The graduate program includes around sixty students pursuing various graduate degrees many diverse fields. The Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is the focus of the intellectual vibrancy of the graduate student community. The PGSA sponsors and annual conference, represents graduate student concerns on the Department Graduate Committee, and provides informal assistance to graduate students at all levels of the program.
For some idea of the diversity of graduate student interests, view a list of recent dissertations (PDF).
David McPherson successfully defended his dissertation "Re-Enchanting the World: An Examination of Ethics, Religion, and their Relationship in the Work of Charles Taylor" on Monday, May 10, 2013. Committee: Stanley Harrison, Director; Ruth Abbey (University of Notre Dame), Theresa Tobin, and Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J. (Department of Theology)
Melissa Mosko has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
David Leichter has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor at Marion University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
David McPherson has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Paul Neiman (Ph.D. 2007) has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
Jered Janes presented "The Limits of Naturalizing Husserlian Phenomenology" at the 52nd annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), October 25, 2013.
Greg Trotter presented a paper entitled "Thinking through the Melody: Sartre and the Musical Analogon" at the 20th annual meeting of the North American Sartre Society held at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on October 4-6, 2013.
Phil Mack's paper "In Praise of Habit" will be presented at the William James Society session at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting in Chicago on 27 February 2014.
Chris Kramer's paper "Are We Culpable for Implicit, Automatic, Consciously Unendorsed Stereotypes?" will be presented at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, April 16-20, 2014.
Catlyn Origitano presented “Pluralistic Perspectives and Moral Imagination: A Cautionary Tale.” Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Conference. Tempe, AZ. October 17-20, 2013.
Chris Kramer presented a paper, "Subversive Humor against the Spirit of Seriousness,"at the 7th Annual Lighthearted Philosopher's Society, October 11-12, 2013 in Treasure Island, Florida.
Robert Ramos was selected as a participant for the thirty-eighth annual session of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum. The Collegium wasl held in Città di Castello, Italy, from July 8–26, 2013, the theme for this year’s Collegium is “Heidegger: Gelassenheit, Ethical Life, Ereignis, 1933-1946."
Adriana Kowal presented “The Ontogenetic Emergence of the Subject: Vulnerability in Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Foucault”: 13th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable, Loyola University Chicago (May 18-21, 2013).
Matthew Nowachek presented "Plantinga, Persons, and the Possibilities of Paradox"at the 2013 Wisconsin Philosophical Association Meetings at Mount Mary College on April 20, 2013.
Chris Kramer presented "Humor from the Margins: Comedic Rhetoric Against Oppression" to the 2013 Kent State University Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 16, 2013. A version of that paper will be published in the online journal Proceedings of the Kent State University May 4, in the May 2013 issue.
Alexander Bozzo presented a paper at the Indiana Philosophical Association (November 16-17, 2012) entitled, "Laws of Nature and Hume's Problem of Induction."
Catlyn Origitano presented "Remember Me: Memorial Art as a Stand-in for the Face of the Levinasian Dead Other" at SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) November 1-3, 2012.
Chris Kramer presented a paper entitled "Humor, Heuristics, and Oppression" at the Annual Meeting of the IOWA PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY October 20, 2012 Drake University Des Moines, IA.
Cheryl Abbate, "Assuming Risk: A Critical Analysis of a Soldier's Duty to Prevent Collateral Damage" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Military Ethics and will be either in this Fall's issue or the first issue of 2014.
Stephen Plecnik, Book Review, Place, Commonality and Judgment: Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks by Andrew Benjamin, in Ancient Philosophy, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1 (Spring 2013). Pp. 228-233.
Matthew T. Nowachek, "John the Baptist as Exemplar for the Understanding: Reading Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments alongside an Upbuilding Discourse" Theology 116.4 (2-13), pp. 254-265.
Matthew Nowachek, "On the Non-Bracketing of Fairy Tale in Paradox Discourse: Kierkaard, the Analytic Tradition, and the Importance of Inclusivity" in International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 52, No. 1, Issue 205 (March 2012)
Matthew T. Nowachek, "Living within the Sacred Tension: Kierkegaard's Climacean Works as a Guide for Christian Existence," In Press, Heythrop Journal (2012)
Chris Kramer, In Press, "An Existentialist Account of the Role of Humor Against Oppression" HUMOR (2013)
Chris Kramer "As If: Connecting Phenomenology, Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Laughter," Phaenex, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012).
David McPherson (May 10, 2013) Re-Enchanting the World: An Examination of Ethics, Religion, and their Relationship in the Work of Charles Taylor. Director: Stanley Harrison
Rev. Charles W. Peterson (October 31, 2012), The Humanistic, Fideistic Philosophy of Philip Melancthon (1497-1560), Director: James South
Sebastian Kaufmann (February 25, 2010), The Attestation of the Self as a Bridge Between Hermeneutics and Ontology in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur. Director: Pol Vandevelde
Colin Hahn (March 29, 2012), The Concept of Personhood in the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl. Director, Sebastian Luft
Melissa Mosko (August 26, 2011), Sexualized Violence, Moral Disintegration and Ethical Advocacy. Director: Michael Monahan
Matthew Wion (May 17, 2011), Spinoza on Individuals and Individuation: Metaphysics, Morals and Politics. Director: Michael Wreen
Arun Iyer (April 18, 2011), Knowledge and Thought in Heidegger and Foucault: Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures. Director: Pol Vandevelde
David Leichter (April 8, 2011), The Poetics of Remembrance: Communal Memory and Identity in Heidgegger and Ricoeur. Director: Pol Vandevelde
Bernard (BJ) Mauser (February 28, 2011), The Ontological Foundation For Natural Law Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Naturalism. Director: Michael Wreen
Anthony Karlin (December 13, 2010), William James’s Undivided Self and the Possibility of Immortality. Director: Stanley Harrison
Lorelle Lamascus (November 16, 2010), Love’s Lack: The Relationship between Eros and Poverty in Plato’s Symposium. Director: James South
Shazad Akhtar (November 15, 2010), The Paradox of Nature: Meleau-Ponty’s Semi-Naturalistic Critique of Husserlian Phenomenology. Director: Pol Vandevelde
Shalina Stilley (May 19, 2010), Natural Law Theory and the Is-Ought Problem. Director: William Starr
Daniel Esposito (May 19, 2010), Hume’s Conception of Time and its Implications for His Theories of Causation and Induction. Director: William Starr
Joshua Schulz (April 13, 2010), Friendship and Fidelity: An Historical and Critical Examination. Director: Michael Wreen
Max Herrera (April 9, 2010), Arabic Influences in Aquinas’s Doctrine of Intelligible Species. Director: Richard C. Taylor
The Department of Philosophy is proud of its placement record and places great emphasis on placement. The Assistant to the Chair handles application materials, while mock interviews, CV consultation, and informal mentoring are organized by the Department's Placement Director, Dr. Nancy Snow. For additional information about placement services and for a list of students who have recently graduated and their current jobs, see the Philosophy Department's Placement Information (PDF).