Philosophy and Religion

Upcoming Events

To be Announced in January 2016

Past Events:

  • Mark Rowlands, "The Memories that Become Blood: Memoir and the Self," March 21, 2014 (Hall/Megivern Lecture) Cameron Hall Auditorium Room 105 at 7:00 PM

    Mark Rowlands, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami, will deliver this academic year's lecture in honor of B. Frank Hall and James Megivern. Click here for his brief biograph

  • Continental Drift II: Conference Program

    All Sessions in Fisher University Union (FUU) Azalea Coast Rooms 2001 A & B (See final page for link to campus map)

    9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and Bagels (Hallway Outside Conference Rooms)

    9:30 - 10:30 Keynote Talk, Azalea Cost Room A (Moderator: Evan Hayes)

    • Dr. Mark Rowlands, University of Miami, "Can Animals be Moral?

    10:45 -12:00 Concurrent Sessions

    Azalea Coast Room A: Nietzsche (Moderator: Dr. Matt Eshleman)

    • Sam Askew, UNCW, "Nietzsche's Minds of Spring and Autumn"
    • Danni Meyer, UNCW, "The Gay Science: Nietzsche's Audience and Message"

    Azalea Coast Room B: Existential Themes (Moderator: Dr. Matt Waldschlagel)

    • Aidan Healy, UNCW, "Apocalypse and Anguish: Arguing for an Existentialist Reading of Cormac McCarthy's The Road"
    • Kelly Turner, UNCW, "Kierkegaard and the Absurdity of Faith"

    LUNCH: 12:00 - 1:00 (On your own)

    1:15 - 2:45 Concurrent Sessions

    Azalea Coast Room A: Analytic Philosophy (Moderator: Dr. Scott James)

    • Garrett Huffman, UNCW, "Some Solutions Regarding the Puzzles of Identity"
    • Shaffer Slocket, UNCW, "The Mind-Body Problem: A Cold Case"
    • Sean Stoll, UNCW, "Doubting Descartes: The Cogito and Skepticism"

    Azalea Coast Room B: Ethical Themes (Moderator: Dr. Candace Gauthier)

    • Wayne Glickstern, Miami University of Ohio, "Deriving Evil from Thoughtlessness"
    • Francesco Puleio, Queens University of Charlotte, "The Ethical High Score of Flappy Bird"
    • Taylor Smith, UNCW, Moral Pluralism and the Warrior

    3:00 - 4:15 Concurrent Sessions

    Azalea Coast Room A: Religion and Philosophy (Moderator: Dr. Diana Pasulka)

    • Miranda von Salis, Guilford College, Ibn Rushd and the Transmission of Arab-Aristotelianism to Medieval Europe: a Study of the Reputation of Aristotle's Rhetoric
    • Steve Nunez, UNCW, "A Query Regarding Egyptian Religious Influence on Modern Western Culture"

    Azalea Coast Room B: Philosophy and the Soul (Moderator: Dr. Heath White)

    • Tucker Dowell, Belmont University, "How Modern Medicine Deselected Natural Selection and the Impact on the Human Soul"
    • Ryan St. Clair, UNCW, TBA/"Cognitive Closure and the Mind-Body Problem"

    4:30-5:45 CFCC Round-Table Discussion: (Moderator: Dr. Tom Schmid)

    "On the State of Higher Education"

    Discussants: Drs. Eric Brandon, Shane Oakley, and Robert Sutton

    Campus Map:

    Banquet: 6:30pm- Dockside Waterfront Bar and Marina - for presenters and faculty

    1308 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
    (910) 256-2752


    UNCW Philosophy and Religion Department, Cape Fear Community College, UNCW Student Government Association, and Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

  • Speaker for 2010-2011 - Dr. James Charlesworth lecture on April 14, 2011 7:00 P.M. Kenan Auditorium at UNCW

James H. Charlesworth is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is noted for his research in Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, the Historical Jesus, and the Gospel of John. He is a Founder and Veteran of the Enoch seminar and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal Henoch

  • The B. Frank Hall speaker for 2008-2009 is Dr. Philip Kitcher on Thursday April 16, 2009 in the Burney Center.
  • Spring 2009 semester begins January7, 2009.
  • December 13, 2008 Fall Commencement PAR ceremony in Madeline Suites, Wagoner Hall
  • PAR Society meetings biweekly - alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays.