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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JOIN US: February 2, 2017 @ 7pm

The department of Philosophy welcomes Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado, Boulder).

He will be giving a Lansdowne lecture on "Belief in a Fallen World." in the Engineering Computer Science Building, Room 124.

Abstract: It is familiar enough that we frequently act against our best judgments about what we ought to do. But do we also form beliefs against our best judgments about what we ought to believe? Some have doubted whether this sort of epistemic akrasia is even possible. I will argue that it is both possible and of great theoretical importance in considering how we ought to way our evidential perspective against the evidential perspective of others.

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.

Congratulations to Professor James Young

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.

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'

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

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.”

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The SPEP version of "We're Still Here" (From CA = "They're Still There"? SPEP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON THE 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION As members of the Executive Committee of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, we have wondered whether we should publicly respond to the U.S. presidential election and the events that have followed it. We hesitated to write this statement partly because we disagreed about how to write it, partly because we are concerned about the potential ineffectiveness of statements of this sort, but most importantly because we are cognizant of the difficulties that come with presuming to speak on behalf of our diverse membership. We nonetheless feel compelled to speak out, for silence in dark times is a form of capitulation. What can we say that can support vulnerable populations on the college campuses where our members serve, and more broadly in the United States and across the world? During the electoral campaign and in its aftermath, we witnessed the amplification and even normalization of racism, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, LGBTQ-bashing, and ableism (to name a few, in an enumeration that will not be complete). We condemn the bigotry and hatred mobilized and emboldened by the election as ethically repugnant, politically damaging, and at odds with SPEP’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. We affirm SPEP’s commitment to a world that cares for those rendered vulnerable and that does not unjustly pit one group of them against another. We lament the inability and/or unwillingness of many people to listen to one another in a spirit at once generous and critical. We are committed to SPEP’s being an organization that provides opportunities for such conversations and engagements. We are committed to SPEP’s being an organization that can invoke a principled and passionate opposition to injustice. Politically motivated dangers to the pursuit of knowledge are today very real and directly related to our continued existence as an academic society. Finally, we reaffirm SPEP’s commitment to being an organization that opposes any and all forces that seek to restrict academic freedom and undermine the spirit of philosophical inquiry.

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