Philosophy Department


Applied Philosophy Lyceum

The Story, in Brief...

Since 1992 the Philosophy Department has sponsored an annual lecture series devoted to issues in applied philosophy. Conceived with Aristotle's Lyceum in mind, the Applied Philosophy Lyceum (APL) aims to stimulate private reflection and public reasoning on matters of human praxis, broadly conceived. Topics have ranged from issues in environmental ethics to theories of love and friendship. The list of speakers and topics, past and present, can be found below.

A reception typically follows each lecture.

For further information on the Lyceum go to the Contacts Page

Spring 2015 Applied Philosophy Lyceum

James Bielo

Miami University 

Immersive Christianity:

On Religion, Entertainment, and Globalization

 Friday, March 27, 2015

at 5:00 pm

COE, Room 164


Sponsored by The Department of Philosophy, The College of Liberal Arts, and The Graduate School

From the Past...

Spring 2015
- Bonnie Mann
Gendered Play and Gendered Torture: Lessons from the War on Terror
Friday, February 27, 2015
COE, Room 164
Spring 2014
- David Wood
Disconcerting Experience
Friday, April 11, 2014
BAS, Room S128
Spring 2014
- Cinzia Arruzza
Gender as Social Temporality: Butler and Marx
Friday, March 28, 2014
COE, Room 164
Fall 2013

-Carlin Romano

America the Philosophical
Friday, November 8, 2013
COE, Room 164


Spring 2013

-Richard Shusterman

Pragmatism, Somaesthetics, and Contemporary Art
Friday, February 1, 2013
JUB, Room 304

- Kelly A. Parker
What Ought We to Sustain? A Pragmatic Framework for the Question
Friday, March 22, 2013
JUB Room 304


Spring 2012

- Bill Martin
What Can Nothing Do for Politics? Mao, Mu Badiou, Buddhism
Friday, April 6, 4:00 PM
JUB, Room 304

- John Lysaker
Coming to Terms with Selfhood
Friday, April 20, 4:00 PM
JUB Room 304

Spring 2011

- Bart Ehrman

Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Changed the Bible and Readers Who May Never Know
Friday, February 18, 3:30 PM
State Farm Room, Business/Aerospace Bldg.

- Paul C. Taylor
What's a Black Artist? Philosophy, Identity, and Black Aesthetics
Friday, April 8, 3:30 PM
JUB Room 304

Spring 2010

- Hilde Hein, Brandeis University

The Responsibility of Representation
Friday, February 19th, 3:30 PM
JUB Room 304

- Scott Pratt
Creation and Liberation: The Ontology of American Indian Origins
Friday, April 16th, 3:30 PM
JUB Room 304

Spring 2009

- John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
Education in a Time of Crisis
Wednesday, April 8th, 4:00 PM
JUB Hazelwood Dining Room

- Lisa Heldke, Gustavus Adolphus College
Food Security: Three Conceptions of Access -- Charity, Rights, and Coresponsibility
Friday, April 17th, 3:30 PM, JUB 304

Spring 2008
  • John J. Stuhr, Vanderbilt University
Against Forgiveness
Friday, March 28, 3:30pm, James Union Building, 304
John J. Stuhr

  • George Yancy, Dusquesne University
White Looks/Black Bodies
Friday, April 11, 3:30pm, James Union Building, 304
George Yancy

Spring 2007

  • Charles Mills, University of Illinois, Chicago
    The Racial/Sexual Contract
    Friday, March, 30 2007 JUB 304
  • Robert E. Innis, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    An Aesthetic Encounter: Thinking about Art with Susanne Langer
    Friday April 20, 2007 JUB 304

Spring 2006

  • Noelle McAfee, American University
    Two Feminisms
    Friday April 7, 2005 JUB 304
  • Karen Hanson, Indiana University
    Dressing Down Dressing Up: The Philosophic Fear of Fashion
    Friday April 14, 2006 JUB 304

Spring 2005

  • Jessica Wahman, Dickinson College
    Fleshing Out Consensus: Radical Pragmatism, Civil Rights, and the Algebra Project
    Friday April 1, 2005 JUB 304
  • Carolyn Korsmeyer, SUNY Buffalo
    Against Pleasure: The Case of Art and Food
    Friday April 15, 2005 JUB 304

Spring 2004

  • Jana Craig, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Traditional Values and Contemporary Medicine
    Friday April 16, 2004 JUB 304
  • Thomas May, Medical College of Wisconsin
    The War on Bioterrorism
    Friday April 30, 2004 JUB 304

Spring 2003

  • Raja Halwani, Chicago Art Institute
    The Just Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Friday March 21 JUB 304
  • Helen Longino, University of Minnesota
    Feminism, Science, and the Politics of Knowledge
    Friday April 4 at 3:30pm JUB 304
  • Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University
    The Body in Philosophy and Art
    Friday April 25 at 3:30pm JUB 304


Spring 2002

  • Erin McKenna, Pacific Lutheran University
    Pragmatism and Animal Liberation
    Friday February 22 at 3:30pm JUB 304
  • Cynthia Gayman, Southern Illinois University
    Impossible Freedom
    Friday March 15 at 3:30pm JUB 304
  • Vincent Colapietro, Penn State University
    Allowing Our Practices to Speak for Themseoves: Peirce and Wittgenstein
    Friday April 27 at 3:30pm JUB 304

Spring 2001

  • John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
    Immortality and Other Unintelligible Hopes
    Friday March 2 at 4:00pm State Farm Lecture Hall, BAS
  • Christine Overall, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
    Aging & the Right to Life
    Friday April 6 at 3:30pm JUB 304
  • Donald Scherer, Bowling Green State University
    How can we save the environment?
    Friday April 27 at 3:30pm JUB 304

Spring 2000

  • Lewis Gordon: Brown University
    The Human Genome Project
    Friday, 18 February at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Marvin Belzer: Bowling Green State University
    Earth To Parfit: Forget About Fission
    Friday, 7 April at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Alan Soble: University of New Orleans
    What Did Monica and Bill Do?
    Friday, 28 April at 3:30 pm, JUB 304


Spring 1999

  • Bryan Norton, Georgia Institue of Technology
    Toward a Universal Valuation of Nature: Beyond the Anthropocentrism/Non-Antropocentrism Debate
    Friday April 23, 1999 at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • John J. McDermott, Texas A&M
    The Erosion of Moral Sensibility
    March 26, 1999 at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • James Marsh, Fordham University
    Ghosts and Spirits: Marx, Derrida, and the New World Order
    April 9, 1999 at 3:30 pm, JUB 304


Spring 1998

  • Charles Mills, University of Chicago, Illinois
    The Racial Contract
    Friday March 6, 1998 at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Joel Kovel, Bard College
    Ecology and Capitalism: A Marriage Made in Hell
    Feb 20 1998 at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Ted Cohen, University of Chicago
    Metaphors of Personal Identification
    Friday April 17, 1998

Spring 1997

  • David Schweickart: Loyola University of Chicago
    Why Capitalism Doesn't Work
    Friday, 7 March at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Robert Bernasconi: University of Memphis
    Is Race Real?
    Tuesday, 25 March at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Lynn Hankinson Nelson: Rowan College
    Feminism and Sociobiology
    Friday, 11 April at 3:30 pm, JUB 304

Spring 1996

  • Bill Martin: Depaul University
    Truth and Flourishing: Elements of a Communitarian Theory of Knowledge
    Thursday, 29 March at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • David Gerrold: Nebula Award Winning Science Fiction Writer
    The Martian Child and the Involuntary Human
    Wednesday, 20 March at 3:30 pm, Place TBA
  • Milton Fisk: Indiana University
    Health Care as a Public Good
    Thursday, 4 April at 4:00 pm, JUB 304

Spring 1995

  • Alisa Carse: Georgetown University
    Pornography, Subordination, and Liberty
    Thursday, 16 March at 3:00 pm, Nursing 121
  • John J. McDermott: Texas A&M University
    Philosophy as Therapeia: A Secular Teshuvah
    Thursday, 13 April at 3:00 pm, Nursing 121
  • Lewis R. Gordon: Purdue University
    Bad Faith, Anonymity, and AntiBlack Racism
    Wednesday, 19 April at 3:00 pm, Nursing 121

Spring 1994

  • Frithjof Bergmann: University of Michigan
    New Work
    Thursday, 24 March at 3:00 pm, Peck Hall 227
  • Tom Alexander: Southern Illinois University
    Incarnations of Love
    Thursday, 6 April at 4:00 pm, Peck Hall 227
  • Kelly Oliver: University of Texas
    Save the Mother
    Thursday, 21 April at 4:30 pm, Peck Hall 227

Spring 1993

  • Marilyn Friedman: Washington University
    Codes, Canons and "Correctness"
    Wednesday, 3 March at 3:30 pm, JUB 304
  • Rosemarie Tong: Davidson College
    Feminine and Feminist Ethics
    Monday, 29 March at 3:30 pm, Peck Hall 109
  • Ron Cooper: Florida Endowment for the Humanities
    Waiter, There's A Person in My Soup: Personhood, Animal Rights and Speciesism
    Thursday 15 April at 3:30 pm, JUB 304

Spring 1992

  • Michael Emerson: Hiram College
    Thinking Nature in a World of Wounds
    Thursday, 5 March at 3:00 pm, JUB 304
  • Rex Martin: University of Kansas
    Democracy and Rights
    Thrusday, 12 March at 3:00 pm, JUB 304
  • Mark Schersten: Siena Heights College
    Who Should Live? Patient Characteristics in the Allocation of Health Care Resources
    Thursday, 9 April at 3:00 pm, JUB 304