The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics at Trent University

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Trent Philosophy Society announces annual Symposium

2014 TPS Student Symposium Schedule

(All presentations will be given in the LEC Senior Common Room)

1:00 pm Welcome and refreshments

First Session: Objective Knowledge
(1:30pm – 2:30pm)

1:30 pm Duc Hien Nguyen, “Saving Objectivity: A Discourse in Philosophy of Science”

2:00 pm Joshua Turk, “The Cartesian Circle Objection, Revisited and Revised”

2:30 pm Break

Second Session: Moral Character
(2:45pm – 3:45pm)

2:45 pm Nicole Fice, “Kant’s Good Will: Goodness, Rationality, and Happiness”

3:15 pm Cole Murdoch, “Addictions, Virtues, and Actions: How, by Definition, the Addict is Barred from Being Virtuous”

3:45 pm Break

Third Session: Justice and Equality
(4:00pm – 5:00pm)

4:00 pm Amy Keating, “How the Nature of the Internet Promotes Rape Culture”

4:30 pm Eric Prachar, “Claiming the Right to be Heard: Dignity and Queer Equality”

Congratulations to our selected presenters, and thanks to all who competed!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Philosophy & Feminism course outline

Colleagues are comparing introductory syllabi in Feminism.  Mine was mid-level, second-year:

Required Texts:
1. Philosophy of Woman: An Anthology of Classic to Current Concepts, ed. by Mary Briody
Mahowald (Hackett pub.; 3rd edition, 1994) [Abbreviated POW in weekly schedule]
2. The Feminist Philosophy Reader, edited by Alison Bailey and Chris Cuomo (McGraw-Hill,
2007) [Abbreviated FPR in weekly schedule]
3. Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, by Susan Brison (Princeton Univ. Press, 2003)
4. Other required readings on BlackBoard

Week-by-week schedule (subject to change; check My Learning System for updates):

Week 1
Thursday, Sept. 8
In-class reading and writing assignment

Week 2
Sept. 15
POW: Plato, and Aristotle.
Discussion-post 1 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 3
Sept. 22
POW: Rousseau, and Wollstonecraft

Week 4
Sept. 29
POW: The Bible, all selections (pp. 22 through 44)
Discussion-post 2 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 5
Oct. 6
In POW: Mill, “The Subjection of Women” 151-170, and in FPR: Marilyn  Frye, “Oppression,” 41-49

Week 6
Oct. 13
In POW: Kant, and in FPR: Alison Jaggar, “Love and Knowledge,” 687-705..
Discussion-post 3 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 7
Oct. 20
FPR, pp. 83-97: “Sex and Gender,” and Simone de Beauvoir’s intro to 2nd Sex
Fall Short Paper due Friday, Oct. 21 by 4:45 p.m.
Residential Reading
and Laboratory Week. 
Classes resume Mon., Oct. 31.
Week 8
Nov. 3
FPR, pp. 1-12 and 51-61: “On Psychological Oppression,” by Sandra lee Bartky

Week 9
Nov. 10
FPR, pp. 97-107 and 241-249: Judith Butler and Chris Cuomo
Discussion-post 4 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 10
Nov. 17
FPR, pp. 124-144 and 69-80:
Anne Fausto-Sterling and Maria Lugones

Week 11
Nov. 24
FPR, pp. 669-687 and 49-51: Susan Bordo and Audre Lorde
Discussion-post 5 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 12
Dec. 1
FPR, pp.  344-355 and 249-259: Alison Bailey and Evelynn Hammonds
Fall Term Paper due Monday, Dec. 5 by 4:45 p.m.
Winter Vacation . 
Classes resume Monday,
January 9, 2012.
Week 1
Jan. 12
Introduction to feminist ethics.
In-class reading and writing
Week 2
Jan. 19
In FPR, 463-496: Carol Gilligan and Seyla Benhabib
Discussion-post 6 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 3
Jan. 26
Nel Noddings, on WebCT, and in FPR: 497-506 (Virginia Held)

Week 4
On WebCT: Card, “Against Marriage and Motherhood,” and in FPR: Hoagland, pp. 519-538.

Discussion-post 7 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 5
Feb. 9
FPR, pp. 567-583: “Feminist Political Philosophies” and Marilyn Friedman

Week 6
Feb. 16       
FPR, pp. 584-622: Eva Feder Kittay and Susan Moller Okin
Spring Short Paper due Friday, Feb. 17 by 4:45 p.m.
Residential Reading
and Laboratory Week. 
Classes resume Mon., Feb. 27.
Week 7
March 1
FPR: pp. 765-792: Nancy Tuana, “Coming to Understand”
Discussion-post 8 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 8
Mar. 8
On WebCT: Young, “Throwing Like a Girl,” and in FPR: Ann Cahill, pp. 810-826

Week 9
Mar. 15
Aftermath, Chapters 1 and 2
Discussion-post 9 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 10
Mar. 22
Sally Haslanger speaks this week as the Ryle Lecturer!  See WebCT for her paper.
Discussion-post 10 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 11
Mar. 29
Aftermath, Chapters 3 and 4
Discussion-post 11 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 12
Apr. 5
Aftermath, Chapters 5 and 6
Type of Assignment

Intellectual Journal
10 %
These will be handed in as part of the final project, but graded separately.
“Ten Best” Discussion Board posts (out of eleven)
30 %
Selected Wednesdays by 10 a.m.
Fall Short Paper
10 %
Electronic files only
Fall Term Paper
15 %
Electronic files only
Spring Short Paper
10 %
Electronic files only
Final project, including a paper on readings of March and April, and a ‘write-up’ based on your journal.

25 %
Hard copy only

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CFP: Philosophy dans la rue!: Activism and Philosophy in the 21st Century

Concordia University Graduate Conference
May 10-11 2014
Montreal, Canada

The Concordia Graduate Philosophy Student's Association would like to invite submissions for this year's graduate conference, to be held May 10-11, 2014, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

This year's conference is entitled Philosophy dans la rue!: Activism and Philosophy in the 21st Century. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for graduate students to discuss the role they see for philosophy in the public sphere. A graduate student conference is a particularly fruitful occasion for a discussion of the future of the intersection of activism and philosophy: such a conference is able to take seriously the notion that philosophy's role can and will be determined both in and outside of the academy by today's graduate students.

The history of 'public intellectuals' like Socrates, Bertrand Russell, Mary Wollstonecraft, or Slavoj Žižek demands that the next generation of philosophers take on the question of activism. The global climate - politically and otherwise - represented in part by movements as varied as 'Occupy', 'Anonymous', the 'Arab Spring', Idle No More, and accessible education demonstrations across Europe and in Quebec provide us with a rich context from which we may engage in this discussion today. Questions may include, but are not limited to: What sorts of activities constitute activism? Is there a role for philosophy within or alongside activism? Must philosophers aspire to the actualization their own arguments? Is there a duty on the part of philosophers to take on an active role in public affairs? We highly encourage submissions from both the analytic and continental tradition, as well as from other disciplines or alternate critical frameworks. Submissions in English and French are both welcome.

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014
Keynote Speakers: Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University)
Kathryn Norlock (Trent University)

Submission Guidelines: We are pleased to accept abstracts (of between 200 and 400 words) for consideration. Each submission should be prepared for blind review and accompanied by a separate PDF which includes your name, paper title, e-mail address, and academic affiliation.

Each speaker will be granted twenty minutes to present their paper. Ten minutes available for questions will follow each presentation. As such, completed papers should not surpass 3000 words.

Submissions should be sent to concordiaugpsa at gmail dot com.