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Department Chair

  • Jennifer McErlean
    Professor of Philosophy
    Siena Hall 414
    (518) 783-4129
    mcerlean@siena.edu



Speaker Series


2011 Jay Bernstein (The New School), Torture and Modernity

2010 Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins), Green Materialism

2008 Jesse Prinz (CUNY), The Role of Emotions in Moral Judgment


2006 Simon Critchley (The New School), Do Not Use the Other as Mouthwash


2005 Maria Lugones (Binghamton University), Multiculturalism and Women of Color Feminisms


2004 Richard Bernstein (The New School), Pragmatic Consequences of Tolerance


2003 Drew Hyland (Trinity College), Philosophy of Sport


2002 Jenny Teichman (Cambridge University), What is Terrorism?


2001 Ronald Polansky (Duquesne University), Aristotle and Perception


2000 Edward Casey (Stony Brook), Gleaning of the Environment


1999 Carolyn Korsmeyer (Buffalo), Disgust in Art


1998 Daniel Conway (Texas A&M), Nietzsche as Legislator


1997 Stephen Brown (Boston College), The Analogy of Being


1996 Allan Janik, The Creative Millieux: Vienna 1906


1995 Wade Robinson (RIT), Constitutional Law


1994 John Stuhr (Emory), Responsible Pragamatism


1993 Elizabeth V. Spelman (Smith), Slave Girl Narratives


1992 Johnmarie Polidoro, The Way of Peace


1991 Langdon Winner (RPI), The Technological Race and Political Culture


1990 Thomas Langan (Toronto), Whatever Happened to Truth?


1989 Christina Hoff Sommers, Feminism and Family

1988 Bernard Dauenhauer
 (Georgia)

1987 Philip Halle, Le Chambon and Virtue

1986 Thomas Flynn (Emory)


1985 John D. Caputo (Vilanova), Heidegger and Technology

1984 Florence Hetzler, Art and Philosophy


1983 Michael P. Slattery, Christian Philosophy and Gnosticism


1982 Peter Kreeft (Boston College), A Philosophy of Poverty


1981 William May, Artful Baby-making & Justice

1979 Robert O’Connell, S.J., Art and the Business of Being Intelligent


1978 Thomas Langan (Toronto), Learning to Live in Megalopolis


1977 W. Norris Clarke, S.J., Parapsychology

1976 John Koller, Chinese Philosophy

1975 Johemery Konecsni, Locke and the Constitution


1974 Rosemary LoSosso, Silence an Self-Awareness


1973 Elizabeth Anscombe, Sexual Ethics


1972 Robert Neville, Vanity and Time

1971 Kenneth Gallagher, Marcel


1970 Germain Grisez, Natural Law, Ethics, and Abortion


1969 Stephen F. Brown, Lucretius’ “The Nature of the Universe”