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 for further information.


The Heidegger Symposium would like to thank the Texas A&M University Philosophy Depart-ment, without whose generous contributions our gathering would not have been possible.

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37th North Texas Heidegger Symposium
McKinney Performing Arts Center
McKinney, Texas
Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2019

The Fourteenth Richard Owlsey Memorial Address:

Andrew Mitchell, Emory University

Other speakers include

Carolyn Culbertson (Florida Gulf Coast University)
Cynthia Nielson (University of Dallas)
Jennifer Gaffney (Gettysburg College)
Joel Michael Reynolds (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Theodore George (Texas A&M University)
Sean Kirkland (DePaul University)
Will McNeill (DePaul University)
Katherine Davies (University of Texas at Dallas)
Charles Bambach (University of Texas at Dallas)

The program for the Symposium is now available here (.rtf)

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.


Grand Hotel near the Square in McKinney is quite nice and located a few hundred feet from the meeting room. Reserve early, however, because it's a popular place to stay.

The Sheraton McKinney is located conveniently to DFW Airport at the northwest corner of US 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway (121), which is a straight shot to the airport (about 35 to 40 minutes). Rates at the Sheraton vary from $135 to $197 per night, and there is a shuttle that will take you downtown.

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. These run anywhere from $55 to $350 a night, but many also have multiple bedrooms if you want to go in on one with someone else. Generally speaking, the closer the house is to the square, the more expensive it will be.