[Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 100 Years]

Dr. Leslie Howe

Dr. Leslie A. Howe

M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Toronto)

(306) 966-6387
616 Arts


Recent Courses

PHIL 120 Knowledge, Mind, and Existence
PHIL 206 Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 215 19th Century Philosophy: From Romanticism to Revolution
PHIL 218 Existentialism
PHIL 292 Metaphysics: Reality, Existence, and Change
PHIL 306 Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 312 Great Philosophers I: Historical Figures

Advanced seminar topics have included:

Desire and Volition in Early Modern Philosophy
Self, Desire, and Self-deception
Theories of the Emotions
Foucault and Habermas on Identity and Power


My general research interests range over a number of areas. I am always interested in
Kierkegaard but most of my work is either in the philosophy of sport or about selfhood, identity,
and desire. The importance of embodiment to self and self-explanation, as well as play,
pretence, and striving is what connects these two areas. I am currently working on seduction,
pretence, and the phenomena and moral categories that surround them: deception, hypocrisy,
irony, and bullshit.

Selected Publications
“Feminism in the Philosophy of Sport”. In Mike McNamee and William J. Morgan (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport. Routledge, 2015: 161-177.

“Sport, Risk, and Danger”. In Cesar R. Torres. The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014: 148-162.

“Different Kinds of Perfect: The Pursuit of Excellence in Nature Based Sports.” Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy, 6, 3 (2012): 353-368.

“Convention, Audience, and Narrative: Which Play is the Thing?” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 39, 2 (2011): 135-148.

“On Competing Against Oneself, or ‘I need to get a different voice in my head’”, Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy,  vol. 2, no. 3 (December 2008): 353-366.

“Self and Pretence: Playing with Identity”, Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 39, no. 4 (2008): 564-582. 

“Remote Sport: Risk and Self-Knowledge in Wilder Spaces”, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, vol. 35, no. 1: 1-16.

“Play, Performance, and the Docile Athlete”, Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy, vol. 1 no. 1 (April 2007): 47-57.

“Queer Revelations: Desire, Identity, and Self-Deceit,” Philosophical Forum, vol. 36 no. 3 (Fall 2005): 221-243.

“Gamesmanship,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, vol. 31, no. 2 (2004): 212-225.

On Habermas.  Wadsworth, 2000.

“Kierkegaard and the Feminine Self,” Hypatia, vol. 9 no. 4 (Fall, 1994): 131-157.  Reprinted in Feminist Interpretations of Kierkegaard, edited by Céline T. Léon and Sylvia Walsh, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.

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