StMU Faculty Glenn Hughes
Departments
Education
  • Ph.D., Boston College
Courses
  • From Experience to Meaning (Introduction to Philosophy)
  • Foundations of Reflection: Self (Introduction to Philosophy)
  • The Human Quest for Meaning (Honors Program – Freshman level)
  • Foundations of Civilization (Core Curriculum)
  • The Ancients: The Greek Discovery of Mind
  • Philosophy of Knowledge (Epistemology)
  • Critical Inquiry in Religion and God (Philosophy of Religion)
  • Late Modern Philosophy (Nineteenth Century Philosophy)
  • Contemporary Philosophy (Twentieth Century Philosophy)
  • Pluralism and Method: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Critical Inquiry in Art and Aesthetics (Philosophy of Art)
  • The Artistic Expression of Religious Meaning in England, 17th – 20th Centuries (London Program)
  • British Social Philosophy (London Program)
  • Historical Critical Inquiry in Contemporary Philosophy
  • Special Issues in Twentieth Century Philosophy: The Human Subject and the Challenge of Tradition
  • The Western Experience, 1870-2000 (Honors Program – Seniors level)
  • Senior Seminar in Philosophy (Philosophy Capstone Course)
  • Prospects for Community and Civilization (Honors Program – Seniors level)
  • “What Is Human Dignity?” (NEH Grant-funded interdisciplinary course)
  • Philosophy of History (Department of History)
  • Philosophical Foundations of Counseling (doctoral seminar – Department of Counseling and Human Services)
Research Interests
  • Human dignity and human rights
  • Philosophical analysis of literature, poetry, art
  • Philosophy of history
  • Philosophy of Eric Voegelin
  • Philosophy of Bernard Lonergan
  • Phenomenology of religious experience
  • Problems concerning the experience and symbolization of transcendence
Biography

Hughes is a professor of philosophy with degrees in philosophy, history and literature. His doctoral studies were completed at Boston College. His research interests are Bernard Lonergan, Eric Voegelin, modern poetry, and the topic of human worth and dignity. Hughes teaches philosophy of religion, contemporary philosophy, philosophy of art, twentieth century intellectual history in the Honors Program, and philosophy of literature. He received the St. Mary’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1995.

He is author of many articles and a number of books, including Mystery and Myth in the Philosophy of Eric Voegelin (University of Missouri Press, 1993); Transcendence and History (University of Missouri Press, 2003); and A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art (University of Missouri Press, 2011). His poetry has appeared in many national literary journals and two chapbooks; he has also edited or co-edited four volumes of work by the Northwest poet Robert Sund. He is also the editor of The Politics of the Soul (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), and co-editor of two other volumes of philosophy. He is a regular contributor of original scholarship at national conferences, and has been both a co-ordinator of and invited lecturer at international meetings and events.

Hughes received a Fulbright Research Scholar Grant in 2008 to work at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway (PRIO). In 2012, he and his colleague Dr. Megan Mustain received a National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” grant for the development of a course on human dignity, to be taught over four semesters beginning Fall 2013.

Publications

A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2011.

Transcendence and History: The Search for Ultimacy from Ancient Societies to Postmodernity. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2003; second printing, 2009. (249 pp.)

Mystery and Myth in the Philosophy of Eric Voegelin. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1993. (131 pp.)

Editor, Bulletins from Immortality: Poems by Emily Dickinson (author of Foreword and curator of selection of 27 poems). In “The Trinity Forum Readings” series. Trinity Forum, McLean, VA, 2014.

Co-Editor (with Paul Caringella and Wayne Cristaudo), Revolutions: Finished and Unfinished, from Primal to Final. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 2012.

Co-Editor (with Stephen A. McKnight and Geoffrey L. Price), Politics, Order and History: Essays on the Work of Eric Voegelin. Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, England, 2001. (650 pp.)

Editor, The Politics of the Soul: Eric Voegelin on Religious Experience. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Pubs, Inc., 1999. (230 pp.)

Co-Editor (with Paul Caringella and Wayne Cristaudo), Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, Vol. 116 (1): Theo-Philosophical Reflections on History; June 2013.

“Love, Terror, and Transcendence in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry,” in Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Volume 66, Number 4, Fall 2014 (283-304).

“Response to Ranganathan,” in Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 42, Number 4, October 2014 (776-82).

“Eric Voegelin’s Use of Metaphor,” in The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Festschrift for Brendan Purcell, edited by David J. Walsh. Dublin: Veritas Press, 2013 (225-247).

“Salvation Without Individuals: The Bolshevik Revolution,” in Revolutions: Finished and Unfinished, from Primal to Final, edited by Paul Caringella, Wayne Cristaudo, and Glenn Hughes.

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012 (226-251).

“History in Ezra Pound’s Cantos and T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets,” in Anamnesis: A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine’, Volume 2, Number 1, 2012 (28-52).

“Consciousness and Transcendence: Voegelin and Lonergan on the Reasonableness of Faith,” in From Faith in Reason to Reason in Faith: Transformations in Philosophical Theology from the Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries, edited by Wayne Cristaudo and Heung-wah Wong. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2011 (161-73).

“Ulterior Significance in the Art of Bob Dylan,” in Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis [online journal], Volume 6, 2011.

“Ulterior Significance in the Art of Bob Dylan,” in Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis [online journal], Volume 6, 2011.

“The Concept of Dignity in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” in Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 39, Number 1, March 2011 (1-24).

“Differentiation and Its Discontents,” in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, n.s., Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2010 (67-83).

“A Pattern of Timeless Moments: T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets as a Poetic Expression of Eric Voegelin’s Philosophy of Existence and History,” chapbook in the series of “Voegeliniana: Occasional Papers,” Number 70, published by the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, 2008 (26 pp.).

“Lonergan and Art,” in Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia (Portugal): “The Realms of Insight: Bernard Lonergan and Philosophy,” ed. João J. Vila-Chã, Volume 63, Number 4, 2007 (183-92 [991-1000]).

“Gerard Manley Hopkins and Lonergan’s Notion of Elemental Meaning,” in Lonergan Workshop, Volume XIX, edited by Fred Lawrence, 2006 (107-136).

“Eric Voegelin’s Defense of Human Dignity,” chapter in Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz, edited by Barry Cooper and Charles Embry. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2006 (74-90).

“Eric Voegelin and Christianity,” in The Intercollegiate Review, Volume 40, Number 1, Fall/Winter 2004 (24-34).

“Languages of Transcendence Across the Realms of Meaning,” in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, Volume 21, Number 2, Fall 2003 (107-124).

“Balanced and Imbalanced Consciousness, ” in The Politics of the Soul: Eric Voegelin on Religious Experience, edited by Glenn Hughes. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Pubs., Inc., 1999 (163-83).

“The Line That Runs From Time Into Eternity: Transcendence and History in Eric Voegelin’s The Ecumenic Age,” in The Political Science Reviewer, Volume XXVII, 1998 (116-54).

“Reflections on the Terror of History,” in Jesus Crucified and Risen: Essays in Spirituality and Theology in Honor of Dom Sebastian Moore, edited by William P. Loewe and Vernon Gregson.Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1998 (95-116).

“Eric Voegelin, Ezra Pound and the Balance of Consciousness,” in The Modern Schoolman, Volume LXXV, Number 1, November 1997 (1-21).

“Images, Art, and Cosmopolis,” in Lonergan Workshop, Volume XI:Language of the Heart: Lonergan, Images and Feelings, edited by Fred Lawrence, 1995 (1-19).

“The Challenge of Eric Voegelin,” review essay (with Frederick Lawrence) on The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin: vol. 12, Published Essays 1966-1985; vol. 27, The Nature of the Law, and Related Legal Writings; and vol. 28, What Is History? And Other Late Unpublished Writings,” in The Political Science Reviewer, Volume XXIV, 1995 (399-452).

“The Drama of Living, and Lonergan’s Retrieval of Transcendence,” in Lonergan Workshop, Volume X: The Legacy of Lonergan, edited by Fred Lawrence, 1994 (145-58).

“The Strauss-Voegelin Correspondence: Two Reflections and Two Comments” (with Ernest L. Fortin), in The Review of Politics, Volume 56, Number 2, Spring 1994 (337-57).

“Eric Voegelin’s View of History as a Drama of Transfiguration,” in International Philosophical Quarterly, Volume XXX, Number 4, December 1990 (449-64).

“The Affirmation of Order” (co-authored with Sebastian Moore), in Lonergan Workshop, Volume VIII, edited by Fred Lawrence. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1990 (109-133).

“Imaginal Horizons,” in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, Volume 6, Number 1, March 1988 (63-68).

“Hamlet and the Affective Roots of Decision” (co-author Sebastian Moore), in Lonergan Workshop, Volume VII, edited by Fred Lawrence. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1988 (179-202).

“The Discussion of Mystery in Insight,” in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, Volume 4, Number 1, March 1986 (6-17).

“A Critique of ‘Lonergan’s Notion of Dialectic’ by Ronald McKinney, SJ,” and “A Reply to Ronald McKinney, SJ,” in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 1983 (60-73).

Review of The Face of God, by Roger Scruton, on website VoegelinView; book review editor John von Heyking, May, 2013. http://www.voegelinview.com.

of From Big Bang to Big Mystery, by Brendan Purcell, on website VoegelinView; book review editor John von Heyking, February, 2012. http://www.voegelinview.com.

Interview on personal encounters with Eric Voegelin, conducted by Prof. Barry Cooper, included in Voegelin Recollected, eds. Barry Cooper and Jodi Bruhl. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2007 (30-35).

Review of Hans Jonas: The Integrity of Thinking, by David J. Levy (University of Missouri Press, 2002), in The Review of Politics, Vol. 66, No. 1, Winter 2004 (141-43).

Review of Consciousness and Transcendence: The Theology of Eric Voegelin, by Michael P. Morrissey (University of Notre Dame Press, 1994), in First Things, Number 57, November 1995 (64-66).

“A Letter to Jane Jacobs,” published with a reply from Jane Jacobs, in Ethics in Making a Living: Papers from the Jane Jacobs Conference, edited by Fred Lawrence. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1989 (287-92).

“Interview with a Book Designer,” Northwest Book Arts, V. 2, N. 1, Fall 1981.

Co-editor (with Tim McNulty), Notes from Disappearing Lake: The River Journals of Robert Sund. New York, NY: Pleasure Boat Press, 2012.

Erato. San Antonio, TX: Pecan Grove Press, 2010.

Editor (and author of “Afterword”), Taos Mountain, by Robert Sund. Anacortes, WA: Poet’s House Press (limited fine arts edition), 2007.

Sleeping at the Open Window. San Antonio, TX: Pecan Grove Press, 2005.

Co-editor (with Tim McNulty), Poems from Ish River Country: Collected Poems and Translations, by Robert Sund. Washington, D.C.: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004.

Published in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers

“The Cabin,” “Again, Evening,” Via Regia Journal, Vol. 2, Spring 2013.
“The Treasure,” “Scandal in San Antonio,” Pecan Grove Review, Vol. 14, Spring 2013.
“Bare Trees,” “Desire,” Pecan Grove Review, Vol. 13, Spring 2012.
“Collapse,” Pecan Grove Review, Vol. 12, Spring 2011.
“This Evening,” Atlanta Review, Fall/Winter 2010.
“Hide and Seek,” San Antonio Express-News (newspaper), October 5, 2008.
“Brodie,” “Driving Home,” “To a Daughter,” PoetsWest, Vol. 5, N. 1, Spring 2002.
“A Choice,” “Trust,” “The Least of These,” Pecan Grove Review, Vol. 5, Spring 2000.
“The Sentimentalist”, Wordscape, Vol. 2, N. 7, July 1998.
“Ballad,” “Only Once,” “The Door,” Chile Verde Review, Vol. 1, N. 2, May 1998.
“A Promise,” Pecan Grove Review, Vol. 2, Spring 1997.
“Letter to Mary,” Point No Point, Number 5, Fall 1996.
“Craftsman,” “Early Winter,” Pecan Grove Review, Vol. 1, Spring 1996.
“First Things,” “On the Birth of a Friend’s Son,” “Door,” Prairie Schooner, Vol. 68, N. 2, Summer 1994.
“The Disappointed Woman,” “Lament,” Poetry East, Number 18, Fall 1985.
“Day and Night of New Moon,” Prairie Schooner, Vol. 58, N. 3, Fall 1984.
“Advice to an American,” Poetry Northwest, Vol. 18, N. 1, Spring 1977.
“Insomnia,” Assay, Vol. 31, N. 2, Spring 1976.
“Suburban Incident,” “Broken Promise,” “I Am Waiting,” in I Almost Keep Seeing a Black Star. Seattle, WA: Spring Rain Press, 1974.

Presentations and Professional Activities

At scholarly conferences, workshops, and seminars

Paper on “Unsought Revelations of Eternal Reality in T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time,” at “International Symposium on Time and Place in T. S. Eliot and His Contemporaries,” sponsored by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and the T. S. Eliot Society, Florence, Italy, January 18-21, 2015.
Philosophical consultant to TE’A (Theater for Engagement and Action), NYC theater company creating drama productions for theater-for-conflict-transformation; at its monthly workshop for work-in-progress (titled There’s Something About America), Oct 9-12, 2014.
Papers on “Dignity, Politics, and the Community of Being”, and on “Proust, the Metaxy, and Transcendence,” on two panels at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August, 2014.
Paper on “Human Rights, Human Dignity, Cuba,” at seminar on “International Human Rights and Cuba in 2014,” sponsored by the Vaclav Havel Initiative for Human Rights & Diplomacy, School of International and Public Affairs, at Florida International University, Miami, FL, June 2014.
Chair of panel on “Individual and Community in Modern Political Thought,” and respondent to the panel paper “Politics as Subsidiary Belonging: Levinas and Testimony,” at annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, TX, April, 2014.
Paper on “The Search for Dignified Living,” at the annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, April 2014.
Paper on “Post-Terror Societal Affirmations of Human Equality,” at International Symposium titled “After the Terror: Negotiating Values and Identities,” hosted by UCLA, in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Los Angeles, March, 2014.
Respondent to three papers on two panel sessions—“The Priority of Existence in Medieval Political Thought” and “Transcendence and Society” for one panel, and “Predestination and Grace in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Home” for a second panel—at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, August-Sept, 2013.
Paper on “Love, Terror, and Transcendence in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry,” at triennial conference of the International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July, 2013.
Paper on “Understanding the Principle of Inherent Human Dignity,” at International Seminar on “The Solidarity of the Shaken,” sponsored by the Václav Havel Library and the Center for Phenomenological Studies / Jan Patocka Archives, at the Behal Fejér Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2013.
Lecture, “Art, Love, and Conversion,” for Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series, St. Mary’s University, April 2013.
Commentator on two papers each at two formal seminars, “Sacred Texts and Ethics,” and “On Militant Martyrdom,” at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway; also presenter of my work-in-progress (current book: “Dignity and Degradation”) at informal seminar at PRIO, December 2012.
Paper on “Equivalences of Experience, and Symbols of the Depth by Which Experience Lives,” at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, October 2012.
Paper on “The Most Frightening Sentence (To Me) in Insight,” at the annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, April 2012.
Lecture, “Art and Spirituality,” as presenter of Tenth Annual Lonergan Lecture at Regis College, Toronto, sponsored by the Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College, Toronto; also presenter and leader of seminar on ”Art and Spiritual Growth.” Oct 2011.
Paper on “Voegelin’s Use of Metaphor”; also respondent to two papers on panel session “Religious Experience and Politics: Eric Voegelin and Beyond”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, Sept 2011.
Paper on “Ulterior Significance in the Art of Bob Dylan,” at the annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, April 2011.
Paper on “Symbolic Meaning and Ulterior Significance in the Art of Bob Dylan,” at annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Baltimore, MD, November 2010.
Chair and organizer of panel session on “Philosophies of History in Comparison: Voegelin and Rosenstock-Huessy” and respondent to all four panel papers; also respondent to two papers on panel session ”Race, Ethnicity, and Politics: Voegelin’s Early Concerns”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., Sept 2010.
Paper on “Transcendent Value, Personal Value, and the Bolshevik Revolution,” at the annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, April 2010.
Co-organizer of, and paper presenter at, conference sponsored by University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong, China: “Revolutions, Finished and Unflinished: From Primal to Final.” Paper presented: “Salvation Without Individuals: The Bolshevik Revolution,” March 2010.
Lecture, “The Concept of Dignity in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” sponsored by the Center for Professional Ethics, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, March 2010.
Co-organizer and co-chair of, and paper presenter at, conference at University of Hong Kong, China: “Translatio Imperii in the 3rd Millennium: Philosophy and Theology Address Power and Revolution in History.” Paper presented: “History in Ezra Pound’s Cantos and T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets,” February 2010.
Paper on “The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence, by David Walsh”; and respondant to three papers on panel session, “Mysticism and Politics in Voegelin’s Philosophy”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, Canada, Sept 2009.
Paper on “Differentiation and Its Discontents,” at the annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 2009.
Paper on “The Artistic Differentiation of Consciousness: An Elaboration of Lonergan-Based Principles of Artistic Appreciation in Comparison with those of David Hume,” at the annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, April 2009.
Leader of 90-minute discussion session on “Liberal Education and the Core Curriculum” at Ninth Annual Northwest Lonergan Symposium, Seattle University, January 2009.
Paper on “Dignity as Fragile, Dignity as Absolute,” as principal speaker at seminar commemorating 60th Anniversary of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, co- sponsored by Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters; Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (University of Oslo); and International Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO); at Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, Norway, December 2008.
Paper on “Consciousness and Transcendence: Voegelin and Lonergan on the Reasonableness of Faith,” at conference on “Faith in Reason and Reason in Faith: Philosophical Theological Transformation from the 18th to the 20th Centuries,” at University of Hong Kong, China, October 2008.
Seminar presentation on “The Principle of Inherent Human Dignity: Philosophical Challenges,” to colleagues at International Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway, October 2008.
Paper on “The Tension of the Metaxy in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry”; and respondant to two papers on panel session, “Mysticism and Philosophy in Voegelin’s Work,” at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Boston, August 2008.
Six-day, 18-hour graduate seminar conducted on Eric Voegelin’s essay “Equivalences of Experience and Symbolization in History,” with reference to classic texts by Plato and in the Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu traditions, for students in Philosophy and in Buddhist Studies, Huafan University, Taipei County, Taiwan, June 23-28, 2008.
Paper on “Personal Integrity and Integration of the Realms of Meaning,” at annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, April 2008.
Paper on “Voegelin’s Use of Musil’s Concept of ‘Intelligent Stupidity,’ in Hitler and the Germans”; also organized, chaired, and was respondant on panel session, ”Voegelin’s Quandary: Faith in Search of Understanding or Understanding in Search of Faith?”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, Aug/Sept 2007.
Paper on “Lonergan and the Concept of Stupidity,” at annual meeting of the Lonergan Philosophical Society, with the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Granville, OH, October 2006.
Paper on “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Lonergan’s Notion of Elemental Meaning,” at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 2006.
Paper on “Challenges of Historical Existence, and Varieties of Nostalgia for Childhood”; and chair of panel session on intellectual biography, Lonergan’s Quest, by William Matthews; at annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, March 2006.
Paper on “A Pattern of Timeless Moments: Existence and History in T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets”; also organized and chaired panel session, “Voegelin and Heidegger on the Human Condition”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., September 2005.
Paper on “‘No Means of Safety But Love’: Studying the Classics,” at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 2005.
Paper on “Artistic Symbols and Life in the Metaxy,” as organizer, chair, presenter, and respondent on panel session, “Eric Voegelin on Literary and Artistic Symbols”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, September 2004.
Paper on “Art and Liberty,” at Second International Lonergan Workshop, Regis College, Toronto, Canada, August 2004.
Paper on “Voegelin and Christianity,” at Piety Hill Graduate Fellows Retreat, Mecosta, MI, June 2004.
Paper on “Insight and the Foundations of Human Dignity,” at annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, April 2004.
Respondent to five papers on two panel sessions—“Southern Democracy and Justice in a Century of Change” and “Politics and Transcendence: The Old Debate in New Clothes”—at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, August 2003.
Paper on “Dignity and Degradation: The Good Under Destruction,” at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 2003.
Paper on “Languages of Transcendence Across the Realms of Meaning,” at annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, April 2003.
Paper on “Myth, Aberrant Myth, and Ambient Vision” as organizer, chair, and presenter on panel session, “The Mythic Horizon: Eric Voegelin and Hans Jonas on Religion, Myth and Truth”; and paper on “The Mystery of Divine Presence and ‘Christianity’”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Boston, Aug/Sept 2002.
Paper on “Eric Voegelin’s Development of Karl Jaspers’s Idea of the ‘Axial Period’”; at meeting of Karl Jaspers Society, annual conference of the American Philosophical Society (Pacific Division), Seattle, March 2002.
Organizer, chair, and respondent on panel session “Voegelin’s Order and History, vol. 5, and the Scope of Noetic Science”; and respondent to two papers for panel session “Philosophy, Science, and Modernity”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., September 2000.
Co-presenter and leader (with Prof. Thomas McPartland) of four afternoon workshops on “Introducing Eric Voegelin,” at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 2000 (also same workshops at same venue in 1995 and 1996).
Paper on “Twilight of the Gods: The Problem of Divine Presence in the World after Differentiation,” as organizer, chair, and presenter on panel session “Cosmos and Myth, Dedivinization and Education in Voegelin’s Late Work”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Boston, September 1998.
Paper on “Tasting Death: Becker and Socrates,” co-sponsored by the Ernest Becker Foundation and Seattle University Philosophy Club, Seattle University, February 1998.
Paper on “The Meditative Discovery of Transcendence as a Component in Self-Appropriation,” at annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Santa Clara University, November 1997.
Paper on “Participation and Its Discontents: Gnostic Anxiety”; and organizer and chair of panel session “Ethics and Reality: Voegelin, Levinas, and Lonergan”; at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 1997.
Session organizer and interviewer on “Voegelin and Literary Studies” for conference, “Order and History: The Second International Conference on the Work of Eric Voegelin,” University of Manchester, England, July 1997.
Paper on “The Denial of Death and the Practice of Dying,” at “The First Interdisciplinary Multimodal Conference in Honor of Ernest Becker,” co-sponsored by the Ernest Becker Foundation and Skidmore College Psychology Department, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, August 1996.
Paper on “Identity, Pseudo-Identity, and Violence,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference on the Thought of Bernard Lonergan, Santa Clara University, November 1995.
Respondent to two papers, “Esprit de Corps: The Love that Violence Engenders,” by Gil Bailie, and “Conflict, Violence, and Peacemaking in Dostoevsky,” by James G. Williams, at “The Love of Violence Conference,” co-sponsored by the Ernest Becker Foundation and University of Washington Comparative Religion Program, University of Washington, Seattle, October 1995.
Paper on “Education by Anxiety: Ernest Becker and Kierkegaard,” lecture sponsored by the Ernest Becker Foundation; University of Washington, Seattle, October 1994.
Session interviewer at International Conference on “Eric Voegelin’s Vision of Order and the Crisis of Civilization in the 20th Century,” University of Manchester, England, July 1994.
Paper on “Images, Art, and Cosmopolis,” at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 1994.
Paper on “Lonergan’s Notion of Cosmopolis, and the Artistic Critique of Rationalism,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1994.
Paper on “Faith and Political Philosophy: The Correspondence Between Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss, 1934-1964,” at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, September 1993.
Paper on “Materials for a Dialectical Analysis of Unbalanced Consciousness,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1993.
Paper on “Certain Obstacles to Human Development,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1992.
Paper on “Consciousness as Self-Presence, and the Religious Pattern of Experience,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1991.
Paper on “Progress and Decline, and the Timeless,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1990.
Paper on “The Drama of Living, and Lonergan’s Retrieval of Transcendence,” at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 1989.
Paper on “The Aesthetic Pattern of Experience,” as session leader at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1989.
Paper on “Death’s Dream Kingdom: An Interpretation of the Character of Hamlet,” at Colloquium for Graduate Studies in Philosophy, Boston College, April 1987.
Paper on “Imaginal Horizons,” at annual West Coast Methods Institute Conference, Santa Clara University, March 1987.
Paper on “Phantasia and Thinking in Aristotle’s De Anima,” at Colloquium for Graduate Studies in Philosophy, Boston College, March 1986.
Liberty Fund, Inc., colloquia (roundtable participation): [Liberty Fund. Inc., a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals, each year sponsors numerous 3-day colloquia and 2-day ”Socratic seminars,” each limited to sixteen invited scholars, on readings related to intellectual issues pertaining to liberty. ]

Colloquium on ”Liberty and Authority in the Works of T. S. Eliot and José Ortega y Gasset,” Indianapolis, January 2012.
Colloquium on “Martial Virtue and Civilian Order in Shakespeare,” Seattle, WA, June 2011.
Colloquium on “Liberty in the Book of Genesis,” Asheville, NC, February 2011.
Socratic Seminar on “Liberty in Walter Lippmann’s The Public Philosophy,” Indianapolis, August 2009.
Colloquium on “Liberty, Individualism, and Rebellion in Western and Samurai Films,” Tucson, May 2009.
Colloquium on “Liberty, Republicanism, and Religion in Savonarola,” New Orleans, March 2009.
Colloquium on “Liberty and Responsibility in Bertrand de Jouvenal’s Sovereignty,” Savannah, November 2007.
Colloquium on “Solzhenitsyn’s Understanding of the Crisis of Liberty,” Indianapolis, September 2007.
Colloquium on “The Role of Comedy in a Free Society,” Montreal, Quebec, May/June 2007.
Socratic Seminar on “Responsibility in the Face of Totalitarianism: Voegelin’s Hitler and the Germans,” Indianapolis, June 2006.
Colloquium on “Tolerance and Truth as Axes of Religious Liberty,” Washington, D.C., April 2006.
Colloquium on “Augustine and Thomas Aquinas on Teaching and Learning,” Denver, April 2006.
Colloquium on “Shakespeare and the Law,” Savannah, October 2005.
Colloquium on “The Faust Legend and Modern Freedom of Knowledge,” Vancouver, BC, August 2005.
Colloquium on “Freedom and the Epic,” Austin, TX, March 2005.
Colloquium on “The Problem of Freedom in Diderot,” Seattle, September 2004.
Colloquium on “Jean Bodin and the Evocation of Tolerance,” Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, June 2004.
Colloquium on “Savonarola and Machiavelli: Religion, Republicanism, and Liberty,” San Francisco, February 2004.
Colloquium on “The Moral and Political Significance of Art: Liberty and Responsibility,” San Antonio, TX, January/February 2003.
Colloquium on “Freedom and the Epic,” Furnace Creek Inn Resort, Death Valley, CA, December 2002.
Colloquium on “Johannes Althusius and the Covenant of Liberty,” San Antonio, TX, September 2002.
Colloquium on “Private and Public Liberties: Constant, Tocqueville, and Bryce,” Charleston, SC, January/February 2002.
Colloquium on “Divine-Human Encounters in the Bible’s Poetry,” Houston, August 2001.
Colloquium on “The View of Liberty in Heinrich Rommen’s The Natural Law,” San Antonio, TX, March/April 2001.
Colloquium on “Liberty and Responsibility in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” Baton Rouge, October 2000.
Colloquium on “Liberty and the Divine-Human Encounter: Augustine, Bonaventure, Nicholas of Cusa, Milton, and Edwards,” Philadelphia, September 2000.
Colloquium on “Fallibility, Freedom, and the Pursuit of God in the Poetry and Images of Herbert, Blake, and Hopkins,” Seattle, May 2000.
Socratic Seminar on “Liberty and Religion in the Thought of Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin,” Indianapolis, November 1995.

At scholarship-related or university events

Presentation on 2008 Fulbright Research work at PRIO in Oslo, Norway, to San Antonio Chapter of the Fulbright Association, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, April 2013.
Paper on “The Tension of Faith: Between Atheism and Fundamentalism,” for adult education group The Center at the Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Houston, November 2007.
Presentation on “Liberal Arts Education” at St. Mary’s University Faculty Convocation, August 2007.
Leader of three-day retreat workshop on “Human Development and Philosophy of Education,” for Headmaster, administrative leaders, principals, and department heads of Campbell Hall School (Episcopal K-12), North Hollywood, CA, July 2006.
Leader of daylong retreat workshop on “Human Development and Philosophy of Education” for administrators at Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood, CA, March 2006 (again in April 2005 and February 2004).
Lecture at Honors Convocation, St. Mary’s University, “What Is Education For?”, March 2000.
Editor and interviewer for 60-minute videotape documentary titled “Sweet Desire: Conversations with Sebastian Moore,” evening presentation at annual Boston College Lonergan Workshop, June 1997.
Lecture and workshop on “Images in Religious Self-Understanding,” for Continuing Education Program at St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, October 1991.

Memberships

Executive Board Member of the Lonergan Philosophical Society
Advisory Board Member of the Ernest Becker Foundation
Member of the Eric Voegelin Society
Member of the International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE)
Member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) since 1993
Affiliated Member of the Etty Hillesum Research Centre, University of Ghent, Belgium
Member, San Antonio Chapter of Fulbright Association
Faculty Member of Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy (former Faculty Advisor), Texas Lambda Chapter