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EPiC Meeting

August 26, 2016

The final EPiC meeting of the summer will take place Friday the 26th at noon, in Watson 307. Paul Fairfield will be speaking on his newly released book Teachability and Learnability!

EPiC Meeting

May 10, 2016

EPiC's first meeting of the summer will take place next Tuesday, May 10th, at 2:30 pm in Watson 122. Jacquelyn Maxwell and Kevin Pigeau will present the following short papers:

Jacquelyn Maxwell, "The Role of Literature in Moral Education”.
Kevin Pigeau, "On the Relationship between Intellectual and Moral Virtues”.
All are welcome to attend!

Book Release

May 1, 2016

Education and Conversation: Exploring Oakeshott’s Legacy will be coming out this May, through Bloomsbury Publishing. Edited by Dr. David Bakhurst and Dr. Paul Fairfield, this work explores the implications of Michael Oakeshott's educational ideas, as they are elucidated through in both analytic and continental traditions. In doing so, the work achieves greater clarity on the ends of education and the pedagogical significance of conversation. As one reviewer describes it:

“Drawing together leading figures from philosophy and education, Bakhurst and Fairfield's Education and Conversation positions Oakeshott's work within a contemporary context, offering not only an important contribution to the understanding of Oakeshott's own thinking, but also showing why his work remains relevant today. The conversational vision that Oakeshott enunciates, and upon which Bakhurst and Fairfield's contributors elaborate, provides a compelling alternative to the unthinking instrumentalism and reductionism that seems currently to hold sway in business, governmental, and even in many educational circles. This is a valuable book on an important theme.”

—Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia

EPiC to Host Jonathan Dancy

March 18, 2016 to March 19, 2016

Jonathan Dancy will be visiting Queen's University March 18th and March 19th. Professor Dancy will be giving a general talk on the 18th, and will meet with the EPiC reading group on the 19th to discuss his new manuscript Practical Shape. More information on these events is on its way, so please stay tuned for updates!

EPiC Meeting

November 27, 2015

Dante Diotallevi will be presenting at the EPiC meeting this week, scheduled for Friday the 27th from 12:30-2:00pm, in Watson 208. The title and abstract for the talk is:

"Patterns in Thinking: Reasons for Philosophical Research"

The value of philosophy, according to Bertrand Russell, lies in its uncertainty: "as soon as definite knowledge concerning any subject becomes possible, this subject ceases to be called philosophy, and becomes a separate science." (The Value of Philosophy, ch. XV).  As under-labourers, philosophers carry the burdens of uncertainty that other disciplines simply ignore.  Only those who deal with waste are so keenly aware of the widespread decadence!  Philosophical research, if it's possible, must be a kind of salvaging.  The depths of uncertainty promise no method but there are reasons to persist.  We know that mathematics has guided philosophers in the past, both the ancient Greeks and the early-moderns.  It is true that the basic patterns (arithmetic, geometry) have a curious integrity that appears to be unchanging.  If this is of any consequence for the modern philosopher, it is because the various sciences no longer study these patterns or have thrown them aside as meaningless.