Dr. Leslie A. Howe
Professor and Undergraduate Director
M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Toronto)
PHIL 110 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 120 Knowledge, Mind and Existence
PHIL 226 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 227 Feminist Philosophy
PHIL 294 Philosophy of Human Nature
PHIL 214 18th Century
PHIL 215 19th Century
PHIL 218 Existentialism
Advanced seminar topics have included:
Self, Desire, and Self-deception, the Emotions, Self and Body, Foucault and Habermas on Identity and Power, Kierkegaard, Hume
My general research interests fall principally into the areas of social philosophy and moral psychology, including phenomena and theories of selfhood, embodiment, desire, and identity. These include strategies of self-deception and self-knowledge. Much of my research and published work has dealt with these issues in connection with sport and with sexuality and gender. I am also interested in the understanding of the human in relation to the "natural" and the landscape and biotic environment. My current research projects include an exploration of certain problems of desire and self-understanding in seduction, the value of sport pursued in risky wilderness conditions, and the significance of pretence and play for self-realisation.
“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.