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Philosophy and Victoria Colloquium Schedule

*** Fall 2018 schedule coming soon 2018 ***

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

Spring 2018

January 19th, Dr. Julen Etxabe, University Helsinki, Victoria Colloquium: "Dialogism in the Courts: What’s in it for Law, Human Rights, and Democracy?"

February 2nd, Dr. Joel Bakan, University of British Columbia, Victoria Colloquium

February 9th, Dr. Tim Kenyon, University of Waterloo, Philosophy Colloquium: "Phenomena and theory in the epistemology of testimony"

February 23rd, Dr. Alison Wylie, University of British Columbia, Philosophy Colloquium: "Radiocarbon Dating and Robustness Reasoning in Archaeology"

March 2nd, Dr. Conor Mayo-Wilson, University of Washington, Philosophy Colloquium: "Eliciting Group Beliefs"

March 9th, Dr. Marie-Eve Morin, University of Alberta, Philosophy Colloquium: "Flesh and Écart in Maurice Merleau-Ponty et Jean-Luc Nancy"

March 16th, Dr. Gina Rini, York University, CANCELLED Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition, Philosophy Colloquium: "Moral Disagreement is Special"

March 23rd, Dr. Chris Lebron, Johns Hopkins, CANCELLED Victoria Colloquium: "The Duty To Imagine - Afrofuturism vs White Identity Narrative"

Fall 2017

September 15th: Dr. David Scott, UVic, Philosophy Colloquium: "Descartes on Thought: Evolution of a Misinterpretation"

September 22nd: Dr. Leslie Green, Queen's University, Victoria Colloquium: "The Normativity of Law: What is the Problem?"

September 29th: Dr. Tom Donaldson, Simon Fraser University, Philosophy Colloquium: "On the Nature of Mathematical Truth (or: truthmaker theory meets easy ontology)"

October 13th: Dr. Orit Kamir, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Victoria Colloquium: "Escape from Dignity: The Honour Politics of Jihad, Social Media Shaming, and Trump."

October 27th: Dr. Michael Griffin, University of British Columbia, Philosophy Colloquium: "Plato’s Republic as Psychology and Dissuasion from Politics"

November 3rd: Dr. Barbara Arneil, University of British Columbia, Victoria Colloquium: "Domestic Colonies and Colonialism vs Imperialism in Western Political Thought and Practice"

Spring 2017

February 3rd, 2017Dr. Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado, Boulder​)

March 3rd, 2017, Dr. Philip Corkum (University of Alberta) 

Friday, March 24th, 2017, Dr. Rosemary Twomey (Simon Fraser University) 

Fall 2016

Sept. 23rd - Dr. Margaret Cameron (University of Victoria)

Cancelled: Oct. 21st - Dr. Michael Griffin (University of British Columbia)

To Be Rescheduled - Dr. Clifford Roberts (University of Victoria)

Spring 2016

Mar. 11th - Dai Heide (Simon Fraser University)

Feb. 26th - (Cancelled) Michael Griffin (UBC)

Feb. 19th - Nicole Wyatt (University of Calgary)

Feb. 5th - Paul Bartha (UBC)

Jan. 15th - Colin Marshal (University of Washington)

Fall 2015

Nov. 20th - Roberta Ballarin (UBC)

Nov. 6th - Ori Simchen (UBC)

Oct. 30th - Dr. James Young (UVic)

Oct. 15th & 16th - Sally Hasslanger (MIT)

Spring 2015

Mar. 27th - Klaus Corcilius (Berkeley)

Mar. 13th - Holly Andersen (SFU)

Feb. 27th - Frank Cunningham (University of Toronto)

Fall 2014

Dec. 5th - Dr. Elaine Landry (University of California, Davis)

Nov. 21st - Conor Mayo-Wilson (University of Washington)

Nov. 14th - Dr. Geoff S. Bowe (Instanbul Teknik Universities)

Oct. 24th - Alan Richardson (UBC)

Oct. 17th - Dr. Nicolas Fillion (SFU)

Sept. 19th - Dr. Paul Hovda (Reed College)