Graduate Students

We are proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of our graduate students:


Rob Byer presented "Debunking Debunking Arguments" at the Society of Christian Philosophers Midwest Region Conference at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, both in March 2012.

Dan Cheon gave an invited lecture, "Relativizing A-Theory," at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga in February 2011.

Tyler Eaves presented "Alvin Plantinga and the Logical Problem of Evil" at the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers conference at Union University in Jackson, TN, in October 2012.

Kelly Epley presented "Caring and the Li" at the 2013 Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought at the University of Dayton. She commented on "A Feminist Approach: Knowledge, Empathy, and Experience" by Anastasia Panagopoulos (University of Minnesota) at the 2013 Central States Philosophical Association Conference.

Patrick Epley commented on Jon Williamson's "From Bayesian Epistemology to Inductive Logic" at the Formal Epistemology Workshop at the University of Southern California, May 2011, and presented his paper "The Formal Representation of Belief in the Understandings Account of Decision" at the University of Miami Graduate Student Epistemology Conference, Jan. 2012. In November 2012, he presented "Descartes on Preconceived Notions and Doubt of the Cogito" at the New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association in Lyndurst, NJ, and "Realistic Epistemic Requirements" at the Rutgers Epistemic Normativity Group in New Brunswick, NJ. He presented the latter paper again at the Mid-South Philosophy Conference in Memphis, TN in February 2013, where he also gave comments on Ulf Hlobil's "The Normative Significance of Validity." In August 2013, he attended the University of Bristol's Summer School on Epistemic Utility Theory in Bristol, England, where he gave comments on Richard Pettigrew's "Accuracy and Probabilism."

Zach Jurgensen served for two years as Associate Editor of the American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal (ASAGE). His paper "Jesus, Mary and Hume: On the Possibility of the Virgin Birth," co-written with Jason Southworth, appeared in Scott Lowe, ed., Christmas & Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He presented "Interactivity, Unpredictability, and Aesthetic Change in Videogames" at the ASA Pacific Division Meeting held April 2010 in Pacific Grove, CA, and the Kansas Philosophical Society Meeting held February 2011 in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Gary Osmundsen gave comments on a paper written by Jacob Kolman at the North Texas Philosophical Association (NTPA) conference held April 2010 at the U. of North Texas.

Max Parish is the winner of the 2013 Kenneth R. Merrill Graduate Teaching Award for outstanding teaching. He presented “Mark Murphy on Theistic Explanation” and the Franciscan University of Steubenville in April 2013. He has participated in two intensive summer seminars: St. Thomas Aquinas on Law: An Intensive Seminar on the Treatise on Law, Berkeley, CA, in August 2012, and Thomistic Seminar: Themes in the Philosophy of Peter Geach and Thomas Aquinas, Princeton, NJ, in August 2011.

Josh Rollins presented his paper "Feldman on Epistemic Disagreement" at an international conference on Responsible Belief in the Face of Disagreement in Amsterdam in August 2009. In May 2012, he presented "Epistemic Universalism and Common Consent Arguments" at the Glasgow Philosophy of Religion seminar at U. of Glasgow.

Jonathan Rutledge was accepted to and attended the Witherspoon Institute's Summer Seminar on Natural Law Theory in History in summer 2011. He presented "Timelessness, the Incarnation and Fatalism" at the Eastern Division Meeting of the Society for Christian Philosophers in October 2013.

Landon Schurtz's paper "What Fools We Were: Mad Men, Hindsight, and Justification" is forthcoming in Rod Carveth and James South, eds., Mad Men and Philosophy (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series). He presented his paper "Moderate Moralism, or Something Close Enough" at the 43rd Meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association at the University of North Texas, Denton, April 2010, and at the American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC, Oct. 2010.

Ziming Song was invited to participate in the Values & Virtues annual retreat program at the Nagel Institute of Calvin College.