Faculty Activities

Papers Presented 2016

Jeffrey Bloechl
Graduate seminar on “Temporality and Transformation in the Pauline Notion of Sacrament,” Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, Ireland, March 10. 

“Michel Henry as Philosopher and as Theologian,” book session on J. Rivera, The Contemplative Self after Michel Henry, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, Ireland, March 11.

“Religious and Non-religious Questioning at the Eclipse of God,” Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, Ireland, March 12. 

“Religious and Philosophical Principles for a Christian Critique of the University,” University of Notre Dame-Louaize, Beirut, Lebanon, March 29.

David Johnson
“Cultivating the Interlacing of Self and World: Nishida and the Phenomenology of Perception,” Nishida Philosophy Association Conference, Tokyo, Japan (July 24) 

“Self in Nature, Nature in the Lifeworld: Re-Imagining Nature through Watsuji’s Concept of Fūdo,” Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 5) 

“Watsuji’s Topology of the Self,” The 11th East-West Philosopher’s Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii (May 29) 

“Disclosure as the Re-enchantment of Nature: Thinking with and after Watsuji” The Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle Conference, Taipei, Taiwan (March 26)

Daniel McKaughan
“Faith and the Epistemology of Normative and Aesthetic Inquiry: Comments on ‘“What Would Faith Have to be Like to Be Rational?” by Errol Lord (University of Pennsylvania) ▪  Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Invited Symposium on “The Value of Faith” organized by Trent Dougherty at Baylor University. San Francisco, CA. March 30 – April 3, 2016.

“Action-Centered Faith, Doubt and Rationality” ▪ Value of Faith Conference. San Antonio, TX, January 14-17, 2016. 

Eileen Sweeney
“The Shifting Role of the Passions from Ockham to Montaigne,'' APA Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, March, 3-5, 2016 

“Thomas Aquinas and Ecstatic Aristotelianism,” Invited Aquinas Lecture, The University of Dallas, January 28, 2016

Papers Presented 2015

Richard Atkins
Peirce’s ‘A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God’ and the Rational Acceptability of Religious Belief,” Saint Anselm College Philosophy Colloquium* 

“Facts and True Propositions,” New England Pragmatists Forum Inaugural Meeting* 

“The New Sense, The Experience of Nature, and God’s Providence,” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

James Bernauer
“Nostra Aetate: A Catholic and Jewish Peace Treaty or a Spiritual Breakthrough?” Presentation at the Boisi Center of Boston College (October 14, 2015).

“Jesuit Kaddish: Encounters Between Jesuits and Jews and Why These Might Matter to Us.” Presentation at the College of the Holy Cross (October 26, 2015).

“Nostra Aetate: A Catholic and Jewish Truce or a Spiritual Breakthrough?” Presentation at the 2015 Louis J. Kuriansky Conference at the Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Connecticut, Stamford (November 10, 2015).

"The Ignatian Charism in Our Work: On Jewish-Christian Dialogue.” A panel discussion at the forum “The Ignatian Charism for Dialogue” sponsored by the National Jesuit Office for Interfaith Dialogue. December 5, 2015 at Boston College.

Oliva Blanchette
Organizer and keynote speaker for consultation in the Boston area with Council for Research on Values and Philosophy on “Re-Learning to be Human in a Globalizing Age” to be held on Dec. 18-19, 2015.

Jeffrey Bloechl
“The Metaphysics of Relations and the Nouvel théologie ,” opening lecture of “Christian Identity between Faith and Dialogue. A Symposium on Stanislas Breton,” Boston College, January 21. 

“Attending to the Things of Faith. Phenomenology and Theology in Reciprocal Critique,” at conference on Catholic Thought and Phenomenology, Marquette University, February 14.

“The Death of God and the Problem of Human Suffering. Re-Reading Emmanuel Levinas,” invited lecture at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities, Harvard University, February 24

"Philosophy and the Phenomenality of Christian Faith,” invited lecture at Heythrop College, March 4.

"A Hermeneutics of Christian Faith,” March 5, invited lecture at St. Benet’s College, Oxford University. 

“Against Consolation. 1-2.” Two lectures on Freud’s interpretation of religion and its clinical sources; Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil August 13-14

“God and Language at the End of Metaphysics. Levinas’s Unpublished Theory of Metaphor,” plenary lecture at Simposio Hermeneia, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, August 18.

“A New Model for Spiritual Counseling? On Applications of the Work of JeanLouis Chretien.” Public Discussion with Philip Brownell; Third biannual conference on Psychology of the Other, Lesley University, October 9.

“Thoughts on Being and Walking” (substantially revised version of 102, above), College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, November 12.

Patrick Byrne
“Meaning, Concreteness and Subjectivity: American Phenomenology, Catholic Philosophy, and Lonergan,” Lonergan Colloquium: Phenomenology and Catholic Philosophy (in North America), Marquette University, February 12-13, 2015. 

“The Ethics of Personal Responsibility: A Tribute to William Murnion,” Lonergan Workshop, Boston College, June 14-19, 2015. Invited participant, New Realism and Conversations in Science and Religion, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame, July 30-31, 2015.

“Response to Panelists,” Panel discussion of The Ethics Of Discernment, American Catholic Philosophical Society, Boston, MA October 9, 2015. 

“Empathy, Phenomenology and Self-Appropriation: Edith Stein & Bernard Lonergan,” Lonergan Philosophical Society, Boston, MA, October 10, 2015.

Jorge Garcia
"Racial Discrimination," invited address to conference celebrating 50th Anniversary of 1st Female AfricanAmerican Ph.D. in Philosophy, Yale University, 2015.

"From Neighbor-Love to Utilitarianism and Back," Presidential Address, American Catholic PhilosophicalAssociation meeting in Boston, 2015; invited presentation to inaugural Philosophy in an Inclusive KeySummer Institute (PIKSI-Boston), MIT, 2015.

"Strong Social Constructionism and Race," invited presentation to Summer Institute for Diversity inPhilosophy, Rutgers University, 2015.

"Racial Discrimination as Racist Discrimination," invited presentation to mini-conference on Racism andPhilosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015.

"Ethics of Race-Loyalty," Invited presentation to Freedom Project, Wellesley College, 2015

Gary Gurtler, SJ
Conferencia: “La Noética en Aristóteles y Zubiri” (en español): miércoles 1 de julio 2015, de 18 a 20 hs., Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile.

Seminario sobre Plotino (en español, sobre Enéada IV.5, en la nueva traducción en inglés): martes 30 de junio 2015, de 11,30 a 13 hs., Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile. 

“Aristotle and Plotinus: Act and Potency and the Two Acts,” 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, III Simposio de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Estudios Neoplatónicos, 15–19 June 2015 Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Comment on Nikulin, ‘Proclus on Evil,’” Thirty-Seventh Annual Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Boston College, 12 March 2015. 

David Johnson
“The Place of the Self: Watsuji Tetsurō’s Relational Ontology,” Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (October 13)

Micah Lott
“The Comic Sword of Truth and Justice: Humor as a Moral Virtue” Conference on Neglected Virtues: University of Auckland, NZ: August 2015  

“How political are virtue and happiness?” Amsterdam University College: June 2015

Marina McCoy

Invited speaker, "Vulnerability and Virtue: Misfortune, Comfort, and the Good Death," Veritas Forum,University of Tennessee, Knoxville, November 2015.

Invited speaker, "Techne and Paradigmatic Argument in Book One of the Republic," Workshop onPlato's Technical Animal, St Francis Xavier, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, October 2015.

Invited speaker, "Wounded Gods and Wounded Men in Homer's Iliad," Symposium: Vulnerability- a newfocus for theological  and interdisciplinary  anthropology, lntemationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, Germany, September 2015.

Daniel McKaughan
“Must Faith Be Belief on Insufficient Evidence? Analyzing Faith, Belief, Hope, and Trust” ▪ Invited presentation for the Boston College Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. December 2, 2015. 

“Epigenetics, Molecular Biology, and Evolutionary Biology: Then and Now – Comments” ▪ Commentator and Discussion Moderator for roundtable session on “Epigenetics: Its History and Current Issues” at the 2016 History of Science Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 19-22, 2015.

“Common Sense Realism and Empiricism: Improving Our Embodied Postures From Within a Tradition” ▪ Invited speaker for the Fundamental Epistemology of Theology, Philosophy, and Sciences Conference at Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, October 7-9, 2015. 

“On Conditions for the Epistemic and Practical Rationality of Acts of Faith” ▪ Presented at The Faith Project Seminar, University of Missouri, MO, July 28, 2015. 

“Character Ethics, Emotion, and Neuroscience” ▪ Invited contribution to the “In Character” Video Series for the Wake Forest University Character Project (with Charles Starkey, Clemson University). June 19, 2015.

“The Multiverse and Our Place in the Cosmos” ▪ Invited talk and public discussion forum on science and our place in nature “We are Here: The How and the Why” (co-led with Edmund Bertschinger, Professor of Physics and former Physics Department Head at MIT) for the Pre-Show Symposium, “Central Conversations for Mr. g”, with Central Square Theater and Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. Cambridge, MA. May 23, 2015.

“Faith as Active Commitment” ▪ Presented at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Invited Symposium on “The Nature of Faith” organized by Kristen Irwin at Loyola University Chicago and chaired by Ted Poston at University of South Alabama. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 1-5, 2015. 

John Sallis

“Gathering Language: Heidegger’s Gespräch with the Japanese”—Presented at Tongji University (Shanghai, China) (November 2015); also at Tunghai University (Taichung, Taiwan) (November 2015).  “Returning to Nature”—Presented at Tunghai University (Taichung, Taiwan) (November 2015).

The Dialogue between Painting and Philosophy: On Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Cézanne”—Presented at Chingchi University (Taipei, Taiwan) (November 2015).

“Hermeneutics of Enchorial Space”—Presented as Keynote Speaker at meeting of North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Philadelphia (September 2015).

“Voices”—Presented at Collegium Phaenomenologicum (Italy) (July 2015).

“On the Bounds and Expanse of Enchorial Space”—Presented at conference “Raum erfahren: Epistemologische, ethische, und ästhetische Zugänge” (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies) (June 2015). 

“Hymns to Nature: Cao Jun and the Renewal of Chinese Landscape Painting”— Presented as Keynote Speaker at the meeting of the Comparative and Contnental Philosophy Circle (Iceland) (May 2015).

“The Span of Memory: On Plato’s Theaetetus” (new redaction)—Presented as Keynote Speaker at meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society, Lexington (April 2015); also at Creighton University (March 2015). 

“The Dialogue between Painting and Philosophy”—Presented as Renard Lecturer at Creighton University (March 2015).

Marius Stan
Huygens on Inertial Structure and Relativity. Max Planck Institute for History of Science (July 2015) 

The Early Modern Interest Group, University of Minnesota (April 2015)

Kant and the Basic Laws of Classical Mechanics. Dept of Philosophy, University of Minnesota (April 2015)

Eileen Sweeney
“The Liberal Arts in the 11th and 12th Centuries: (Selective) Nurturing of the Tree of Knowledge,” Invited presentation, Harvard University Medieval Colloquium on the Liberal Arts, September 24, 2015 

“Anselm on Evil and Eudaimonism,” Reading Anselm: Context and Criticism, International Association of Anselm Studies Conference, Boston College, July 27-30, 2015 

“Medieval Philosophy 50 years later: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t,” 50th Anniversary Special Session for the 50th Anniversary of the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 15, 2015.