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Robert Pippin

University of Chicago

Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on German idealism, including Kant’s Theory of Form (1982), Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness (1989), Modernism as a Philosophical Problem (1991), and Hegel’s Practical Philosophy (2008). He has also written on literature (Henry James and Modern Moral Life (2000)) and film (Hollywood Westerns and American Myth (2010). His most recent books are Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy (2010), Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy (2012) and Hegel on Self-Consciousnes. Desire and Death in the Phenomenology of Spirit." He is a past winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of The American Philosophical Society.

Iris Marion Young

University of Chicago

Professor Iris Marion Young was Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and a member of the Faculty Boards of the Center for Gender Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism at the time of her death in 2006. Professor Young earned her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974. She wrote many influential books on political philosophy, feminist theory, and contemporary continental philosophy, including Justice and the Politics of Difference, Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy, and Policy, Inclusion and Democracy, and On Female Body Experience.

Shannon Winnubst

Ohio State University

Professor Shannon Winnubst is associate professor in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994. Professor Winnubst has written on the topics of queer theory, race theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis. She is the author of Queering Freedom and editor of Reading Bataille Now. Her current work inquires into the conceptual transformations of social difference and ethics underway in the social rationality of neoliberalism, especially as diagnosed by Foucault in his 1979 lectures.  In addition to several articles, she is completing a book manuscript on this research, currently titled The Biopolitics of Cool: Neoliberalism, Difference and Ethics.

David Roochnik

Boston University

Professor David Roochnik is the Chair of Philosophy at Boston University. He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 Professor Roochnik has written extensively on the topics of Greek philosophy, Greek Literature, and ancient and modern rhetoric. His publications include Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis, Retrieving the Ancients: An Introduction to Greek Philosophy, Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato's Republic, Art and Wisdom: Plato's Understanding of Techne, and The Tragedy of Reason: Toward a Platonic Conception of Logos.

Drew Hyland

Trinity College

Professor Drew Hyland is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1965. His research interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy, 19th and 20th continental philosophy, philosophy of sport, and philosophy of art. He is the author of The Question of Beauty in Plato: Suffering the Beautiful, Heidegger and the Greeks; Questioning Platonism: Continental Interpreters of Platonism; Finitude and Transcendence in the Platonic Dialogues; The Philosophy of Sport; and The Question of Play.

Jacob Howland

University of Tulsa

Jacob Howland is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa, where he has taught since 1988.  A past winner of the University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Littauer Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Koch Foundation, and has lectured in Israel, France, England, Romania, Brazil, Denmark, and at universities around the United States.  He has published roughly thirty-five articles and review essays on the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, and Kierkegaard, among others.  His most recent book is Plato and the Talmud (Cambridge 2011).  A Chinese edition of his Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith (Cambridge 2006) will appear in 2013.   His other books include The Paradox of Political Philosophy: Socrates’ Philosophic Trial (1998, published in Chinese in 2012) and The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy (1993 and 2004), and he edited A Long Way Home: The Story of a Jewish Youth, 1939-1948, by Bob Golan (2005).  He is currently writing a book entitled Plato’s Republic and the Voyage of the Soul, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Charles Griswold

Boston University

Professor Charles Griswold is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1978. Professor Griswold's research interests include Ancient Philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy, 18th century philosophy, philosophy and literature, and metaphilosophy. He is the co-editor, with David Konstan, of Ancient Forgiveness: Classical, Judaic, and Christian; Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration, Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment; and Self-Knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus. For more information on Professor Griswold, please visit his Boston University webpage at

William Desmond

Katholiecke Universiteit Leuven

Professor William Desmond is Professor of Philosophy at Katholiecke Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1978. Professor Desmond is the author of numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics such as German idealism, phenomenology, philosophy and religion, and ethics. His publications include, The Intimate Strangeness of Being. Metaphysics after Dialectic; God and the Between; Ethics and the Between; Being and the Between; Beyond Hegel and Dialectic: Speculation, cult, and comedy; Philosophy and its Others: Ways of Being and Mind; and Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness: An Essay on Origins.

Todd May

Clemson University

Professor Todd May is Class of 1941 Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989. His areas of specialization are 20th century continental philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics. He is currently the author of eleven books, among them The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism, Gilles Deleuze:  An Introduction, The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality, and Death