optional.
Thursday, November 19, Noon–1:00 p.m., Stokes 301N
“The Philosophy of Religion of Ernst Cassirer and Charles Sanders Peirce – A Comparison”
Drazen Volk, Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (Croatia). Visiting Fellow at the Jesuit Institute.
Thursday, November 12, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Stokes 325N
"Philosophers Abroad: BC Philosophy Professors and Students Learning and Teaching Outside the U.S."
A Conversation with Professors Bloechl, Braman, Rasmussen and Sweeney.
Tuesday, November 10
4:00 p.m., Stokes 209S
The Freudian Subject
Rudolf Bernet (Husserl Archives, Leuven)
Contact Vanessa Rumble
Tuesday, November 10, Noon-2:00 p.m., Stokes Hall 228N
Philosophy Majors and Minors
Come to a Pre-Registration Block Party! Meet Faculty, teaching fellows, graduate students and staff. View spring courses with readings and requirements. Lunch served.
Thursday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
"Telling Good Love from Bad in Plato's Phaedrus."
BACAP Lecture by Nick Pappas (City College of New York)
Thursday, November 5, 4:00 p.m., Stokes 325N
"Erôs as Return to the Time before Birth: Symposium 189c-193e, Phaedrus 244a-257b."
BACAP Seminar by Nick Pappas (City College of New York)
Wednesday, October 21
4:00 p.m., Gasson 112 - Honors Library
Albert Fitzgibbons Lecture Series: The Punitive Society: Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and America today by Prof. David Garland Poster
Tuesday, October 20
2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Stokes Hall 228 North
Jesuit Philosophy, On the Eve of Modernity
Presenters Jacob Schmutz, Jean-Luc Solere and Daniel Schwartz
Thursday, October 8
6:00 p.m., Devlin Hall 101
Lecture Honoring the Memory of Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
"Three, not Two, Concepts of Liberty: The Idea of Social Freedom" by Axel Horneth
Wednesday, September 23
4:00 p.m., Stokes Hall 325N
“The Government of Desire: a Geneological Perspective” with Gadamer Visiting Professor Miguel de Beistegui
Tuesday, September 22, 12:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center
Our Faith, Our Stories with Professor Brian Braman Flyer Information
Thursday, April 16
5:00 p.m., Cushing Auditorium 001
"Protest and Activism for Social Change" Panel Discussion
Sponsored by the PULSE Program and open to the public. Flyer
Thursday, April 16
12:00 noon, Stokes Hall 325N
Giuseppe Bianco (Warwick), “What is Intellectual Inheritance? The Case of Bergsonism.” Contact Vicente Munoz Reja.
Tuesday, April 14
6 p.m., The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Mary Troxell, presenter "#Faith, #Family and #Future"
Wednesday, April 8
12:00 noon, Stokes North 325
Stephen Brown, “Averroes as a Model for Christian Theology.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology).
Thursday, March 26
5:00 p.m., Stokes 325N
John Dadosky's lecture "Philosophy for a Theology of Beauty: Insights from Lonergan"
Wednesday, March 18
12:00 noon, Stokes N325
Stephanie Rumpza, “Jean-Luc Marion and the Icon.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology)
Tuesday, March 17
3:00-5:00 p.m., place TBA
LaBrecque Symposium on “Justice in Access to Healthcare.” Contact Patrick Byrne
Friday, March 13
4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Ernest Fortin Memorial Lecture by Harvey Mansfield (Harvard University), "Tocqueville’s Machiavellian Reference”
Thursday, March 12 - Friday, March 13
Corcoran Commons Heights Room
Righteous Among the Nations: A Conference Exploring the Spiritual and Ethical Witness of Holocaust Rescuers. Sponsored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. Contact James Bernauer, S.J. or Camille Markey (Conference Exhibit, Whoever Saves a Single Life . . . Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust will be on view in the Library of School of Theology and Ministry, 9 Lake Street, Brighton Campus.)
Thursday, March 12
7:30 p.m., Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
BACAP Lecture by Dimitri Nikulin (New School), “Proclus on Evil.” Commentator: Gary M. Gurtler, S.J. Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.
Thursday, March 12
3:30 p.m., Stokes N325
BACAP Seminar by Dimitri Nikulin (New School), “Plotinus and Proclus on Evil and Matter.” Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.
Tuesday, March 10
5:00 p.m., Stokes N325
Sean McGrath, (author of The Dark Ground of Spirit, Schelling and the Unconscious) "Principles of Schellingian Analysis." RSVP to Vanessa Rumble email@example.com.
Thursday, February 26
12:00 noon, Stokes N325
Joseph S. O’Leary (Sophia University, Tokyo), The Self and the One According to Plotinus.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup.
Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology)
Monday, February 16
6:00 p.m., Stokes S195
The Lonergan Institute presents: "Authentic Cosmopolitanism: Love, Sin, and Grace in the Christian Community"
Dr. Steven Cone, Lincoln Christian University and Dr. R.J. Snell, Eastern University.
Thursday, February 12
3:30 p.m., Stokes N325
BACAP Seminar by Aryeh Kosman (Haverford), “Reading Early Platonic Dialogues.” Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.
Thursday, February 12
7:30 p.m., Walsh Function Room, Boston College
BACAP Lecture by Aryeh Kosman (Haverford), “Why the Gods Love What is God-Beloved: Euthyphro 10-11.” Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.
Monday, February 2
6:00 p.m., location TBA
Michelle Sterk Barrett (College of the Holy Cross, formerly Boston College PULSE), “The Power of PULSE: Fostering Holistic Student Development through Service Learning.”
Contact Kerry Cronin.
Friday, January 30
2:00 p.m., Stokes N325
MA council cordially invites you to join us for a Reader Series presentation. Fr. Gurtler has kindly volunteered to give a talk on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, followed by Q&A period. The presentation will be oriented towards preparation for the comps.
Tuesday, January 27
12:00 noon, Stokes N325
Chris Hackett (Australian Catholic University), “Coordinates for a Philosophy of Revelation.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology).
Wednesday, January 21 - Friday, January 23
Main campus and Connors Family Center (Dover)
The Future of Christianity between Faith and Dialogue: A Symposium on the Thought of Stanislas Breton. Contact Jeffrey Bloechl.
Tuesday, January 20
12:00 noon, Stokes North 325
Emmanuel Falque (Catholic University of Paris), “Christianity and Immanence.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology).
Tuesday, December 9
8:30 p.m., Cushing 001
The Philosophy Department Presents a screening of the film "No Country For Old Men". Discussion with Professor Thomas Miles immediately following.
Tuesday, December 2
12:00 noon, Stokes North 325
Philosophy and Theology Workgroup, Cathal Doherty, “The Universal Significance of Christ’s Individual Words of Forgiveness.” Brown bag lunch. Contact Andrew Prevot.
Thursday, November 20 – Saturday, November 22
McGuinn Hall, Room 521
"Plato's Statesman", a conference sponsored by the Philosophy Department, Department of Classical Studies, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for the Liberal Arts.
Monday, November 10
12:00 noon, Stokes North 325
Philosophy and Theology Workgroup, Discussion of Stanislas Breton’s The Word and the Cross (cont.). Brown bag lunch.
Tuesday, October 21
4:00 p.m., Stokes Hall N325
"Rationality is Deeper & Wider than Science: The Case of Rational Intuitions."
A talk by Robert Hanna (University of Colorado)
Friday, October 3 through Saturday, October 4
2014 Contemporary Philosophy Workshop
Stokes Hall, 195S
Friday, October 3
4:30 p.m. - Fitzgibbons Lecture - The Question of Ethics
François Raffoul (Lousiana State University)
Saturday, October 4
9:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Levinas and the Death of God
Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College)
Levinas and Hearing the Call of The Other
Roberto Wu (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
11:30 a.m. - The Trouble With Normativity
Annika Thiem (Villanova University)
12:45 p.m. - Lunch
(Stokes Chocolate Bar Café)
2:00 p.m. - Genocide and the Logics of Violence
Anne O’Byrne (Stony Brook University)
3:30 p.m. - The Ethics of Narrative
Richard Kearney (Boston College)
5:00 p.m. - Concluding Panel: Continental Philosophy on Ethics
Monday, September 22
4:00 p.m., Stokes Hall 325N
A talk by Lenny Moss (University of Exeter), "From a New Naturalism to a Reconstruction of the Normative Ground of Critical Theory"
Tuesday, September 16
5:00 p.m., McGuinn Hall 521
The Clough Center and the Philosophy Department present "Community and Individuality in Aesthetic Experience" with Paul Guyer, Jonathan Nelson Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Brown University. Flyer
Thursday, May 8
5:00 p.m., Higgins Hall, Room 300
The Clough Center presents “Transnationalizing Democracy: The Example of the European Union” with Jurgen Habermas, Philosopher, legal scholar and sociologist.
Monday, May 5 – Tuesday, May 6
Stokes Hall 325N
Boston College and Durham University Medieval Studies Post Graduate Conference*; a full and varied programme on topics across the medieval period with a focus on learning and the world. Contact Eileen Sweeney.
Wednesday, April 30, 8:00 p.m., Higgins 310
The Philosophy Department's Film and Philosophy Series invites you to a free screening and discussion of the movie “Brazil”, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Jonathan Pryce and Robert DeNiro. Discussion of the movie with Philosophy Professor Thomas Miles following the screening.
Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m., Fulton 511
The Philosophy Department and the LeBrecque Medical Ethics lecture series committee presents: “The Ethics of Pregnancy: Towards an Integrated Approach”* by Professor John Haldene (St. Andrews University, Scotland)
Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., McGuinn 121
The Philosophy Department’s Albert J. Fitgibbons Lecture Series presents: "Philosophy, Ethics and Society: Taking History Seriously" by John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Thursday, April 10, 12:00 p.m., Stokes 325N
Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Doug Finn (BC Theology), “Antigone, Hegel, and the Question of Tragedy in Christian Theology”
Contact Jeffrey Bloechl
Thursday, April 10, 3:30 p.m., Stokes 325N
by Anne-Marie Schultz (Baylor): “Know Thyself: Learning to Listen to Socrates”.
Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room
BACAP Lecture by Anne-Marie Schultz (Baylor): “Socrates on Socrates: Looking Back to Bring Philosophy Forward”.
Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.
Saturday, April 5, 7:00 p.m., St. Ignatius Church
“Le Passion de Jeanne d’Arc”
Panel discussion with film historian John Michalczyk, Joan of Arc Scholar Karen Sullivan and organist Peter Krasinski followed by film screening with choral accompaniment. Organized by Philosophy Professor Eileen Sweeney and presented free of charge by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College. View flyer*
Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., Cushing 101
The Lonergan Institute will host Susan Bachrach, Ph.D., curator from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a lecture. Dr. Bachrach will discuss the museum’s new exhibit, “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Holocaust Flyer*
Thursday, March 20, 3:30 p.m., McElroy 237
The Philosophy and Psychology Departments jointly present a colloquium. Jonathan Phillips
“Morality and Possibility”
Mr. Phillips will argue that the way we understand possibilities is deeply connected to what we think of as morally right and wrong, and that our thinking about such possibilities plays a critical role in shaping the way that we understand the things that actually do happen. From these two theses he concludes that morality shapes the way we understand the world.
Tuesday, March 11, Stokes 195S
6:30 p.m. The Act of Killing (Josh Oppenheimer, '12)
8:30 p.m. Discussion led by Marina Denischik, Boston College
Wednesday, March 12, Higgins 300
6:30 p.m. The White Ribbon (Michel Haneke '09)
8:30 p.m. Discussion led by Vanessa Rumble, Boston College
March 13-15, Stokes Hall
The Clough Center Presents
Spring Graduate Conference, “On Violence: Ethical, Political, & Aesthetic Perspectives.” | Register for this event
Monday, March 17, 12:30 p.m., Stokes 325N
Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Gary Gurtler, SJ (BC Philosophy), “An Argument for God’s Existence in Plotinus’ Enneads IV.5”
Contact Jeffrey Bloechl
Monday, March 10, Stokes 195S
6:30 p.m. The Big Heat
(Fritz Lang '53)
8:30 p.m. Discussion led by Peter Hanly, Boston College
Thursday, February 27, Higgins 300
7:00 p.m. Common State, Potential Conversation (Eyal Sivan '12)
8:30 p.m. Discussion led by Sean Driscoll, Boston College
Thursday, February 20, Higgins 300
7:00 p.m., Jaffa, The Orange Clock’s Work (Eyal Sivan '09)
8:30 p.m., Discussion led by Sean Driscoll, Boston College
Wednesday, February 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Stokes S139
A Reception Honoring the Publication of “The Tragic Couple”: Encounters Between Jews and Jesuits
Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Conference Room
“Making the Move: Navigating Dating Transitions”
With Kerry Cronin, Associate Director of the Philosophy Department’s Lonergan Institute
Edited by James Bernauer, S.J., Kraft Family Professor and Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning and Dr. Robert Maryks, Jesuit Institute Visiting Scholar
Saturday, December 7
2:00-5:30 p.m., Higgins 300
Between Past and Future: Centenary Celebration of Paul Ricoeur. Fitzgibbons centennial conference in commemoration of the centennial of Paul Ricoeur.
Wednesday, November 13
7:00 p.m., Stokes 325N
Pyschoanalytic Studies and The Philosophy Department Present “The Trauma of Torture: The Missing Affect and the Disappearance of Torturers” by Professor Sara Beardsworth (Southern Illinois University). Flyer
Thursday, November 14
7:00 p.m., Higgins 300
Dr. Peter Kreeft; “The Relationship of Philosophy with Death.” Sponsored by Dianoia, the Undergraduate Journal of Boston College. Information about and copies of the Journal will be distributed.
Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10
Husserl’s Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy Workshop. Workshop schedule
Note: the keynote lecture is free and open to the public. Other sessions of this workshop are by invitation only.
Keynote speaker: Professor John Drummond; ‘Who’d ‘a thunk it?’ Celebrating the Centennial of Husserl’s Ideas I. Flyer for keynote lecture.
October 30, 4:00 p.m., Yawkey Center 426, Murray Function Room
The Philosophy Department’s Albert J. Fitgibbons Lecture Series presents: "Socratic Irony and the Courage of the Truth: On Foucault's Final Lectures." By Edward McGushin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stonehill College.
Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Corcoran Commons Heights Room
Professor Julia Kristeva will give a talk on her new book, "Therese, My Love"
Tuesday, October 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Corcoran Commons Heights Room
The Philosophy Department of BC's Albert J. Fitgibbons Lecture Series present: "A Tragedy and a Dream: Disability Revisited"
by Professor Julia Kristeva, University of Paris VII Diderot, (Emeritus)
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Gasson Hall 305
Annual Contemporary Philosophy Workshop “Applied Political Philosophy & Ethics”
10:30 a.m. Coffee; 11:00 a.m. “Is the Modern Law of War a Mistake?”; 12:00 p.m. “Defending the Right to Adequate Food”; 1:45 p.m. “The Presumptive Rights of Undocumented Immigrants”; 2:45 p.m. “Racial Identity and Moral Philosophy”; 4:00 p.m. “Giving Well: Charity for Global Health”
September 20-21, Stokes 195S
The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) and the Philosophy Department Present: "International Symposium on Global Justice and Responsibility"
Friday, September 20, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Oliva Blanchette (BC), "The Problem of Global Justice in a Corporate Global Economy," Feorillo A. Demetrio III (Phillipines), "Young's Theory of Structural Justice and Collective Responsibility"
Charles Derber (BC), "A Critique of Corporate Globalization," Ramesh Chandra Sinha (India), "Global Justice and National Identity"
Saturday, September 21, 9:00-10:30 p.m.
Micah Lott (BC), "Exploitation and Living Wages: Whose Responsibility?"
Denys Kiryukhin (Ukraine), Responsibility and Bound of Justice"
Aspen Brinton (BC), "Responsibility and Recognition: Generating Justice Through Action," Dan Chitoiu (Romania), "To Live a Good Life With and For Others: Justice as Hierarchical Participation to Good"
Roundtable: Multiculturalism, David Klassen (Canada), Sayed Hassan Hussaini (Afghanistan), Ogugua Patricia Anwuluora (Nigeria), Xu Haiming (China), Sreelekha Mishra (India)
Monday, September 23, 4:30 p.m., Stokes 195S
The Institute of Liberal Arts and the Departments of Philosophy and Theology Present: "Toward a Theory of the Edifying: On the Philosophic Meaning of Kierkegaard's Edifying Discourses," David Kangas, California State University Stanislaus
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.
Robert Gooding-Williams (University of Chicago) will give a Fitzgibbons lecture entitled "Obama, Dubois, Autobiography" at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton 115.
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.
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.
14th Annual Graduate Conference, "Philosophies of Religion and Secularity."
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. Download the program and register.
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.
December 5 - 12:00-1:30 p.m., Maloney 335
Boston College Patristic and Medieval Philosophy and Theology Noontime Lecture Series: "The Affect of Love in Hugh of Saint-Victor's Soteriology” by Sandra Klinge, University of Gottingen.
November 14, 2011, 12:00 p.m., Maloney Hall, Room 335
Boston College Patristic and Medieval Philosophy and Theology Noontime Lecture Series: "The Reception of Gregory of Rimini in the University of Vienna at the Beginning of the XVth Century" by Monica Calma, Ph.D., Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Paris.
November 9 - 4:15 p.m., McGuinn 121
Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture by Prof. Charles Taylor (McGill University, Emeritus) on the following topic: “The Evolution of Secularism”.
November 7 - 12:00 p.m., Maloney 328
Boston College Patristic and Medieval Philosophy and Theology Noontime Lecture Series: "Italian Averroism at the Beginning of the Fourteenth Century," by Dragos Calma, Ph.D. (Université de Paris IV - Bonn Universität).
October 31 - noon, Maloney 335
Boston College Patristic and Medieval Philosophy and Theology Noontime Lecture Series:"Bonaventure, Jean de la Rochelle and the Summa fratris Alexandri: on the Way the Agent Intellect Allows Individual Independence in Thinking", by Matthew Robinson, Ph.D. candiadate, Philosophy Department.
October 25 - Cushing Hall 333, 3:00-4:45 p.m.
Professor Remi Brague (Sorbonne/Munich), this year's invited holder of the Gadamer lectureship, lectures on: "To each according to his/her/its own needs. With Aquinas on Providence".
October 8 - Higgins 310
Annual Workshop in Contemporary Philosophy. This year's theme is: "An Inquiry into the Continental/Analytic Divide".
October 6 - Walsh Function Room, 7:30 p.m.
BACAP lecture by Professor Hayden W. Ausland (Univ. of Montana) on "On the Decline of Political Virtue in Plato's Republic VIII-IX". Beforehand, Prof. Ausland will give a seminar on "Plato on Freedom and Democracy" (Maloney 328, 3:00-5:00 p.m.)
September 26 - noon, Maloney 335
Boston College Patristic and Medieval Philosophy and Theology Noonday Lecture by Douglas Finn (new BC faculty in Theology): "Speaking in Tongues, Speaking in Bodies: The Unity of Apostolic Preaching and Martyrdom following Pentecost in Augustine".
NASPH 2011: The 6th Annual Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics was held at Boston College on September 15-16. Scholars and students interested in hermeneutics were invited to participate.
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010
Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Friday - Saturday, Oct. 8-9, 2010
4th Workshop in Contemporary Philosophy
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, Walsh Function Room
BACAP lecture by Prof. Andrew Smith, Classics, University College Dublin: “Image and Analogy in Plotinus”. Commentator: Prof. Gary Gurtler, Boston College. The lecture will be preceded by a seminar on “Heat and Light Analogies in Plotinus”.
Maloney Hall, 21 Campanella Way 328
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 - 2:00 p.m., Campanella 335
Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy talk: Prof. Jean-Luc Solere will present on "Scotus geometer. The amazing longevity of Scotus's geometric arguments against indivisibilism".
Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 - 4:30 p.m., Higgins 310
Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture: “Notes on Abstract Hermeneutics", by Prof. Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback (Södertörn University College, Sweden).
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 - 3:00 p.m., 100 Grand Hall, O'Connell House
M.A. event for incoming and returning students: Prof. Mary Troxell will present on "Kant and the Problem of Ugliness." Comments by Prof. Vanessa Rumble and Prof. Tom Miles.
Monday, May 3, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., Campanella 335
Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy talk on "Aquinas and Free Will" by Prof. Cyrille Michon (Nantes).
Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 11:00 a.m., St. Mary's Conference Room
Talk and discussion with Fred Lawrence (BC): "Is the universe intelligible?"
Friday, April 30, 2010 - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Devlin 101
"Is there God after God?" Panel discussion on Richard's Kearney's new book: Anatheism (Columbia Press, 2010), with Catherine Cornille (Boston College), David Tracy (U. of Chicago), Jens Zimmermann (U. of Vancouver), Merold Westphal (Fordham U.) Reception to follow.
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 3:00 p.m., Devlin 026
"Peirce and belief", by Prof. Giovanni Maddalena (University of Molise).
Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:30 p.m., Gasson 305
Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture in European Literatures by Prof. Samuel Weber, Northwestern University: "On the Singularity of Literary Understanding: 'Still ending...' ".
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., Campanella 328
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture "Reading the 'Book of Nature' according to Hugh of Saint-Victor" by Dominique Poirel, Paleographic Archivist and Professor of Medieval History at the Sorbonne.
Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn Hall, 5th Floor Lounge
The Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy presents: "Psychology and Legislation in Plato’s Laws", by Professor Sara Brill (Fairfield University). Commentator: Professor Sarah Glenn (St. Anselm College). Professor Brill will also present a Seminar on Platonic Eschatologies from 3-5 p.m.
Friday, April 9, 2010 - 4:30 p.m., Gasson 305
Charles Griswold of Boston University delivers a talk titled "The Virtues and Vices of Vengeance" as part of the Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture Series in Philosophy.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Dept. Reception Area
Block Party: a time for majors and minors (and prospective majors and minors) to meet the faculty and each other. Roy's fabulous subs will be served.
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn Auditorium
Fortin roundtable on "Immortal Longings: Reason, Faith, and Politics in the Work of Father Ernest Fortin". Speakers: Thomas Hibbs, Baylor University: "Tolle lege: Ernest Fortin on the Art of Reading and the Dilemmas of Christian Education." Frederick Lawrence, Boston College, on "Theology in a Political Mode: The Example of Ernest L. Fortin, A.A., Mentor and Friend." Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School will chair the event.
A buffet dinner and discussion in the McElroy Faculty Dining Room will follow the two talks. Leading off the discussions will be questions from J. Brian Benestad (University of Scranton), Stephen Brown (Boston College), Daniel Mahoney (Assumption College), and Paul McNellis, S.J. (Boston College).
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., Campanella 335
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture on "Ramon Llull, Christianus Arabicus, and the Names of God" by Jose Bellver (Institut Superior de Ciencies Religioses de Barcellona). Reception to follow the lecture.
Friday, March 12, 2010 - 4:30 p.m., Gasson 305
Fitzgibbons Lecture Series in Philosophy by Prof. Eva Kittay, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stonybrook: "Life not worthy of living: Race, Disability and the Nazi's T-4 Project."
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., Campanella 328
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture "Nothing and the Metaphysics of Finite Being according to Anselm" by Prof. Eileen C. Sweeney, Boston College.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., Campanella 328
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture "Philosophy as Desire: Thomas Aquinas and Henry of Ghent on Classical Wisdom" by Juan Carlos Flores, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Providence College. Reception to follow lecture.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:00 p.m., Campanella 328
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a brown-bag lunch talk on "Grosseteste on the Filioque: Scotus and Harclay vs. Aquinas and Godfrey of Fontaines" by John Slotemaker, Ph.D. Candidate, Theology department, Boston College. Beverages and dessert will be served.
Tuesday, December 1, Campanella 328
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a brown-bag lunch talk "Eternally Spiraling into God: Knowledge, Love and Ecstasy in Thomas Gallus (d. 1246)" by Boyd Taylor Coolman.
Friday, November 13, Heights Room
Lunch and panel discussion with Prof. Alasdair MacIntyre on his recently published book God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition. anelists: Jeffrey Bloechl, Candace Hetzner, James O'Toole, Eileen Sweeney.
Thursday, November 12, McGuinn 121
Alasdair MacIntyre O'Brien, Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University, will lecture on "Philosophical Education Against Contemporary Culture." This lecture forms a part of the C21 Center's focus on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and of the ongoing Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture Series in Philosophy. Itis co-sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century office at Boston College.
Tuesday, November 10, Campanella 328
Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy Brown Bag Lunch talk by Professor Jean-Luc Solere of Boston College (philosophy): "Graduating in Paradise: Robert of Sorbon and the Importance of Universities in the Middle Ages."
Monday, October 26, McGuinn 334
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Michael Haren (University College, Dublin): "The Dynamic of Fourteenth-Century Intellectual Contexts: Ireland, England and the Continent in the Development of Archbishop Richard Fitzralph of Armagh as Pastor and Polemicis".
Thursday, October 15, Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
John F. Finamore (Univ. of Iowa) will deliver a BACAP lecture on "Themistius on soul and intellect: the convergence of Plato and Aristotle in the Aristotelian tradition." Beforehand, Prof. Finamore will present a seminar on "Themistius as a commentator on Aristotle" in Campanella 328 from 3 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, Fulton 250
3rd Contemporary Philosophy Workshop: "On Hans Georg Gadamer."
Friday, October 9 - 4:30 p.m., Gasson 305
Fitzgibbons Lecture by Professor Tom Sheehan, Stanford: "What if Heifegger were a phenomenologist?"
Thursday, October 8 - 12:00 - 1:45 p.m., McElroy Conference Room
Rodrigo Chacon. inaugural Jack Miller - Veritas Fund Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Program for Study of the Western Heritage at Boston College, Political Science: "Political philosophy in Heidegger's 1924 course, Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy." A light lunch will be served.
Thursday, October 6 - 12:00 p.m., Campanella 328
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy, Kings College London, on "The Reception of Late Antique Philosophy in the Islamic World." Bring bag lunch. Drinks provided.
October 2 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn Auditorium
Bradley Lecture by Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law School on "Cicero and Burke on Politics as a Vocation." Buffet and siscussion to follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Respondent: Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin College.
September 28 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 334
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture "Theology and Mysticism in Eckhart and the German Dominicans" by Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology Divinity School, The University of Chicago. Reception to follow lecture.
September 14 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 334
Boston Colloqium in Medieval Philosophy talk by Mary Beth Ingham, Loyola Marymount University: "Duns Scotus, Rational Freedom and Human Fulfillment."
Saturday, May 2, Devlin 101
"Phenomenologies of the stranger", a conference moderated by Richard Kearney as part of the "Hosting the stranger"
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Edward Casey, Stoneybrook and David Wood, Vanderbilt.
Chair: Kalpana Seshadri, Boston College.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Jack Caputo, Syracuse and Karmen Mackendrick, Le Moyne.
Chair: John Manoussakis, Holy Cross.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Simon Critchley, New School and William Richardson, Boston College.
Chair: Vanessa Rumble, Boston College.
Friday, May 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
You are warmly invited to hear Prof. Richard Cobb-Stevens give his final lecture before retirement from the Philosophy department: "Some Philosophers I've Come to Love." This lecture is also the final Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture of the year. Our end of year department social and buffet dinner will follow in the McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Monday, April 27 - 4:00 p.m., Gasson 100
Four teaching fellows of the department: Sarit Larry, Misael Meza Rueda, Ross Romero and Erin Stackle, to receive the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award.
Friday, April 17 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn Auditorium
Bradley Lecture by Prof. Devin Stauffer, University of Texas at Austin, on "Socrates and the Sophists." Respondent - Prof. J. Patrick Coby, Smith College. The dinner/discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Commons Faculty Dining room
Monday, April 6 - 4:00 p.m., Campanella 328
Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy lecture by Prof. G. Klima, Fordham: "Two Summulae, Two Ways of Doing Logic: the 'Realism' of Peter of Spain vs. the 'Nominalism' of John Buridan."
Thursday, April 2 - 3:00 - 7:30 p.m., Boston Room, Corcoran Common
Prof. Bernard Collette-Ducic, FNRS, Belgium, will present a seminar and deliver a lecture on virtue and Stoicism.
Thursday, April 2 - 4:30 p.m., Higgins 300
Professor Cathy Caruth, Emory University, will deliver a Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lectures in European Literatures on the following topic: "Lying and History: On Two Late Texts by Hannah Arendt." Professor Caruth intends to discuss "Truth and Politics" and "Lying in Politics." Reception to follow.
Friday, March 27 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
In our Fitzgibbons Lecture Series, Prof. Linda Alcoff of Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center will talk about "Sexual Violence in a Global Framework." A reception and buffet dinner will follow the lecture in the McElroy Faculty Dining room.
"On Education" is the theme of the 10th Graduate Conference.
Monday, March 9 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 521
The Boston College Philosophy department's Reader's Series and the Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy invite you to a lecture on "Philosophia's Homer in Boethius' Consolation" by Prof. Michael Fournier, department of Classics, Dalhousie University.
Friday, February 13 - 4:00 p.m., Higgins 310
A Fitzgibbons Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Bernhard Waldenfels, Ruhr Univ., Bochum, on "Strangeness, Hospitality, and Enmity."
Thursday, February 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., Cushing 001
This year Labrecque Medical Ethics lecture will be delivered by Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, on "Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life." Reception to follow.
Thursday, February 5:00 - 4:30 p.m., Fulton 117
You are cordially invited to a lecture by Prof. Ch. Shepherdson, SUNY-Albany, "The Institution of Emotions." Tragedy and the Catharsis of Pity and Fear."
12:00 p.m., Campion 010
Before the lecture, he will give a seminar class on: "Antigone. The Work of Literature and the History of Subjectivity." This event is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Psychoanalytic Studies.
Friday, January 30 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn Auditorium
please join us for a Bradley Lecture by John Sallis, Boston College, Philosophy. Title of lecture: "Speaking of the Earth: Figures of Transport in the Phaedo." Buffet and Discussion to follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Respondent: Walter A. Brogan, Villanova.
Friday, November 21 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Prof. Michèle Mulchahey, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, will deliver an Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology lecture: "Introducing Peter Lombard to Dominican Students in University Classrooms and in the Order's Schools." Dinner and discussion to follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Thursday, November 21 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 3rd floor lounge
BACAP lecture by Prof. Marije Martijn, Amsterdam, on "Why Beauty is Truth in All We Know: Aesthetics and Mimesis in Neoplatonic Science." Commentator: Dmitri Nikulin, The New School. Prof. Martijn will also present a seminar--open to the public as well--on "Proclus: Language as Mimesis and the Identity of Truth," same day same place, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 14 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
You are all invited to the second lecture of this year's Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture Series: "Time, Otherness, and Possibility in a Phenomenology of Emotions" by Prof. Anthony Steinbock, South, Illinois.
Monday, November 10 - 6:00 p.m., Higgins 310
Professor Robert Wood of the University of Dallas will give a lecture entitled "Searle on Awareness and the Brain: Sic et Non."
Friday, November 7 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Bradley lecture by Robert Bartlett, Emory University, on "Aristotle's Inquiry into Happiness in the Nicomachean Ethics." Respondent: Arthur Madigan, S.J., Boston College. Dinner and discussion to follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Friday, October 31 - 4:00 p.m., Gasson 305
You are cordially invited to the 1st Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture, with Prof. Robert Sokolowski, Catholic University of America, on "Human Person as an Agent of Truth."
Monday, October 27 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 521
Professor Daniel P. Maher, Assumption College, will deliver a Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy talk on "Contemplative Friendship in Nicomachean Ethics."
Monday, October 6 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 321
Professor Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, will deliver a Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy talk: "Contradiction or Possibility: Late Medieval Debates on the Eternity of the World."
Sunday, September 28, Cushing 001
Grad students of the department organize the Second BC annual workshop on contemporary philosophy. The workshop aims to present the work of a philosopher under-represented in current course work; this year the focus will be on Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
Friday, September 19 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
The first Bradley Lecture of the year will be delivered by Prof. G. Figal, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, on "Politics and Philosophical Education: Re-reading Plato's Republic." Dinner/discussion to follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Respondent: Christopher Bruell, Boston College.
Prof. R. Kearney will appear in episodes of the series featured by CNBC, "The Irish Mind", aired from September 22 to October 20.
Friday, September 12 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
The Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology invites you to a lecture delivered by Prof. F. Dupuigrenet Desroussilles, Florida State University, "Healing the Wounded Word: Petrarch and Books." Buffet dinner and discussion to follow in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Friday, May 9 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 321
The Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology invites you to a lecture by James McEvoy, Professor of Scholastic Philosophy, Queen's University, Belfast: "Amicitia in the Manipulus florum of Thomas of Ireland: Flowers from Ancient Gardens." Buffet dinner and discussion to follow in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Tuesday, April 29 - 4:00 p.m., Gasson 100
No less than four teaching fellows of our department, namely Jon Burmeister, Neal DeRoo, Lynn Purcell and Erin Stackle will receive the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award.
Monday, April 28 - 5:00 p.m., Murray Function Room
Fr. Paul McNellis will be the recipient of the Mary Kaye Waldron award, a student-nominated achievement that recognizes Boston College faculty and staff members who go beyond the requirements of their job and actively improve student life on campus with their contributions.
Friday, April 25 - 4:00 p.m., Gasson 305
For the year's final installment of the Fitzgibbons Lecture Series, Prof. John Brough of Georgetown University will talk on "Consciousness is Not a Bag: Immanence, Transcendence, and Constitution in Husserl's Idea of Phenomenology."
Thursday, April 24 - 4:30 p.m., Campanella 380
Prof. John Russon, Presidential Distinguished Professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, will deliver a lecture on "Deathly Silence: Faith and Phenomenology in Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Derrida."
Friday, April 18 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Professor Thomas S. Hibbs of Baylor University will be giving a Bradley Lecture on "How to Begin to Study Thomas Aquinas." A buffet supper and discussion will follow the the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Respondent: Professor Eileen Sweeney, philosophy, Boston College.
Thursday, April 17 - 6:30 p.m., Fulton 453
Critique and discussion led by Prof. Babette Babich, Fordham University, Ph.D. BC '87, of "The Ister", Barison and Ross' Controversial Prize-winning Documentary--based on Heidegger's Reading of Hölderlin's Hymn "Der Ister".
Thursday, April 17 - 7:00 p.m., Gasson 305
The Lonergan Workshop presents, as a contribution to the C21 sponsored Catholic Intellectual Tradition series, a lecture by Prof. Thomas Hibbs, Distinguished Prof. of Ethics and Culture, Dean of the Honors College, Baylor University, on: "Fearful Thoughts of Mortals: Aquinas on Conflict, Self-Knowledge and the Perils of Practical Reason.”
Wednesday, April 16 - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Heights Room
"Interreligious dialogue and the Catholic Intellectual Traditions": A debate organized by Prof. R. Kearney.
Wednesday, April 16 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Campanella 328
The Spring Philosophy Symposium presents: "The Heidegger Symposium: 'The Ereignis of the Abyss'.
Thursday, April 3 - 7:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Prof. Maureen Condic, M. D. , Ph.D., Dept of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah, will deliver the 08 LaBrecque Annual Lecture in Medical Ethics, on the subject of "Faith, Reason, and the Nature of Human Embryos." Reception to follow the lecture.
Wednesday, April 2 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 521
Prof. Charles H. Manekin, University of Maryland, will deliver a Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy on "The Ambiguous Impact of Scholastic Philosophy on Medieval Jewish Philosophy."
March 28-29, Gasson 305
9th Graduate Students Conference.
Thursday, March 27 - 7:30 p.m., Walsh Function Room
Prof. Harvey Yunis, Rice University, will be the speaker at the next BACAP lecture. He will be speaking on the topic of "Dialectic and Purpose in Plato's Rhetoric." The commentator will be Prof. Adam Beresford of University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Thursday, March 27 - 4:00 p.m., Murray Function Room, Yawkey Athletic Center
Establishment of The Albert J. Fitzgibbons Chair in Philosophy, made possible through the generosity of Albert J. Fitzgibbons III, with a lecture by Prof. Marina McCoy, holder of the chair, on "Caring, Vulnerability and Community."
Friday, March 14 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Prof. Thomas Pangle of the University of Texas at Austin will be giving a Bradley Lecture on "A Guide to Xenophon's 'Symposium'." A buffet supper and discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Respondent Professor Paul W. Ludwig, St. John's College, Annapolis.
Monday, March 10 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 321
Next speaker in the Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy Lecture Series, Prof. Sarah Coakley, Harvard University, will give a talk on "In Persona Christi: Desire, Gender and The Eucharist."
Monday, February 25 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 321
Prof. Dallas G. Dennery, Bowdoin, will give a Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy talk, on "Protagoras and the Fourteenth-Century Invention of Epistemological Relativism." A reception will follow the talk.
Saturday, February 23, Higgins 310
"Marginal Identities: Formation and Response": an interdisciplinary conference designed to explore the formation of identity and the forces to which identity responds. Speakers address topics in gender, race, sexuality, and queer theory.
Friday, February 15 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Professor Susan Collins of the University of Houston will be giving a Bradley Lecture on "Aristotle's Political Science and the Problem of Regime."
Friday, February 8 - 4:00 p.m., Gasson 305
Prof. Sally Haslanger, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver an Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture: "Social Categories, Social Structure and Ideology Critique." The lecture will be followed by a reception. Beforehand, Prof. Haslanger will have offered an informal seminar on her paper, "Feminism in Metaphysics: Negotiating the Natural." The seminar will be noon-1:30 p.m., Friday February 8 as well, in Campanella 380. Lunch will be served.
Friday, January 25 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Professor Donald Maletz of the University of Oklahoma will be giving a Bradley Lecture on "Carl Schmitt's The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy." A buffet supper and discussion will follow the the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Respondent: Professor Jonathan Laurence, Political Science, Boston College.
Monday, December 3 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 321
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture "Henry of Ghent on Human Knowledge and Its Limits" by Bernd Goehring, Assistant Professor, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame. A reception will follow the lecture.
Friday, November 30 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
The department is pleased to announce that the first lecture of the Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture Series will be given by Prof. Fred R. Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame, on "Post-Secular Faith: Toward a Religion of Service." The lecture will be followed by a reception and buffet dinner in Gasson 100.
Friday, November 16 - 3:00 p.m., Campanella 328
Prof. Pierre Destrée, Louvain Catholic University, will give a public lecture entitled: “Aristotle on Responsibility for one’s Character.” This lecture is sponsored by the Philosophy department at Boston College. Faculty and students are cordially invited to attend.
Thursday, November 8 - 7:30 p.m., Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Hall
In the BACAP series, Professor Alvaro Vallejo Campos, University of Granada, will lecture on "The Ontology of False Pleasures in the Philebus." Professor Vallejo Campos' lecture will be followed by a brief comment by Professor Rachel Singpurwalla, University of Maryland at College Park, and then opened up for a general discussion.
Friday, November 2 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
The Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology of Boston College invites you to a lecture by Charles Butterworth, Professor Emeritus of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, on "Alfarabi's Goal: Political Philosophy, not Political Theology." Buffet dinner and discussion to follow in McElroy Faculty Dining room. Discussant: James Morris, Boston College, Theology department.
Monday, October 15 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 321
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture: "Scotus Can Speak for Himself - His Personal Defense of Freedom" by Dr. Antonie Vos Jaczn, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Utrecht.
Saturday, October 13 - 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Higgins 310
New: a Workshop in Contemporary Philosophy, created by BC grad students. For its first meeting, the theme of the workshop will be the work of Jacques Derrida.
Friday, October 5 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
The Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology presents a lecture by Giulio Silano, St Michael's College, University of Toronto, "Peter Lombard's Sentences: Are they original? Does it matter?". Buffet dinner and discussion to follow in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Friday, September 14 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
The first Bradley lecture of the year will be delivered by Pr D. Bolotin, Saint John's College, Santa Fe, on "Socrates and the Eleatic Stranger: An Introduction to Plato's Sophist."
Friday and Saturday, September 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Corcoran and Hovey House
The annual Boston College Workshop in Modern Philosophy will be held this year at the beginning of the fall semester.
Thursday, September 6 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 521
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture: "Philosophizing without Philosophy: Ibn Tufayl's Hayy ibn Yaqzan—the Self-Taught Philosopher—in Context" by Nadja Germann, Assistant Lecturer and Researcher, University of Freiburg.
Friday and Saturday, August 3-4, 21 Campanella, Room 328
Several lectures of philosophical interest at the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology.
The 2007 Lonergan Workshop will be held at BC.
Wednesday, April 26 - 12:00 p.m., 21 Campanella, Room 328
Professor Anthony Celano, from Stonehill College, will give a luncheon medieval talk. His topic is: "The Problem of Practical Wisdom in Aristotelian and Medieval Moral Philosophy."
Friday, April 20 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Professor Richard Taylor, Department of Philosophy, at Marquette University, will be giving a Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology Lecture on Friday, April 20, 2007 on "Averroes' Mature Doctrine of Separate Intellects: The Function of Insights from Themistius." A buffet dinner and discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Friday, April 13 - 3:00 - 10:00 p.m., Gasson 305
Boston College philosophy graduate students will be hosting "The William James Conference: Pragmatism Revisited." Speakers include: Dr. Fred Bauer, Assumption College, "James, the Kepler of Psychology"; Dr. Richard Cobb-Stevens, Boston College, "William James on Time and the Self"; Dr. Nicholas de Warren, Wellesley College, "The Historical Context of William James' Theory of Time-Consciousness"; Dr. Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University, "The Demonstrable and the Ineluctable: Pragmatism, Postmodernity, and the Leap of Faith." Food and coffee will be provided.
Thursday - Saturday, April 12-14, Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College will be hosting the 7th Independent Annual Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society.
Thursday, April 12 - 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
The Boston Area Colloqium in Ancient Philosophy presents Prof. Günter Figal's, Universität Freiburg, lecture "On names and concepts: Mythical and logical thinking in Plato's Symposium."
Thursday, April 12 - 4:30 p.m., Gasson 305
Dr. Volker R. Remmert, Lecturer in the History of Science and Mathematics, Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany, will give a lecture on "Jesuits, Biblical Exegesis, and the Mathematical Sciences in the Early Moden Period", in the series Religion and the Arts.
Friday, March 30 - 4:30 p.m., Higgins 300
In the departmental lectures series, Prof. John Caputo, Syracuse University, will present: "The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event."
Thursday, March 22 - 7:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Annual LaBrecque Medical Ethics Lecture: Dr Edmund Pelligrino, Chairperson Presidential Bioethics Commission, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, on "Bioethics and Catholic Conscience.
Friday - Saturday, March 16-17, Gasson 305
"Encountering Hegel": BC 8th Annual Philosophy Graduate Students Conference.
March 16 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Professor F. Russell Hittinger, Warren Chair of Catholic Studies and Research Professor in the School of Law, at University of Tulsa, will be giving a Bradley Lecture on "Two Modernisms, Two Thomisms: Reflections on the Centenary of Pius X's Letter against the Modernists." A buffet dinner and discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Thursday, March 1 - Noon, Campanella 328
As the kick-off of a series of medieval lunchtime talks, Prof. Eileen Sweeney, of the Philosophy department, will present on "Thomas Aquinas and the Seven Capital Sins." The discussion will last until 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.
Friday, February 23 - 4:30 p.m., Higgins 300
The sixth lecture in the 2007 departmental series will be given by Prof. Claudia Baracchi, New School for Social Research, NYC, under the title: "On Friendship and the Polis."
Friday, February 16 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Professor Judd Owen, Professor of Political Science at Emory University, will deliver a Bradley Lecture on "Hobbes's Hope Regarding Religion." A buffet dinner and discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Friday, February 9:00 - 4:30 p.m., Higgins 300
In the departmental lectures series, Prof. Robert Bernasconi, Memphis, will present: "The Policing of Race Mixing: When Racism Came under the Sway of Biopower." Prof. Vanessa Rumble annouces the publication of the first volume of the new critical English language edition of Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks: Søren Kierkegaard, Journals and Notebooks, Volume I: Journals AA-DD. Edited by Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Alastair Hannay, David Kangas, Bruce H. Kirmmse, George Pattison, Vanessa Rumble, and K. Brian Söderquist, in cooperation with the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen. Cloth, 616 pp. | February 2007 | ISBN13: 978-0-691-09222-5
Thursday, February 8:00 - 7:30 p.m., Hovey House Library
Professor Paul E. Rorem, Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Medieval Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be giving a Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology Lecture on: "Love above Knowledge in the Dionysian Commentaries of Eriugena and Hugh of St. Victor." A reception will follow the lecture.
Monday, January 29 - 5:00 p.m., Higgins 300
In the departmental lectures series, our own Mary Troxell will present "The Role of the Ideas in Schopenhauer's Metaphysics," with a commentary by Prof. John Sallis, Boston College.
Friday, November 17 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Professor Constant J. Mews, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, Monash University, Australia, will be giving a Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology lecture on "Peter Abelard, Hugh of St.-Victor and the Chartrians: Communities of Learning in the Twelfth Century." A buffet dinner and discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Friday, November 10 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Professor Robert L. Wilken, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity, at the University of Virginia, will be giving a Bradley Lecture in Political Philosophy, on on "The Many Faces of Augustine of Hippo." A buffet dinner and discussion will follow the lecture in McElroy Faculty Dining room.
Thursday, November 2 - 4:30 p.m., Cushing 001
As third lecturer in the departmental series, Professor Richard Boothby will present the lecture "Still Indispensable: Freud at 150." He teaches at Loyola College, Baltimore, and is the author of Death and Desire: Psychoanalytic Theory in Lacan's Return to Freud, and Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology after Lacan. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Philosophy department and the Psychoanalytic Studies Program.
Tuesday, October 24 - 7:30 p.m., McGuinn 521
Invited by the Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy, Prof. Martin Stone, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, will present a paper on “Adam of Utrecht and the Transformation of Moral Thought in Fifteenth-Century Louvain.” Prof. Stone's researches have been focused on moral philosophy in late Middle Ages, Renaissane and modern times—free will, grace, probabilism, practical reasoning, casuistry, Jesuit casuistry—and a wide variety of thinkers - some familiar: Molina, Baius, Gerson; and some less familiar: Antoninus of Firenze and Adrian of Utrecht. He is preparing a two-volume series for Oxford University Press entitled: The Subtle Arts of Casuistry: I: The Casuistic Tradition from Aristotle to Kant; II: Ordinary Morality and Practical Reasoning. Related to his present talk is his promised Oxford University Press volume: A Virtuous Man in Sad and Dangerous Times: The Life and Thought of Adrian of Utrecht.
Wednesday, October 18 - 4:30 p.m., Higgins 300
In the lecture series "New Directions in African Diaspora Reseach" of BC African & African Diaspora Studies, Prof. Tommie Shelby will give a talk on "Class, Poverty and Shame." He considers how class differences among African Americans make it difficult to build black solidarity and a progressive politics. Prof. Shelby is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundation of Black Solidarity, Harvard University Press, 2005. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Philosophy department.
Friday, October 6 - 4:00 p.m., Devlin 008
Prof. Jürgen Habermas will deliver a lecture on " A Political Constitution for a Pluralist World Society." J. Habermas is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. One of the foremost present thinkers, he is the author of numerous and world famous works—including Knowledge and Human Interests, and The Theory of Communicative Action—on a wide variety of topics including critical theory, social and political theory, epistemology, communication, legitimation, and the concept of the public sphere.
Monday, September 25 - 7:30 p.m., Fulton 110
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy features as its first speaker this year Scott MacDonald, Professor of Philosophy and Norma K. Regan Professor in Christian Studies, Cornell University, on "The Paradox of Inquiry in Augustine's Confessions."
Monday, September 18 - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Higgins 310
As first installment of our intramural deparmental lecture designed to inagurate and complement our department's annual public lectures series, Prof. Jorge Garcia will give a talk, and Prof. Arthur Madigan will comment, on "Moral virtues & the moral law." Wine and cheese reception to follow. All are welcome.
Friday, September 15 - 4:30 p.m., Campanella 380
BC Graduate Students Philosophy Forum
Lynn Purcell: “After Alterity? Alain Badiou and Paul Ricoeur on the Future of Ethics.”
Friday and Saturday, August 4-5
Many lectures of philosophical interest in the colloqium organized by Prof. S. Brown and B. T. Coolman, of the Theology department.
Monday, May 8
Prof. Richard Kearney will receive at the Faculty Day meeting, the 2006 Boston College Distinguished Senior Scholar Research Award.
Saturday, April 29 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hovey House Library
BC 2nd Annual Workshop on Modern Philosophy. Sponsored by the Boston College Philosophy Graduate Student Association, with the support of the department.
Friday, April 28 - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Vanderslice Hall, Cabaret Room
First Annual Logic Expo at Boston College. Hosted by Debby Hutchins, this event is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society and the BC Philosophy Association and will feature logic art, games, puzzles, displays, and, best of all, food.
Friday, April 28 - 5:00 p.m., Campanella 380
BC Graduate Students Philosophy Forum
Carlos Bohorquez: "Ricoeur's Critique of Gadamerian Hermeneutics."
Tuesday, April 18 - 7:00 p.m., Gasson 305
Prof. Hans-Helmut Gander: "On Attention"
Prof. Gander is Director of the Husserl Archive at the University of Freiburg. His most important book publication is entitled Selbstverständnis und Lebenswelt: Grundzüge einer phänomenologischen Hermeneutik im Ausgang von Husserl und Heidegger.
Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, Gasson 305
BC 7th Annual Graduate Students Conference: On Language
There is a certain consensus that contemporary philosophy has introduced something unique to our understanding of language. But despite the currency of the linguistic turn.
Friday, March 31 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Prof. Robert Pippin: "On Knowing One's Own Mind: Ordinary Self-Knowledge in Henry James's Novel, What Maisie Knew." Prof. Pippin, of the University of Chicago, is the Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor. He works on the modern German philosophical tradition--Kant to the present--contemporary Continental philosophy, moral theory, social and political philosophy, theories of modernity, and various topics in ancient philosophy.
Monday, February 22 - 4:00 p.m., Murray Conference Room, Yawkey Athletic Center
Our own Prof. John Sallis will give the Frederick J. Adelmann, S.J. Endowed Professorship Installation Lecture, entitled, "The Look of Things."
September 19 - 7:00 p.m., Devlin 008
"The Metaphysics of Religious Art." A lecture and discussion by Professor Norris Clarke, S.J.
October 17 - 4:00 p.m., Gasson 203
"Intentionality and Phenomenality"
Professor Dan Zahavi, Danish National Research Foundation University of Copenhagen.
October 24 - 7:30 p.m., Barat House, Newton Campus
The Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 25th Anniversary Program
Professor John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin. "Atomism in the Old Academy."
October 30 - 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Boisi Center, College Road
"The Holocaust and the Catholic Church's Current Search for Forgiveness"
Professor James Bernauer, S.J., Department of Philosophy, Boston College.
Sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public life at Boston College.
November 1 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
Bradley Medieval Lecture Series
"Faith and Theology: Chasing the Wind (Eccl. 1.17)"
James F. Ross, Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania.
November 15 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
The Boston College Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion Bradley Lectures
"The World of the Imagination: Distance, Simultaneity, Possibility"
Respondent: Stephen F. Brown, Boston College; Alfredo Ferrarin, Boston University
November 18 - 4:00 p.m., McGuinn 321
The Boston Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy
R. James Long, Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University
"Gaunilon Redivivus: The Second Opponent of Anslem's Proslogion Argument for the Existence of God."
December 6 - 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001
Boston College Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
Bradley Medieval Lecture Series
Fergus Kerr, Regent of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, Honorary Senior Lecturer, New College, University of Edinburgh, Randall Distinguished Professor of Christian Culture, Providence College. "Entity or Event? Thomas Aquinas's God"
March 12 - 7:30 p.m., Devlin 101
"The Therapeutic Action of Psychoanalysis"
Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago
Sponsor: Lowell Lecture Humanities Series
Boston College Graduate Student Conference. A Conference organized around the theme, "Philosophy in the Classical Tradition" with the intent to engage a contemporary dialogue with great works from the Classical Tradition, Ancient Greece through scholasticism.
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