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Joel Christensen Speaks as Distinguished Lecturer at Brandeis University

March 11, 2014

Dr. Joel P. Christensen

Dr. Joel P. Christensen

Dr. Joel P. Christensen delivered a distinguished lecture at Brandeis University, his alma mater, titled "'No Other Odysseus Will Ever Return': Clinical, Mythical, and Personal Odysseys."

His talk examined the Odyssey from three perspectives: its therapeutic treatment of fate and free will; the mythical patterning that illustrates how the stories we tell create our identities; and the echoes of the epic’s warnings about the dangers of narrative in Breaking Bad and the novel Infinite Jest.

Read a report of Dr. Christensen's lecture by The Brandeis Hoot.

 

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Joshua Thurow Publishes The A Priori in Philosophy

February 28, 2014

Dr. Joshua Thurow's edited collection The A Priori in Philosophy, co-edited with Albert Casullo, has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

View the book details on the OUP website →

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Joel Christensen Featured on Harvard University’s Hour 25

February 26, 2014

As part of his fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Classics' Joel Christensen is featured on the online project Hour 25: A Sequel to The Ancient Greek Hero.

Dr. Christensen's collaboration on the site includes publishing a draft paper for students, hosting an online exchange, participating in a recorded conversation with scholar Elton Baker (Open University), and leading a live video discussion on Odysseus and Breaking Bad's Walter White.

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Philosophy Students to Present at Conferences

February 20, 2014

Kudos go to philosophy students Argon Gruber and Cath Dauner, who have recently had papers accepted at conferences! 

Argon, a first-year MA student, will be presenting "Finding Virtue: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions",  and Cath, a senior honors student in philosophy, will be presenting "Plato vs. Aristotle:  Feminism and Education", at the 4th annual Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference in April 2014.  Cath will also be presenting her paper at this month's San Antonio College Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy.

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Dr. Eve A. Browning to Serve as New Department Chair

February 19, 2014

Dr. Browning with her horse, Gentle John.

Dr. Browning with her horse, Gentle John.

The Department of Philosophy and Classics is pleased to announce that Dr. Eve A. Browning (PhD., University of California-San Diego) will be joining the faculty as Chair in Fall 2014.

Dr. Browning is an award-winning teacher and scholar, and specializes in Ancient Philosophy.

Learn more about Dr. Browning here.

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Dr. Hernandez Receives NEH Funding for Book Project “Acquainted with Grief”

December 23, 2013

Dr. Jill Graper Hernandez won a National Endowment for Humanities Faculty Award, which funds 8 months of research to complete work on a book, tentatively entitled "Acquainted with Grief:  Early Modern Feminist Conceptions of God, Evil, and Theodicy."

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Philosophy Professors Funded to Present at Logos 2014 Conference

December 23, 2013

Drs. Jill Graper Hernandez and Joshua Thurow received a funded acceptance from the University of Notre Dame to participate in their "Logos 2014: Atonement" Conference. The conference will be held May 8-10, 2014.

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Dr. Christensen Awarded Classical Association’s Top Honor for Collegiate Teaching

December 16, 2013

Dr. Christensen at the APA Award Ceremony

Dr. Christensen at the APA Award Ceremony

Dr. Joel P. Christensen was awarded the highly prestigious 2013 American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level. The APA honored his exceptional teaching work on a broad range of courses on the ancient world as well as his true dedication to student development.

Read the American Philological Association's glowing citation of Dr. Christensen →

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New M.A. Program in the News

September 4, 2013

The Department of Philosophy's new M.A. program was featured in the San Antonio Business Journal! Read the story here.

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Dr. Xunwu Chen to Publish The Masterful Leader of Contemporary Thought

August 1, 2013

Dr. Xunwu Chen's Habermas: The Masterful Leader of Contemporary Thought (Jiu Zhou Publishing House, 九州出版社, Beijing, China) is forthcoming in 2014.  The book explores Habermas’ main contributions to the great social-political ideas of our time, including the rule of reason, the rule of law, global justice, cosmopolitanism, human rights and crimes against humanity.

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Dr. Ewing Chinn to Publish Fundamentals of Logic

August 1, 2013

Dr. Ewing Chinn looks forward to the Summer 2013 publication of his formal logic book, Fundamentals of Logic: An Introduction to Formal Logic.  Dr. Chinn will use this text in his sections of PHI 2043.

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Faculty Continues Their High Research Production

July 27, 2013

 Our faculty continues their high research production, both in peer-reviewed and invited venues. A sampling of their recent and forthcoming work includes: Dr. Almeida’s 'The Logical Problem of Evil Regained', was published in Midwest Studies in Philosophy (2012); and he has a series of forthcoming book chapters, “Skeptical Theism and Undercutting Defeaters', in New Essays on Skeptical Theism (OUP 2013); 'Best Worlds and Multiverses', in God and the Multiverse: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives (Routledge 2013) and 'Freedom and Morally Perfect Worlds' in Free Will and Theism: Connections, Contingencies and Concerns (OUP 2013). Dr. Thurow’s edited volume, The A Priori and Philosophy is slated to be published by Oxford in October 2013, and his forthcoming works include "Moral Intuitionism Defeated?" co-authored with Nathan Ballantyne, American Philosophical Quarterly, and the book chapters "Does the Scientific Study of Religion Cast Doubt on Theistic Belief?" in Challenges to Moral and Reli-gious Belief (OUP 2013) and "Religion, ‘Religion’, and Tolerance," in Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation (Oxford 2013). Dr. Hernandez published “The Anxious Believer: Macaulay's Prescient Theodicy," in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2013) and “Leibniz and the Best of All Possible Worlds,” in God and Evil (IVP 2013), and her forthcoming work includes "Atrocious Evil, Divinely Perfected: An Early Modern Feminist's Contribution to Theodicy", in The Journal of Religion, and “The ‘Alien Exception’: the Affordable Care Act and the Oblique Rights of Those on the Margins" in The Affordable Care Act Decision Philosophical and Legal Implications (Routledge 2014). Dr. Welchman’s edited volume, Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics has been signed to a contract with Springer, and his forthcoming book chapters include “Deleuze and Schopenhauer” in Deleuze and Post-Kantian Thought (Edinburgh University Press, 2014); ‘Schopenhauer’s Moral Philosophy’ in The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy (CUP, 2014); ‘Schelling’s Moral Argument for a Metaphysics of Contingency’ in Schelling’s Realism and the Philosophy of Nature (aAccedemia Press, 2013) and ‘Schelling and Schopenhauer on Evil’ in The History of Evil in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Vol 4 (Acumen Press 2013).

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Philosophy and Classics Faculty Win Awards!

July 27, 2013

Our faculty received various national honors in 2013. Dr. Joel Christensen won a fellowship for Summer 2013 with the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Joshua Thurow won a 2013 summer stipend from the Analytic Theology Project at the University of Notre Dame for his work on atonement. Dr. Jill Hernandez won the Robert B. Papazian Prize in Ethics from the International Journal of Philosophical Studies for her paper, “The Integrity Objection, Reloaded”. Our faculty also excelled at the institutional level: Drs. Christensen and William Short won Faculty Development Leaves for Research for the upcoming school year, and Hernandez won the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching.

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Dr. Almeida’s Freedom, God, and Worlds Receives Critical Acclaim from Top Philosophers of Religion

July 27, 2013

Reviews are coming in for Dr. Almeida’s recent book, Freedom, God, and Worlds (Oxford, 2012). Peter Forrest, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, states, "This is a brilliant book.” P.K. Moser, in Choice, writes, “Almeida defends a view implying that it is not an a priori necessary truth that God has the essential properties of perfect goodness, omnipotence, omniscience, or necessary existence. The book ... develops this view with exceptional rigor and detail. Summing Up: Highly recommended." Well done!

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