CWUNews FeedNews Feed 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>&nbsp;</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">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">Surviving Death Row: Exonerees Tell Their Stories, 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="" 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 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>