Dr. Todd Dufresne Publishes 6th Book

Dr. Todd Dufresne Publishes Sixth Book

Lakehead's Department of Philosophy proudly announces Dr. Todd Dufresne's new book, a newly translated critical edition of Sigmund Freud's classic work, Beyond the Pleasure Principle.

Dufresne's book is generating impressive reviews. Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto, Philosophy) states that "Dufresne's book sets a new standard for critical editions of Freud," while Imre Szeman (University of Alberta, Cultural Studies) adds that Dufresne's "fantastic choice" of texts "make this a book that anyone interested in contemporary philosophy and critical theory should add to their libraries and their classrooms."

Congratulations to Dr. Dufresne. Visit the Broadview website for more details.


Final Fantasy!

Drs. Jason Blahuta and Michel Beaulieu

Dr. Jason Blahuta (Philosophy) and Dr. Michel Beaulieu (History) collaborated to edit Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough.  The book presents an unauthorized look behind Final Fantasy, one of the greatest video game franchises of all time.  The Final Fantasy universe is packed with compelling characters and encourages readers to delve into crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more. 

Learn more about this work by visiting the Wiley-Blackwell website.     


New SSHRC Grant Awarded

Lakehead Receives $957,081 in New SSHRC Grants

(May 26, 2008 - Thunder Bay, ON)  Lakehead University faculty members have received nine new Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants this year, totaling $442,081.
(Communications Bulletin)
One of the nine grants has beens awarded for Aid to Small Universities.
"Development of a Regional 'Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture' to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Research Capacity in the Social Sciences and Humanities" was applied for by Ron Harpelle, Department of History, and Todd Dufresne, Department of Philosophy, Lakehead University. The grant will facilitate research by the AIG+C for a  three year period.
Co-Applicants were:
Michel Beaulieu, Department of History, Lakehead University
Isaam Dawood, Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University
Thomas Dunk, Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University
Doug Ivison, Department of English, Lakehead University
Jane Nicholas, Department of History, Lakehead University
Clara Sacchetti, Department of Anthropology, Lakehead University
Chris Southcott, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University
Batia Stolar, Department of English, Lakehead University

New Winter Course - Professional Ethics

 Professional Ethics
 Beginning January 7, 2008
 Tuesdays and Thursdays
 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Critical evaluation of the concept of a profession includes the associated concepts of self-regulation and moral principles, the professional-client relationship, duties of confidentiality and truth-telling, codes of ethics and discipline cases, cover-ups and whistle blowing. A variety of professions will be examined including those traditional professions focused on the relationship between individuals, those where professional activity is corporate, and those whose activity extends into cyberspace.
Instructor:  Dr. Richard A. Berg

Remembering Charlie Ripley

Professor Emeritus R.C.S. ("Charlie") Ripley, a long-serving member of Lakehead University's Department of Philosophy, passed away in London, Ontario, on Thursday, November 29, 2007. Charlie had been residing in London since his retirement in 1993. He was predeceased by his wife Muriel, and is survived by his children and grandchildren.
Charlie's career at Lakehead University spanned the years 1967-1993. He served twice as Chair of Philosophy (1976-1982 and 1987-1993), and also chaired the Interdisciplinary Religious Studies Program (1985-1988).
Charlie delivered the 1993 March Morris Lecture on "The Possibility of Life After Death", which despite the late hour of the lecture, the audience did not want to see end.
On behalf of the Lakehead University community, our condolences
are extended to Dr. Ripley's family.
Those of you who wish to contact his family may write to:
Dr. Ripley - Condolences
36 Bond St
London, ON N6C 1W3

SSHRC Grant Awarded to Dr. Dufresne!

Congratulations to Dr. Dufresne, recipient of a SSHRC Grant for his work "The Late Sigmund Freud: the Death Drive at Work, 1920-1939".
For a list of the announcements on the awards to Lakehead University's Faculty Members and Graduate Students, read the release from the Office of Communications.

Todd Dufresne's Fifth Book Published

Dr. Todd Dufresne, Associate Professor and Chair of Lakehead's Philosophy Department, has just had his latest book published by Stanford University Press. 
Dufresne is a well-known critic of Freud and psychoanalysis.  Against Freud is his fifth book, and features interviews with some of the world's best critics of psychoanalysis.  Interested lay readers and many scholars remain mystified about the decline and death of psychoanalysis. This book rectifies the problem, making the 'case against Freud' very plain and, according to Dufresne, incontrovertible.
A precursor of Against Freud, Dufresne's Killing Freud, published by Continuum in 2003, was re-issued in 2006 with a new cover, and continues to sell well internationally. His 2000 Tales from the Freudian Crypt, also published by Stanford, is currently being translated into Japanese for a major academic publisher in Tokyo, Misuzu-Shobou.  Dufresne is currently busy with two new book projects: a SSHRC-funded work on the early history of trauma, and another on Freud's Future of An Illusion.  In addition, three of his most recent essays have just appeared or are forthcoming in three journals - Psychoanalysis and History, English Studies in Canada, and The European Legacy.