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

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Shown above is Prefessor James O. Young who recently became a new fellow in the Royal Society of Canada.

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UVic Effective Altruism presents “The How and Why of Effective Altruism: A Skype Q&A with Peter Singer”

Peter Singer is often described as the most influential philosopher alive. Author of several books, including “Famine, Affluence and Morality” (1972), “The Life You Can Save” (2009) and “The Most Good You Can Do” (2015), he is professor of bioethics at Princeton University, and laureate professor in the centre for applied philosophy and public ethics at the University of Melbourne, in Australia. Singer is also co-founder of the Effective Altruism movement, a movement that uses reason and evidence to determine the most effective ways to improve the world. 

There will be a Skype Q&A with Peter Singer following a viewing of his TED Talk. Questions should be based on the topics raised in Singer’s talk, which include effective charities and career choices, the rich world's obligation to the global poor, animal activism, existential risks (asteriods, climate change, etc.), the apparent burden of giving, and more! But we'll consider all your questions as long as they relate to the key idea of doing good better.

If you would like to have your question considered, please post it below or message it to the UVic Effective Altruism facebook page. Deadline for questions is Tuesday night.

Doors open at 3:15pm, and the event will be free of charge.

Dr. Michael Robillard appointed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University

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.

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'

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

UVic Philosophy

6 days ago

Some applied philosophy right here.

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UVic Philosophy

3 weeks ago

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.

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