Sunday, October 9, 2011

Marc Kruse's Talk

We are trying to record our colloquia in order that people who are unable to attend can watch them. Here is the first: Marc Kruse's talk: "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: What Comic Books Can Teach Us About Superheroes"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Discussion Group

The UWPHSA has booked the Philosophy/Classics/Gender Studies Lounge on Mondays 12:30-1:30 every week. We are opening up the room for philosophy students of all levels to come and discuss philosophy.

See you guys there!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dr. Muir's Honours Course

This is a correction of a previous blog post, which said that Dr. Muir's course would be on the topic of Medieval Islamic Political Philosophy. The course will in fact be covering Themes in 20th Century Political Thought.

Apologies for the mistake.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Student Advising

Dr. Zupko will be holding office hours for student advising on this Friday, July 15th between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good Year For Political Philosophy Folks

If you are interested in politics (and let's face it, who isn't?) we have some good news and we have some more good news! Dr. Brian Keenan, recipient of the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, is coming out of retirement to teach this year's course of Social and Political Philosophy.

And there's more. Dr. Muir has confirmed that the Honours Course he will be teaching in the fall will be on the topic of Medieval Islamic Political Philosophy.

More details on these courses will be coming soon.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Philosophy Conference at U of M

Professor Chris Tillman is organizing a conference at the University of Manitoba. It will be running May 26-28 (this Thursday-Saturday) from 10 am to 6 pm with the last 3 hours of each day being a world renown keynote speaker. Chris is very excited about this conference and it sounds like a great opportunity for people to meet professors and graduate students from all over North America as well as to get a clearer look at what a philosophical conference is like.

Plus, how often do you have the chance to have dozens of professional philosophers travel to Winnipeg in order to speak to you?

39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy
May 26-28
10 am to 6 pm
Fort Garry Hotel
Keynote Speakers: Robin Jeshion, Nathan Salmon (yay), Jessica Wilson.
Official Site:

See you there!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Here is the (tentative) list of philosophy courses for the 2011-2012 year. You will be happy to know that we will have 6 sections of first year courses including the return of the 'Values and the Human Condition' Course. There will also be 3 honours courses offered.

PHIL-2003-001 History of Philosophy: Early Modern Savickey TTh 4:00-5:15 2BC55
PHIL 2220-001 Philosophy of Literature Forsey MW 2:30-3:45 1L13
PHIL 2232-001 Philosophy of Religion Zupko TTh 11:30-12:45 2BC55
PHIL 2233-002 Environmental Ethics Scarfe TTh 10:00-11:15 1M33
PHIL 3500-001 Philosophical Perspectives Tomsons MW 2:30-3:45 3C30
PHIL 4502-001 Special Topics: Charles Taylor Forsey Th 2:30-5:15 3MC02N
PHIL 4503-001 Topics in the History of Philosophy Muir MW 4:00-5:15 3M50

PHIL 1001-001 Introduction to Philosophy Forsey MWF 10:30-11:20 4C60
PHIL 1001-002 Introduction to Philosophy Savickey TTh 10:00-11:15 2M72
PHIL 1001-003 Introduction to Philosophy Tomsons MWF 11:30-12:20 2M72
PHIL 1001-004 Introduction to Philosophy Muir MWF 1:30-2:20 2M72
PHIL 1002-001 Values & the Human Condition Scarfe MW 4:00 – 5:15 4C40
PHIL 1301-001 Introduction to Logical Reasoning Scarfe MWF 10:30-11:20 3L08*
PHIL 2201-001 Moral Philosophy Savickey TTh 1:00-2:15 2M72
PHIL 2281-001 Philosophy of Education Muir MWF 10:30-11:20 2BC55
PHIL 2302-001 Logic STAFF MWF 11:30-12:20 2BC55

PHIL 2012-001 History of Philosophy: Medieval Latin Zupko TTh 2:30-3:45 1M33
PHIL 2202-002 Ethics in Medicine and Law Scarfe TTh 10:00-11:15 1M33
PHIL 3504-001 Plato and Before Tomsons MW 4:00-5:15 3M61
PHIL 3509-001 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy Forsey MW 2:30-3:45 3M59
PHIL 4204-001 Evolutionary Ethics Scarfe TTh 1:00 – 2:15 3M52

*room may change

(Course Caps: 1st year = 70; 2nd year = 50; 3rd year = 25; 4th year = 15)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Paper Presentation

Lorraine Mayer, Chair of the Native Studies Department at Brandon University will present her paper ástam ánimotahtak. Translation: Come, lets talk, have a discussion on Wednesday March 30 in room 4CM41 at 5pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Uwphsa Presents

Conrad Sweatman will present his paper, "Modern Art: Facet of Modernity or Postmodernity? at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 23rd in room 4CM41.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Uwphsa Presents

Damian Melamedoff will present his paper: Kant and the Problem of Death at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 2 in room 5L24

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Paper Presentation

Prof. Sandra Tomsons will present her paper:  Aboriginal Rights, Human Rights and Procedural Justice
Undressing Colonialism
On Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 5:00pm in room 4CM41.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Paper Presentation

Justin Bzovy, a U of W alumni who is currently working towards his MA at the U of M will be presenting his paper: Destroy all Music on Wednesday Jan. 26 at 5:00pm in room 4CM41.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

3 on 3

The Aufhebungs will be playing 3 on 3 basketball. Come cheer us on, there are prizes for best costumes and best cheer.

Conference in Greece

6th Annual International Conference on Philosophy,

30-31 May 2011 & 1-2 June 2011, Athens, Greece


The Philosophy Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 6th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, May 30th - June 2nd 2011. For programs of previous conferences and other information visit the conference website

The registration fee is 250 euro, covering access to all sessions, 2 lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. A number of educational and cultural activities are organized such as a Greek night of entertainment, a dinner, a half-day tour to archaeological site in the Prefecture of Attica and a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of philosophy. Areas of interest include (but are not confined to):

* History of Philosophy
* Ancient Philosophy
* European Philosophy
* African Philosophy
* American Philosophy
* Asian Philosophy
* Political Philosophy
* Moral Philosophy
* Aesthetics
* Logic
* Existentialism
* Analytic Philosophy and Pragmatism
* Philosophy of Religion
* Philosophy of Law
* Philosophy of Mathematics and Physics
* Philosophy of Biology
* Philosophy of Action
* Ethics
* Epistemology

Selected papers will be published in a Special Volume of the Conference Proceedings.

The initial submissions for presentation should consist of an abstract of no more than 300 words, with 3 keywords. If your proposed paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, a reading paper of between 1,500 and 2,000 words must be submitted to the conference organizers one month before the conference (30 April 2011). After the conference, participants will be invited to submit a longer version of their paper (up to 5,000 words, including references and footnotes) for consideration for publication in the edited proceedings. The deadline for submission for the proceedings will be late August 2011. Please submit the 300 words abstract by 24th of January 2011, by email or mail, to: Dr. Nicholas Pappas, Professor, Sam Houston University, USA & Head, Philosophy Research Unit, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel. + 30 210 363 4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634-209. Abstracts should include: Title of Paper, Family Name (s), First Name (s), Institutional Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Due to large number of accepted (good) submissions after the first call, new submissions will be accepted only if those accepted decide to cancel.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing, or any other offer to help please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, Director, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum where academics and researchers from all over the world could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, more than 100 international conferences were organized and more than 80 books have been published. The Institute is organized into four research divisions and nineteen research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects.