Friday, November 27, 2009

tentative schedule for next year sans Borman and Hickson

PHILOSOPHY, 2010-2011 Fall/Winter courses

Course # Course Name Instructor Cap Days Term Meeting Time

PHIL-1001/6-001 Introduction Muir 70 MWF FW 1:30 – 2:20
PHIL-1001/6-002 Introduction Tomsons 70 MWF FW 9:30 – 10:20
PHIL-1001/6-003 Introduction Forsey 70 TTh FW 10:00 – 11:15

PHIL-1301/6-001 Intro Logical TBA 70 TTh FW 4:00 – 5:15

PHIL-2002/3-001 Classical Muir 50 MWF F 11:30 – 12:20
PHIL-2010/3-001 Existentialism Forsey 50 TTh W 11:30 – 12:45
PHIL-2219/3-001 Art Forsey 50 TTh F 11:30 – 12:45
PHIL-2233/3-001 Envir. Ethics Tomsons 50 MWF W 10:30 – 11:20

PHIL-3100/3-001 Epistemology Tomsons 50 MWF F 10:30 – 11:20
PHIL-3502/3-001 Medieval Muir 50 MWF W 11:30 – 12:20
PHIL-3508/3-001 18th Century Forsey 50 TTh F 2:30 – 3:45

PHIL-4502/3-001 Human Rights Tomsons 15 MWF F 2:30 – 3:45
PHIL-4503/3-001 Plato Muir 15 MWF W 2:30 – 3:45

PHIL-4700/3 Directed Study TBA 5 TBA F TBA
PHIL-4700/3 Directed Study TBA 5 TBA W TBA
PHIL-4800/6 Thesis Course TBA 5 TBA FW TBA

Cross-listed courses:

Course # Course Name Instructor Cap Days Term Meeting Time

POL/PHIL-2200-001 Social & Political Phil Boucher 50 TTh FW 10:30 – 11:15


I just received this email from Elizabeth Dawes. All students must contact Colin Russell for a one on one consultation. I will also post the tentative schedule so students can have some info before they go into these consultations. Professor Borman and Hickson are not on the schedule even tentatively so I am assuming that the dean is not considering keeping them, I think that any student going into these consultaions should stress that keeping them would help us meet our requirments and help keep the intregety of the department.

Hello all

Colin Russell, Registrar, has agreed to provide advising to all Philosophy majors and Honours students on an individual basis in order to assist students in planning their degree program. Philosophy students should contact him directly at or 786-9337 in order to set up an appointment. He will sign all required forms for majors and Honours students in Philosophy.

The Philosophy courses to be offered in 2010-11 have been carefully selected in order to meet the needs of the greatest number of students. As was the case in 2009-10, there will be two Honours seminars available in addition to directed readings and the Honours thesis. Also, we were able to arrange for PHIL-2200/6 (Social and Political Philosophy) to be offered by professor Boucher through the Politics department.

Students in the three year BA should expect to be able to meet all degree requirements in a three year period, assuming that an appropriate selection of courses has been made. However, as is the case in all small programs, students may find that their preferred courses are not available.

While it may not be possible for Honours students to complete all of their Honours credits in a single year, this is typically the case in small programs. For example, in French Studies which has six full-time members, students usually complete their Honours courses over a two year period beginning in their third year.

Colin Russell will work with you to explore all of the options and to select the courses that best meet your needs. If a gap affecting multiple students is identified, we will look at the possibility of adding a course to the 2010-11 offerings. We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Best wishes,

Dr. Elizabeth Dawes
Associate Dean of Arts
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB Canada
R3B 2E9
Telephone: (204) 786-9942
Fax: (204) 774-4134

Friday, November 20, 2009

Link to new facebook page

hello all,
this is a site that has been set up in response to the proposed amalgamation. Please check it out, it frames some of the problems and is also a place for brainstorming new ideas.

Also anyone concerned about this issue and who would like to have their voice heard please email me a

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

emergency meeting tomorrow

There will be a meeting tomorrow, it will be from 12:30 - 1:20 in room Rice 3R40. I am not sure if this is a free period but hopefully some of you can make it out. This meeting will be to discuss the changes that are being proposed for the department next year. Sorry for the short notice, the proposed changes have just come to the associations attention and they seem to demand immediate action.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Call for Papers

Another one for you guys.


Episteme, an International Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy, announces the scheduled publication of volume XXI, May 2010.

Episteme will consider papers written by undergraduate students in any area of philosophy. Papers are evaluated according to quality of research, depth of inquiry, creativity, original insight and clarity. Submissions should:

1. Remain under the 5,000 words maximum.

2. Include a cover sheet with the author's name, mailing address (current and permanent), email address, telephone number, college or university name, submission title, and word count.

3. End with a Works Cited page in Chicago style. Please use endnotes rather than footnotes.

4. Arrive electronically by midnight on 11/15/09 to the e-mail address as a Microsoft Word attachment.

Episteme is an annual student-run publication, founded in 1990, that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing students and faculty with examples of strong work.

Our May 2009 issue, volume XX, contained the following four papers:

"The Place of Book X in Plato's Republic, by Willie Costello, University of Pittsburgh

"A Gap in Kim's Eliminative Argument for Reductionism," by B.D. Mooneyham, Kansas State University

"Rawls on Abortion: Adapting his Theory of Justice to the Controversy," Douglas Dreier, Cornell University

"Norm-Expressivism and the Frege-Geach Problem," Megan Blomfield, University of Bristol

Please direct all questions to the editor -- Denison junior Sean Walt -- at

PPUPA Conference

This was just forwarded on to me.

Greetings Everyone,

Please accept my apologies for the delay in getting this information out. Attached is the information for the upcoming PPUPA (Prairie Province Undergrad Philosophy Association Conference) Call for Papers which is currently planned for March 21-22, 2009.

If there are indications that this date is unacceptable there is the possibility that we may be able to move it to the weekend either before or after.

The keynote of the conference will focus on religion and metaphysics. This topic will address the high value placed on all religious or spiritual views and the deep need for some kind of metaphysics to support such a view. the Call for Papers deadline is January 3, 2009.

Undergraduates are encouraged to present papers on all topics. Abstracts must be submitted so that similar topics can be grouped into sessions. Forward Abstracts to: Cliff Baum at Further details will follow as they become available.

Thank you for your time and patience.


Cliff Baum

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Uwphsa student paper presentations

Anyone interested in presenting a paper this year should get in contact with me at We can discussion a time line that works for you.
I hope to get this up and running as soon as possible.

Uwphsa discussion night

Our discussion night will be Wed and will be held at The Toad on Osborne. The discussion group will start around 8pm. At around 10 the U of M student association has their discussion group so those who would like to stay late can meet up with them and join their discussion.
Hope to see you all out there.

Uwphsa meeting Friday

There is another meeting this Friday Oct.9 12:30-1:30 room 3M67. I will be going to class rooms this week to invite students to the meeting, to sign up for the email list, join the discussion group and there will be pizza as an incentive. I hope everyone can make it out, this meeting will mostly be for newer members to meet and learn about what we do, I will also be interested in any ideas students have for projects that the association can put on or be involved with.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

First general meeting

The first general meeting of the year will take place Monday, Sept.28 in room 3M65. I hope everyone that can make it will.

Monday, September 7, 2009

U of W student awarded

2008 University of Winnipeg Philosophy (Honours) graduate Abigail Klassen was recently awarded a SSHRC scholarship. Abigail is currently a graduate student at Concordia University.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

UWPHSA has a facebook page

we now have a Facebook page, just search for university of Winnipeg philosophy student association.
This page will be a place where students can hold discussions with each other and find out about upcoming events.
check it out.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

common room reshuffle

July 2009

It is with deep pleasure and satisfaction that the UWPhSA announces a grand reshuffling of the Common Room. Books, bookshelves and furniture have all been adjusted. More importantly, however, there is now a fully functioning floor lamp. Please feel free to use if so inclined. It does wonders.

new books in

July 2009

Thanks to those students who donated books to the Common Room Library as part of booking 2009! New books to the collection include:

The correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes, donated by Katherine Edmond

Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard, donated by Sasha Suárez Amaya

Philosophical Fragments by Søren Kierkegaard, donated by Carly Scramstad

Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald, donated by Cameron Boult

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2009-2010 Coordinator Announced

May 2009

The University of Winnipeg Philosophy Students' Association is pleased to announce that Marc Kruse will act as Coordinator for the 2009-2010 school year. His term will begin 1 August 2009 and run for 12 months.

He takes over the position from Sasha Amaya, who acted as Coordinator during the 2008-2009 school year.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pacific University Conference

April 2009

Congratulations to UW philosophy student Kajia Eidse-Rempel, who recently presented at Pacific University's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her paper was titled "On Abortion".

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Greek Champion

April 2009

Congratulations to UW philosophy/classics student Joseph Gerbasi who recently placed first in the Classical Association of Canada's 2009 National Junior Greek Sight Translation Competition.

Monday, April 6, 2009

philosophy bites!

April 2009

"podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics..."

volunteer opportunity

April 2009

We are looking for a volunteer to help us organise a library database. Any takers? Please do let us know:

books in

April 2009

In an effort to ameliorate and diversify the contents of the Common Room library, all graduating students (three-year, four-year, Honours and Double Major) are invited to donate to the library one philosophy book which they particularly enjoyed during their undergraduate studies. Please check with the UWPhSA before donating to make sure that the book is not already in the library. Books will be accepted beginning 1 April until 1 May. We hope that booking may become a tradition!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

books out

April 2009

In an effort to reorganise the Common Room for greater facility (and less neck-aches) help is need in moving shelving in the room, and reorganising the books afterward. Those students who help with the moving and sorting will be welcome to take a few books from the library for their personal collection. This will take place 3 April at 11h30 in the Common Room.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

UM Colloquia - Esa Diaz-Leon

April 2009

Professor Esa Diaz-Leon from the University of Manitoba will present on feminist philosophy on Friday, 3 April. Talk begins at 14h30 in 384, University College, University of Manitoba.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


March 2009

The Philosophy Students' Association will hold an Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 1 April, at 12h30, room TBA. It is very important that as many students as possible be at the meeting, so we can understand the needs and interests of the philosophy student body.

Coordinators of the UWPhSA for 2009-2010 will also be elected at the AGM.

As an official member of the University of Winnipeg's Students' Association (UWSA), the Coordinator of the UWPhSA will also hand in an end of year report to the UWSA. This report will also be read at the UWPhSA's AGM.

UM Colloquia - Dave Davies

March 2009

Professor Dave Davies from McGill University will present on the philosophy of art on Friday, 27 March. Talk begins at 14h30 in 384, University College, University of Manitoba.


March 2009

Thanks to philosophy student Kate Edmond for thinking up this great name for next year's philosophy dodgeball team -- or was she describing what happened at the Duckworth Centre last night? Indeed, yesterday was a very exhilarating and rewarding tournament:

Best Catcher: Kruse
Best Dodger: Boult
Best Showdown: Boldt
Best Surprise Star: Schwartz
Best Ball-Collecting Strategist: Nelson
Best Starfish-shape-forming jumper: Hayes Couture
Most active coach: Amaya

Friday, March 13, 2009

dodgeball roster

March 2009

The Bombardier Dodgeball Team:

1. Ryan Boldt
2. Cameron Boult
3. Damon Hayes Couture
4. Marc Kruse
5. Jamie Nelson
6. Mathew Schwartz

Team plays at 17h on Friday, 20 March in the Duckworth Centre.

UM Colloquia - Rob Shaver

March 2009

Professor Rob Shaver from the University of Manitoba will present "Utilitarianism: Bentham and Rashdall" on Friday, 20 March. Talk begins at 14h30 in 384, University College, University of Manitoba.

The Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics II

March 2009

The dog by the cradle, the serpent beneath: some paradoxes of human-animal relationships
Erika Ritter
Tuesday, 17 March, 12h30-13h30
Private Dining Room, University College

Erika Ritter is a novelist, playwright, essayist and radio broadcaster. Her latest book is The Dog by the Cradle, The Serpent Beneath.


The Case of Samuel Golobchuk: Lessons about end-of-life decision-making?
A debate between Doctors Joel Zivot and Adrian Fine
Wednesday, 18 March, 12h30-13h30
Private Dining Room, University College

Joel Zivot is an Emergency Room Specialist who cared for Mr. Golobchuk at the ICU at the Grace Hospital.

Adrian Fine specialises in kidney diseases and was critical of the role of the court in the Golobchuk case.

Monday, March 9, 2009

UW call for interdisciplinary work in linguistics

March 2009

The University of Winnipeg invites students to submit a paper on any topic related to the study of linguistics. Accepted authors will be invited to present for 15 minutes, on 20 April 2009, at the UW's 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Linguistics Colloquia.

Submissions should be comprised of an abstract, title, and personal contact information including name and email address. All submissions are due 31 March 2009.

Please send all submissions to George Fulford, Department of Anthropology, at

The Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics

March 2009

As part of its Lecture Series Winter 2009: Poverty, Politics, Ethics, Animals, Death, the University of Manitoba presents:

The ethics of ethics: Reflections on the public role of ethicists
Professor Daniel Weinstock
Friday, 13 March 2009, 12h30-13h30
160 Dafoe (The Library Theatre), University of Manitoba

Professor Weinstock is a member of the Department of Philosophy, Université de Montréal, and Director of the Centre for Research Ethics. He is the author of The Challenge of Pluralism.

UM Colloquia - Jeremy Fantl

March 2009

Professor Jeremy Fantl from the University of Calgary will present "The Role of Knowledge in Justification" on Friday, 13 March. Talk begins at 14h30 in 384, University College, University of Manitoba.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Final Session in the Presentz Series

March 2009


UW philosophy student Sasha Amaya will present her paper "Aristotle, Appropriateness and the Self" on Wednesday, 11 March. Talk will begin at 12h30 in room 2C15. All welcome!


Aristotle has often been accused of having a selfish or egoistic ethics, which, prima facie, does not seem wholly untrue. However, I shall argue that upon closer examination these accusations are misplaced for two reasons: firstly, because they are based on an interpretation ofAristotle's claims which is isolated from the rest of his thought, and, secondly, because they are based on a modern notion of the self. Specifically, I will be concerned with addressing Thomas Hurka's criticisms of Aristotle, for it was his comments last autumn that first piqued my interested in this subject.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

UW hosts philosophy speaker

March 2009

Bryan Smyth, from the Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis, will present "Merleau-Ponty and Transcendental Philosophy". The talk will take place on Monday, 9 March. Talk begins at 12h30, Room 1L06, Lockhardt Hall, University of Winnipeg. All are welcome!

Monday, March 2, 2009

dodgeball challenge

March 2009

The UW Athletic Therapy Students Association challenges student groups to a dodgeball tournament. Seeing how excellent the philosophy students are at limbo, is any one up for the challenge? We need, minimally, six dodgers. Email if interested.

UM Colloquia - Joseph Levine

March 2009

Professor Joseph Levine from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present "Demonstrative Thought" on Friday, 6 March. Talk begins at 14h30 in 384, University College, University of Manitoba.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eidse-Rempel Presentz

March 2009


UW philosophy student Kajia Eidse-Rempel will present her paper "On Abortion" on Wednesday, 4 March. Talk will begin at 12h30, in room 2C15. All welcome!


In Judith Jarvis Thomson’s article "A Defense of Abortion", she attempts to prove that abortion is just even if we assume that the fetus is a person and thus worthy of full moral value. She challenges the premise that the fetus’s (person’s) right to life guarantees it the right to use the woman’s body, by associating body with private property. I will argue that her use of the right to private property is problematic in its own terms, requires further explanation than is given, and treats the issue of abortion in a superficial and trivial manner. The moral and emotional gravity involved in making the decision to end another person’s life is not addressed by a simple rights versus rights calculus. It is a decision that reflects a woman’s understanding of her own value and the value of everything around her, and it ought to be made with full knowledge of its implications.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Yes Men

March 2009

"The Yes Men impersonate captains of industry, agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, and then smuggle out stories that provide a hilarious glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of big business. They have recently pulled off some of their most ambitious and audacious acts, the subject of their latest feature, which premiered at Sundance & Berlin, The Yes Men Fix the World."

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, 3 March, 19h00, doors open at 18h30, The Winnipeg Art Gallery

UW hosts philosophy speaker

March 2009

Michael W. Hickson, from the Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, will present his paper "Bayle on the Persecutor Paradox". The talk will take place on Monday, 2 March. Talk begins at 12h30, Room 1L06, Lockhardt Hall, University of Winnipeg. All are welcome!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

UM Colloquia -- Dimitrios Dentsoras

February 2009

As part of the University of Manitoba's colloquium series, Professor Dimitrios Dentsoras from the University of Manitoba will present his paper "The Content of Wisdom in Plato and Stoicism" on Friday, 27 February. Talk begins at 14h30 in 384, University College, University of Manitoba.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cameron Boult Presentz

February 2009


UW philosophy student Cameron Boult will present from a paper on Wednesday, 25 January. Talk will begin at 12h30, in room 2C15. All welcome!


Christopher Hill, a proponent of a version of what is known as the "phenomenal concept strategy", argues that Kripke's conceivability argument for dualism can be explained away in terms of certain psychological mechanisms. Kripke's argument states that because we can conceive of such mental states as pain independently of such physical brain processes as, say, "c-fiber firing", these two "rigid designators" cannot refer to the same thing--pain is not something physical, and therefore physicalism is false. Hill argues that physicalism is not false. He argues that the conceivability of pain in the absence of c-fiber firing is only apparent, and can, in fact, be explained away psychologically: distinct faculties of imagination are involved in conceiving of pain and c-fiber firing which make it seem like they are separate entities when they are not. I examine Hill's argument and suggest that he must show that these psychological mechanisms are unreliable--that they indeed present us with an illusion as opposed to what really is the case with regard to pain and c-fiber firing. I argue that he fails to show this, and therefore that his position does not present any considerable challenge to Kripke's dualism.

the party

Hayes Couture a la limbo.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


February 2009

Due to the fact that it is reading week, we will be partying in lieu of our regularly Thursday evening meet at Cousins. For information about place and time, please email

Monday, February 16, 2009

Miami University Conference

February 2009

Philosophy student Sasha Amaya recently presented at Miami University's 8th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Classics at Oxford, Ohio. Her paper was titled "To Telemachus, From Odysseus: A Comparison of Two Poems on Odysseus and His Son".

philosophy on the radio

February 2009

The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life, University of North Dakota, has begun a new radio programme, WHY? With guest speakers in interview the second Sunday of every month, WHY? can be heard on Prairie Public Radio at 17h00 central time, or any time at or

Navigating the Labyrinth

January 2009

UW students Cameron Boult and Sasha Amaya recently presented papers at Navigating the Labyrinth 2009, a conference hosted by Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Boult presented his paper titled "Relativism? Let's Talk About Something Else" and Amaya presented "Perpetual Peace and Homogeneous Harmony".

philosophy at Cousins

January 2009

The UWPhSA meets every Thursday evening around eight o'clock at Cousins, on the corner of Sherbrook and Wolseley.

UW students in HERMES


Congratulations to UW students Ian McMurtrie and Cameron Boult who were recently published in Hermes, the University of Ottawa's undergraduate philosophy journal.

McMurtie's article, "Can Geneva Have a Theatre and Keep its Republic? The Latent Debate Between Rousseau and Schiller on Public Art and Political Freedom", was published in Volume 8 of Hermes.

Boult's "Appearances as They Appear in Kant's Theory of Knowledge" appeared in the same edition.
Welcome to the University of Winnipeg Philosophy Students' Association's new blogg! Here we will post information about student affairs, events and opportunities. Please email the if you have any questions, or if you come across something you think pertinent to this blogg.