Dr. Michael Robillard has been appointed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University (Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics). Michael did his MA in Philosophy at UVic in 2011, his Doctorate at the University of Connecticut at the department of Philosophy. Michael’s area of study is Ethics, Military Ethics and Feminist Theory.
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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."
Jamie Cassels, QC. University of Victoria President
Our Philosophy Student Union is now accepting submissions for the 2016/2017 edition: volume XII'
Professor James Young, FRSC has been awarded the Faculty of Humanities Research Excellence Award for 2015. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in research during the five academic years. This is a tremendous and richly deserved honour. Congratulations to James for his world-class scholarship! James most recent books are: Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle, Translated with an Introduction and Notes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 and Critique of Pure Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
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 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.”
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
Colin Macleod's new edited volume, The Nature of Children's Well-Being, has just come out. Dr. Macleod's essay in this book is called "Agency, Authority and the Vulnerability of Children." http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+%26+quality-of-life/book/978-94-017-9251-6
The Lansdowne Lectures given by Dr. Robert Pasnau were a great success and a great deal of credit for their success goes to the wonderful participation by students at the talks. The questions posed by students were insightful and challenging. Congratulations to all those who participated.
On Thursday, February 2nd, the Philosophy Department is inviting you to the following Lansdowne Lecture: “Belief in a Fallen World” Speaker: Dr. Robert Pasnau Location: Engineering Computer Science Building, Room 124 Time: 7p.m. Robert Pasnau is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. His scholarly interests revolve around the relationship between mind and world: how the nature of mind shapes our conception of reality, and how the constraints of reality shape what we count as knowledge and understanding. He has explored these themes especially in the context of the rise of early modern philosophy from medieval Aristotelianism. He is the founder of Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy and the author of several monographs, including the forthcoming After Certainty: A History of our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions, based on the Isaiah Berlin Lectures delivered at Oxford in 2014.
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