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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.

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

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.

UVic Philosophy

2 weeks ago

Colloquium Friday! Speaker: Dr. Roberta Ballarin (UBC) Friday November 20th, 2015, 2:30 p.m., Clearihue A203 Title: "Names and Titles" Abstract: In the last fifty years, the debate on the semantics of proper names has revolved around the opposition between Fregean descriptivism on the one hand, and the direct theory of reference on the other. Few have defended predicativism, the theory that names are predicates. Recently, Delia Fara has defended predicativism and has proposed the following semantic clause for names as predicates: A name ‘N’ (as a predicate) is true a thing if and only if it is called N. In this talk, I argue that the term ‘called’ is ambiguous and I present counterexamples to Fara’s semantic clause. I propose a revision of Fara’s semantic clause that resolves the ambiguity and is immune to the counterexamples. I also argue, against Fara, that her original semantic clause is subject to Kripke’s circularity objection, and that the revised version instead is not circular.

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