Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference
Graduate Philosophy Conference: History and Hutchins Prize Winners

Graduate Philosophy Conference: History and Hutchins Prize Winners

In 2005, a group of Gonzaga graduate students in Dr Michael Tkacz’s Medieval Philosophy course, including Brent Diebel, Brad Thompson, and John van Houdt explored with their professor the idea of conference at which graduate students could share scholarly work with their peers.  After consulting with Gonzaga Philosophy faculty member Erik Schmidt, who served as the first faculty advisor to the conference, the first Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference took place on April 2, 2005, and featured a keynote address by Gonzaga philosopher Richard McClelland.  Each year thereafter improvements were made to the conference.  Many such improvements came after Debby Hutchins took the role of faculty advisor in 2007, including participation in the conference by graduate students from a gradually increasing number of programs across the U.S. and even abroad, a more formal structure to the conference planning and events, a conference workshop on a topic of professional interest to philosophy graduate students, and a conference-ending banquet for the participants.

A prize for the best paper of the conference, which includes a cash award, was introduced in 2006.   In 2013, in honor and recognition of the seven-year advisor term that Gonzaga philosopher Debby Hutchins had served, and the leadership she had offered in helping the graduate students build the professionalism and national reach of the conference, the annual paper prize was formally named the Hutchins Prize.

Gonzaga philosophy professor Dan Bradley became the faculty advisor of the conference in 2013, due to Debby Hutchins’ move from Gonzaga to South Texas College.

 

YEAR

DIRECTOR

WELCOME

KEYNOTE

HUTCHINS PAPER PRIZE*

WORKSHOP

1

2005

Brad Thompson / Brent Diebel

 

Richard McClelland, Gonzaga University

 

 

2

2006

John van Houdt / Garrin Hertel

 

Forrest Baird, Whitworth University

Todd Trembley, Washington State University “Between Man and Nature: An Environmental Ethic of Encounter”

 

3

2007

Daniel Wagner

 

Keith Wyma, Whitworth University

Mason Cole, Texas A&M University  “Don’t Play with Matches”

 

4

2008

Daniel Wagner / Adriana Kowal

Rose Mary Volbrecht

Pol Vandevelde, Marquette University

Daniel Wagner, Gonzaga University, “Contra Al-Ghazali: St. Thomas’ Account of Secondary Cause & God’s Omnipotence”

 

5

2009

program

Adriana Kowal

David Calhoun

Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University

Joshua Hall, Vanderbilt University, “Reattaching Shadows: Dancing with Schopenhauer”

 

6

2010

program

Lukas Sauer

Wayne Pomerleau

Ronald Tacelli, S.J., Boston College

Guy Elgat, Northwestern University, “A Reading ofAmor Fati—Nietzsche’s Love of Fate”

Choosing Philosophy Textbooks

7

2011

Lukas Sauer

Tom Jeannot

Christopher Menzel, Texas A&M

Matthew Jacobs, University of Oregon “James, Haraway, and Vision: Finitude and the Optics of Knowledge”

Applying for a Philosophy Position

8

2012

program

Melissa Thiringer

Dan Bradley

Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University

Matthew Braich, University of California San Diego, “Responsibility, Luck, and Rationality”

Teaching a Successful Philosophy Class

9

2013

program

Mitchell Palmquist

Richard McClelland

Daniel Dombrowski, Seattle University

CO-WINNERS: Ben Hole, University of Washington, “Elitism in Two Approaches to Virtue Ethical Theory: Aristotelian and Stoic” and Noel Saenz, University of Colorado at Boulder “Composition and Facts”

Marketing Yourself as a Philosopher

*the Prize for the best paper of the conference was inaugurated in 2006, and was formally named the Hutchins Prize in 2013.

 

Faculty advisors for the Conference:

2005-2006 Erik Schmidt

2007-2013 Debby Hutchins

2014-  Dan Bradley



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