Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group

A book discussion of interest to Buddhist practitioners and philosophers alike will focus on Andrew Olendzki's Unlimiting Mind (Boston: Wisdom, 2010).

The discussion will occur on Wednesdays at 6pm in Main Hall 400 of West Chester University. The discussion will continue (for one hour a week) throughout the Fall semester 2010. Books will be available to participants on a first come, first served basis.


For further information and inquiries contact Frank Hoffman: or 610.436.2361.

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss Matt Lund´s (Rowan University) paper "On Arguments from Authority in Scientific Inquiry".

The meeting will take place at:
Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Thursday, September 30, 5:30pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: and he will forward an electronic copy of the paper.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group plans to meet approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Philosophical Topics Discussion Group

Meetings begin on Thursday, September 30 at 4:30pm at the College of New Jersey.

We will discuss selections from Relativism: A Contemporary Anthology (New York: Columbia U Press, 2010), edited by Michael Krausz of Bryn Mawr College. Professor Krausz will join us for the discussion.

Books will be available free of charge to attendees, on a first come basis. The meeting will be followed by a casual dinner for all who are able to stay.

For directions and more information, please RSVP to Rick Kamber at

Philosophy Talk at Temple University

From one of our member institutions:

Philosophy Talk:
Iskra Fileva, "Do You Know What You are Doing When You Act on Reasons?"
Friday, September 24, 3pm
The talk will be held in the Center for the Humanities at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

The Center for the Humanities is on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall.

Officers and Board of Directors

Member institutions have appointed the following directors and associate directors:

Officers of the GPPC
Chair: Andrew Payne, St Joseph's University
Vice Chair: Rick Kamber, The College of New Jersey
Secretary: TBD
Treasurer: Alan Preti, Rosemont College

The GPPC Board of Directors
Adrienne Prettyman, Bryn Mawr College
Peter Amato, Drexel University
Jerry Miller, Haverford College
Joel Garver, La Salle University
David Macauley, Pennsylvania State University
Alan Preti, Rosemont College
Andrew Payne, Saint Joseph’s University
Peter Baumann, Swarthmore College
Espen Hammer, Temple University
Rick Kamber, The College of New Jersey
Noel Swanson, University of Delaware
Daniel Singer, University of Pennsylvania
Roger Florka, Ursinus College
John Carvalho, Villanova University
Steven James, West Chester University


Since 1986, the GPPC has published a number of volumes: Rationality, Relativism, and the Human Sciences
Edited by Joseph Margolis, Michael Krausz & Richard Burian (Martin Nijhoff, 1986).

Foucault and the Critique of Institutions
Edited by John D. Caputo and Mark Yount (Penn State Press, 1993).

The Quarrel Between Invariance and Flux: A Guide for Philosophers and Other Players
Edited by Joseph Margolis & Jacques Catudal (Penn State Press, 2001).

Is There A Single Right Interpretation?
Edited and with an introduction by Michael Krausz (Penn State Press, 2002).

The Musician as Interpreter
Paul Thom (Penn State Press, 2007).

Narrative, Emotion, and Insight
Edited by Noël Carroll and John Gibson (Penn State Press, 2011).

In addition, faculty at our member institutions are active in writing, presenting, and publishing. Here are a few of their publications from recent years:
S. Joel Garver (La Salle University)
"On the Care of Magical Creatures: Animal Welfare" in Corbin Fowler, (ed.), The Ravenclaw Chronicles (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014)

Frank J. Hoffman (West Chester University)
Introduction to Early Buddhism: Philosophical Texts, Concepts, and Questions (Research Centre for Buddhist Studies, 2014)

John Hymers, tranlator (La Salle University) and Courtney Fugate, translator
Metaphysics: A Critical Translation with Kant's Elucidations, Selected Notes, and Related Materials by Alexander Baumgarten (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

Cornelia A. Tsakiridou (La Salle University)
Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity: Orthodox Theology and the Aesthetics of the Christian Image (Ashgate, 2013)

Joseph J. Godfrey (St Joseph's University)
Trust of People, Words, and God: A Route for Philosophy of Religion (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)

Frank J. Hoffman (West Chester University)
"Process Concepts of Text, Practice, and No Self in Buddhism" in William Sweet (ed.), Migrating Texts and Traditions (University of Ottawa Press, 2012)

Michael Krausz (Bryn Mawr College)
Dialogues on Relativism, Absolutism and Beyond: Four Days in India (Rowman and Littlefield 2011)

Susan Schneider (University of Pennsylvania)
The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction (MIT Press 2011)

Frederick Van Fleteren, translator (La Salle University)
The Life of Augustine: Part One: Childhood to Episcopal Consecration (354-395) (Peter Lang 2010)

S. Joel Garver (La Salle University)
"The Magic of Personal Transformation" in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles (Wiley 2010)

Michael Krausz, editor (Bryn Mawr College)
Relativism: A Contemporary Anthology (Columbia University Press 2010)

David Macauley (Penn State University, Brandywine)
Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas (SUNY Press 2010)

Marilyn G. Piety (Drexel University)
Ways of Knowing: Kierkegaard's Pluralist Epistemology (Baylor University Press 2010)

John M. Carvalho
"Creativity in Philosophy and the Arts" in The Idea of Creativity (EJ Brill Publishers 2009)

Robert J. Dobie (La Salle University)
Logos & Revelation: Ibn 'Arabi, Meister Eckhart, and Mystical Hermeneutics (CUA Press 2009)

Ashok Gangadean (Haverford College)
Meditations of Global First Philosophy: Quest for the Missing Grammar of Logos (SUNY Press 2009)

Jill Stauffer, Editor (Haverford College) and Bettina Bergo, Editor
Nietzsche and Levinas: After the Death of a Certain God (Columbia University Press 2008)

Scott Weinstein (University of Pennsylvania) & Daniel Osherson (Princeton University)
"Recognizing Strong Random Reals" in The Review of Symbolic Logic (1:56-63 Cambridge University Press 2008)

2010-2011 Program

All GPPC events are free and open to the public.

John Rawls’s Theory of Justice: Forty Years On

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 1:00 to 5:30pm.
Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building, The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ

    Thomas Pogge, Yale University
    Erin Kelly, Tufts University
    Samuel Freeman, University of Pennsylvania
There will be a reception following the symposium.

Directions to TCNJ can be found at
Contact Person: Morton Winston, 609-771-2398,
This event is supported by GPPC

Buddhist Ethics

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:00 to 9:00pm.
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:00am to 8:00pm.
    Followed immediately by a reception.
West Chester University, Philips Memorial Hall,
Philips Autograph Library, S. High St. at University Ave.

    Charles Johnson, University of Washington
    David Loy, Xavier University
    Jin Park, American University

Organizing Committee:
    Joan Woolfrey, Helen Schroepfer, Charlotte Moore, and Frank Hoffman

For further information contact Frank Hoffman, or 610.436.2361.
This event is sponsored by the GPPC, West Chester University.

Public Issues Forum: Philosophy, Education, and Life

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1:00 to 5:00pm.
Stein Auditorium, Room 111 Nesbitt Hall, Drexel University, Office of the Provost

    Anthony J. Parrotto, Drexel University, “Navigating the Mazeway:
      Supporting the Visioning of Future Selves through
      Communities of Practice”
    Ashok Gangadean, Haverford College, “Awakening Integral Education:
      Educating for Life”

    Galen Godbey, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley
    Douglas Porpora, Drexel University

Chair and Coordinator:
    Craig Bach, Drexel University

For further information, contact Craig Bach at or 215.571.2200.
This event is co-sponsored by the Board of Governors of the GPPC, the GPPC, and Drexel University’s
College of Arts and Sciences.

Causation: Historical Perspectives

Friday, April 22, 2011, 2:00 to 5:00pm.
University of Pennsylvania

2:00pm: Susan Sauve Meyer (University of Pennsylvania)
"Chain of Causes: What is the Stoic Doctrine of Fate?"

3:30pm: Martin Lin (Rutgers University)
"Logical and Causal Necessity in Spinoza and Leibniz"

    Karen Detlefsen


For further information contact Karen Detlefsen, email or phone 215.898.8563.
This event is sponsored by the GPPC and University of Pennsylvania.

The GPPC Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Pfahler Hall, Ursinus College

Coordinator: Roger Florka, Ursinus College,

Undergraduates are invited to submit a philosophical essay on any topic, approximately 3,000 words (10 pages, double-spaced) and suitable for a 20 minute presentation. Papers must be prepared for blind review.

Electronic submissions should be .doc, .docx, or .pdf files. If you are interested in being a commentator, whether or not you submit a paper, please contact Professor Florka.

Notification of accepted papers will be by January 19, 2011.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, December 10, 2010

By email attachment to:

In hard copy to:

Professor Florka
Ursinus College
P.O. Box 1000,
Collegeville, PA 19426

For further information, contact Roger Florka.
This event is supported by the GPPC and Ursinus College

Discussion Groups

The GPPC sponsors the following discussion groups:

Philosophy of Science Discussion Group
Meets monthly on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm
Room 493 - Claudia Cohen Logan Hall
University of Pennsylvania

Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania,
On the web:

Philosophy of Religion Discussion Group
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9:30pm (Sept-May)
Greaton Room - Barbelin-Lonergan Building, 116
Saint Joseph’s University

Participants are faculty-level from the southeastern Pennsylvania area.
Free parking at 54th and City Avenue, Philadelphia.
Light refreshments provided, courtesy of the GPPC.

Book Details:
Neville, Robert C., Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist’s Perspective
    (Albany: SUNY Press, 2009)
Paperback edition: $24.95
279 pages (approximately 70 pages/month)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4384-2826-0

Joseph Godfrey, Saint Joseph’s University,
For further info contact Joanne Devlin, - 610.660.1564

Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group
Meets at 6:00pm, beginning Sept 22, 2010
Main Hall, Room 400
West Chester University

Andrew Olendzki, Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism
    (Boston: Wisdom, 2010)


F. J. Hoffman, West Chester University, - 610.436.2361

Philosophical Topics Discussion Group: Relativism
Beginning Thursday, September 30 at 4:30pm
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, New Jersey

Michael Krausz, editor, Relativism: A Contemporary Anthology
    (New York: Columbia U Press, 2010)

Rick Kamber, The College of New Jersey,

Board of Governors

The following Governors provide valuable support as friends of the GPPC:

The GPPC Board of Governors
President: Thomas Handler
First Vice President: Margaret V. Kane
Second Vice President: Anthony J. Parrotto
Treasurer: Christopher Ketcham
Secretary: Stephen F. Esser

Regular members:
Ann Bora
Lou Deering
Stephen F. Esser
Thomas Handler
Frank Hoffman, PhD
Margaret V. Kane
Christopher Ketcham, PhD
Michael Krausz, PhD
Anthony J. Parrotto

Honorary members:
Georgia Biezup
Jacques Catudal, PhD
Ashok Gangadean, PhD
Howard Kee
Joseph Margolis, PhD


For more information and correspondence, please contact:

Andrew Payne, Chair, GPPC
Department of Philosophy
St. Joseph's University
5600 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131

Thomas Handler, President, Board of Governors

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Member Institutions

The Philosophy Departments of the following institutions are members of the GPPC:

About Us

Member Institutions
Officers and Board of Directors
Board of Governors

In the rich intellectual tradition of Philadelphia, philosophy has played a vital role ever since delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated in City Tavern.

Today we find a larger number of colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia region than in any other American city, and their programs in philosophy are diverse and nationally recognized.

Building upon this tradition and diversity, Michael Krausz (Bryn Mawr College) and Joseph Margolis (Temple University) together founded The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium (GPPC) in 1980.

Today the GPPC continues its work by fostering cooperation among philosophers throughout the Delaware Valley and sharing the insights and methods of philosophy with a larger public.

The GPPC offers varied programs to scholars in the humanities disciplines and opportunities to a larger public for interaction with leading researchers in philosophy and related disciplines.

Among our ongoing programs:
  • An annual series of half-day Conferences on widely diverse topics, bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars in philosophy and the related disciplines before a diverse audience of faculty, students, and interested members of the general public.
  • A series of Public Issues Forums directed to the campus communities and the general public on topics focused on deepening critical thinking in all aspects of educational life and exploring vital topics in public life.
  • Several Discussion Groups in selected philosophical areas in which faculty members, graduate students, and others gather to discuss recent scholarship and their own work in progress.
    • An annual, student-run Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and, more recently, an undergraduate web journal called Fresh Philosophy.
    The GPPC is governed by representatives of the member institutions who serve on its Board of Directors.

    The GPPC operates under the auspices of the Greater Philadelphia Human Studies Council, Dr. Marla Jaksch (College of New Jersey), Chair.


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