Morris Lecture 2019-2020: Anthropocene Monism: Metaphysics for a New Epoch

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
AT 2019
Event Fee: 
Free. All are welcome
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Richard Maundrell
Event Contact Phone: 
1-807-343-8346
Event Contact E-mail: 

On behalf of the Lakehead University Department of Philosophy with the generous support of the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Centre for Health Care Ethics, please join guest speaker Byron Williston, Professor of Philosophy at Wilfred Laurier University and member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo, for this year's Morris Lecture Series speakers' event.

 

Since the term "anthropocene" was first introduced, it has been subjected to a variety of interpretations from across the academic spectrum. However, comparatively little has been said about what sort of metaphysics the new epoch invites. I aim to make four interrelated claims. First, that the signature event of the Anthropocene is anthropogenic climate change, which has now assumed the character of planetary emergency. Second, that when it comes to the metaphysical question of the One and the Many, this conjuncture forces a certain sort of monism on us. Third, that the essential feature of this monistic metaphysics is technology. Finally, and because of the first three claims, that the new metaphysics cannot be separated from a specific political task: addressing the climate crisis justly.

Consciousness and the Dying Brain

Event Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Location: 
AT 5036
Event Fee: 
Admission Free; all welcome
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Richard Maundrell
Event Contact Phone: 
907-343-8346
Event Contact E-mail: 

"The notion of brain death was introduced in the 1960's. After fifty years of clinical experience, new questions are being raised about the adequacy of the clinical tests used in its determination. This presentation reviews the issues and invites discussion concerning possible ways forward."

Speaker Dr. Richard Maundrell, Department of Philosophy will present and lead discussion; the event is a collaboration with the Neuroscience Research Interest Group (NeuRIG)

"Climate Change": Dr. Todd Dufresne and Dr. Mark Kingwell Double Book Launch in Toronto

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Event Location: 
Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Event Fee: 
Free. Food and Refreshments to be served.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Todd Dufresne
Event Contact Phone: 
1-807-343-8338
Event Contact E-mail: 

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Dr. Todd Dufresne, Department of Philosophy, Lakehead University and Dr. Mark Kingwell, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, invite you to a double book launch; an author Question and Answer session will follow with delivery of selected readings from their books.

Dr. Dufresne's  book, The Democracy of Suffering: Life on the Edge of Catastrophe, Philosophy in the Anthropocene was published with McGill-Queen's University Press, September 2019. You may read about the book in a new interview with Dufresne, "For the Love of Wisdom: Climate Change and the Revenge of History", recently published at the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB).

The famous environmentalist, Bill McKibben, writes that "This is a very fine book: philosophy perfectly attuned to our precise -- and unique -- moment, a moment when our species has suddenly become very big indeed."

Dr. Kingwell's book, Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface was published with McGill-Queen's University Press, April 2019.

All are welcome to attend this event in Toronto.

Will I Know that I am Dead?

Event Date: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: 
Lakehead University, ATAC 2003
Event Fee: 
Admission is free; everyone welcome
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Richard Maundrell
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8346
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Department of Philosophy and ASHATbay invites you to a joint presentation with speaker, Dr. Richard Maundrell, Associate Professor, Lakehead University, Department of Philosophy.

 

Recent research is raising questions about the clinical determination of brain death and the potential for consciousness in the injured or dying brain.

This presentation involves a tour of some of the fascinating - and disturbing - information that has begun to emerge in the medical journals.

Refining the role of flourishing in virtue-based accounts of the ethics of parenthood

Event Date: 
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Location: 
Lakehead University, Ryan Building 3023
Event Fee: 
Admission is free; everyone welcome
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Richard Maundrell
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8346
Event Contact E-mail: 

Please join the Department of Philosophy for a presentation by Dr. Ryan Tonkens, Bioethicist, Lakehead University Centre for Health Care Ethics and Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy. Dr. Tonkens completed his PhD at York University, in 2012.

 

Dr. Tonkens joined the Lakehead University campus January 2019. Prior to accepting the appointment, he taught in Australia at the Monash Bioethics Centre, Monash University, Adelaide, Australia.

From Brain to Mind by Dr. Georg Northoff

Event Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Event Location: 
ATAC 1001
Event Fee: 
Free!

A Public Lecture hosted by neuRIG (Neuroscience Research Interest Group) at Lakehead University with the support of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Department of Philosophy.

Dr. Georg Northoff is a philosopher, neuroscientist and psychiatrist, holding degrees in all three disciplines. He is one of the leading figures in linking philosophy and neuroscience and is the author of 260 journal articles and 16 books, including his newest,The Spontaneous Brain. He is the EJLB-CIHR Michael Smith Chair in Neurosciences and Mental Health and holds a Canada Research Chair for Mind, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR).

Failing to Provide the Necessaries of Life: the Case of Ezekiel Stephan

Event Date: 
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: 
ATAC 2006
Event Fee: 
Free!

Becoming Posthuman in the Anthropocene

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
ATAC 1001
Event Fee: 
Free!

Giorgio Agamben and the Legitimacy of Angelology

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 6:30pm to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
RB 3044
Event Fee: 
Free

Moral Behavior in Other Animals

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
ATAC 1003

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