jeudi 26 novembre 2015

Leibniz et Diderot. Rencontres et transformations.

Livre | Book

(sous la direction de)
Christian Leduc
(Université de Montréal)
François Pépin
(Lycée Louis-Le-Grand)
(Université de Lille I)
Mitia Rioux-Beaulne
(Université d'Ottawa)

Leibniz et Diderot. Rencontres et transformations

Vrin/Presses de l'Université de Montréal
Novembre 2015

mercredi 18 novembre 2015

Human Rights and Public Goods: Problems for Health and Beyond (G. Sreenivasan)

Conférence | Talk

Journée mondiale de la philosophie | World Philosophy Day

COVE (Carleton Center on Values and Ethics) Distinguished Speaker 2015


Gopal Sreenivasan is Crown Professor of Ethics at Duke University.  He has written a number of recent papers on human rights; on the nature of rights generally; and on the relations between justice and health.  He is the author of two books, Emotion and Virtue (forthcoming) and The Limits of Lockean Rights in Property (1995).

Human Rights and Public Goods: Problems for Health and Beyond

In international law and in common opinion, there is clearly a human right to health.  But is there one in morality?  What does this even mean?  My lecture explores some problems for moral human rights that arise from acknowledging the importance to good health systems of pure public goods, like herd immunity against measles or diphtheria.  Evaluation of these problems, as well as of various unsuccessful attempts to solve or evade them, forces us to think hard about what it means to say that something is a (moral) human right.

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
(a reception with refreshments begins at 5:00pm)

Carleton University
Dunton Tower
Room 2017

mercredi 14 octobre 2015

Apperception and Dark Representations (A. Brook)

Conférence | Talk

(Carleton University)

Apperception and Dark Representations

Source : Wikipedia

I will explore two puzzles about Kant’s various treatments of apperception in the two editions of CPR and what is usually called in English obscure representations [Dunkeler Vorstellungen]. Dunkeler Vorstellungen are representations “of which one is not conscious” (25:480). (‘Dark’, the literal meaning of ‘Dunkel’, would be a better translation than ‘obscure’ – the representations in question are more than obscure; we are not conscious of them at all.) The two puzzles: 1. Given that Kant was fully aware that we have representations of which we are not conscious, why did he tie apperception to conscious representations exclusively? 2. Given that Kant discusses dark representations about a dozen times in his popular works, why did he hardly mention them in his serious philosophical/psychological works? The two puzzles are linked.

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Carleton University
Loeb Building
Room B146

Kant and Einstein on the Causal Order of Time (D. Hyder)

Conférence | Lecture

(University of Ottawa)

Kant and Einstein on the Causal Order of Time

Source : Wikipedia
Source : Wikipedia

Friday, October 16th, 2015

University of Ottawa
Desmarais Hall (55, Laurier East)
Room 8161

mercredi 30 septembre 2015

Actualité de Malebranche

Actualité de Malebranche
Date : 8-9 décembre 2015 | December 8th-9th, 2015
Location : Collège universitaire dominicain | Dominican University College
                 Université d'Ottawa | University of Ottawa
Organisé conjointement par le Collège universitaire dominicain et l'université d'Ottawa, le colloque "Actualité de Malebranche", trois cents ans après sa mort, invite autant des réflexions sur la pertinence proprement philosophique de Malebranche aujourd'hui que des relectures de Malebranche par les historiens de la philosophie pour comprendre les enjeux qui structurent son corpus et ont marqué les philosophes de son époque et ceux qui hantent sa "postérité".
"Malebranche Today" is jointly organized by Dominican University College and the University of Ottawa on the occasion of the 300 anniversary of the death of Nicolas Malebranche. The Symposium invites reflections on the philosophical relevance of Malebranche today, as well as readings of Malebranche by historians of philosophy in order to help our understanding of the issues structuring his corpus as well as influencing the philosophers of Malebranche's era and those of his posterity.
Appel à communication | Call for Papers
Exposés autour de 30 minutes | presentations of 30 minutes
Date limite : 10 novembre 2015 | Deadline for submitting abstract : November 10th, 2015
Envoyer à | send abstracts to :
Maxime Allard (Collège universitaire dominicain)
Delphine Antoine-Mahut (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Mitia Rioux-Beaulne (Université d'Ottawa)

Conceptions of Justice, Contemporary and Historical

Conceptions of Justice, Contemporary and Historical

Faculty of Social Science, University of Ottawa

Friday Oct. 2, 2015
FSS Hall, Room 5028

Session One 9-12

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Prof. WU Xiangdong, dean of School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
“Multidimensional Standards of Value Evaluation”

Prof. ZHANG Shuguang, former dean of School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
“Discussion of Social Justice from the Nature of Politics”

Prof. ZHOU Fan, School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
“Supplement to the Critique of Justice and its Discontents: Reflections on Allen Buchanan's 'Internal Criticism'”

Associate professor LUO Songtao, School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
“Dialectic of Life: Reflections upon Adorno's Moral Philosophy”

Dr. ZHENG Wei, School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
“Boundaries of Justice”

Dr. Birsen Filip, Philosophy, Univ. of Ottawa
“Wilhelm von Humboldt on Justice”

Prof. Douglas Moggach
“Freedom and Distributive Justice”

Session Two, 1-3

Prof. Sascha Maicher, School of Political Studies, TBA

Prof. FENG Ziyi, Department of Philosophy, Beijing University
“Marx's Basic View of Distributive Justice”

Prof. YANG Haifeng, Department of Philosophy, Beijing University
“The Issue of the Subject in Marx's Philosophy”

Prof. LU Kejian, School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University

“New Family: Embryo of Communist Society”

Why Philosophy ?

Date:  Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 19:00
Location:  Dominican University College, 96 Empress Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Why Philosophy?
Click here to see DUC professor Iva Apostolova explain what guests can expect at our next "Why Philosophy?" event.
Have you ever thought being a philosopher is mysterious? Perhaps difficult? Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to do philosophy 7 days a week? Then this dicussion series is for you.
Come join us for an informal, friendly chat with professor Mark Nyvlt. During the chat, Mark Nyvlt will answer several questions about his background in philosophy, why this field became a career, as well as the struggles and successes found in the philosophical life. Afterwards, members of the audience will be welcome to ask their own questions to learn more about this interesting and taxing endeavour.

vendredi 25 septembre 2015

Les raisons de la taxation (D. Robichaud)

Dans le cadre du Cycle annuel de conférences sur la recherche en droit de la Section de droit civil, ne manquez pas la conférence de DavidRobichaud, professeur agrégé au Département de philosophie de l'Université d'Ottawa:

Les raisons de la taxation
Le professeur Robichaud est un spécialiste d'éthique et de philosophie du droit. Docteur en philosophie de l'Université de Montréal et de l'Université catholique de Louvain, il est co-auteur du livre Penser les institutions. Les défis contemporains de la philosophie politique, publié aux Presses de l’Université Laval en 2012, 342 (avec P. Turmel et D. Anctil) ainsi que de l'ouvrage intitulé La juste part. Repenser les inégalités, la richesse et la fabrication des grille-pains disponibleici.
Cette conférence sera présentée le mardi 29 septembre 2015, de 11h30 à 13h (repas fourni), au FTX202.
N'hésitez pas à transmettre cette invitation à vos contacts. 
Bienvenue à tous et toutes!

lundi 21 septembre 2015

Perspectives on the Commons, Counter-Monumentality and the Decolonisation of Liberty


25 SEPT. 2015
10:00 – 20:00
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Pavillon Brault, room A0200 (entrance door 11)
101 Saint-Jean-Bosco street, Gatineau
ACCESS : exterior and interior map
Free / Gratuit
Entrepreneurs du commun is proposing a critical reflection on the Memorial to the Victims of Communism that is planned to be built in Ottawa. The aim is to open a space of reflection regarding the commemorative gesture and its relation to contemporary conceptions of the commons. Organized jointly with the opening of the exhibition "Monuments to the victims of Liberty" at the artist-run centre AXENÉO7 (Gatineau), this symposium questions the ideological instrumentalization of liberty by resituating it in the neoliberal context, Western imperialism and Canadian colonial history. “Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism – they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated during a Tribute to Liberty dinner evening. The obsession with security that underlies this unsound interpretation functions like an incantation to ward off the exploration of other progressive and radical political avenues.
Faced with this plethora of gross historical confusions and ideological simplifications, we propose to open a space for in-depth and convivial reflection and to discuss the issues raised as part of the controversy surrounding the monument’s construction. The symposium is structured by three blocks: 1. The Transindividual and the Question of the Commons; 2. Post-communist Monumentality; 3. Decolonizing (Canadian) Liberty. At the crossroads of the various conceptual, aesthetic and political approaches that will be mobilized as part of this conference day, we hope the encounter will prompt renewed collective thought around the impact of commemorative actions and their relationship to contemporary conceptions of the commons.
Coordination :
Erik Bordeleau, Nathalie Casemajor, Dalie Giroux.
Collaboration: Peter Hodgins and François Lemieux.


10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 11:45
> Frédéric Neyrat, « Prologue au communisme planétaire »
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Comparative Literature
> Erik Bordeleau, « Prises et entre-prises du commun »
SenseLab, Université Concordia
Discutant : Émilie Bernier
Université d’Ottawa, Département de sciences politiques
11:45 – 13:00
Pause repas
(Offert aux conférenciers et partenaires)
13:00 – 14:30
> Yevgeniy Fiks, « Monument to Cold War Victory »
> Maria Silina, « (Cold)War and (Anti)Communist Agenda in Canadian and Russian Contemporary Public Art »
UQAM, Département d’histoire de l’art
Discutant : Peter Hodgins
Carleton University, Département d’études canadiennes
14:30 – 14:45
14:45 – 16:15
> Darren O’Toole (Ottawa University, Faculty of Law)
> Stacy Douglas (Carleton University, Department of Law and Legal Studies)
Discutant : Dalie Giroux
Université d’Ottawa, Département de sciences politiques
16:15 – 16:45
16:45 – 17:45
18h00 – 20h
RÉCEPTION et aperçu de l’exposition « S’endormir près du monument pendant la révolution »
Galerie UQO, Pavillon Brault, UQO, Local A-0115

mercredi 16 septembre 2015

Russell on Memory (I. Apostolova)

Conférence | Talk

(Dominican University College)

Russell on Memory

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Carleton University
Loeb Building
Room B146

Many-Minded Leibniz's Many Minds (G. Hunter)

Conférence | Lecture

(University of Ottawa)

Many-Minded Leibniz's Many Minds

Source : Wikipedia

The idea of “panpsychism” has recently become fashionable again. It holds that minds, or mind-like things, are more pervasive and ontologically primitive than analytic philosophers and philosophers of science used to think. A major stimulus to the resurgence of panpsychism has been the apparent impossibility of giving a plausible evolutionary account of the mental. It is striking, however, how much of the new panpsychism goes over ground already well explored by Leibniz. This talk, written for a forthcoming collection of papers on panpsychism, is about Leibniz’s right to be numbered among the panpsychists.

Friday, September 25th, 2015

University of Ottawa
Desmarais Hall (55, Laurier East)
Room 8161

vendredi 19 juin 2015

The Philosophy of Lawrence Dewan: Metaphysics and Ethics

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 13:00 to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 13:00
Albert the Great Hall, Dominican University College, 96 Empress Ave, Ottawa, Ontario

The Philosophy of Lawrence Dewan: Metaphysics and Ethics
The Philosophy of Lawrence Dewan: Metaphysics and Ethics.
Professor Lawrence Dewan, O.P., enriched the areas of Thomistic metaphysics, natural philosophy and ethics for over forty years. With the outstanding lucidity, depth and comprehensiveness of his work, Father Dewan’s research has become a point of reference for scholars working on various aspects of the legacy of Thomas Aquinas.
The specific theme of the Metaphysics and Ethics symposium is intended in part to elicit thinking on the personal contribution of Father Lawrence Dewan to both areas of philosophical research. This forum invites researchers to present proposals for papers related to the focus of the Symposium or subjects with a link to the main theme. Since the event is trilingual, we invite you to submit papers in English, French or Spanish. Graduate students are also encouraged to submit an abstract.
Abstracts should be no more than one page (double-spaced) and must include a contact email address or phone number, along with the name of one’s affiliated university. Deadline for submitting an abstract: September 30th, 2015.
Registration fee: $80 (reduced for students)
For more information on the symposium, please contact Eduardo Andújar, dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Dominican University College at or (613) 233 5696, ext. 330                 Discover Wisdom

vendredi 29 mai 2015

Hegel, la religion et la politique | Hegel, Religion and Politics

Appel de communications
Hegel, la religion et la politique 
Enjeux et actualité

Dans la préface à la Phénoménologie de l’esprit (1807), G. W. F. Hegel soulignait que son époque était en proie à de profondes transformations qui touchaient l’ensemble des institutions en lesquelles s’étaient incarnés, jusqu’à ce moment, les croyances, les principes et, plus généralement, « la conception du monde » (Weltanschauung) propres à l’Occident. Parmi ces transformations, celles que subissaient la religion et la politique lui paraissaient revêtir une importance toute particulière. Aussi n’est-il pas surprenant que de ses premiers écrits théologiques de jeunesses jusqu’à ses travaux systématiques de la maturité, en passant par la Phénoménologie de l’esprit, Hegel se soit maintes fois intéressé aux bouleversements qui affectaient la façon dont ses contemporains comprenaient les rapports entre l’Église et l’État, le sacré et le profane, le divin et l’humain.

Il s’est certes écoulé un peu plus de deux siècles depuis que Hegel a entrepris de rendre compte des transformations politiques et religieuses qui, dans le prolongement de la Révolution française, ont secoué l’Europe. Cependant, depuis quelques décennies plusieurs penseurs et philosophes plaident en faveur d’une « relecture » et d’une interprétation à nouveaux frais des volets politiques et religieux de la philosophie hégélienne. En effet, si pendant un certain temps, la pensée religieuse et politique de Hegel semblait avoir été « dépassée » par le marxisme ou par le libéralisme politique, nombre de penseurs contemporains soutiennent plutôt qu’elle contient des ressources conceptuelles permettent de mieux comprendre la complexité des diverses transformations qui, dans le monde actuel, affectent les rapports entre la religion et la politique.

Ce colloque intitulé Hegel, la religion et la politique : enjeux et actualité est organisé par le Centre de recherche en éthique publique et gouvernance de l’Université Saint-Paul et aura lieu les 15 et 16 avril, 2016 à l’Université Saint-Paul (Ottawa, Ontario). Les organisateurs sollicitent des communications (en français ou en anglais) qui portent sur différents aspects reliés à ce thème. Les personnes intéressées sont priées d’envoyer un résumé d’environ 300 mots (accompagné d’un court CV) avant le 31 décembre, 2015 aux professeurs Martin Thibodeau ( et Sophie Cloutier ( Les personnes sélectionnées (15 janvier, 2016) devront envoyer le texte complet de leur communication avant le 15 mars, 2016. Les propositions retenues feront l’objet d’une communication de 30 minutes.

Source : Wikipedia

Call for Papers
Hegel, Religion and Politics
Issues and Actuality

In the preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), G.W. F. Hegel stresses that his time is one of deep transformations affecting the very principles, beliefs and, more generally, the “worldview” (Weltanschauung) which have shaped the whole set of institutions constituting the Western world. Among those transformations, the ones altering religion and politics appeared to him as crucially important. It is therefore no surprise that, from his early theological writings to his late systematic works, Hegel wrote extensively about the disruptions that were profoundly transforming the manner in which his contemporaries understood the relationship between church and state, the divine and the human, and the sacred and the secular. 

Certainly, more than two centuries have elapsed since Hegel explored the religious and political transformations that shook Europe in the aftermath of the French Revolution. However, in the last decades, several thinkers and philosophers have defended the relevance of Hegel’s religious and political philosophy. Indeed, although it has often been argued that Hegel’s religious and political thought appeared to be outdated by Marxism or by political liberalism, many philosophers now propose that it contains the conceptual resources needed to best understand the complexity of the diverse transformations that are affecting the relationship between politics and religion in the contemporary world.

The conference Hegel, Religion and Politics: Issues and Actuality is organized by the Research Center in Public Ethics and Governance at Saint Paul University (Ottawa, Ontario) and will take place on April 15th and 16th. Proposals (in either English or French) must be submitted by email to Prof. Martin Thibodeau ( and Prof. Sophie Cloutier ( before December 31, 2015. Proposals must be 300 words long and accompanied by a short CV. Selected writers will be notified by January 15th, 2016, and will be asked to submit a 30 minute-presentation by March 15th, 2016.

mardi 19 mai 2015

Being Modern: What the Enlightenment Can Still Teach Us (D. Moggach)

Being Modern:  What the Enlightenment Can Still Teach Us

The 18th century Enlightenment changed everything. “All that is solid melts into air,” as Karl Marx famously describes the modern world the Enlightenment inaugurates. Institutions, religious beliefs, cultural values, even the sense of ourselves as individuals and our place in nature and society: these are all now subject to critical examination, and must prove their validity in light of human reason.  This call to interrogate the legitimacy of reigning institutions remains a clarion call to human freedom, opposed to fundamentalisms of all kinds that continue to afflict the modern world.  The Enlightenment is incomplete, but it sets standards of rationality and ethical behaviour that remain vital to our present-day concerns.  In the face of challenges from irrationalists and sceptics, the legacy of the Enlightenment requires fulfilment, and not abandonment.  So at least Doug Moggach, internationally renowned political philosopher will argue, with special emphasis on the figures of the German Enlightenment.
Speaker:  Professor Douglas Moggach
Date:  Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium (120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON)

Biography:   Professor Douglas Moggach has a doctorate from Princeton University and has held the University Research Chair in Political Thought at the University of Ottawa.  His area of research interest is political thought and philosophy from 1650 to 1850.  He was named Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa in 2011.

jeudi 2 avril 2015

La Médecine (évolutive) entre individu et population: l'apport de la microbiologie au problème de l'individualité biologique (P.-O. Méthot)

Conférence | Lecture

(Université Laval)

La Médecine (évolutive) entre individu et population: l'apport de la microbiologie au problème de l'individualité biologique

Vendredi, 10 avril 2015

University d'Ottawa
Pavillon Desmarais (55, Laurier Est)
Salle 8161