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Public Lecture by Rodney Parker, candidate for a Tenure-Track position in Philosophy -SJ

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Posted on Apr 3, 2018

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The Department of Humanities & Languages invites you to a public lecture by Rodney Parker (candidate for a Tenure-Track position in Philosophy) on “Phenomenology in Canada. A Question of Philosophical Tradition,” to be held on Thursday, April 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Hazen Hall, 232.


The handful of articles that attempt to survey the history and status of phenomenology in Canada (Madison 1985; Fisher 1997; Fisette, Fréchette 1998) claim that there is no such thing as a homegrown phenomenological tradition in Canada. Unfortunately, no comprehensive history of the phenomenological movement in Canada has been provided that could properly substantiate or challenge this claim. In this talk, I begin to trace this history, starting from the life and work of figures such as Winthrop Bell and Emil Fackenheim. I argue that in terms of both genealogy and philosophical content, there is a distinct Canadian phenomenological tradition, and that it would be fruitful for Canadian phenomenologists to understand this tradition and their place within it. That many Canadian phenomenologists do not identify as part of a tradition is perhaps due to a lack of knowledge of their own history.

All are welcome to attend.

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