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Philosophy at UVic

My philosophy degree - perhaps not surprisingly - did not land me a job as CEO of a multi-national philosophy company. But it did introduce me to the world of ideas, teach me skills of disciplined analysis and judgment, and how to engage with and learn from the wisdom of others.

Jamie Cassels, QC. University of Victoria President

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, as well as many courses open to a variety of students. While you're here, you might also want to check out our faculty, come to one of our events, or just learn more about where philosophy can take you.

The UVic Philosophy Department welcomes Jacob Stegenga

We are pleased to announce that Jacob Stegenga has decided to join our UVic Philosophy Department. Jacob attained his PHD in Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego in 2011, and was Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, before working as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah from 2012 until 2015. We look forward to welcoming Jacob here in the Fall 2015.

Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle by James O. Young

The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (1746) by Charles Batteux was arguably the most influential work on aesthetics published in the eighteenth century. It influenced every major aesthetician in the second half of the century: Diderot, Herder, Hume, Kant, Lessing, Mendelssohn, and others either adopted his views or reacted against them. It is the work generally credited with establishing the modern system of the arts: poetry, painting, music, sculpture and dance. Batteux's book is also an invaluable aid to the interpretation of the arts of eighteenth century. And yet there has never been a complete or reliable translation of The Fine Arts into English. Now James O. Young, a leading contemporary philosopher of art, has provided an eminently readable and accurate translation. It is fully annotated and comes with a comprehensive introduction that identifies the figures who influenced Batteux and the writers who were, in turn, influenced by him. The introduction also discusses the ways in which The Fine Arts has continuing philosophical interest. In particular, Young demonstrates that Batteux's work is an important contribution

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Co-authored by our own Colin Macleod and signed by several of our faculty members.

Open letter regarding Conservative Par...
Open letter regarding Conservative Party campaign tactics The following letter has been signed by 587 Canadian academics, condemning the tactics being employed by the Conservative Party of Canada in the current federal election campaign. It will appear in newspapers tomorrow, but there is no room in…
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UVic Philosophy created an event.

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Beyond Belief: Racism and Social Criti...
The Department of Philosophy welcomes you to attend the following Lansdowne lecture: Thursday October 15, 2015 7:30 p.m., David Turpin Building A102 Sally Haslanger (Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Title: Beyond Belief: Racism and Social Critique ...
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