Previous Conference Schedules, Prize Winners, Keynotes


Keynotes: Megan McCabe and Jill Drouillard

Hutchins winners: Ka-yu Hui
Runner-up: Jarrad Felgenhauer

2020-21 schedule

Cancelled due to Covid.


Keynotes: Sara Ahbel-Rappe and Kalliopi Nikolopoulou

2018-19 Conference Program. GGPC


Keynotes: Tyler Tritten, Duane Armitage, Crina Gschwandtner

GGPC. Schedule 2017-18


Keynotes: Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher, Boston College

Hutchins Prize: “Anatheism and Eastern Sacred Art”
Kathryn Lawson, Centre for Theory and Criticism at Western Univ.

Runner Up:  “Aesthetics of Sacrifice: A Schopenhauerian Account of Ballet”
Alexandra Grundler, University of California, Santa Cruz

Directors: Elizabeth Hill and Sam Underwood

Schedule. 2017. final.docx


Keynotes: Elizabeth Murray, Loyola Marymount; Alphonso Lingis, Penn. State

Hutchins Prize: “How Special Relations Give Rise to Agent-Neutral Reasons”
Elizabeth Bell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Runner Up: “The Ethics Of Transracial Adoption In The United States of America”
Udoka Okafor, McMaster University,

Director: Andrew Towers and Rachel Flores

2016 Conference Program


Keynote: Kym McLaren, Ryerson University
Plenary: Erik Schmidt, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Julianne Chung, Yale University, “Skepticism & Metaphor”

Runner Up: T. Raja Rosenhagen, U. of Pittsburgh, “Friendship for the Less Virtuous”

Director: Tyler Wasson

2015 Conference Program


Keynote: Don Ihde, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Emeritus)
Plenary: Kirk Besmer, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Heather Wallace,
“The Truth about Others: Epistemic Authority and Relativism in Theaetetus 170e-171c”

Runner Up: Victor Bruzzone,
“Linguistic Habit as Perceptual Habit: Examining Recent Research in Color Perception”

Director: Maja Rodell

2014 Conference Program


Keynote: Daniel Dombrowski, Seattle University
Plenary: Richard McClelland, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Co-Winners:
Ben Hole, University of Washington,
“Elitism in Two Approaches to Virtue Ethical Theory: Aristotelian and Stoic”
Noel Saenz, University of Colorado at Boulder
“Composition and Facts”

Workshop: Marketing Yourself as a Philosopher


Keynote: Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University
Plenary: Dan Bradley, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Matthew Braich, University of California San Diego, “Responsibility, Luck, and Rationality”

Workshop: Teaching a Successful Philosophy Class

Director: Melissa Thiringer


Keynote: Christopher Menzel, Texas A&M
Plenary: Tom Jeannot, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Matthew Jacobs, University of Oregon
“James, Haraway, and Vision: Finitude and the Optics of Knowledge”

Workshop: Applying for a Philosophy Position

Director: Lukas Sauer


Keynote: Ronald Tacelli, S.J., Boston College
Plenary: Wayne Pomerleau, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Guy Elgat, Northwestern University,
“A Reading of Amor Fati—Nietzsche’s Love of Fate”

Workshop: Choosing Philosophy Textbooks

Director: Lukas Sauer


Keynote: Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University
Plenary: David Calhoun, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Joshua Hall, Vanderbilt University,
“Reattaching Shadows: Dancing with Schopenhauer”

Keynote: Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University


Keynote: Pol Vandevelde, Marquette University
Plenary: Rose Mary Volbrecht, Gonzaga University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Daniel Wagner, Gonzaga University,
“Contra Al-Ghazali: St. Thomas’ Account of Secondary Cause & God’s Omnipotence”

Directors: Daniel Wagner / Adriana Kowal


Keynote: Keith Wyma, Whitworth University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Mason Cole, Texas A&M University “Don’t Play with Matches”

Director: Daniel Wagner


Keynote: Forrest Baird, Whitworth University

Hutchins Prize Winner: Todd Trembley, Washington State University
“Between Man and Nature: An Environmental Ethic of Encounter”

Directors: John van Houdt / Garrin Hertel


Keynote: Richard McClelland, Gonzaga University

Directors: Brad Thompson / Brent Diebel

In 2005, a group of Gonzaga graduate students in Dr Michael Tkacz’s Medieval Philosophy course, including Brent Diebel, Brad Thompson, and John van Houdt explored with their professor the idea of a conference at which graduate students could share scholarly work with their peers. After consulting with Gonzaga Philosophy faculty member Erik Schmidt, who served as the first faculty advisor to the conference, the first Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference took place on April 2, 2005, and featured a keynote address by Gonzaga philosopher Richard McClelland. Each year thereafter improvements were made to the conference. Many such improvements came after Debby Hutchins took the role of faculty advisor in 2007, including increasing participation in the conference by graduate students from programs across the U.S. and even abroad, a more formal structure to the conference planning and events, a conference workshop on a topic of professional interest to philosophy graduate students, and a conference-ending banquet for the participants.

A prize for the best paper of the conference, which includes a cash award, was introduced in 2006. In 2013, in honor and recognition of the seven-year advisor term that Gonzaga philosopher Debby Hutchins had served, and the leadership she had offered in helping the graduate students build the professionalism and national reach of the conference, the annual paper prize was formally named the Hutchins Prize.

Gonzaga philosophy professor Dan Bradley became the faculty advisor of the conference in 2013, due to Debby Hutchins’ move from Gonzaga to South Texas College.

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