Visiting Speakers

On the occasion of his retirement in 2016, the Dept. of Philosophy established the C. Stephen Layman Speaker Series in Philosophy in honor of Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and long-time chair, Steve Layman. Dr. Layman is author of God: Eight Enduring Questions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022), Philosophical Approaches to the Atonement, Incarnation, and the Trinity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God (Oxford University Press, 2006), The Power of Logic, editions 1-3 (McGraw Hill, 2005, 2002, 1999), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Please see Dr. Layman’s faculty profile for a full list of his publications. Past Layman lecturers can be found below.

Donations to the Layman lecture can be made here. Please select “other” and write in: “Layman Speaker Series in Philosophy.”

Layman Lecture, Thursday, January 12, 2023, 4pm, Eaton 112

"The Terms of the Free Will Debate: Defining 'Free Will'"

Alicia Finch

Alicia Finch, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University.


In addition, the Department hosts occasional talks by visiting philosophers. Recent speakers include:

Fall 2019, Jill Graper Hernandez (Layman Lecture), “Early Modern Women and the Need to Do More”

Spring 2018, Meghan Sullivan (Layman Lecture), “Time Biases and Valuing Afterlives”

Fall 2017, Billy Dunaway, “Theological Predication: Duns Scotus, Univocity, and Knowledge”

Spring 2017, Robert Audi (Layman Lecture), “Faith, Belief, and the Problem of Evil” 

Fall 2016, Trent Dougherty, “Faith, Reason, and Religious Disagreement: Surprising Results”

Spring 2016, Steve Layman, Book Symposium: Philosophical Approaches to the Atonement, Incarnation, and the Trinity. With comments by Daniel Howard-Snyder and Terence Cuneo

 Fall 2014, Alfred Mele, “Free Will and Neuroscience,” and “On the Situationist Challenge to Free Will”

Spring 2012, SPU Philosophy Alumni Panel: Jennifer Corns, Jonathan Jacobs, Nathan King, John Mouracade           

Fall 2009, Jaegwon Kim, “Metaphysical Considerations on Consciousness and the Science of Consciousness”

Fall 2009, Kevin Corcoran, “Persons, Bodies, and Relationality”

Fall 2008, Nicholas Wolterstorff , “Beauty, Love, Justice, and Worship”

Spring 2008, Daniel Dombrowski, “The Concept of God: A Process Point of View”

Fall 2007, James Van Cleve, “Direct Realism and Double Vision”