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).
The Thomas C. Anderson Teaching Award, named to honor a long time Philosophy Department Chair, is given to the graduate student instructor each year who has received the highest course evaluation scores, along with input from the Director of Graduate Studies and the Assistant Chair (teaching supervisor).
2006-2007 Paul Neiman
2007-2008 Arun Iyer
2008-2009 Jonathan Bechtel
2009-2010 Trevor Smith
2010-2011 Chad Kleist
2011-2012 Matthew Nowachek
2012-2013 Adriana Kowal
2013-2014 Jered Janes
Daniel Farmer successfully defended his dissertation "Dangerous Knowledge? Morality and Moral Progress after Naturalism" on March 31, 2014. Committee: Margaret Urban Walker (Director), Nancy Snow (Second Reader), Theresa Tobin, Kevin Gibson.
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 tenure track position as Assistant Professor at Creighton University.
Paul Neiman (Ph.D. 2007) has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
Cheryl Abbate 2014. Assuming Risk: A Critical Analysis of a Soldier’s Duty to Prevent Collateral Damage. Journal of Military Ethics 13(1), pp. 70-93.
Indiana Philosophical Association (November 16-17, 2012) entitled, "Laws of Nature and Hume's Problem of Induction."
"Un-Naturalizing Phenomenology: Making a Case for Transcendental Phenomenology in the 21st Century" at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division Meeting, February 28, 2014
"The Limits of Naturalizing Husserlian Phenomenology" at the 52nd annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), October 25, 2013.
“The Ontogenetic Emergence of the Subject: Vulnerability in Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Foucault”: 13th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable, Loyola University Chicago (May 18-21, 2013).
" Are We Culpable for Implicit, Automatic, Consciously Unendorsed Stereotypes?" the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, April 16-20, 2014.
"Subversive Humor against the Spirit of Seriousness,"at the 7th Annual Lighthearted Philosopher's Society, October 11-12, 2013 in Treasure Island, Florida.
"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.
"Humor, Heuristics, and Oppression" at the Annual Meeting of the IOWA PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY October 20, 2012 Drake University Des Moines, IA.
'"In Praise of Habit" was presented at the William James Society session at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting in Chicago on 27 February 2014.
“Overlooking Racism,” will be presented at the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 19-20 September 2014.
"Challenging the Violence of Retributivism: Kierkegaard, Works of Love, and the Dialectic of Edification," Journal for Peace & Justice Studies 23.2 (2014): 21-52.
"Why Isn't Abraham Traumatized? Fear and Trembling, Trauma, and the Wonder of Faith" (paper presentation), Wisconsin Philosophical Association Annual Conference, 05 April 2013, UW-Madison
"Plantinga, Persons, and the Possibilities of Paradox"at the 2013 Wisconsin Philosophical Association Meetings at Mount Mary College on April 20, 2013.
“Pluralistic Perspectives and Moral Imagination: A Cautionary Tale.” Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Conference. Tempe, AZ. October 17-20, 2013.
"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.
"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.
"As If: Connecting Phenomenology, Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Laughter," Phaenex, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012).
Matthew T. Nowachek
"Why Robots Can't Become Racist, and Why Humans Can," PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture 9.1 (2014): 57-88.
"John the Baptist as Exemplar for the Understanding: Reading Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments alongside an Upbuilding Discourse," Theology 116.4 (2013): 254-265.
"Living within the Sacred Tension: Kierkegaard's Climacean Works as a Guide for Christian Existence," The Heythrop Journal (2012): DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2012.00797.x.
"On the Non-Bracketing of Fairy Tale in Paradox Discourse: Kierkegaard, the Analytic Tradition, and the Importance of Inclusivity," International Philosophical Quarterly 52.1 (2012): 5-20.
"C. Stephen Evans, Kierkegaard: An Introduction," The Journal of Value Inquiry 44.4 (2010): 547-552.
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.
Daniel Farmer (March 31, 2014) Dangerous Knowledge? Morality and Moral Progress after Naturalism. Director: Margaret Urban Walker
Rosa Vargas-Della-Casa (November 8, 2013) Thomas Aquinas on the Apprehension of Being: The Role of Judgement in Light of Thirteenth-Century Semantics. Director: David Twetten.
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).