Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 16, 2011

New Courses to be available for Summer 2012

PHRE community,

Dr. Alexander’s PHRE 189: Philosophy & Literature will soon be open to all students, after having been reserved for 1st year registration. If you are looking to pick up this class, now’s your opportunity!

You may also be interested to know that Dr. Mike Ashcraft will offer both PHRE 188: Ethics and PHRE 301: Christianity during the first block of summer school in 2012. This brings our summer offerings, with Dr. Alexander’s PHRE 189: Philosophy and Literature and PHRE 336: Ancient Philosophy to four, including TWO of the major required courses.

Also, if you are relatively new to the major, don’t forget about PHRE 120: New Major’s Colloquium, taught by Dr. Alexander from 1:30 to 2:20 pm on Thursdays next Spring. The course will orient you to the professional ways of thinking, writing, and researching that are unique to the fields of philosophy and religious studies, with attention also to graduate school and post-college employment.

Dereck Daschke, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Philosophy & Religion

November 15, 2011

Call for Papers for Wisconsin philosophy conference with undergraduate sessions

The Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Philosophical Association will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Papers can be in any area of philosophy.
  • Papers should be prepared for blind review, with the author’s name appearing only on a separate cover sheet.
  • Please indicate on the cover sheet the area of philosophy addressed in the paper (e.g. epistemology, history of philosophy, philosophy of language, ethics, etc.)
  • Please indicate in the e-mail whether the submission is an undergraduate submission, or a faculty/graduate submission.
  • Submit papers in Word or PDF to:

Instead of reading the paper, presenters will be asked to provide a 20-minute summary of the paper. This allows for more discussion and for more lively and active sessions.

Papers must be submitted by February 1, 2012.  The program will be announced in March, 2012.

WPA website:

November 10, 2011

PHRE Undergraduate Conference Schedule of Talks

The schedule of talks for Truman’s 2011 PHRE Undergraduate Conference this upcoming Saturday, November 12 has just been released.

November 2, 2011

PHRE Conference talks announced

The Philosophy and Religion Department is pleased to announce that the following papers will be presented at this year’s Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference on Saturday, November 12:

  • Finoch, Kimberly, “John Zizioulas and Trinitarian Thought” [Lindenwood U.]
  • Hardy, Nathan, “Al-Ash’ari and the Mu’tazila: Muslim Theology and its Role in the Development of Muslims’ Intellectual Lives” [Truman]
  • Jones, Ken, “Existence Within Body:Physical Fitness and the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche” [Truman]
  • Leffler, Taylor, “Justice Is as Justice Does: Plato’s True Definition of Justice” [University of St. Thomas]
  • Marren, Kevin, “Criticism of BioLogos and Natural Theology” [Missouri State]
  • Rosentreter, Ann N., “Rainbows and Crucifixes: Gay and Lesbian Catholics and Their Faith” [Truman]
  • Sar, Kevin,  “A Tale of Two Socrates: Plato’s Two Messages in the Apology” [Centre College]
  • Smith, Jared, “Thomistic Epistemology and Lonerganian Revitalization” [U. of Louisville]
  • Smith, Topher, “Foundationalism is Wonky” [Centre College]
  • Vicars, Zach, “Beyond the Rhetoric: An Exploration in the Ethics of Genetic Engineering” [Truman]
  • Voboril, Jakub, “Reconsidering the Akedah:A Natural Law Solution to the Interpreter’s Dilemma”  [Newman U.]
  • Whitehurst, Ross, “Hallucination and the Veil of Perception” [Ursinus College]
  • Yeagle, Henry, “Adam and Eve, the Theology of the Body, and the Sexual Revolution” [Conception Seminary College]

All talks will be held in the Student Union Alumni Room, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  A detailed schedule of times will be posted in the near future.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Robert Jewett, noted New Testament scholar.  The subject of his talk is “Jesus, Captain America and Barack Obama and the Superhero Myth in Contemporary America.”  The talk will be delivered during lunch at 12:00 p.m. in the Student Union Activities Room (SUB 3200).