Category : history of philosophy

Lecture: John Rist, “We Don’t Do Truth,” LUC, Feb 6

John Rist
Catholic University of America
University of Toronto, Emeritus

In the spirit of Augustinian Platonism, this lecture treats -by “indirection”- aspects of secular culture. In contrast to post-modern and skeptical perspectives, it argues: first, Nietzsche was right to fear that we have not gotten rid of God because we still believe in grammar; second, unless we are out to mislead, we cannot speak without assuming that belief in grammar entails acceptance of the reality of truths and falsehoods; third, our belief in grammar (and consequently in truth) entails, as for Augustine, belief in God; and fourth, those who try to “create” truth are in trouble self-referentially.

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John M. Rist is the Father Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Chair in Philosophy at Catholic University of America. He is also Emeritus Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and Visiting Professor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. In 1976 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1991 he was elected a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and numerous books including Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized, Real Ethics, and most recently Plato’s Moral Realism: The Discovery of the Presuppositions of Ethics.

Conference: Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought, Notre Dame, May 10-11

CFP: “Exploring Awe and Wonder”

Call for papers

Interdisciplinary conference
Exploring awe and wonder

6-8 September 2013
Institute for Simulation and Training
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation’s
Research Grant: Space, Science and Spirituality


The concepts of awe and wonder occupy an important place in the history of ideas, often associated with the beginnings of philosophy and with religious experience.  In contemporary times, however, they are under-studied and rarely discussed.  It is not clear that such experiences are more rare in our time.  One might argue that given our ability to explore more and more corners of the physical and intellectual universe using technology and advanced science, and our capacity for representing the results of such explorations in art, film and various mass media, we should expect that experiences of awe and wonder are more common.

The interdisciplinary conference, Exploring Awe and Wonder, will bring together researchers in psychology, emotion theory, neuroscience, philosophy, art history, religious studies, and other relevant fields to explore the science and phenomenology of awe and wonder.  Proposals for presentations in these areas are welcome.  A special session on Space, Science and Spirituality is being organized to present current research on the experience of awe and wonder during space flight.

Keynote speakers
Jesse Prinz (Philosophy, CUNY Graduate)
Michelle Shiota (Psychology, Arizona State University)

Invited speakers
Jonathan Cole (Neuroscience, Bournemouth University)
Joerg Trempler (Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Yale Center for British Art)
Jeff Williams (NASA, Astronaut)

Send abstracts and session proposals by June 15, 2013 to

Bruce Janz
Department of Philosophy
Center for Humanities and Digital Research
University of Central Florida

Dante Lecture rescheduled for May 30th


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JOB POSTING: Ethics; TT, Fall 2013; CSU, Sacramento

We are very happy to be able to hire in a tenure track position. We are looking for outstanding candidates with AOS broadly in Ethics.
Please share this with your students and feel free to re-post this where you believe there might be interest.


Candidates can contact me with questions about the position.

California State University, Sacramento: Assistant Professor, tenure-track, beginning Fall 2013.

Area of Specialization: Ethics (Theoretical, Applied, or Practical)
Area of Competency: Open, with preference for Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, or History of Philosophy.


Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to and potential for teaching and scholarly excellence in Philosophy and will be expected to contribute to the University’s Center for Practical and Professional Ethics. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds. Usual advising and shared governance duties.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy which is completed by the time of appointment. The equivalent of at least one year of teaching experience at the community college or university level is preferred. Normal teaching duties include four courses per semester at the undergraduate level, primarily in the areas of specialization and competence. Candidates will be expected to have an active research program, and to contribute to the scholarly life of the Department, College and University.

Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Complete dossiers should be submitted electronically, and should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current curriculum vita; (3) transcripts showing courses taken and progress towards degree completion (unofficial copies accepted until invited for interview); (4) three recent letters of recommendation;  (5) a sample of professional written work;  (6) a statement of scholarly interest; (7)  a teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy, a list of courses taught or developed, and summaries of student evaluations).

Applications must be submitted electronically and should be addressed to:

Professor G. Randolph Mayes
Chair, Search Committee

Full position announcement and details can be reviewed at and at  AA/EEO.  Clery Act statistics available.





Christina M. Bellon, PhD

Chair, Philosophy Department

California State University, Sacramento

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819-6033