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 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.
♦ A new Philosophy of Race Reading Group is starting up November 5 with discussion on two articles by Alcoff and Gines which recently appeared in the new journal, Critical Philosophy of Race. If you're interested in joining the conversation, contact Jeremy Fischer for details.
The Philosophy Speakers Program presents public lectures by visiting speakers and University of Calgary faculty on a wide variety of philosophical topics. Free admission and open to the public.