The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics at Trent University

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Trent Philosophy Society Symposium

It is time for the annual presentation of the best student papers!  Our event will be on Saturday, March 2, 2013,  in the LEC Senior Common Room. Congratulations to the student authors of our accepted papers.

Session I — 1:00 – 2:00  Chair: Adam Crane
Allison Preyde, “The Salt in the Water: Personal Identity and Deep Space Nine”
Robert McGuinness, “Cogito, Dubitare, Cogito: Second Thoughts on First Philosophy”

Session II — 2:15 - 3:15  Chair: Joanna Richardson
Andrew Grant Slavin, “On Referencing and ‘Aboutness’ in Works of Fiction”
Callum Haslam, “The Concept of Cosmological Time and Human Time as it Relatesto
the Phenomenon of the Trace described in Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative.”

Session III — 3:30 - 4:30  Chair: Gordon Martin
Kyle Curran, “Dante’s Divine Comedy: Platonism made into Poetry”
Sara Ostrowska, “Prostitution: Freedom, Equality, and Sex”

Light refreshments will be provided.  Maybe you could even buy a nifty shirt!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TCP speaker Feb.11

David Cecchetto, Assistant Professor in New Media History and Criticism at OCAD, will be presenting a practice-based theory of posthumanism in a TCP Speakers’ Series talk on Monday, Feb. 11th at 7:30pm in Bagnani Hall.  Cecchetto’s artistic work includes traditional composition, algorithmic sound manipulation, and collaboration distorted by distance; he will draw on that work in “Humanesis and the Sonic Effect: Operational Listening in Digital Culture” to argue that dominant strains of posthumanist theory tend to fall back on humanist assumptions despite their ostensible privileging of the material.  All are welcome.

In addition to the public talk, Cecchetto will be giving a TCP seminar on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 12. Graduate students in TCP, Cultural Studies, and Public Texts are invited to attend.  Please contact David Holdsworth ( for more information.