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

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Philosophy at UVic

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 did introduce me to the world of ideas, and taught 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

Victoria Colloquium: March 17th

Title: "The Territorial Rights of Animals: Zoopolis and Beyond"

Dr. Avery Kolers, University of Louisville

Friday, March 17th at 2:30 pm, Fraser Building (Law), Room 152

Avery Kolers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Social Change minor at the University of Louisville. Since completing his PhD at the University of Arizona, he has published widely in the areas of social and political philosophy and applied ethics. His first book, Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (CUP 2009) was awarded the Canadian Philosophical Association’s Biennial Book Prize. He is also the author of A Moral Theory of Solidarity (OUP 2016). 

Professor Kolers’ particular research interests include issues surrounding territorial rights and solidarity. These highly “applied” issues touch on a wide range of problems, but also raise hard questions about how to navigate deep diversity in a shared world. His 2009 book Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (Cambridge University Press) won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s biennial book prize. More recently, his 2012 article “Floating Provisos and Sinking Islands” received the Journal of Applied Philosophy prize, awarded for “the best article published in the year’s volume.”

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 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198747116.do

UVic Philosophy

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Congratulations to the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award winners from Philosophy this year! Another impressive set of projects from our amazing students: Harmony Ezeuko Project title: The Use of Scientific Evidence in Legal Context Isaias Loten Project title: Kantian Ethics and Consequentialism: Exploring Compatibility Jaclyn Rekis Project Title: Humour in Kierkegaard’s Existential and Religious Philosophy

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Peter Singer: What is Effective Altruism?
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...
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