Senior Received Drinko Grant to Present at Philosophy Conference

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Westminster College senior philosophy and economics major Michael Gorman presented his research at the first annual Classic City Philosophy Conference April 7-10 in Athens, Ga.

Gorman's presentation, "Towards a Philosophy of Experience: Kant's Contribution to the Development of the Foucauldian Limit-Experience," is part of the genealogical development section of Gorman's Honors project.  The paper draws on Foucault's The Order of Things: An Archaeology of Human Knowledge, Kant's A Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, and Marc Djaballah's dissertation Kant, Foucault, and Forms of Experience

Gorman is a son of Mary Novak of Avonmore and a graduate of Kiski Area High School.

The research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. David Goldberg, Westminster associate professor of philosophy, and was originally presented at the MidSouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis (Tenn.) last month.

Gorman received a travel/presentation grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to attend the conference.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.  The Undergraduate Research Initiative provides funding for students to conduct research and to present their research at regional and national conferences.  Visit for more information about the Drinko Center and its programs.

Contact Goldberg at (724) 946-7153 or email for additional information.

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Michael Gorman


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