CWUNews FeedNews Feed Functionalist Interpretation of Kant, 18 Apr 2017 13:50:44<p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" 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 Fernandes, 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:,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:</p></br></br>Rogues & Heroes: Star Wars and the Cultural Imagination, 10 Jan 2017 12:58:55<p>Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017<br>5:00 pm to 7:00 pm</p><p>Black Hall 151 • Free and open to the public</p><p>What’s the cultural significance of Star Wars? Find out at Rogues and Heroes: Star Wars and the Cultural Imagination, a panel discussion about the cultural significance of the characters, narratives, and images of the Star Wars films.</p><p>Discussants will be CWU professors Matthew Altman, Chair of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies; Jeffrey Dippmann, Professor of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies; Cynthia Coe, Professor of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies; Dominic Klyve, Associate Professor of Math; and Bruce Palmquist, Physics professor.</p><p>This event sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Winter 2017 Colloquium. For more information, contact Cindy Coe at <a href=""></a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"><br>&nbsp;</p></br></a href=""></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Vanishing Morality: Guest speaker Ronnie Littlejohn, 24 Oct 2016 11:58:19<div style="font-size: 14px"><p>Please join the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies on <strong>Wednesday, November 16</strong> at <strong>5 PM</strong> in <strong>Black 152</strong> for <strong>Vanishing Moralities</strong>: Colloquium with Guest Speaker <strong>Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn</strong> of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.</p></div><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Two classical Asian traditions of philosophy have approaches to morality and ethics which deconstruct this practice.&nbsp; In this presentation, the texts and teachings upon which this move rests will be identified and the implications of living a life apart from guidance by moral directives as understood in these traditions will be discussed.</p></blockquote></div style="font-size: 14px">Congratulations for Dr. Vuong's Book Release!, 11 Oct 2016 10:56:50<p>Dr. Lily Vuong's third book, <u>Religious Competition in the Greco-Roman World</u> was published this past August 2016.<br><br>From the publisher:<br><br><strong>Essays that broaden the historical scope and sharpen the parameters of competitive discourses</strong></p><p>Scholars in the fields of late antique Christianity, neoplatonism, New Testament, art history, and rabbinics examine issues related to authority, identity, and change in religious and philosophical traditions of late antiquity. The specific focus of the volume is the examination of cultural producers and their particular viewpoints and agendas in an attempt to shed new light on the religious thinkers, texts, and material remains of late antiquity. The essays explore the major creative movements of the era, examining the strategies used to develop and designate orthodoxies and orthopraxies. This collection of essays reinterprets dialogues between individuals and groups, illuminating the mutual competition and influence among these ancient thinkers and communities.</p><p><strong>Features:</strong></p><ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Essays feature competitive discourse as the central organizing theme</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Articles present unique theoretical models that are adaptable to different contexts and highly applicable to religious discourses before and after the Late Antique Period</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scholars cover a much wider range of traditions including Judaism, Christianity, paganism, and philosophy in order to provide the most complete portrait of the religious landscape</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Nathaniel P. DesRosiers</strong> is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at Stonehill College, where he teaches courses in New Testament, and Early Christianity. He is co-editor of <em>Religious Competition in the Third Century CE: Jews</em>, <em>Christians and the Greco-Roman World</em> (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht), and <em>A Most Reliable Witness: Essays in Honor of Ross Shepard Kraemer</em> (Brown Judaic Studies).</p><p><strong>Lily C. Vuong</strong> is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Central Washington University, where she teaches courses in early Judaism and early Christianity. She is the author of <em>Gender and Purity in the Protevangelium of James </em>(Mohr Siebeck) and co-editor of <em>Religious Competition in the Third Century CE: Jews</em>, <em>Christian and the Greco-Roman World</em> (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht).</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br>Congratulations Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann!, 15 Jun 2016 14:12:22<h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Congratulations!<br>Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann<br>CAH Outstanding Faculty Service Award</strong></h3><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; margin: 10px; float: left;">Dr. Dippmann’s service nationally, regionally, and communally is extensive and longstanding.Jeff’s service includes his term as the first President of the executive board of the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies in 2012; his term as President of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature from 2006-2007; his term as Program Chair for two Asian Studies Development Programs, in which Professor Dippmann collaborated with the CWU Theatre Arts Department to commission the production “Noh Telling: An Evening of Japanese One-Acts”; his blind peer review work for publishers and professional journals, which since 2008 has included nine manuscript reviews for SUNY and Routledge, frequent reviews for Philosophy East and West, and his current review with China Review International; and work as an external reviewer for a number of different projects within his field.</p><p>In addition to his professional service, Jeff has been very active in service to CWU. Jeff served as Chair of the Faculty Senate from 2006-2007 and was a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee from 2004-2008. He joined the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee in 2011, eventually serving as its chair from 2012-2014. Colleagues elected him to a two-year term on the College of Arts and Humanities Personnel Committee. He also served on the Dean’s Observeratory of Diversity Advisory Committee (2012-2014) and the Professional Development Coordinator search committee (2012). CWU’s Foundation invited him annually to act as the faculty representative on the Leonard Thayer Small Grants Review and Awards Committee, and he served as a member of that committee from 2005-2014.<br>Join us in congratulating Dr. Dippmann on this well-deserved award!</p></h3 style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br>Colloquium - Dr. Lily Vuong, Thursday May 12, 4:30 PM, Black 151, 03 May 2016 14:25:46<p>On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM in Black Hall, Room 151, Professor Lily Vuong will give a talk titled "Virginity, Marriage, and the Role of Women in the Acts of Thecla and the Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena."</p><p>In the Acts of Thecla and the Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, virginity, chastity, and ascetic practices are consistent themes throughout the narrative, but their views on them are strikingly different. This paper explores evidence of competing ideas and intra-Christian disputes over virginity, marriage, and the role of women in late antiquity.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 387px;"></p>Coexisting Faith - Apr. 19, 18 Apr 2016 11:19:18<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 281px;"></p><p>April 19 | 4 p.m.<br>Black 151<br>Free | Open to the public</p><p>The Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Religious Studies Department invites the community to an open discussion on tolerance and religious education. The free discussion is open to the public and will be held April 19 at 4 p.m. in Black Hall 151. Attendees will learn about the religious beliefs held throughout the world to address, unpack and identify outlived biases and stereotypes.</p><p>For more information, please contact Veronica Gomez at 509-963-2122 or</p><p>This event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Department of Religious Studies.</p></br></br>Raeburne S. Heimbeck Obituary, 22 Feb 2016 09:20:09<p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 340px; float: left; margin: 2px;">Raeburne S. Heimbeck passed away peacefully at 1:00 pm on February 9, 2016 in Cottage in the Meadow, Yakima, WA. He was 85. Rae, as he was known to friends and colleagues, was born on September 25, 1930 in Rock Island, IL, grew up in Santa Monica, California, and graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1948. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Joye Marcoe Heimbeck, in 1953. Rae earned his B.A. (with Great Distinction), majoring in Philosophy and Mediaeval History, from Stanford University in 1952, and Masters of Divinity (Cum Laude) from Fuller Theological Seminary with concentrations in Theology and Biblical Languages in 1955. Afterwards, he returned to Stanford University to earn his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Humanities in 1963, with a dissertation in analytic philosophy of religion. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand while writing his dissertation in 1958-59, and taught on the faculty of speech and drama department until his resignation in 1964. He then took a postdoctoral fellowship in Switzerland before undertaking to teach systematic theology at Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas in 1965-66.</p><p><br>He came to Central Washington University in 1967 initially to direct the General Honors Program, fell in love with the Kittitas Valley, and made Ellensburg his permanent home. He became a professor of humanities and subsequently of philosophy and religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and remained there until his retirement in 1999. For 26 years, he was the only professor teaching and running the religious studies program at the university. He continued to teach courses in the department and the William O. Douglas Honors Program until 2008, and after that, continued to offer lectures on various occasions in the university and the local community. Rae was the first recipient of William H. Bonsall Visiting Professorship in Humanities at Stanford University in 1976, and was a visiting professor at Anhui University in China in 1985-86, 1988-89, 1997-98, 2004 and 2007. He was awarded the honor of PHI KAPPA PHI Scholar of the Year in 1993-94.</p><p><br>Dedicated, erudite, and popular, his reputation as a professor drew a large following among students in CWU and his classes sometimes exceeded 200 students. As a colleague, Rae was pleasant, modest, friendly, upright, and much-loved. He always exercised sound judgment and was willing to do more than his share of work. He was passionate for Chinese and Indian philosophies, religions, and cultures, and he was among the first CWU faculty to go on exchange with Anhui University in China. He was awarded the Huangshan Friendship Award for teaching excellence by Anhui Provincial Government in 1998. Along with his wife Cindy Krieble, whom he married in 1996, he had generously supported Chinese students in various ways. He also played a key role in the Ellensburg American-Sino community for several decades. Meticulous in scholarship, he was the author of the book, Theology and Meaning, first published in 1969 and then reissued by Routledge in 2013, and coeditor of the highly rated Classics of Asian Thought by Pearson Prentice Hall in 2006. At the time of his death, he just completed compiling an anthology of his other writings as a conclusion of his academic career.</p><p><br>Rae loved life and lived an active one. He was an avid swimmer, a vibrant cyclist, a skillful yogi, and a global traveler. With generosity and public-spiritedness among his many virtues, Rae was a regular donor to such organizations as Northwest Public Radio, and he endowed the CWU Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies Founding Faculty Scholarship. He is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia Krieble; sons, Bryn (Yoko) Heimbeck and Reid Heimbeck; grandsons, Morgan (Jennifer) Heimbeck, Devyn, Nicholas, Alexander, and Benjamin; granddaughters, Chiara and Sera; great grandson, Theo; great granddaughter, Keira; and sister, Dandelyn O’Connor.<br>Rae will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and former colleagues. In lieu of a funeral, his family will hold a celebration of Rae’s life in spring, a time Rae relished in Ellensburg, WA. Time and place: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 4 pm, Gallery One.</p><p>Gifts in memory of Rae may be made to either Cottage in the Meadow c/o Memorial Fund, 2701 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902; or Philosophy and Religious Studies Founding Faculty Scholarship Fund, Central Washington University Foundation, 400 E. University Way, MS 7508, Ellensburg, WA 98926; or CARE,</p></br></br></br></br>Colloquium - Professor Karen Turcotte, Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 PM, Black 152, 22 Feb 2016 09:03:09<p>On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM in Black Hall, Room 152, Professor Karen Turcotte will give a talk titled Did Jesus Laugh? Humor and Redemption in Religion.</p><p>Humor and laughter have enjoyed an uneasy relationship within many religions. I examine this historically rocky rapport and contend that humor is more than entertainment or welcome distraction. Humor and its attendant irreverence has been, and continues to be, a critical factor in the evolution of religious traditions.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="height: 380px; width: 500px; margin: 2px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></br>