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I’m presenting a paper on polytheism and democracy along the lines of my post on “Philosophy and Monotheism, Politics and Democracy” at SPEP in Memphis on October 21, 2017.

Recent Past Events


In May 2017, I participated in the GLCA Women’s/ Gender/ Sexuality Studies Collaborative Initiative workshop on transnational feminisms.

I was happy to attend “Ancients, Moderns and Postmoderns: A Conference in Honor of Catherine Zuckert,” on the occasion of her retirement in May 2017.


I attended the Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies conference at Notre Dame from October 2-4, 2016.

On October 29, 2016 at 11:15 AM, I presented on, “Is Vital Heat in Aristotle an Elemental Force?” at the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy in New York City.

I presented the Annual Rukavina Lecture in Philosophy at Gonzaga University on October 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM on “The Physics and Metaphysics of Sexual Difference in Aristotle’s Biology.”

I spoke at Indiana University’s Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society conference on “Wonder and the Natural World,” June 20-23, 2016 on “Nature: A Political Concept.”Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 10.56.11 AM


On April 11, I presented at the Humanities Colloquium at Wabash College on my current book project, “Why Read Aristotle’s Biology?”  One of the great things about teaching at a liberal arts college is getting feedback from biologists and artists and theologians that challenges and refines my thinking in productive ways, like from an artist that artists in the last seventy-five years have been thinking about how to stop talking about form and how difficult that is.

The Indiana Philosophy Association Research Workshop met at Wabash on April 9, 2016.  I was happy to host this day-long single-session discussion.  Papers were distributed in advance and speakers had twenty minutes to present and thirty-five minutes (!) for Q&A.  We plan to hold the workshop every spring, with a conference every fall.  The workshop structure allowed for real conversation and friendship to develop.

On March 21, 2016 at 2 PM, I spoke at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte on my work on different models of sex and form and matter in Aristotle – a version of the first chapter of my current book project.

I offered comments at an Author Meets Critics panel at philoSophia on Robin James’ book, Resilience, and Melancholy.


I presented a portion of work that is part of my new book project on Aristotle’s biology at the Ancient Philosophy Society at the Carnegie Center at the University of Kentucky. Here’s a short and sweet blogpost version of my paper, “Vital Heat’s Role in Sexual Difference in Aristotle’s Biology.”

I presented my paper, “‘Not Slavery, But Salvation’: Constitution and Government in Aristotle’s Politics,” at the Pacific meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Vancouver on April 2, 2015, on a panel sponsored by the Society for Ancient Greek philosophy.

book panel on my book at Antioch College with panelists Kevin Miles of Earlham College and Lewis Trelawny-Cassity of Antioch was sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Ancient Philosophy Teaching and Research Collaborative Initiative.


I presented on “Politics, Nature, Action: An Arendtian Aristotle Against Arendt’s Aristotle,” at the American Political Science Association in August 2014. The panel was co-sponsored by the Society for Greek Political Thought.

On March 24, 2014, I spoke at the Wabash Humanities Colloquium.  My talk was entitled, “Deliberation Gone Wild: An Aristotelian Response to the Foucaultian Critique.”  Addressing Foucault’s criticism of Habermas that deliberative democracy fails because structures of power interveWabashne to prevent everyone with a stake in the deliberation from being involved even to the point where those in power decide what it means to be reasonable or rational, I argue that Aristotle’s conception of deliberation and political life keeps the question of what it means to be rational, what it means to live well, and who should be a part of the community as a constant concern that remains before the community and hence keeps it in practice, open.  Good conversation especially questions about the cultural sense of this power as articulated in Aristotle’s sense of ethos were raised.

On March 16, 2014, I gave the keynote lecture at the Pennsylvania Circle for Ancient Philosophy which met at Villanova University (Storify curated by Chris Long).  My talk was called, “What’s the Matter? The Politics of Nature in Aristotle’s Biology.”  I’m turning my attention to Aristotle’s biology to address some criticism that Aristotle’s concept of nature really is at bottom a form of artifice and his biology is evidence of that.  I was especially pleased to be able to follow the roundtable on Aryeh Kosman’s book, The Activity of Being, which included accounts of the book from Chris Long, Walter Brogan, and Joshua Hayes as well as introductory remarks from Rebecca Goldner. #PCAP14 I gave an earlier version of this talk at the University of South Florida in January.

On March 12, 2014, I spoke at Rowan University in South Jersey, having been invited by my good friend Ed Kazarian.  I spoke on a project I’ve been working on to think of the public philosopher in Aristotle.  The talk was called, “Not Slavery, But Salvation: Aristotle and the Big vs. Small Government Dilemma.”

I used the research funds from my Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professorship to travel to Greece the last two summers.  I discussed blogging the trip at Wabash’s annual presentation of faculty research, the Ides of August, on August 22, 2014, which was written up by Wabash FYI.

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  1. louis berger #

    You might have a look at this when it is published in October:,-language-and-the-future-of-mankind-louis-s-berger/?k=9781137415271

    July 24, 2014

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