Every semester, our department invites several guest speakers to lecture on various topics. All lectures are free, and are open to all members of the community and to the general public.
Title: “Wampum Diplomacy in the Early and Middle Encounter Period”
Speaker: Dr. Douglas Sanderson (Faculty of Law, University of Toronto)
Time: Tuesday, October 22nd, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: ENG 10
Abstract: Our sense of history frequently fails to align with the facts of history, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the shared history of Indigenous-Settler relations. In this talk I will draw out the formal structure of treaty relations, known as the covenant chain, and conducted entirely according to Indigenous International law protocols. This relationship of mutual respect and relative equality was neither short term nor a campaign of deceit. This relationship of mutual respect lasted almost to the date of confederation in 1867. In other words, the facts of history demonstrate an Indigenous-Settler relationship of mutual respect that lasted for more than three hundred years, and stands in sharp contrast to the racist and oppressive relationship post-Confederation. I draw lessons from the historical relationship in order to provide teachings about the current relationship.
Title: "Where the Living Live: New Questions for Phenomenology and Religion"
Speaker: Dr. Karl Hefty (Theology, St. Paul's University)
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 12th, 3;00-5:00
Location: KHE 321B
Abstract: Michel Henry’s phenomenology of life makes it necessary to reassess certain basic questions in philosophy of religion: What is religion? What is religious practice? How is it related to ethics? Does a phenomenological treatment of these questions verify, qualify, or undermine other approaches? If we follow Henry’s path, where does it lead and what is at stake? Recent work in phenomenology has deepened our understanding of basic dimensions of the field while shifting its center of gravity in new directions (e.g., givenness, ethics, affectivity, flesh). While it is legitimate to question how far recent approaches remain consistent with the classical work of Husserl, Heidegger, or Scheler, it is also legitimate to investigate new avenues that now lay open. In this lecture, I will identify and explore several questions Henry’s phenomenology of life has provoked. Some of these questions are of the methodological order, some are historical, and some are properly phenomenological.
Title: The Role of Order in Kant’s Justification of Morality”
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Rosenkoetter (Philosophy, Dartmouth College)
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 26th, 3:00-5:00
Abstract: Kant takes order to be a feature of any manifold of objects or objective properties. I begin by presenting what I take to be Kant’s general theory of order, while summarizing how this is related to his reception of Wolff’s broadly Leibnizian philosophical project, in which order likewise serves as a keystone. After sketching and contrasting the ontic and aesthetic cases, I examine the objective property of goodness in greater detail. My claim is that once we understand that defending the “objective validity” of propositions containing the concept <good> entails identifying a conception of practical order irreducible to ontic order, the central interpretative puzzle of Groundwork III’s deduction of the moral law (the circle problem) admits of resolution. At various points in the paper I ask whether Kant’s theory of order is of independent philosophical interest, as well as whether it is plausible. On both counts I am inclined to answer affirmatively.