For Department Members
Ken Waters Joining Department in 2014
It is with great pleasure we announce that Dr. C. Kenneth Waters, a leading figure in the philosophy of biology, has accepted nomination to a Tier I Canada Research Chair appointment in our department (effective July 2014). As noted in the influential international blog, The Philosophical Gourmet, Waters' move from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis-St. Paul to Calgary, already home to philosophers of biology Marc Ereshefsky and Megan Delehanty, is “likely to move Calgary into the top half-dozen or so programs for philosophy of biology”. See http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/philosophy_updates/#)
♦ Congratulations to Salvör Nordal on the successful defence December 9th of her PhD thesis "Privacy as a Social Concept". Ann Levey supervised the thesis; other examiners included Marc Ereshefsky (neutral chair), Allen Habib, Mark Migotti, Joshua Goldstein (Political Science), and Trudy Govier (U of Lethbridge).
♦ Hinduism and Environmental Ethics: Law, Literature and Philosophy (Routledge 2014), now available, is the latest from Associate Professor Christopher Framarin. A study of environmental ethics in Hinduism, it argues that the standard arguments for and against the claim that certain Hindu texts and traditions attribute direct moral standing to animals and plants are unconvincing. Part of the Routledge Hindu Studies Series.
♦ Congratulations to Brandon Holter on the successful defence November 8th of his PhD thesis "The Epistemic Significance of Values in Science". Marc Ereshefsky supervised the thesis; other examiners included David Dick (neutral chair), Jack MacIntosh, Megan Delehanty, Frank Stahnisch (History), and Heather Douglas (U of Waterloo).
♦ Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Cambridge Scholars 2013), a new book co-edited by Ish Haji and Justin Caouette, is now available. The authors of this collection of freshly-minted essays are philosophers who have made significant contributions to debates in free will, moral responsibility, moral obligation, the reactive attitudes, philosophy of action, and philosophical psychology, and include John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Michael McKenna, Alfred Mele, and Derk Pereboom.
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