Philosophy in the Community: Will Buschert, "Robot Ethics: Can Machines be 'Moral'?" Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 PM, The Refinery (Emmanuel Anglican Church basement), 609 Dufferin Ave.
Congratulations to Brandon Murray on successfully defending his MA thesis Disjunctivism, Causality and the Objects of Perceptual Experience, supervised by Phil Dwyer.
Congratulations to Wenona Partridge on successfully defending her MA thesis "What's Form Got to Do With It?" A discussion of the experience of art in the context of modernist formalism and conceptual art using Berleant's notion of engaged consciousness, supervised by Daniel Regnier.
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Philosophy has been a presence at the University of Saskatchewan for fully 100 years. Dr. Walter C. Murray, first President of the University, taught the first philosophy course here in 1909. The first Department Head was Ira MacKay and there have since been eleven more. Fr. Basil Markle began teaching scholastic philosophy in the Department in 1926; in 1936 he moved to the Department of Philosophy at the newly founded St. Thomas More College, the Catholic liberal arts college federated with the University. In the 1960s the main Department expanded to nine members under Dr. Leonard Miller (Head from 1961-1978). Recent changes have seen many new faces in the faculty, with four of the eight current members of the Department having been hired since 1999.
The Philosophy Department has a thriving graduate program, in 2010-2011 numbering 15 Masters Students and one interdisciplinary Ph.D. student. Current and recent students in our programs have secured 14 scholarships, including 4 prestigious SSHRCs; in a typical year we have a further 3 to 6 students holding Graduate Teaching Fellowships. The graduate program brings together 13 Philosophy faculty members from our Department and St. Thomas More College, and an additional 5 associate and affiliated members from U of S faculty.