CWUNews FeedNews Feed Colloquium on February 7, 23 Jan 2019 16:41:49<p>Please join us for our Winter department colloquium!&nbsp;<strong>Professor&nbsp;Clayton Bohnet </strong>will present "<strong>A People on the Edge of the Void: Towards a Philosophy of Protest</strong>" on <strong>Feb. 7th at 4 p.m. </strong>in <strong>Black 150</strong>. Refreshments will be served.</p><p>The first part of the paper surveys and problematizes academic and common sense understandings of protest. The second part amplifies this discussion by dialoguing it with contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou's philosophy of the event and Micah White's (a founding member of the Occupy movement) somewhat cynical assessment of the future of protest. Although consistent focus will be paid to the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-6), the paper is designed to leave open the possibility of discussing acts of protest happening at the time of its delivery.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Poster for event" src="" style="width: 800px; height: 486px;"></p>Zombie Brains: Thinking about the Undead, 29 Oct 2018 08:50:24<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies Club</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Neuroscience Club</a>, and <a href="">Psychology Club</a> are sponsoring a Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies Fall 2018 Colloquium titled Zombie Brains: Thinking about the Undead on Tuesday, October 30, from 5-7, in Dean 104. The style will be a panel with Q&amp;A afterward. Panelists include Ralf Greenwald, Gary Bartlett, Cindy Coe, and Lauren Nuckols.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Zombie Brains Poster" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 450px;"></p>CWU Professors Present in Beijing at World Congress of Philosophy, 11 Sep 2018 16:54:41<p><img alt="Professor Matthew Altman" src="" style="width: 650px; height: 323px; margin: 3px;">Central Washington University philosophy professors Matthew Altman and Cynthia Coe recently presented at the 24th World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing, China. The World Congress is hosted by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies, the highest non-governmental world organization for philosophy.</p><p>“Today, we are confronted by important philosophical questions,” said Altman. “Does the creation of autonomous military drones put us at moral risk of dehumanizing the enemy, or does it protect against human error? What kinds of limits should we put on the right to control our own bodies? Philosophy can guide our discussions about war and terrorism, science and technology, law and morality.”</p><p>Altman presented "Why Punish? Parallel Reasoning in Retributivism and Consequentialism" during a session on the philosophy of law. His lecture focused on how we justify punishment, specifically how giving people what they deserve and deterring future crimes share social aims.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Professor Cynthia Coe" src="" style="width: 150px; height: 213px; margin: 3px; float: left;">During a session on Jewish philosophy, Cynthia Coe’s presentation, “A Levinasian Reading of Compassion Fatigue," explored why our moral attention to the suffering of others is so fragile and easily disrupted, especially when that suffering is experienced by a large group, such as Syrian refugees.</p><p>“It was an amazing experience to be among so many philosophers from a variety of countries, specializations, and concerns. One highlight was a keynote lecture by philosopher and author Judith Butler, on the apropos topic of translation as a philosophical issue — as a reminder that what is familiar is always open to reinterpretation” said Coe.</p><p>Coe and Altman were among a number of speakers from throughout world, including Yale University, National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Nigeria, Tokyo University, and Russia’s Saratov State Law Academy. Their papers were also accepted to be published in the conference proceedings.</p><p>Every five years, the World Congress brings together philosophers to address emerging global issues through interactions with other disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This was Altman’s and Coe’s first time attending and presenting at the conference.</p><p>Learn more about the <a href="">CWU&nbsp;Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies</a> by visiting the department website.</p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,;</p>Time to Celebrate!, 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 Journey, 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="" target="_blank">Career Services</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Harry Potter and the Humanities, 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=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>RSVP on Facebook</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 25%; height: 25%;"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="">Congratulations, Seth Hanke!, 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 Dippmann, 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/" 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!, 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/" 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!, 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/" 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">