Graduate Student Research

Below is some of the research work and achievements our graduate students have accomplished at Marquette.

Recent Dissertation Defenses

  • Catlyn Origitano (May 13, 2016)
    Moral Imagination and Adorno: Before and After Auschwitz
    Director: James South
    Committee: Kevin Gibson, Theresa Tobin, Susanne Foster
  • Chad Kleist (May 13, 2016)
    Developing Capabilities: A Feminist Discourse Ethics Approach
    Director: Theresa Tobin
    Committee: Kevin Gibson, Michael Monahan, James South
  • Daniel Vecchio (May, 9, 2016)
    Essence and Necessity, and the Aristotelian Modal Syllogistic: A Historical and Analytical Study
    Director: Owen Goldin
    Committee Marko Malink (New York University), Michael Wreen, Noel Adams
  • Kirstin McPherson (April 4, 2016)
    The Secular Transformation of Pride and Humility in the Moral Philosophy of David Hume
    Director: Stanley Harrison
    Committee: Ryan Hanley (Department of Political Science), J. Patrick Murray (Creighton University), Owen Goldin
  • Agust Magnusson (March 9, 2016)
    Kierkegaard in Light of the East: A Critical Comparison of the Philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard with Orthodox Christian Philosophy
    Director: Rev. John D. Jones
    Committee: Noel Adams, James South, Bruce Folz (Eckerd College)
  • Matthew Zdon (November 6, 2015)
    he Conceptual Priority of the Perfect
    Director, Michael Wreen
    Committee: Thomas Prendergast, Noel Adams, Richard Taylor
  • Celeste Harvey (September 21, 2015)
    The Moral Significance of Human Nature for Feminist Moral Philosophy
    Director: Theresa Tobin
    Committee: Margaret Urban Walker, Kevin Gibson, Nancy Snow
  • Trevor Smith (June 11, 2015)
    Resisting Oppression: A Virtue Ethics Approach
    Director: Nancy Snow
    Committee: Theresa Tobin, Susanne Foster, Bronwyn Finnigan (National University of Australia)

Recent Dissertations

  • Velimir Stojkovski (April 7, 2015)
    Recognition and Political Ontology: Fichte, Hegel, and Honneth.
    Director: Michael Monahan
  • Margaret Steele (March 20, 2015)
    Health as Embodied Authenticity.
    Director: Michael Monahan
  • Chris A. Kramer (January 16, 2015)
    Subversive Humor.
    Director: Michael Monahan  
  • 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

Placement News

  • 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.
  • Chad Kleist has accepted a position with the Oshkosh Corporation as Ethics and Compliance Communications Manager.


Graduate Student Conference Presentations

  • Cheryl Abbate
    Assuming Risk: A Critical Analysis of a Soldier’s Duty to Prevent Collateral Damage. Journal of Military Ethics 13(1), pp. 70-93. (2014)
  • Alexander Bozzo
    Indiana Philosophical Association (November 16-17, 2012) entitled, "Laws of Nature and Hume's Problem of Induction."
  • Jered Janes
    "Self-Reference and Phenomenal Consciousness: Evaluating Zahavi's Critique of Higher-Order Theories" at the 53rd annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), October 24, 2014

    "An Husserlian Critique of McDowell's Conceptualism" at the annual fall meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association (IPA), October 17, 2014

    "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.
  • Adriana Kowal
    “The Ontogenetic Emergence of the Subject: Vulnerability in Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Foucault”: 13th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable, Loyola University Chicago (May 18-21, 2013).
  • Chris Kramer
    " 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.
  • Phil Mack
    - '"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.
  • Matthew Nowachek
    "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.
  • Catlyn Origitano
    “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.
  • Greg Trotter
    Presented "Inaugurating a Tradition: The Sartrean Imagination as Merleau-Pontian Expression" on June 19, 2014at the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism conference, held in St. Louis, MO.

    Participated in the Pittsburgh 2014 Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy, an intensive, week-long summer school held at Duquesne University from August 4th-8th. The topic this year was "Formalism and the Real: Ontology, Politics and the Subject," and was led by Profs. Paul Livingston (New Mexico), Bruno Bosteels (Cornell), and Tom Eyers (Duquesne).

    "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.

Graduate Student Publications

  • Alexander Bozzo
    Book Review: Paul Guyer, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason," Kant-Studien 106:1 (March 2015): 136-142
  • Kimberly Engels
    "Schopenhauer's Intelligible Character and Sartre's Fundamental Project" The Journal of Idealistic Studies, 44(1) Spring 2014, pp. 101-118. 

    "Bad Faith, Authenticity, and Responsibilities to Future Generations: A Sartrean Approach,"  Environmental Ethics, 36.4 2014, pp. 455-470.
  • Jered Janes
    Book Review: "Dorian Cairns - The Philosophy of Edmund Husserl," Husserl Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1 (April 2015)
  • Chris Kramer 
    "As If: Connecting Phenomenology, Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Laughter," Phaenex, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012).
  • Matthew T. Nowachek
    "The Monumental Task of Kierkegaard's Attack upon Christendom." In Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2016, 159-185. Edited by Heiko Schulz, Jon Stewart, and Karl Verstrynge. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2016.

    "Antony Rowland, Poetry as Testimony: Witnessing and Memory in Twentieth-century Poems." Heythrop Journal​ 57, no. 5 (2016): 877-878

    "Kierkegaard as Pedagogue: Some Insights for Teaching Introductory Philosophy Courses," Teaching Philosophy 37.3 (2014): 343-363.

    "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 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.

    "Teaching How to Read Ethics Texts With the Help of Kierkegaard's 'The Mirror of the Word'," Teaching Ethics 16, no. 1 (2016): 103-120.
  • Stephen Plecnik,
    A User-Friendly Introduction to Logic, Second Edition, has been accepted for publication by Stipes Publishing and will be ready to print this semester.

    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. 
  • Gregory Trotter
    Review of Theodor Gracyk's book On Music in American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal Vol. 6, No. 2 Spring/Summer 2014

Alumni News and Accomplishments

  • Paul Neiman (Ph.D. 2007)
    Paul has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.