mardi 10 décembre 2019

Care Ethics Research Consortium Conference 2020

Care Ethics Research Consortium Conference 2020

Decentering ethics:
Challenging privileges, building solidarities

University of Ottawa
Ontario (Canada)
October 29-31, 2020

Local organizers: Sophie Bourgault (University of Ottawa)
and Fiona Robinson (Carleton University)

Keynote speakers:
Vrinda Dalmiya (University of Hawaii)
Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne)

Care ethics first emerged as an attempt to ‘decenter’ ethics; feminist philosophers like Carol Gilligan argued that women’s moral experiences were not reflected in the dominant, masculinist approaches to ethics, which were centered on a rational, disembodied, atomistic moral subject, able to self-legislate or engage in moral calculus to determine principles of right action.  Care ethics challenged this model by positing ethics as relational, contextualized, embodied and realized through practices, rather than principles.  Over the past decades, many care ethics scholars have sought to further this project by considering care politically, in relation to the various intersecting hierarchies of power and privilege that inhere in the context of modernity.  At this time of political and ecological crisis, there is an even more urgent demand to reflect on this project of decentering ethics and to ask what further work there is to be done.  To what extent has care ethics been (un)successful in decentering ethics, challenging privilege and building solidarities?  How can ethics – and care ethics in particular – address questions of race, indigeneity, class and gender?  How can a care ethics approach help us to reflect on the question of privilege – of moral subjects and of moral/political theorists – while also creating spaces to build solidarities? 

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit an abstract (between 250-300 words) for a 20-minute presentation (firm time limit) on the theme of Decentering Ethics.  We are seeking presentations that explore how an ethic of care has addressed or can address the issues of privilege, hierarchy and solidarity in the contemporary context.  All scholarly approaches are welcome including those that address or employ theory, empirical data, applications, policy, aesthetics, etc. Please note that the organizing committee encourages presentations that are not read.

Abstract submission

Please send your abstract for peer review to by Friday January 31st, 2020. In the subject line, please type 'CERC proposal' and your last name. Individuals may only submit one proposal. In your email, please include a brief biographical note (250 words max) with main research interests and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

Attach a Word document to the e-mail that is anonymous and ready for peer review.  The Word document should contain:

  • the title of the presentation
  • the abstract (250-300 words max), which should outline the main arguments of the paper, as well as its theoretical and/or empirical contribution(s) to the existing literature (and a few words on methodology, if applicable)
  • presentation equipment requirements (if applicable)

Criteria for selection include: effective and explicit engagement with the conference theme; clarity of the abstract; contribution to the diversity of presentations, and potential significance for advancement of the field of care ethics. Panel proposals will also be considered (please include a brief description of the panel, the abstracts of three papers, as well as the name of a chair and discussant). Poster presentations may also be proposed to the organizing committee of the conference.

Decisions on the abstracts will be communicated before March 1st, 2020. Please note that the abstracts selected for our conference will be posted (as received) on our website prior to the conference.

All conference presenters will need to register for the event prior to the conference program’s official release date. Detailed information concerning accommodation in Ottawa and registration costs will be offered on the CERC website in the late spring of 2020. For questions about the conference or abstract submissions, please write to

CERC 2020 organizing & scientific committees:
Sophie Bourgault
Monique Lanoix
Stéphanie Mayer
Inge van Nistelrooij
Fiona Robinson
Joan Tronto
Merel Visse

Congrès de la société aristotélicienne du Canada | Conference of the Canadian Aristotle Society

vendredi 22 novembre 2019

L'esprit peut-il être cause de ce dont il n'a pas idée? (S. Roux)

Panel : What's the Use? On the place of philosophy in the public sphere

The Light Cone - Once, Nonce, and Thence (D. Hyder)

Carleton University Physics Department Seminar
Dr. David Hyder
Professor of Philosophy
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Time: 15:30
Location: HP 4351

The Light-cone—Once, Nonce, and Thence 

Hermann Minkowski’s (1908) lecture on “Space and Time” introduced the concept of the light-cone, which has belonged, since then, to the basic kit of every physics student. In this talk, I will discuss the evolution of the concept with reference to three authors: Leonhard Euler, Immanuel Kant, and Albert Einstein. In the first part, I present some recent historical work on three kinematic proofs (Hyder, 2019), each of which involves the same components: i. the Principle of Relativity, ii. a Definition of Simultaneity, and iii. the kinematic parallelogram-law. The conclusion of Euler’s proof is i. the Principle of Relativity, whereas for both Kant and Einstein, i. is a premise, and the conclusion is iii. the kinematic parallelogram law. By contrast, while Kant’s Definition of Simultaneity employs instantaneous causal connections, Einstein’s uses causal signals with only finite speed.
In the second part, I show that this early relativistic kinematics was always associated with two causal principles: the first, “Law of Causality”  asserts that all future events are causally determined by past events, and not conversely; the second asserts that all simultaneous events are bicausally linked by instantaneous causes, such as gravitation. The logical analysis of both of these principles forms the core of Kant’s work. Drawing on work of Eberhard (1972), I show that the conjunction of either Kant’s or Einstein’s kinematic proofs with the Law of Causality generates one of two structures: “our” light-cone if the kinematics is hyperbolic, the “flat” light-cone if it is Euclidean. But that difference in the space-time geometry depended only on the Definition of Simultaneity we used as the input to our kinematic proof. Thus their logical structure is also altered—only one of the causal laws can now be true.
In the concluding section, I discuss modern methods in modal logic for analyzing the causal structure of the light-cone, drawing on work by David Lewis on “counterfactual” causation.

Bombelli, L., J.-H. Lee, D. Meyer, and R. Sorkin. (1987) Space-time as a Causal Set, Physical Review Letters 59: 521–524
Euler, Leonhard.  Mechanica, 2 vols. St. Petersburg: Academy of Sciences, 1736.
Hyder, David. (2019) The Kinematics of the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science, Kant-Studien 110(3): 477-497.
Knuth, K.H. and N. Bahrenyi. (2010) A Derivation of Special Relativity from Causal Sets. arXiv:1005.4172v2 [math-ph]
-------- (2014) A Potential Foundation for Emergent Space-time, J. of Math. Phys. 55: 112501.1-35.
Lewis, David. (1973) Causation, Journal of Philosophy 70(17): 556-567.
Minkowski, Hermann (1909) Raum und Zeit,  Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung 18: 75–88. English translation.
Eberhard, P.H. “Bell's Theorem and the Different Concepts of Locality” Nuovo Cimento 46(11): 392-418.

Why this wave of exclusinary movements? Pourquoi un tel déferlement de mouvements prônant l'exclusion (C. Taylor)

mercredi 25 septembre 2019

Doxastic Approaches to Perception (G. Helton)

Cinéma Critique | Critical Cinema : In the Mood for Love

Cinéma critique | Critical Cinema

In the Mood for Love
(Wong Kar Wai, 2000)

Photo de Graduate Philosophy Student Association (GPSA/AÉDP).

Hong Kong, 1962. Alors que les tensions avec la Chine sont palpables, deux voisins, un homme et une femme, se lient d’amitié et découvrent que leurs conjoints respectifs sont infidèles. L’amitié de ces deux voisins se teintera rapidement d’une atmosphère romantique. Cet amour platonique ne s’actualisera que par un jeu de rôles, alors que chacun incarnera momentanément le partenaire infidèle et toujours absent. La tension créée par ces jeux soulève des questionnements autour de la dialectique absence et présence inhérente au sentiment amoureux. En plus de discuter de ce chef d'œuvre de Wong Kar Wai sous l'angle d'une philosophie du désir, nous pourrons observer la relation des deux protagonistes comme une métaphore des conflits socio-politiques entre la Chine et Hong Kong.


Hong Kong, 1962. While tensions with China are palpable, two neighbours, a man and a woman, form a strong bond after they discover that their respective spouses are unfaithful. The friendship of these two neighbours will quickly turn into a romantic atmosphere. This platonic love will only be actualized through role-playing, while each of them will momentarily embody the unfaithful and always absent partner. The tension created by these games raises questions about the dialectic absence and presence inherent in the feeling of love. In addition to discussing this masterpiece by Wong Kar Wai from the perspective of a philosophy of desire, we will observe the relationship between the two protagonists as a metaphor for the socio-political conflicts between China and Hong Kong.

LOCATION: uOttawa DMS 8161
Vendredi le 27 septembre à 14h30 / Friday, September 27th at 2:30pm

Présenté par: Alexis Ouellet-Simard

Annual Poster Session in Public Ethics | Présentations par affiches en éthique publique

Photo de Centre de recherche en éthique publique et gouvernance.

Come and see what our Master students are working on, and have a chat with them about their passion for Ethics !

Venez voir ce sur quoi nos étudiant.e.s à la maîtrise travaillent, c'est un moment idéal pour discuter avec eux et elles de sujets qui les passionnent !

A poster session is a presentation of a research project "in a nutshell" !

Une présentation par affiche est une présentation des recherches en cours en format simple et graphique !

Parfait pour les initié.e.s et les non initié.e.s à l'Éthique !

*** 223 Main St. Salle Multi Room. Guigues. Main Entrance. Downstairs. Left ***

26 septembre 2019, 17h00 à 20h00 | Sept. 26, 2019, 5-8pm

Coffee and cookies will be served.

mercredi 13 mars 2019

Which Equality? (K. Baynes)

Conférence | Talk

(Syracuse University)

Which Equality?

A recent and important debate among egalitarians has been about which concept of equality is most basic to egalitarian concerns and commitments:  a notion of equality of opportunity for welfare or resources, on the one hand, or a notion of social or relational equality, on the other.  This debate is sometimes framed as a choice between “redistribution” and “recognition” and, in other literature, as a choice between “luck egalitarianism” and social or relational egalitarianism.  This talk will consider some of the strongest objections to the claim that social equality is the more basic commitment as well as some responses that might be made to them.

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

University of Ottawa
Desmarais Hall
Room 8161

mardi 26 février 2019

PhilosoFest !

Le festival PhilosoFest d’Ottawa/Gatineau 2019 a pour objectif de réunir la communauté philosophique de l’Outaouais, et ce, afin d’explorer comment les particularités d’une situation concrète peuvent à la fois illuminer les questions qui en ressortent et enrichir la gamme des concepts et des méthodes philosophiques disponibles. Ce festival interuniversitaire de philosophie est événement qui vise à la fois un public académique et non-académique. Plusieurs différentes activités sont donc prévues: des conférenciers invités, des conférences étudiantes, la projection d’un film, des tables rondes, etc. Nous vous invitons à consulter notre programme détaillé et à saisir cette opportunité de prendre part à la communauté philosophique de votre région. 

Les organisateurs du PhilosoFest tiennent à souligner que cet événement se déroule sur un territoire Algonquin non cédé.


This year’s Ottawa/Gatineau PhilosoFest is meant to bring together philosophers from the Ottawa region to explore how sustained philosophical engagement with a focused pragmatic context can illuminate questions arising within said context, and interrogate and enrich existing philosophical concepts and methods. This interuniversity philosophy festival is an event that encourages both an academic and non-academic audience. There will be several different formats of activities to attend, including: keynote speakers, student conferences, a film screening, a round table, etc. We invite you to consult our detailed program and to seize this opportunity to take part in the philosophical community of your region.

The organizers of PhilosoFest wish to acknowledge that this event is taking place upon the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin nation.

mardi 19 février 2019

The Mind is Flat - A Book Discussion

The Philosophy Faculty at Domincan University College is hosting a discussion of Nick Chater's recent book, The Mind is Flat, Yale UP, 2018. This work is neo-behaviourist, provocative and eminently discussable.

Thursday, February 28th, 6pm. 
Dominican University College (93 Empress Street, Ottawa)

Professors Apostolova and Hunter will introduce the book and act as moderators of the discussion. Impromptu interventions from the audience will be encouraged. If you are interested in making a formal (5-10 minute) intervention, please contact either of us and we will add you to the schedule:

mercredi 13 février 2019

Cinéma critique | Critical Cinema : The Tenant

Série Cinéma critique Series

Engager la philosophie avec le film
Engage philosophy through film

Un événement de l'Association des étudiant(e)s diplômé(e)s en philosophie de l'Université d'Ottawa
An event of the Graduate Philosophy Student Association of the University of Ottawa

The Tenant

Roman Polanski, 1976

Presented by Francis Lemelin-Bellerose (Université d'Ottawa)

Le locataire, dernier film de la trilogie de l’appartement, est souvent qualifié de l’œuvre la plus personelle de Roman Polanski. La discussion pourra d’abord addresser la nature de notre engagement avec un cineaste aussi controversé : l’exercice occasionne-t-il un certain malaise chez l’auditoire? Pourquoi donc? Plusieurs problèmes philosophiques relatifs au contenu du film pourront ensuite être soulevés, notamment par l’entremise de l’angoisse du protagoniste, sa perte d’identité personelle ainsi que l’assimilation sociale don’t il est victime. C’est peut-être justement en abordant le film de l’intérieur que nous en viendrons à découvrir le cinéaste; par Terkolskvy que l’on comprendra le Polanski d’entre 1969 et 1977.


The TENANT, the last movie in the Apartment Triology, is often qualified as the most personal work of Roman Polanski. The discussion could first address the nature of our engagement with such a controversial filmmaker: is the exercise causing any discomfort with the audience? Why so? Many philosophical problems relative to the content of the movie will then be risen, notably by the intermediate protagonist’s anxiety, his loss of personal identity, as well as the social assimilation that he is a victim of. It might actually be by addressing the movie inwardly that we will discover the moviemaker; by Terkolvsky that we will understand the Polanski between 1969 and 1977.

Vincent Bergeron is an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa.

University of Ottawa
 Desmarais Hall (55 Laurier East)

Room 8161

jeudi 31 janvier 2019

Justice and Benevolence (G. Contessa)

Comment échapper au scepticisme? Wilfrid Sellars et la possibilité de la connaissance (A. Bandini)

Conférence | Talk

(Université de Montréal)

Comment échapper au scepticisme? Wilfrid Sellars et la possibilité de la connaissance

Source : Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

On pourrait être surpris, à la lecture des travaux de Wilfrid Sellars, de constater que l’entreprise épistémologique à laquelle il se livre ne se présente jamais comme une réponse aux arguments sceptiques qui préoccupaient nombre de ses contemporains, de Moore et Russell jusqu’à Chisholm.

Sa profession de foi en faveur du réalisme scientifique – la science étant pour lui « la mesure de toute chose » – pourrait d’abord laisser l’impression qu’il épouse une forme de dogmatisme de nature strictement pragmatiste, à la Quine. Cependant, étant donné sa célèbre critique du mythe du donné et son rejet de toute forme de fondationnalisme, il paraît difficile de concevoir comment il pourrait s’autoriser une telle attitude. Par bien des aspects en effet, la position fermement internaliste qu’il défend en théorie de la connaissance semble devoir tomber sous le coup d’objections sceptiques traditionnelles, comme celle de la circularité ou de la régression à l’infini dans la chaîne des justifications.

Nous défendrons ici la thèse selon laquelle, en vérité, le défi sceptique ne se pose tout simplement pas pour Sellars, et ce pour des raisons précisément épistémologiques : faute de respecter les règles constitutives de l’espace des raisons, les arguments sceptiques sont dépourvus de toute autorité sur le plan cognitif.

Vendredi, 8 février 2019

Université d'Ottawa
Pavillon Desmarais
Salle 8161

jeudi 24 janvier 2019

Politique et utopie

Politique et utopie

Sur "L'écart absolu : Miguel Abensour" de Gilles Labelle

Le CIRCEM a le plaisir de vous inviter à une journée d'études autour de l'ouvrage "L'écart absolu: Miguel Abensour" de Gilles Labelle qui aura lieu le vendredi 1er février entre 9h et 18h au FSS 5028.

Les conférenciers principaux seront Marin Breaugh, Department of Politics, York University; Antoine Chollet, Centre Walras-Pareto, Université de Lausanne; et Daniel Tanguay, Département de philosophie, Université d'Ottawa. Les autres participantes et participants seront Minh Nguyen, Philippe Hurteau, Mariève Forest, Dan Furukawa-Marques, Éric Martin, Andréane Gagnon, Pascale Devette, Jean-François Bissonnette et Guillaume Sauvé.

Pour voir l'horaire de la journée, veuillez consulter cette page Web:

Date: 1er février 2019
Heure: 9h à 18h
Lieu: FSS 5028
* Entrée libre

Ambedkar and Theories of Group Representation Rights (J. Mathew)

Rethinking the Citizen (M. Lanoix)