August is the calm before the storm here in Waterloo, but our faculty continue to travel the globe, teaching and presenting their research.
Shannon Dea gave a talk called “Against Accommodation: Philosophy (Pedagogy) for Everyone” at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. On July 25, she served as a panelist on the 570 News’ noon hour talk show, Opposing Views, and she did an interview on July 29 with 570 News’ The Jennifer Campbell Show about Hillary Clinton’s nomination.
Paul Thagard gave two keynotes, at the Workshop on Coherence and Decision Making, Berlin, and the Workshop on Science Education, Munich.
Patricia Marino shares her news: “In July I was in Ottawa for the North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP) conference. The NASSP is a great organization that brings together people working on a wide range of topics in areas like social justice, feminism, philosophy of sex and love, philosophy of race, and social philosophy more generally. My talk, “Economic Explanation Ambiguity and Its Normative Implications,” explored some theoretical issues in philosophy of economics, then drew out normative implications related to policy choices. Short version: nudgers and their critics are both steeped in unacknowledged value assumptions.”
Two of our graduate students also presented interesting papers at the NASSP conference: Andria Bianchi, “Medical Model of Disability: A Critique of Norman Daniels,” and Phil Bériault, “Inequality in the Workplace: How to Best Understand the Need for Democratic Workplaces.”
Heather Douglas spent the first two weeks of July teaching at the Summer School of the Institut Wiener Kreis at the University of Vienna on “Science, Values, and Democracy?” with Mark Brown and Andrew Jewett.
Heather says, “It was a great experience, working with Andy and Mark, and meeting the 25 graduate students from the EU and North America. The students had backgrounds in philosophy of science, history of science, political theory, environmental policy and religious studies, and the mix of expertise produced some great explorations of the issues. An intense experience (the course was in session 9-5 M-F for two weeks) but totally worth it!”
Lastly, the Existentialism Reading Group met last week to watch Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. An attendee commented, possibly in reference to Tarkovsky’s reflections on art and cinema in his book Sculpting in Time: “I’d like to say a good time was had by all…but, well, it may be more accurate to say time was had by all.”