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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35th North Texas Heidegger Symposium
McKinney Performing Arts Center
McKinney, Texas
Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th, 2017

This year's conference will be held in the historic McKinney courthouse, now the home of the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

The Twelfth Richard Owlsey Memorial Address:

Dan Dahlstrom, Boston University

Other Speakers include

Charles Bambach, University of Texas at Dallas

Bob Wood, University of Dallas

Sean Kirkland, De Paul University

Will McNeill, De Paul University

Richard Capobianco, Stonehill College

Ted George, Texas A&M University

Wanda Torres Gregory, Simmons College

Krysztof Ziarek, SUNY Buffalo

Mirela Oliva, University of St. Thomas

Carolyn Culbertson, Florida Gulf Coast University

Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

2017 Program

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, Professor of Philosophy, Division of Communications and Humanities, Collin College
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074

Or, choose the appropriate category from the menu below and click on the "add to cart" button below to pay online.

Fee Category

Because we may not have computer access during the conference, fees will be accepted at registration by check or in cash. Registration forms will be available at the conference.


There are two options for hotel accommodations:

For those who can afford it, we have reserved a block of ten rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel, just off the square in McKinney. Rooms at the Grand will be $159 (plus tax) per night. The catch, however, is that we were only able reserve two rooms for Thursday night, which means that you may have to stay elsewhere the night before the conference begins. (For reservations, call 214-726-9250, and mention “NTHS.”)

We also have an economy option. We have reserved a block of ten rooms (for all three nights) at the newly renovated Best Western Plus in McKinney, which is about a five-minute drive (or a 25-minute walk) from downtown. (We will provide transportation to and from the hotel for anyone who needs it.) Rooms at the Best Western will be only $87 (plus tax) per night. Reservations may be made at the link.