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 B.S. from Towson Univiversity in 2003 and a M.A. degree from Boston College in 2008. Jonathan’s research interests are Phenomenology, Philosophy of Technology, and the History of Philosophy.
Marina Denischik received a B.S. from Roosevelt Univiversity in 2006 and a M.A. 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 B.A. from University of West Georgia in 2007 and a M.A. 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 B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 and a M.A. 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 B.A. from Arrupe College in 1998, a M.A. 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 a M.A. in Philosophy from UCAS-Institut Catholique de Yaounde in 2003, a B.A. 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 B.A. from the University of Tulsa in 2011. Peter is interested primarily in German idealism and political philosophy.
Robert Minto received a B.A.. from Dordt College in 2011. Robert is interested in modern philosophy, especially Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and in social theory.
Matthew Mohorovich received a B.A. 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 M.A. 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 B.A. from Tulane University in 2006 and a M.A. 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 B.A. from Univ of Massachusetts in 1997, a M.S. from Florida International University in 2004 and an MA from Yeshiva Univ in 2009. Kevin is interested in Jewish thought after Nietzsche, especially Rosenzweig.