CWUNews FeedNews Feedhttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/newsen-usTime to Celebrate!http://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2656Tue, 22 May 2018 12:51:21<p>Four people in the department have recently reached milestones. Please help us in congratulating the following individuals for their accomplishments:<br><br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gary Bartlett has been promoted to full professor.<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michael Goerger has been tenured and promoted to associate professor.<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lily Vuong has been tenured and promoted to associate professor.<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lynn Thompson is celebrating five years of employment at CWU.<br><br>Congratulations to all four of you!</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>My Peace Corps Journeyhttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2654Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:07:53<p>When: Tuesday, May 1, 4-5 PM<br>Where: Science 2, room 103<br>For the past two years CWU alumnus Sergio<br>Madrid ('15) has served as a literacy volunteer<br>with the Peace Corps. In this presentation,<br>Sergio will tell the story of why he chose to<br>delay graduate studies to enter the Peace Corps,<br>what he accomplished while living in the island<br>nation of Vanuatu, and how he hopes to build on<br>his Peace Corps journey now that he has<br>returned. His presentation will be followed by a<br>question and answer session.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies and <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/career/" target="_blank">Career Services</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/Peace%20Corps%20Final.jpg" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Harry Potter and the Humanitieshttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2652Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:28:07<h3><strong>Harry Potter and the Humanities: Muggle Talk on the Boy Who Lived</strong></h3><h3><br>Thursday, April 12, 2018<br>5:00 pm to 7:00 pm<br>Black Hall 150 • Free and open to the public<br>&nbsp;</h3><p>What’s the cultural significance of Harry Potter? Since the release of the first novel, 20 years ago, the Harry Potter franchise has found immense popularity, bolstered multifaceted discussions, and attracted a wide audience. The series has also encouraged its readers and patrons to explore the many themes that include cultural meanings and references as well as religious symbols, moral dilemmas, moral motivation, and the framing of heroes and heroines.<br>Join the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies for Harry Potter and the Humanities: Muggle Talk on the Boy Who Lived, April 12, 2018 in Black Hall, room 150 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This panel discussion will explore the various aspects of the Harry Potter books and films and examine the cultural significance.<br>Discussants will be CWU professors Matthew Altman, Chair of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies; Maili Jonas, Department of English, Lexi Renfro, Department of English, Arrington Stoll, Department of Communication, and Lily Vuong, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.<br>This event sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Spring 2018 Colloquium. For more information, contact Cindy Coe at <a href="mailto:Cynthia.Coe@cwu.edu">Cynthia.Coe@cwu.edu.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/harrypotterposter.jpg" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>RSVP on Facebook</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2055587337804142/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/facebook.png" style="width: 25%; height: 25%;"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="mailto:Cynthia.Coe@cwu.edu">Congratulations, Seth Hanke!http://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2647Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:27:54<p>Congratulations, Philosophy Major Seth Hanke for being accepted to not just one, but TWO conferences this Spring.&nbsp;<br><br>Seth will be presenting at both the Undergratuate Philosophy Conference at Pacific University and the Gonzaga Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Please join us in giving Seth a big round of applause!&nbsp;</p></br></br>Please join us for the Winter 2018 Colloquium with Dr. Jeff Dippmannhttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2646Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:09:07<h3>Winter 2018 Colloquium</h3><div style="color: brown"><h2>The Dao of Self-Discovery: Adventures with Gao and Pirsig<br>Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann<br>Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 PM, Black Hall 151</h2></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We will compare and contrast the use of travel and journeying as metaphors<br>for the search for the self in two classic novels: Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art<br>of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) and Gao Xingjian’s Lingshan/Soul Mountain<br>(1990/2000). Each work draws upon a rich treasury of Buddhist and Daoist<br>imagery, symbolism, and philosophical insights to take the reader on the path<br>of personal self-discovery. Both authors began writing their work following<br>life-changing, traumatic events which subsequently propelled them along their<br>individual journeys. While American and Chinese respectively, the two authors<br>share a common sense of purporse, humanity, and longing to come to terms<br>with life and their place in the world.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/self%20discovery%20version%202.jpg" style="width: 100%; height: 100%;"></p></div style="color: brown"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Congratulations on Dr. Altman's New Book!http://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2643Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:32:59<p>Dr. Altman's new book, <u>The Palgrave Kant Handbook</u> was published this past December 2017.</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/the-palgrave-kant-handbook.jpg" style="width: 396px; height: 600px;"></p><p>From the publisher:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This remarkably comprehensive Handbook provides a multifaceted yet carefully crafted investigation into the work of Immanuel Kant, one of the greatest philosophers the world has ever seen. With original contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this authoritative volume first sets Kant’s work in its biographical and historical context. It then proceeds to explain and evaluate his revolutionary work in metaphysics and epistemology, logic, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, philosophy of history, philosophy of education, and anthropology.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Key Features:</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Draws attention to the foundations of Kant’s varied philosophical insights — transcendental idealism, logic, and the bridge between theoretical and practical reason</li><li>Considers hitherto neglected topics such as sexuality and the philosophy of education</li><li>Explores the immense impact of his ground-breaking work on subsequent intellectual movements</li></ul><p>Serving as a touchstone for meaningful discussion about Kant’s philosophical and historical importance, this definitive Handbook is essential reading for Kant scholars who want to keep abreast of the field and for advanced students wishing to explore the frontiers of the subject.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Matthew C. Altman</strong> is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies Department at Central Washington University, USA. He is the author of <em>A Companion to Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”</em> (2008) and <em>Kant and Applied Ethics</em> (2011), co-author of <em>The Fractured Self in Freud and German Philosophy</em> (2013), and editor of <em>The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism</em> (2014).</p>Congratulations on Dr. Coe's New Book!http://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2642Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:16:23<p class="book_subtitle">Dr. Coe's new book, <u>Levinas and the Trauma of Responsibility: The Ethical Significance of Time</u> was published this past December 2017.</p><p class="book_subtitle"><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/levinas%20coe.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 600px;"></p><p class="book_subtitle">&nbsp;</p><p class="book_subtitle">From the publisher:</p><p class="book_subtitle">Levinas's account of responsibility challenges dominant notions of time, autonomy, and subjectivity according to Cynthia D. Coe. Employing the concept of trauma in Levinas's late writings, Coe draws together his understanding of time and his claim that responsibility is an obligation to the other that cannot be anticipated or warded off. Tracing the broad significance of these ideas, Coe shows how Levinas revises our notions of moral agency, knowledge, and embodiment. Her focus on time brings a new interpretive lens to Levinas's work and reflects on a wider discussion of the fragmentation of human experience as an ethical subject. Coe's understanding of trauma and time offers a new appreciation of how Levinas can inform debates about gender, race, mortality, and animality.</p><p class="book_subtitle">&nbsp;</p><p class="book_subtitle"><strong>Cynthia D. Coe</strong> is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Central Washington University. She is author (with Matthew C. Altman) of <em>The Fractured Self in Freud and German Philosophy </em>(2013)<em>.</em></p></p class="book_subtitle"></p class="book_subtitle"></p class="book_subtitle"></p class="book_subtitle"></p class="book_subtitle"></p class="book_subtitle"></p class="book_subtitle">Surviving Death Row: Exonerees Tell Their Storieshttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2640Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:26:57<h3><br><strong>Tuesday, October 3<br>4:00 p.m.<br>SURC Theatre</strong></h3><p><br>The Department of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies will be hosting a panel of exonerated death row inmates who will speak about their experiences on death row and their transition back into society after being released. The event is made possible by <a href="https://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/" target="_blank">Witness to Innocence</a>, a national organization dedicated to abolishing the death penalty because of the inherent fallibility of the criminal justice system.</p></br></br></br></br>A Functionalist Interpretation of Kanthttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2639Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:50:44<p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/cts.cwu.edu.philosophy/files/Lau%20colloquium.jpg" style="width: 100%; height: 100%;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Please join us for the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Spring Colloquium!</p><p>Dr. Chong-Fuk Lau, a professor of philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will give a talk on "A Functionalist Interpretation of Kant" on Tuesday, April 25th at 4:30 p.m. in Dean 103.</p><p>Dr. Lau will discuss a new functionalist interpretation of Kant that aims to unify his cognitive psychology with his metaphysics. How must the human mind work in order to have cognition of objects? Answering this question<br>gives Kant a clue to determine the basic structure of reality as we understand it.</p><p>Dr. Lau's specialization is German idealism, having published on Kant and Hegel. This talk also speaks to issues in philosophy of mind and epistemology.&nbsp; You could of course throw in a random question on Heraclitus or Pure Land Buddhism, to see how he responds.</p><p>Refreshments will be served.</p></br>Alumni Day: Welcome Nuno Fernandeshttp://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/node/2636Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:41:33<p>The College of Arts &amp; Humanities Alumni Day will be on Tuesday, April 11th. The Department of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies has invited Nuno Fernandes, honored alumnus, back to campus for the day to meet with students and speak at our Alumni Panel in the afternoon. Fernandes received his BA in Philosophy from CWU in 2005. He is currently a licensed mental health counselor at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, and he also runs his own independent counseling practice. More information about Nuno Fernandes can be found here: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Nuno_A_Fernandes_MS,MA,NCC,LMHC_Yakima_Washington_122299.<br><br>Please join us in welcoming back Fernandes and the other seven alumni visiting us on Alumni Day. A full list of visiting alumni can be found at: cwu.edu/arts/alumniday.</p></br></br>