Professor James O. Young new fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

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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.

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When Aristotle Came to Al-Andalus

Join us on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 for the 29th Annual Medieval Workshop. It will be a full day of lectures by distinguished academics plus music, displays and unique insights into medieval life.  Dr. Margaret Cameron presents "When Aristotle Came to Al-Andalus" during this event.  Dr. Cameron is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Aristotelian Tradition at UVic. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto's Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy in 2005.  Please register online at: continuingstudies.uvic.ca/medieval-workshop or call Continuing Studies at UVic: 250-472-4747

Eike-Henner Kluge in national story on 'meaning of death'

UVic in the News Eike-Henner Kluge, Philosophy A major shift is happening in the meaning of death Eike-Henner Kluge is quoted in a story by National Post writer Joseph Brean—picked up widely this weekend in Postmedia News including the Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun, as well as in various regional papers in Brantford, Kingston and beyond—about the changing nature of death and its 'bureaucratization' after a court decision delayed this week’s expected start of physician assisted dying in Quebec, and a request by the federal government may delay it further for the rest of Canada.  NP  UVic Expert Eike-Henner Kluge in national story on 'meaning of death'

James O. Young - New fellow in the Royal Society of Canada

James Young (philosophy) is a leading authority on the philosophy of language, art and ethical issues in the arts, such as those raised by cultural appropriation—the practice of borrowing from other cultures. Young has authored five books, edited two more and written over 50 articles in refereed journals in fields as varied as philosophy, literature, archaeology, musicology and psychology. “Who wouldn’t want to be a philosopher?” he asks. “I can’t think of a better life than one that involves reflection on the fundamental questions. Everyone has a little philosopher in him or her. I have the privilege of being paid to be one.” Three other UVic faculty members have joined the ranks of RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which represents “the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.”

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 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198747116.do

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.

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Colloquium Friday! Title: Taming Infinite Utility Speaker: Paul Bartha (UBC) Friday, Feb 5th at 2:30pm in CLE A203 Abstract: Some decisions seem to involve apparently “priceless” objectives or outcomes. Pascal’s Wager and the St. Petersburg game are familiar examples from decision theory, and some environmental ethicists argue that we should attribute infinite value to parts of the environment. Critics charge that the concept of infinite value is meaningless (Broome 2008) or leads to immense technical and philosophical difficulties (Colyvan et al. 2010). Furthermore, infinite utility has no place in standard decision theory (McClennen 1994). I outline the major criticisms of infinite utility, argue that the concept is well-defined and useful, and survey the advantages and shortcomings of four different approaches to representing infinite utility.

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