Skip Navigation

Gertrude Conway
Gertrude D. Conway Ph.D.
Philosophy Department
Bradley Administration, Room 301
Download vCard


Ph.D., Fordham University (1981)
M.A., Fordham University (1976)
B.A., College of New Rochelle (1972)


Phi Beta Kappa

Graduate Fellowship, Fordham University, 1972-6

Delaplaine Professorship in the Humanities (NEH Professorship), 1997-2000

Kline Chair of Philosophy, 2004-10

Delta Epsilon Sigma Distinguished Service Award 1996, 2009

Delta Epsilon Sigma Presidential Award 2000

Center for Intercultural Development (CID) Diversity Advocate Award 2001

CID Diversity Leadership Award for Teaching 2005

CID Shining Star Award 2001

Presidential Excellence Award 2005

Commencement Last Lecture 2005

Club Leadership Award for the Campaign to End the Death Penalty 2006

Peacecrafters Award for Promoting Peace and Cultural Understanding in Frederick County, 2007

SGA Outstanding Faculty Award 2009

Richards Award for Teaching Excellence 2010


Dr. Conway came to the Mount in 1979 after teaching at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran. She served as Associate Dean of Academic Studies (1987-91), Founder and Director of the Honors Program and the Foreign Study Programs in Florence, London and Cannes (1987-92), Delaplaine Professor of the Humanities (National Endowment of the Humanities Professorship) 1997-2000, Kline Professor of Philosophy (2004-10) and University Professor (2011-). She has been awarded a range of honors, including Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Epsilon Sigma Distinguished Service and Presidential Awards, Center for Intercultural Development Leadership Award for Distinguished Teaching, Richards Ward for Teaching Excellence, Peacecrafters Award for Promoting Peace and Cultural Understanding, SGA Outstanding Faulty Award.

Areas of Study

Contemporary Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Perspectives on the Death Penalty, Intercultural Dialogue: Middle Eastern Women, Virtues and Vices


Wittgenstein on Foundations, Humanities Press International, 1989.

Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty (Eds. Vicki Schieber, Trudy Conway, David McCarthy). Liturgical Press, 2013.

Cross-Cultural Dialogue on the Virtues, the Contribution of Fethullah Gülen. Springer-Verlag, 2014.


"Wittgenstein on Foundations," Philosophy Today XXVI, No. 4 (Winter 1982): 332-344.

"The Retrieve of Philosophy," Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophic Research and Analysis, (Winter 1982): 8-9.

"On the Possibility of Continuing the Conversation of Mankind," Cogito II, No.2, (1984): 1-25.

"Wittgenstein-An Anti-foundationalist?: A Re-evaluation," Report from the Fourteenth International Wittgenstein Symposium (1990).

"Honoring Freshmen: Assessing Needs and Setting Goals", The National Honors Report XII, No. 4,(Winter 1992).

"On Recognizing and Understanding the Other," Culture and Value, eds. Kjell S. Johannessen and Tore Nordenstam. Vienna, Austria: Digibuch,1995. 623-631.

"Differences: Indifference or Dialogue?", Philosophy, Religion, and the Question of Intolerance, eds. M. Aminrezavi and D. Ambuel, SUNY Press, 1997.

"Cross-Cultural Criticism: A Postmodern Taboo?" Philosophy and Cultural Diversity, ed. P. Churchill, SUNY, 1998.

"Citizen and Cosmopolitan: Wittgenstein on the Role of the Philosopher," Cogito, Vol.12, #2,1998, 131-137.

On Recognizing, Envisioning and Understanding the Cultural Others. "The West and the Cultural Other: Historical and Contemporary Approaches"(1998).

"The Role of Literature" (1999). Anthologies of Essays for the NEH Delaplaine Professorship.

"Compassion: Its Possibilities, Limits and Barriers." Philosophy in the Contemporary World. Fall, 2001.

"Strangers in Our Midst: From Tolerance to Hospitality." Analytic Teaching. Volume 23, #1, November 2002.

"On Executing Executioners," Review Journal of Political Philosophy, Volume 6.2, 2009.

"Tolerance: The Limits of a Negative Virtue," Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Spring, 2009.

"On Hospitality and Compassion," The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching, Its Origins and Contemporary Significance. Ed. David McCarthy Brazos Press, 2009.

"Strangers in Our Midst: From Tolerance to Hospitality," Philosophy of Education: Introductory Readings 4th edition. William Hare and John Portelli Eds. 2013.

"Trying to Get It Right: Rethinking the Death Penalty." Where Justice and Mercy Meet. Liturgical Press, 2013.

Review of T. Campbell, Seven Theories of Human Nature in Studies in Soviet Thought 25, No. 2 (1983): 141-143.

Delaplaine Seminar Essays "The West and the Cultural Other" including own introduction and essay, "Living and the Nexus of Cultures: Reflections on the Bicultural" Mount Saint Mary's College June 1998.

Delaplaine Seminar Essays "On Recognizing, Envisioning and Understanding the Cultural Other" including own introductory essay, "On Coming to See What is Before Our Eyes" Mount Saint Mary's College, June, 1999.

Review of S. Easton, Humanist Marxism and Wittgensteinian Social Philosophy in Studies in Soviet Thought 35, (1988): 333-340.

Review of Charles Travis, The Uses of Sense in The Review of Metaphysics 45, No. 1 (September 1991): 153-55.

Review of Michael Hodges' Transcendence and Wittgenstein's Tractatus in The Review of Metaphysics 47, No. 3 (March 1994): 622-24.

"Reassessing Punishment: From Retributive to Restorative Justice" (forthcoming). Bloomsbury Companion to Political Philosophy, ed. Andrew Fiala. New York: Continuum).

Research Projects and Grants
Presidential Pride Dissertation Grant, Interdisciplinary Program Seed Grant, Presidential Pride Junior Research/Writing Grants, Summer Research Grant, Presidential Pride Senior Research/Writing Grant,

Faculty Development Grant, Mount St. Mary's University 1979-2007

Match Grant, National Collegiate Honors Council, 1991

Lilly Grant for Academic and Campus Life Programming on the Death Penalty 2004-5

Additional Information


16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122
Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
Map & Directions | | 301-682-8315