Visiting Speakers

October 2-4, 2015

The Western Canadian Philosophical Association

52nd Annual Meeting

Conference theme: Moving Images: Emotion, Art, and Value

Keynote speaker: Eva Dadlez (University of Central Oklahoma)

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March 18-19, 2016

The 2016 Walter Murray Lecture

Kathryn Norlock
(Department of Philosophy, Trent University)

Public Lecture:

"Real (and) Imaginal Relationships with the Dead"

Friday, March 18, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Arts 133

Abstract: As a philosopher of forgiveness, I am often asked if we can forgive the dead. I always aver it is possible, because living individuals can have real, non-imaginary, valuable relationships with deceased loved ones. This is important to establish because arguments for such relationships better generate claims in applied ethics about our conduct with respect to our dead. The importance of one’s most dearly held relationships with living individuals is best explained in terms of imaginal content, as well. In other words, some interpersonal relationships between the living are personally important because of their imaginal content. Once we appreciate this, it is clearer why recognizably real, imaginally informed relationships with the living cannot possibly be cut off on the day someone dies. Death in itself is not an obstacle to the imaginal relationships we already have with living loved ones.


"Non-Ideal Ethical Theory"
Friday, March 18, 9:30-11:30 AM
Arts 1008

"Forgiving the Dead"
Saturday, March 19, 10:30-12:30 AM
Arts 1007

Department Colloquia

Fridays, 3:30 - 5:00
All talks in Edwards School of Business (ESB) Room 12 unless otherwise noted

ESB is wheelchair accessible [Accessibility map, PDF] 

Sep. 18 Peter Alward "A New Intentionalist Theory of Interpretation"
Oct. 30 Emer O'Hagan "On the Development of Moral Virtue"   [abstract]
Nov. 20 Rob Hudson "The Philosophic Basis to the Legal Notion of Indigenous Title"
Dec. 4 Sarah Hoffman "I put on my robe and wizard hat: Cybersex and the paradox of fiction"
Jan. 29 Brian Zamulinski "The Partiality Problem" [abstract]
Feb. 26  

Panel Discussion: "Recreational Cannabis," with

Sarah Hoffman (Philosophy),Sean Trembath (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), and Dan Malleck (Health Sciences, Brock University)

Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241)