Misericordia hosting Eastern PA Philosophical Association Meeting in April

Dr. Vincent Colapietro
The Misericordia University Department of Philosophy is hosting keynote speaker Vincent Colapietro, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa., and several other guest presenters for the spring meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association on Saturday, April 20 in Huntzinger Room 218 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program concludes at 5 p.m.

Dr. Colapietro is a liberal arts research professor who holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. He holds his undergraduate degree from Saint Anselm College of Manchester, N.H. His principal area of historical research is classical American pragmatism, but he has many other scholarly interests. His lecture at Misericordia University, “Theory, Practice, and Critique,’’ will develop a pragmatist understanding of human practices, as historical undertakings inevitably undergoing dramatic crises.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles, including “Peirce’s Approach to the Self: A Semiotic Perspective on Human Subjectivity,” “A Glossary of Semiotics,’’ and most recently, “Fateful Shapes of Human Freedom: John William Miller & the Crises of Modernity.’’ Dr. Colapietro’s writings have also been translated into several languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and others. He is the chair of the advisory board for the Peirce Edition Project and is co-editor of the Journal of Speculative Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Colapietro is the past president of the Metaphysical Society of America, the Semiotic Society of America, and the Charles S. Peirce Society.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association also has accepted research papers from several other professors from regional colleges and universities. The following professors will also be making presentations during the bi-annual meeting: Greg Bassham, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; David Black, University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.; Bill Irwin, King’s College; David Kyle Johnson, King’s College; Richard Klonoski, University of Scranton; Rob Lovering, College of Staten Island, Staten Island, N.Y.; Meghan Masto, Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.; Tad Robinson, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; Steven Scalet, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.; Kurt Smith, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa.; Aladdin Yaqub, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., and Douglas Young, Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa. The presentation is open to the general public, but registration is required so the University can make appropriate arrangements for guests on campus. Registration is $25 and $10 for students with a valid ID. The fee also includes lunch. Please e-mail Melanie Shepherd, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy at Misericordia University, at, to reserve your seat.