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

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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 facultycome to one of our events, or just learn more about where philosophy can take you.

"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 first Philosophy Colloquium will be held on September 23rd, 2016.

We will be welcoming our own Dr. Margaret Cameron who will be giving a lecture on " The Moving Cause of Artifacts: the role of techne in metaphysical explanation"
It will be held in Clearihue, room A203 and will start at 2:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there!

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.

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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

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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Colloquium Friday! Friday September 23 @ 2:30 p.m. in CLE A203 Dr. Margaret Cameron (University of Victoria) Title: " The Moving Cause of Artifacts: the role of techne in metaphysical explanation " Abstract: The view that the essence of artifacts is their function is ubiquitous in contemporary philosophy. Artifact function is derived from human intention, and accordingly the essences of artifacts are derivative. A more complex explanation of artifacts is found in Aristotle’s philosophy, but not without problems of its own. Artistic occupations (e.g., house building, music making, etc.) involve techne, which Aristotle defines as ‘a state concerned with making, involving a true course of reasoning’. A techne is an intellectual virtue, which is a making, not a doing. But citing the artisan’s intention, along with the material and formal factors that go to making up the artifact, will not be adequate as an explanation of how the artifact comes to be. It will not give the most fundamental (to akrotaton) explanation of the artifact’s generation. Crucially, an adequate explanation needs to include the artistry or skill (techne) of the artisan. This overlooked cause is known as the moving, or efficient, cause, and according to Aristotle it is a necessary cause of an artifact’s being. Far from being a merely trivial observation that necessarily artifacts are made by artisans, the role of the moving cause turns out to be sophisticated and explanatory. In what follows, I will reconstruct Aristotle’s theory of artifact generation and being, paying special attention to the necessary but overlooked role of the moving cause.

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