Philosophy Program

Philosophy Department Lectures

Dr. Roslyn Weiss, Clara H. Stewardson Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Justice in Republic I  

ABSTRACT: I argue that justice in the Republic is defined in Book I and is an interpersonal, social, virtue, and not in Book IV where what is called justice is wholly internal to the soul and is actually moderation.

March 16, 2013
2:00 - 3:30
Snyder Room HUB


Roslyn Weiss is the Clara H. Stewardson Professor of Philosophy at LehighUniversityin Bethlehem, PA.She earned her doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1982 and a Master's degree in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University in 1992. Her fields of expertise are Ancient Greek Philosophy and Medieval Jewish Philosophy. She has published four books on Plato, most recently, Philosophers in the ‘Republic’: Plato’s Two Paradigms (Cornell University Press, 2012), and more than 40 scholarly articles on Greek and Jewish philosophy. She has lectured widely in the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Greece, and Japan.


Eduardo Mendieta, Ph.D.
Stony Borook University

Topic: Disgust and Hate: On the Somatology of Xenophobia

March 24, 2012
2:00 - 3:00
Snyder Room HUB

Eduardo Mendieta was born in Colombia, but was raised in the United States. He has received degrees from Rutgers University, Union Theological Seminary and the New School. He also studied in Germany, at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, where he worked with Jürgen Habermas. He has edited and translated from Spanish the works of one of Latin America's most important living philosophers--Enrique Dussel. He has also edited and translated from the German work of the innovative philosopher Karl-Otto Apel. Over the last decade he has edited about a dozen books dealing with the Frankfurt School, contemporary Latin American philosophy, and issues relating to religion, globalization, and global justice. His most recent book is entitled Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latin Americanisms, and Critical Theory (SUNY, 2007), and is presently finishing another book on philosophy and war entitled Philosophy's War: Nomos, Topos, Polemos. He has served on the editorial boards of City, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Constellations, and Sophia. He was the executive editor of Radical Philosophy Review until 2007, and founding member of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter of Hispanics in Philosophy. Most recently he published a collection of political interviews with Richard Rorty entitled Take Care of Freedom, and Truth Will take Care of itself (Stanford University Press, 2006), as well as book of interviews with radical philosopher and prison activist Angela Y. Davis dealing with Abu Ghraib, mass incarceration in the United States, and torture as a weapon of the state, entitled Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Torture and War (Seven Stories Press, 2006). Prof. Mendieta has also been working on what he likes to call "philosophical animals." At the center of this recent project are two simple questions: can we ever divorce the question of the human from the question of the animals, and can philosophy not invent its own 'philosophical animals' in order to answer the prior question? Mendieta claims that 'the metaphorics of humanity is entwined with the metaphorics of animality.' In this project, however, Prof. Mendieta aims to complicate this picture by introducing the issue of biotechnology and genomics: does not the future of transgenic organisms, both vegetable and animal, make all too evident what has already being at play in the history of nature: namely a swapping and sharing of genes that have allowed us to co-evolve as 'genomic companion species.' So along with customary bestiaries that accompany philosophical investigations about the nature of the human, we have now to consider the already well-populated transgenic zoos of biotechnological chimeras of the genomic age.


Jonathan Marks

How Real is Criminal Justice?

March 26, 2011
2:00 - 3:00
Snyder Room HUB

Jonathan Marks, a practicing lawyer in New York City, is a 1965 graduate of Moravian, where he majored in philosophy.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1968.  Jon went on to become a federal prosecutor in the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.  In 1978, he began his long career in criminal defense.  One of his first high-profile cases was the Renee Katz case, in which a young musician was pushed in front of a subway train.  A young man was indicted for her attempted murder.  The prosecution was based on a confession.  He was acquitted.  Jon also represented Mark Chapman, the defendant in the John Lennon murder case.  Since then, he has represented hundreds of clients in federal and state courts charged with every kind of crime.  He also represents professionals charged with misconduct. Jon has taught trial advocacy and is a member of the prestigious Indigent Defendants’ Panels for the two federal courts in New York City.   He has frequently appeared as a legal commentator on television.


Douglas Anderson '80

Professor Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The Mestizo Life of Philosophy


March 27, 2010
2:00 - 3:00
Snyder Room HUB

Doug Anderson is a graduate of Moravian College, Honors, (1980). He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He studies the history of philosophy and American philosophy, and is interested in philosophy's relationship to other dimensions of culture. Therefore, his work covers a range of fields from philosophy of science and religion to philosophy of sport, music, and education. Authors of particular interest to him at present include Thoreau, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldúa , Plato, and Henry Bugbee . His traditional work in American philosophy focuses on Charles Peirce and the history of pragmatism.He is the author of Creativity and the Philosophy of C. S. Peirce, 1987; Strands of System:  The Philosophy of Charles Peirce, Purdue University Press, 1995; Philosophy Americana:  Essays in American Philosophy and Culture, 2006; Conversations on Peirce, co-authored with Carl Hausman, and Philosophy in Experience: American Philosophy in Transition, co-edited with Richard Hart.


Pragmatist Resources for the development of a Martial Spiritiality
Michael Raposa, Ph.D
Professor Lehigh University

April 17, 2009
4:00 - 5:30
Snyder Room HUB


Neitzcshe On The Will To Power
Martin Weatherston, Ph.D
Associate Professor East Stroudsburg University

February 10, 2009