January Update

Brian Orend has just published a new book, Seizure the Day: Living A Happy Life with Illness, with Freehand Press [ http://www.freehand-books.com/books/seizure-the-day ]:

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Back cover accolades come from Roko Belic, director of the award-winning documentary Happy [ https://www.thehappymovie.com/ ] as well as from Darrin McMahon, Dartmouth historian and author of Happiness: A History. McMahon writes: “This is a beautiful book about struggle and overcoming, told with insight, wisdom, and good cheer. At once smart and funny, it will, quite literally, put a smile on your face.”

Seizure the Day is part medical memoir, part philosophy (leaning, e.g., on Aristotle’s account of well-being) and part empirical research, drawing from social- and political science as well as positive psychology. It’s Orend’s first book to crack the front-of-store display at Chapters/Indigo:



Shannon Dea informs us that: “My latest “Dispatches on Academic Freedom” column for University Affairs is “The Price of Academic Freedom.” It was published last week: https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/dispatches-academic-freedom/the-price-of-academic-freedom/

“As well,” she continues, “on December 18, I did interviews with a number of CBC Radio 1 morning shows about Ontario’s new campus free speech policies. I did interviews with Ontario Morning, London Morning, Superior Morning, The Morning Edition, Morning North, and Windsor Morning.” Here’s a link to the Ontario Morning interview: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/ontario-morning-from-cbc-radio/episode/15650872


Patricia Marino lets us know that: “In early January I went to NYC to present a paper at the APA Eastern Division Meeting on “Moderate Deontology, Arbitrariness, and the Problem of the Threshold.” In economics approaches to the law, outcomes are typically evaluated in terms of whether their consequences are efficient — just like in consequentialist ethical theory. Like ethical consequentialism, these approaches are criticized for leaving aside other values such as justice — particularly striking in the legal context.”


Patricia Marino gave a conference talk in NYC in January

She continues: “Alternative approaches – such as “moderate deontology” — try to bring consequences together with the kind of constraints found in other ethical theories. Those alternatives are accused of being arbitrary – because they rest on moral judgments. Using the ideas in my 2015 book Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World, I show how they are not, in fact, arbitrary at all. Fun fact about my presentation: sitting in the front row was our very own Emeritus Professor Jan Narveson!”


Tawnessa Carter reports exciting social media news: “We’ve recently created a YouTube channel for the philosophy department to post interesting and relevant videos by faculty, staff, students and alumni.  We will be posting videos of colloquium talks from here on in (if the speaker grants permission) to ensure that everyone has the ability to hear the talk if they cannot attend.  Please click below to see what we’ve posted so far.


I encourage you to add comments and likes to our videos.”



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