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On February 29th, 2016, the Philosophy and Rhetoric department will be hosting a lecture by Emmanuel Falque. Falque is dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Institut Catholique Paris. He is a leading scholar working in the intersections between phenomenology and theology and is the author of many books, including Metamorphosis of Finitude. More details about this lecture will be coming shortly.

In the spring, we will be hosting an informal learning group that brings together faculty, students and alumni. We will be discussing Adam Benforado’s book Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice. Please contact us if you’re interested in joining the group.

Department News

Graduate Placement:

Matthew Hewes (B.A. ’15), received the First Place Letseizer medal at Commencement in May, which is the top academic honor bestowed by the university. This fall Matthew has enrolled in a Masters degree program in counseling at UCO.

Ruy Vaz (B.A. ’15) received a scholarship and stipend to pursue a graduate degree in the “Ethics and Society” program at Fordham University.

Emma Velez (B.A. ‘13) was accepted to the doctoral program at Penn State University on a full scholarship and stipend.

Senior Thesis Defense:

On April 28, 2015, the Philosophy and Rhetoric Department hosted its annual senior thesis defense. The senior projects were:

Colin Ferguson, “World Without Cause: Questioning Causal Necessity with Quentin Meillassoux”

Matthew Hewes, “Tillich’s Atonement as an Answer to Marx’s Alienation”

Will Lugar, “Deep Value and Meditations on Morality”

Michael P. Thibodeau, “Egocentrism and Alienation in the Sharing Economy”

Ruy Vaz Filho, “Soccer and Plato: Achieving Harmony in a Soccer Team”

Congratulations to our graduates!

Faculty News
  • On August 16, Rowman and Littlefield released The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory, edited by our own Nathan Ross. It contains a series of 12 essays by scholars from five different countries on the philosophies of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno. Benjamin and Adorno were two of the most important Jewish-German philosophers who resisted the rise of fascism in Germany. Benjamin died fleeing the Nazis in 1940, while Adorno moved to California and became a prominent music critic and social critic in the post-war period. This book of original essays examines the ways in which these two philosophers turned to modern art for new ways of thinking and critical insights into modern culture. In the post-war era, Adorno coined the term “culture industry” as a way to capture the conformism and standardization enforced by products of popular culture. In opposition to this, the critical theorists argue that we need challenging and unsettling artworks in order to activate our capacity for critical introspection. Nathan has two essays of his own in the volume. In addition to work on this edited volume, Nathan has also recently published journal articles on the philosophy of critical theory in the journals Philosophy Today and Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. In the fall semester, he is teaching a freshman seminar at OCU called ‘The Resistance to Fascism in Philosophy and Film’ that explores some of the ideas involved in the book as a way to introduce students to the value of a liberal arts education.
  • Robin Meyers has published a new book Spiritual Defiance:  Building a Beloved Community of Resistance (Yale University Press, 2015). The book is based on the Beecher Lectures that he delivered at Yale Divinity School in the Fall of 2014. You can watch the YouTube video of these lectures through the links below. The department will also host a symposium on Meyers’ book in October.
  • Robin Meyers has published a new book Spiritual Defiance:  Building a Beloved Community of Resistance (Yale University Press, 2015). The book is based on the Beecher Lectures that he delivered at Yale Divinity School in the Fall of 2014. You can watch the YouTube video of these lectures through the links below. The department will also host a symposium on Meyers’ book in October.


Robin Meyers - "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Ego"

The first of three lectures by Robin R. Meyers: "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Ego." The great Presbyterian preacher Ernest Campbell said once, "Surely ther...

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Robin Meyers: "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Orthodoxy"

The second of three Beecher Lectures by Robin R. Meyers: "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Orthodoxy." Is Christianity a way of life, or a belief system held i...

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Robin R. Meyers: "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Empire"

The third of three lectures by Robin R. Meyers: "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Empire." Harvey Cox, among others, has put the dilemma of the anti-imperial f...

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