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

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Stephen Ferguson

North Carolina State University


“Another World is Possible”: the Marxist Philosophy of Revolution


 Friday, April 19, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - COE, Room 164 

Flyer for Stephen Ferguson's talk


Sponsored by The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies in The College of Liberal Arts

From the Past...

Spring 2024

Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College Fanon, Zizek, and the Question of Palestine 4/5/2024 COE 164

Fall 2023

Eric Thomas Weber, University of Kentucky Freedom in Education: A Philosophical Critique of Current Conflicts in Educational Policy 11/17/2023 COE 164

Spring 2023

John J. Stuhr, Emory University Freedom, Democracy, and Its Institutions 3/31/2023 COE 164

Spring 2023

Carol Gould, Hunter College & Graduate Center of City Universiy of New York From Fraternity to Solidarity: 
Towards a Feminist Reconstruction
4/21/2023 COE 1664

Fall 2022

Tadd Ruetenik, St. Ambrose University Sports: The Flywheel of the Military Industrial Complex 9/16/2022 COE 164

Spring 2022

Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College Imagining Life Together: Psychosexual Intimacy, Social Roles, and Contemporary Comedies of Remarriage 4/27/2022 COE 164

Fall 2019

Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Political Polarization 10/04/2019 COE 160

Spring 2019

David Schweickart, Loyola University Chicago Against Democracy??: Libertarianism, Climate Change Denial, Democracy (In Chains) 04/12/2019 COE 164

Spring 2019

Erin C. Tarver, Oxford College of Emory University Bigger than Football: Fan Anxiety and Memory in the Racial Present. 02/15/2019 COE 164

Fall 2018

Alfred Frankowski, Southern Illinois University

Spectacle Terror Lynching, Public Sovereignty, and the Architecture of Lived Racial Violence 09/21/2018 COE 164

 Spring 2018

Espen Hammer, Temple University Thinking of Being versus Dialectical Negativism: Adorno's Critique of Heidegger 04/06/2018 COE 164

Fall 2017

Michael Monahan, University of Memphis Decolonizing Reason: Sylvia Wynter and 'The Human Project' 11/10/2017 COE 164



Ronald Aronson, Wayne State University Social Hope in the Time of Trump 04/21/2017 COE 164

Spring 2016

Mary Beth Mader, University of Memphis Being Genealogical: Contemporary Philosophical Reflections on Kinship 04/22/16 COE 164

Spring 2016

Michael Sullivan, Emory University Philosophy, Pragmatism, and the Supreme Court 04/01/16 COE 164
Spring 2015 James Bielo, Miami University Immersive Christianity: On Religion, Entertainment, and Globalization 03/27/15 COE 164
Fall 2015 Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University From Solitary Confinement to Solidarity: Phenomenology as a Practice of Liberation 09/18/2015 COE 164
Spring 2015 Bonnie Mann, University of Oregon Gendered Play and Gendered Torture: Lessons from the War on Terror 02/27/15 COE 164
Spring 2014  David Wood, Vanderbilt University Disconcerting Experience 04/11/14 BAS S128
Cinzia Arruzza, New School for Social Research Gender as Social Temporality: Butler and Marx 03/28/14 COE 164
Fall 2013 Carlin Romano, Ursinus College America the Philosophical 11/08/13 COE 164
Spring 2013  Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University Pragmatism, Somaesthetics, and Contemporary Art 02/01/13 JUB 304
Kelly A. Parker, Grand Valley State University What Ought We to Sustain? A Pragmatic Framework for the Question 03/22/13 JUB 304
Spring 2012
Bill Martin, DePaul University What Can Nothing Do for Politics? Mao, Mu Badiou, Buddhism 04/06/12 JUB 304
John Lysaker, Emory University Coming to Terms with Selfhood 04/20/12 JUB 304
Spring 2011  Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Changed the Bible and Readers Who May Never Know 02/18/11 BAS, State Farm Rm
Paul C. Taylor, Pennsylvania State University What's a Black Artist? Philosophy, Identity, and Black Aesthetics 04/08/11 JUB 304
Spring 2010 Hilde Hein, Brandeis University The Responsibility of Representation 02/19/10 JUB 304
Scott Pratt, University of Oregon Creation and Liberation: The Ontology of American Indian Origins 04/16/10 JUB 304
Spring 2009
John Lachs, Vanderbilt University Education in a Time of Crisis 04/08/09  JUB Hazelwood Dining Room
Lisa Heldke, Gustavus Adolphus College Food Security: Three Conceptions of Access -- Charity, Rights, and Coresponsibility 04/17/09 JUB 304
Spring 2008  John J. Stuhr, Vanderbilt University Against Forgiveness 03/28/08 JUB 304
George Yancy, Dusquesne University White Looks/Black Bodies 04/11/08 JUB 304
Spring 2007  Charles Mills, University of Illinois, Chicago The Racial/Sexual Contract 03/30/07 JUB 304
Robert E. Innis, University of Massachusetts, Lowell An Aesthetic Encounter: Thinking about Art with Susanne Langer 04/20/07 JUB 304
Spring 2006  Noelle McAfee, American University Two Feminisms 04/07/05  JUB 304
Karen Hanson, Indiana University Dressing Down Dressing Up: The Philosophic Fear of Fashion 04/14/06 JUB 304
Spring 2005
Jessica Wahman, Dickinson College Fleshing Out Consensus: Radical Pragmatism, Civil Rights, and the Algebra Project 04/01/05 JUB 304
Carolyn Korsmeyer, SUNY Buffalo Against Pleasure: The Case of Art and Food 04/15/05 JUB 304
Spring 2004  Jana Craig, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Traditional Values and Contemporary Medicine 04/16/04 JUB 304
Thomas May, Medical College of Wisconsin The War on Bioterrorism 04/30/04 JUB 304
Spring 2003   Raja Halwani, Chicago Art Institute The Just Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 03/21/03 JUB 304
Helen Longino, University of Minnesota Feminism, Science, and the Politics of Knowledge 04/04/03 JUB 304
Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University The Body in Philosophy and Art 04/25/03 JUB 304
Spring 2002   Erin McKenna, Pacific Lutheran University Pragmatism and Animal Liberation 02/22/02 JUB 304
Cynthia Gayman, Southern Illinois University Impossible Freedom 03/15/02 JUB 304
 Vincent Colapietro, Penn State University Allowing Our Practices to Speak for Themseoves: Peirce and Wittgenstein 04/27/02 JUB 304
Spring 2001
John Lachs, Vanderbilt University Immortality and Other Unintelligible Hopes 03/02/01 State Farm Lecture Hall, BAS
Christine Overall, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada Aging & the Right to Life 04/06/01 JUB 304
Donald Scherer, Bowling Green State University How can we save the environment? 04/27/01 JUB 304
Spring 2000   Lewis Gordon: Brown University The Human Genome Project 02/18/00 JUB 304
Marvin Belzer: Bowling Green State University Earth To Parfit: Forget About Fission 04/07/00 JUB 304
Alan Soble: University of New Orleans What Did Monica and Bill Do? 04/28/00 JUB 304
Spring 1999
Bryan Norton, Georgia Institue of Technology Toward a Universal Valuation of Nature: Beyond the Anthropocentrism/Non-Antropocentrism Debate 04/23/99 JUB 304
John J. McDermott, Texas A&M The Erosion of Moral Sensibility 03/26/99 JUB 304
James Marsh, Fordham University Ghosts and Spirits: Marx, Derrida, and the New World Order 04/9/99 JUB 304
Spring 1998
Charles Mills, University of Chicago, Illinois The Racial Contract 03/06/98 JUB 304
Joel Kovel, Bard College Ecology and Capitalism: A Marriage Made in Hell 02/20/98 JUB 304
Ted Cohen, University of Chicago Metaphors of Personal Identification 04/17/98 JUB 304
Spring 1997
David Schweickart: Loyola University of Chicago  Why Capitalism Doesn't Work 03/07/97 JUB 304
Robert Bernasconi: University of Memphis Is Race Real? 03/25/97 JUB 304
Lynn Hankinson Nelson: Rowan College Feminism and Sociobiology 04/11/97 JUB 304
Spring 1996   Bill Martin: Depaul University Truth and Flourishing: Elements of a Communitarian Theory of Knowledge 03/29/96 JUB 304
David Gerrold: Nebula Award Winning Science Fiction Writer The Martian Child and the Involuntary Human  03/20/96 TBA
Milton Fisk: Indiana University Health Care as a Public Good 04/04/96 JUB 304
Spring 1995   Alisa Carse: Georgetown University Pornography, Subordination, and Liberty 03/16/95 Nursing 121
John J. McDermott: Texas A&M University Philosophy as Therapeia: A Secular Teshuvah 04/13/95 Nursing 121
Lewis R. Gordon: Purdue University Bad Faith, Anonymity, and AntiBlack Racism 04/19/95 Nursing 121
Spring 1994   Frithjof Bergmann: University of Michigan New Work 03/24/94 Peck Hall 227
Tom Alexander: Southern Illinois University Incarnations of Love 04/06/94 Peck Hall 227
Kelly Oliver: University of Texas Save the Mother 04/21/94 Peck Hall 227
Spring 1993
Marilyn Friedman: Washington University Codes, Canons and "Correctness" 03/03/93 JUB 304
Rosemarie Tong: Davidson College Feminine and Feminist Ethics 03/29/93 Peck Hall 109
Ron Cooper: Florida Endowment for the Humanities Waiter, There's A Person in My Soup: Personhood, Animal Rights and Speciesism 03/15/93  JUB 304
Spring 1992
Michael Emerson: Hiram College Thinking Nature in a World of Wounds 03/05/92 JUB 304
Rex Martin: University of Kansas Democracy and Rights 03/12/92 JUB 304
Mark Schersten: Siena Heights College Who Should Live? Patient Characteristics in the Allocation of Health Care Resources 04/09/92 JUB 304