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Jellema Lectures

Dr. William Abraham (Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University)

  • Divine Revelation: Conceptual and Historical Considerations
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:30 pm.
    Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
  • Divine Revelation: Ontological and Epistemological Considerations
    Thursday, April 9, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
    Meeter Center Lecture Halll

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Spring 2015

The Philosophy Department Presents:

"Virtuous Agency: The Role of Reason-Sensitivity and Prudence"

A lecture by

Kevin Timpe

Northwest Nazarene University

Thursday March 5, 2015

3:30 pm

Hiemenga Hall 337

Fall 2014

9th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE

Call for Papers - Submission Deadline: September 5th, 2014

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, (SIUE) will be hosting its 9th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, October 24th and 25th, 2014. The Conference will be held at Morris University Center, SIUE in Edwardsville, IL. The Keynote Speaker will be Charlotte Witt, Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire.

Submission Requirements for papers: Students submitting papers must be undergraduates.  Papers in any area of philosophy are welcome. Complete information on how to submit papers can be found at:

Summer 2014

Professor Jamie Smith debates Christianity and capitalism on the New York Times Blog. Read "Steadfast Principles in a Changing World" - Room for Debate -


Spring 2014

Professor Corcoran will be presenting his paper "The Persistence of Persons" at the 9th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, May 26-29, in Athens, Greece. This conference is sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research.


Dr. Shannon Hoff (Institute for Christian Studies)

"Hegel and the Possibility of Intercultural Criticism"

Tuesday, April 22
Commons Annex Lecture Hall

Abstract: In Hegel’s philosophy, the concept of “ethical life” presents powerfully the way in which human beings are formed by the specific social contexts in which they are situated. With his discussion of the idea of “conscience,” conversely, Hegel shows how individuals intractably shape these worlds, leaving the mark of their singularity upon all that which forms and claims them. This paper will examine this account of the two-sided character of human agency so as to develop an approach to a particularly charged issue facing political practice—namely, the issue of intercultural criticism, or the issue of how to identify and approach instances of injustice in contexts and worlds that are not one’s own. I will argue: a) that the idea of ethical life shows what is wrong with the strategy of simply imposing one’s own political mechanisms on other contexts; and b) that the idea of conscience shows what is wrong with simply refraining from any kind of communication and criticism in the name of the self-determination of the other people with whom one is concerned. Through analysis of the conscientious stance of confession and forgiveness, I will conclude by identifying what would be required for a just approach to political action and judgement across cultural borders and between social worlds, or what intercultural interaction and communication leading to better sociopolitical conditions would look like.



Drs. Lee Hardy, James K.A. Smith, Clarence Joldersma & Lambert Zuidervaart

Book Launch

April 4, 2014
Commons Annex Lecture Hall
Reception to follow



[See the News and Events archive for past Philosophy lectures.]

Recent News

  • Read about Professor DeYoung & Professor Hardy's experience teaching philosophy in prisons.
  • Read an interview with Professor DeYoung about why one studies the vices and the difference between a vice and a sin.
  • Professor De Young discusses virtue and vice on Brazos's blog.
  • Read The Little Logic Book, recently published by Calvin Press. Written by Calvin philosophy faculty: Lee Hardy, Del Ratzsch, Rebecca De Young and Gregory Mellema.
  • Watch Prof. DeYoung talk about the Seven Deadly Sins on Inner Compass.
  • Read Prof. Hardy's invitation to philosophy and the humanities from the new book, Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart of Humanities Education(available from Calvin College Press).pdf

[Check the News and Events archive.]

The Conscious Persons Project

Thursday through Saturday, April 23 –25, at Calvin College

The project consists of an invitation only workshop and two public lectures by David Chalmers, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at Australian National University and Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University.

Chalmers’ lectures will be held in the Commons Lecture Hall on Thursday April 23rd at 7 p.m. and Saturday April 25th at 6:30 p.m.  

Thursday April 23rd

An Argument for Panpsychism
7 p.m. Commons Lecture Hall

Saturday April 25th
Consciousness and The Collapse of The Wave Function
630 p.m. Commons Lecture Hall

For more information see poster here or contact Professor Kevin J. Corcoran at or phone 616-526-6636. 

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The 7th Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and third annual joint conference with GVSU will take place

March 27-28, 2015.

A presentation entitled


will be given by Dr. David Manley of the University of Michigan on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 PM.

The presentation will be held in the Calvin College Alumni Board Room, located in the Commons Annex.

Conference Schedule

See photos from a previous Undergraduate Conference here.


Undergraduate Philosophy Symposium

Symposium, the Philosophy Club, meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Hiemenga Hall 336 and provides students with the opportunity to present and discuss their own papers in philosophy and closely related disciplines.

Check the postings outside the Jellema Room for weekly events.