Professor Richard Owsley
founded the North Texas
Heidegger Symposium in
1980, and hosted it for over
twenty years.

He also helped to develop the
Department of Philosophy and
Religious Studies at the
University of North Texas.

Although he retired in 1995,
he continued to teach and
participate in philosophical
discourse until shortly before
his death.

In December of 1999, Professor
Owsley was elected president
of the Karl Jaspers Society.
In April of 2000, he
delivered his last opening
address at the 20th Heidegger
Symposium, on "The Meaning
of Truth in Husserl and

Richard Owsley died on February 16, 2003, at the age of 79.

photo courtesy Robyn Lee


The conference is organized by the Dallas Area Seminar on European Inquiry (DASEIN). Contact Rod Coltman at Collin College for further information.


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36th North Texas Heidegger Symposium
McKinney Performing Arts Center
McKinney, Texas
Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, 2018

The Thirteenth Richard Owlsey Memorial Address:

Dennis Schmidt, Western Sydney University

Other Speakers include

Will McNeill (DePaul University)
Krzysztof Ziarek (The University at Buffalo)
Katherine Davies (Miami University - Ohio)
Jennifer Gaffney (Gettysburg College)
Cynthia Nielson (University of Dallas)
Ian Moore (St. John's College, Santa Fe)
Bob Wood (University of Dallas)
Charles Bambach (UT Dallas)
John Loscerbo


The program is available at these links (docx) (PDF)

Conference Fee: The conference fee, from which we derive most of the income for the Symposium, will be $50.00 ($20.00 for students).

Checks made out to "Heidegger Symposium" or "NTHS" may be sent to Rod Coltman, 311 N Waddill ST, McKinney, TX 75069

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Fees will be accepted at registration, but receiving them in advance will help facilitate the completion of conference arrangements.

Please see the email memo sent out to symposium participants on February 12 regarding current accommodation conditions--especially if you prefer to stay at the Grand Hotel near the Square in McKinney. If you would like to reserve a room and/or be put on the waiting list there, please be sure to call the hotel directly, rather than using a travel service. If you weren't on the mailing list for the memo and want to stay at the Grand, please let Rod know and he'll send you a copy.

The Sheraton McKinney now has a shuttle to the Square.

The Best Western Plus McKinneyInn & Suites is closer to downtown, and we can arrange to pick you up if you book there.

In addition, AirBnB has numerous possibilities , and there are also independent Bed and Breakfast opportunities in the area.