Sunday, November 28, 2010

Paper presentation

Alana Westwood will be presenting her paper:
Ecosystem's under threat in Manitoba: determining our obligations to Manitoba's forests.
In room 4CM41 at 5 pm on Wednesday Dec. 1

Another opportunity

Just forwarding it on:

I am writing to you today to remind you about Fulbright Canada's
undergraduate exchange program, the Killam Fellowships Program. The Killam
Fellowships Program offers Canadian undergraduate students the opportunity
to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student
in the United States. The fellowship carries a value of $5,000 per
semester, and includes health insurance for the duration of the exchange.
The program also includes a three-day seminar in Ottawa and Washington, DC,
and additional funding to travel within the United States. All of the
information is available on our website (
(Please note that the application deadline is January 31, 2011.

Jennifer Regan

Jennifer Regan
Chief Program Officer / Agente principale de programme
Fulbright Canada
2015-350 rue Albert Street Ottawa, ON, Canada K1R1A4
t. 613.688.5517; f. 613.237.2029;

Legal Help Centre email

hey all,
just received this email and am forwarding it on for anyone interested:

Hello folks. We are offering an open session on volunteer opportunities with our Legal Help Centre, which is opening in January. The LHC is an entity affiliated with UW, which is helping us with space, but we have our own board and are responsible for our own funding.

The LHC intends to provide services to the working poor who need legal assistance but cannot afford it, nor do they usually qualify for legal aid or other subsidies.

The program has few paid staff and will use student volunteers from U of W and U of M. A number of volunteer lawyers will work with students to help provide sevices.

If you want to know more about the program, please come to the session! Or better yet, please encourage your students who have an interest in this area. Obviously this is of interest to budding law students, but also to anyone with a passion for social justice or who just want to help others.

Please forward to your faculty, student groups or use any other mechanism to advise students of this opportunity.


Dr. Michael Weinrath
Professor & Chair, Criminal Justice Department
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue, Wpg. MB R3B 2E9
telephone 204/786-9100
fax 204/774-4134

The info session:
Student Information Session
Monday, November 29, 2010
12:30 pm

Come hear out about upcoming volunteer, placement and work opportunities to be offered at Legal Help Centre’s location on campus.

Check out the Centre’s website:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

call for papers

The University of Victoria's Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy: Sophia XIV
Spring 2011 Western Canadian Undergraduate Conference of Philosophy

Papers are now being accepted for Sophia Vol.XIV and the WCUCP on all philosophical topics. Submissions accepted to Sophia will also be sent an invitation to present at the WCUCP. Deadline for ALL SUBMISSIONS is Jan. 31, 2011. For additional information please contact:

Paper length: 1000-4000 words
Abstract recommended, not required.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor cancelled again!!/event.php?eid=133250686725599

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bake Sale

UWPHSA bake sale tomorrow. Come and support us. We will be on the first floor next to the info booth and across from the art gallery. 9am to 3pm

Monday, November 15, 2010

paper presentation

Marc Kruse will be presenting his paper: The Political Use of Language Games on Wednesday Nov. 17 in Room 4Cm41 at 5:15 - 6:15.

Conference call for papers

As the end of the semester is fast approaching, one thing that it is important to remember is the call for papers for the Thompson Rivers University Philosophy, History, and Politics Conference!

The conference runs from January 13th to 15th of 2011, and includes a Keynote address by Historian Dr John Sandlos from Memorial University in Newfoundland. His speech, "Scholarship and Citizenship: History, Memory, and the Environment in the Public Realm" will be followed by a wine and cheese social. Presentations will be conducted on both Friday and Saturday during the day, with presentations being grouped together by theme. The conference concludes with a Superhero themed banquet on Saturday night, with guest speaker Philosopher Dr Jeff McLaughlin presenting his research “Ten Cent Seductions and Other Comic Book ‘Issues’”.

To attend the conference, formal abstracts must be submitted by no later than November 26th. In addition, students who wish to attend the conference but not present a paper must also register. Please send all submissions to the conference website

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Presentations at the U of W

On Wednesday Nov. 3 at 4 - 6pm in room 2M70, Dr. Dominik Perler will
be giving his lecture: metaphysical limits to radical doubt: medieval
debates on skeptical hypothesis.


Charles Taylor: Solidarity & Diversity in a Secular Age
Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 7:30pm
Convocation Hall - The University of Winnipeg

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dr. Brian Keenan Paper

Dr. Brian Keenan will be presenting his paper : A Critique of Experimental Philosophy, on Wednesday Oct. 13 at 4:45 - 6pm in Room 3M67 at the U of W.

There will be Juice, Coffee and Cookies.

Don't forget that our discussion group is every Wednesday night 8pm at the Toad on Osborne. After the paper we will be meeting there for further discussion.

Hope you can make it out


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wcpa Conference


The Wcpa conference is going to be in Calgary this year. Here is the link
Any U of W students interested in going email us at

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Toad

Hello all,

We had our first meeting and it went well. Anyone who is interested in a position or possibly presenting a paper please email us at

And everyone make sure to make it out to the Toad on Osborne at 8:00pm on Wednesdays.

lets make this a great year


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First meeting

Hello all,

our first meeting will be this Friday 17 in room 3M57 at 12:30 to 1:20.

This is just a chance for us to get to meet everyone and lay out our plans for this year.

Make it out if you can - there might be food.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hello all,

Hope everyone had a good summer, and I hope that everyone is coming back.

There will be several changes at the university this year. First we have a new chair Jack Zupko. Borman and Hickson are both gone and have found new employment elsewhere. Muir is taking a year of leave for personal reasons. Savickey is on her year sabbatical. To cover Muir's absence a new sessional professor will be hired by the beginning of the semester. There will also be several contract professors to cover some of out classes.

So, some big changes. I am confident however that this year will be better then the last. There is also a new coordinator this year, Joesph Gerbasi. We will both be running the association this year and we hope to get you all involved this year.

I have met with Jack Zupko several times already this summer and he is very enthusiastic and excited to rebuild the department. He is encouraging all students to send him an email or stop by his office just to say hello, and explain where you are in your studies and where you would like to be. He feels that the students may have be feeling lost with all the challenges of the last few years and he would like to assess the overall feeling of the students.

Also there are a couple of fourth year seminar courses that are in danger of being canceled due to lack of enrollment. I am including a email that Zupko sent out to another student that explains these courses:


I hope you’ve had a great summer and are looking forward to coming back to the University of Winnipeg this Fall!

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Jack Zupko and I’m the new Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg. I came here from Emory University, where I taught in the Philosophy Department for fifteen years. Prior to that, I taught at San Diego State University. I got my Ph.D. from Cornell University, and specialize in medieval philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion.

I’m absolutely committed to our philosophy program and to you, our students and philosophy majors. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program or your courses, or even if you just want to stop by and say hello. My office is 4G11 and I can be reached at 204 786-9369 or

In addition to hiring a new Chair, we’ve had some other personnel changes over the summer. Professor Muir is on leave for the entire year, and Professor Borman has left us to take a position in the Philosophy Department at Nipissing University.

We are still planning to offer the courses Professors Borman and Muir were scheduled to teach, and are right now in the process of hiring faculty to staff them. I expect to announce instructors for these courses by the end of next week.

Also, we are offering two Honors courses (taught by yours truly) that I’d like to draw your attention to:

PHIL-4204/3-001 Topics in Moral Philosophy: Virtue Ethics
This course will examine recent work in the application of virtue ethics to a range of moral issues in medicine, the environment, animal welfare, law, and business. We will consider some of the standard objections to virtue ethics -- Is it sufficiently action-guiding? Does it adequately account for the requirements of justice? -- and compare it with consequentialist and deontological moral theories in this regard.

Text: Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems
Edited by Rebecca L. Walker and Philip J. Ivanhoe

PHIL-4266/3-001 Topics in Epistemology: Skepticism
Skepticism enjoyed a long career in Greek and Roman antiquity as a philosophy of life, but it has become popular again among philosophers because of the powerful arguments it generates against the justification of empirical knowledge. We will read and discuss some of the best recent work on epistemological skepticism, both for and against.

Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader
Edited by Keith DeRose and Ted A. Warfield

If you are interested in taking either of these courses, please register sooner rather than later as they are at risk of being canceled due to low enrollment!

Thanks for your time, and here’s to a great year for all of us at UW,
Jack Zupko
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
office: 204 786-9369
fax: 204 774-4134

I look forward to seeing all of you soon, and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Marc Kruse, Coordinator
Philosophy Students' Association
University of Winnipeg

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

new chair talks

A free public lecture in Philosophy with Dr. Jack Zupko of Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) will take place on Tuesday May 18, 2010 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 3M60. The topic will be "Some Reflections on Reflexion" which will involve an examination of later medieval contributions to the question of how the mind is able to understand itself. All are welcome to attend.

A second free public lecture in Philosophy with Dr. Nebojsa Kujundzic of the University of Prince Edward Island will take place on Friday May 21, 2010 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 3M60. The topic will be "The Polarizing Nature of Technology". All are welcome to attend.

I am not sure if I will be able to attend. However, I really do think some students should be there and I hope some of you can make it out.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

thanks for a good year

Sorry for being a little late updating the blog.

I would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Wednesday night discussion groups
and to all the colloquium's.

I hope to have some news for everyone soon regarding the new chair and when their open paper presentations will be.

I think there may also be a summer reading group if anyone is interested. Please email us at if you are.

I will be back next year and would like everyone's feedback on how you thought things went this year and if there are things you would like to see improved for next year.

Thanks again and hope to see some of you soon.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Wednesday March 17. 5:15 in room 1L04

John Dyck will present his paper: How Musicologists Ground Musical Properties.

The Musicological Age Debate is a recent debate over the age of “classical” musical works. Some musicologists—call them “Newists”—claim that there were no musical works until the nineteenth century. Other musicologists—call them “Oldists”—claim that musical works have existed for much longer, usually since the fifteenth or sixteenth century. In this paper, I show that the Age Debate (and the truth of Newism and Oldism) often hinges on an interesting philosophical question: are musical properties grounded in folk conceptions, or experts’ conceptions? I then go on to give the question the philosophical treatment it deserves: I consider how the question relates to some philosophical accounts of art generally, and seek possible foundation for both folk and expert grounding in the philosophical literature on art and social practice.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Wednesday March 10 at 5:15 in room 1L04
In the Spirit of Wittgenstein's Investigations: an investigation of Language-games.
presented by Marc Kruse

Discussion to follow 8:00pm at the Toad 112 Osborne st.

Hopefully everyone can make it out. We had a great turn out for Borman's paper and I hope we can keep it up for the rest of March.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Every Wednesday in March we will be holding a colloquium. They will be at 5:15 in room 1L04 and will run for about an hour, we have the room longer if the paper and Q & A demands more time. After we will still be holding our discussion group at the Toad at 8:00, so we can all meet there after for a pint and more discussion. Professor David Borman will be presenting papers as well as students. The schedule has not been finalized yet.

Professor Borman will present his paper : Bullshit; Habermasian Reflections on Wednesday March 3 at 5:15 in Room 1L04.

I hope most of you can make it out to these events as it will show that students are still interested and involved in the Philosophy program at the U of W.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My apologies to anyone who came out to the discussion group this past Wednesday. I had a family emergency and was unable to make it out. The discussion group will be at the regular time next week and I will be there.


Monday, January 25, 2010

ilburg Research MA in Philosophy
Tilburg Research MA in Philosophy

Tilburg University offers a Master's Programme in
Philosophy especially catering to students who want to
prepare for a career in research. The programme, a joint
venture with the Faculty of Philosophy at Radboud
University Nijmegen, has a duration of two years and is
taught in English. Students can choose from a wide range
of specializations, including some offered in close
cooperation with TiLPS, the Tilburg Center for Logic and
Philosophy of Science ( They can
also take courses in Nijmegen, a short train ride from

Further information and details about eligibility criteria
and the application procedure can be found at
Postgraduate Study in Philosophy at Southampton
Philosophy at Southampton University invites applications for its M.Phil/Ph.D programme, its MA in Aesthetics and its MA in Philosophy.

Information about MA and M.Phil/Ph.D scholarships on offer for the forthcoming academic year can be found at

Details of the MA programmes can be found at

Details of the M.Phil/Ph.D programme can be found at

Although members of staff at Southampton work in a wide variety of areas, there is considerable overlap in their research interests, the principal foci of our research being
- Aesthetics
- Nineteenth Century German-speaking Philosophy (including Nietzsche and Schopenhauer)
- Wittgenstein
- Philosophy of action and practical reason
- Philosophy of language and mind

In the 2009 edition of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, we are ranked =1st in the UK for our research in Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy. For our research in the Philosophy of Art, we are ranked =1st in the UK.
Southampton philosophers also pursue research in ancient philosophy, ethics, philosophical logic, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and on Collingwood, Heidegger, Kierkegaard and Russell.



April 16-17, 2010

Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, USA

Keynote talk by Alvin Plantinga (University of Notre Dame)

The 14th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will
be held April 16-17, 2010 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest
Grove, Oregon. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the
presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers. Papers
are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific
restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion
itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages).
Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents),
should be sent to

Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 1.

Final decisions will be made by February 28. Volunteers for paper
commentators are also welcome.

This is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates
allowed on the conference program. The single exception is the keynote
speaker. Past keynotes speakers have included: Paul Churchland, Hilary
Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert
Dreyfus, and Jerry Fodor. This year's keynote talk following the conference
banquet will be by Alvin Plantinga (University of Notre Dame).

The conference schedule will be as follows:

Friday, April 16:

Registration 4:00-6:00 pm
Conference banquet 6:00-7:30 pm
Keynote talk 7:30-9:00 pm

Saturday, April 17:

Breakfast 7:00-8:00 am
Registration 8:00-9:00 am
Paper sessions 8:00-1:00
Conference luncheon 1:00-2:00
Paper sessions 2:00-6:00

Travel and lodging information can be found by going to the conference web

Registration costs: $40, payable at the conference. Three meals will be
provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor Boersema via email
( or by phone (503 352 2150) or at the address below:

Deptment of Philosophy
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove
OR 97116

The Association of Philosophy Students at The University of Toronto at
Scarborough is hosting its third annual undergraduate philosophy

Conference Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010

Submissions must be digital, sent via email with the following two
attachments, both of which should be in one of the following formats:
Portable Document Format (.pdf); Rich Text Format (.rtf); HTML (.html or
.htm); or ODF Text Document (.odt). The two attachments are to be as
? A cover page which has your name, institutional affiliation, and email
? The content of the paper itself, which must not contain any identifying
information (such as name, institutional affiliation, or email addresses).
Submissions are encouraged to include an abstract of no more than 150
words at the start of this file, though it is not necessary.

Papers may be on any philosophical topic and should not exceed 4000 words
(not counting an abstract). The actual presentations will be around 30
minutes each. Each presentation is followed by a brief commentary by one
of our commentators, a reply by the speaker and then a question and answer

Eligibility: any undergraduate student who does not have an undergraduate
degree prior to July 1, 2010.

Submission Deadline: February 20, 2010.
Selected authors will be notified via email by March 1, 2010.

Please email submissions to

For more information please visit our website at and select '2009-2010' from the top
menu, followed by 'Conference', or email the Association of Philosophy
Students at

Sunday, January 10, 2010

hello all,

hope everyone had a good break. I have not really heard anything new over the holiday's. I was wondering if anyone had talked to Colin Russell yet, and if so what his recommendations were.

I have kind of let other parts of the association slide since this all started so I will try to work on that.
We will starting our discussion group at the Toad again this Wed. I try to be there around 8, and stay till around 11. I hope to put up some posters this week to promote our discussion group. Hope some of you can make it out.

I still have not heard from anyone interested in presenting a paper, so if anyone is please let me know. If there is anything else anyone thinks we should do please let me know.