The WPA began as an informal alumni society for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. Shortly after the inception of the WPA it became a loose knit association of alumni from the department of philosophy, philosophers located in Windsor, and generally friends of philosophy within the region. This more general association was intended to be an open group that supports the development of a critical community of the philosophically minded within the region. The WPA supported both student and independent scholarship and encourages philosophers to bring their research beyond the bounds of the university and into the public sphere.
In May of 2013, the WPA transformed again into the WP(A)A, a registered Non-Profit Corporation and Charitable Organization in Ontario. The notion behind this latest transformation is to establish a non-profit artist organization (akin to Artcite, Windsor) dedicated to supporting independent philosophical scholarship and philosophers intervention events within the greater Windsor region.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What does it mean to be a public intellectual? Examining Simone de Beauvoir

What does it mean to be a public intellectual?

Examining Simone de Beauvoir

A salon discussion with:
Christine Daigle (Brock)
Adrian van den Hoven (Windsor)
Julia Polyck-O'Neill (Brock)
Beverley Anger (Windsor/McMaster)
(A WPAA Event)

Friday october 9th @ 3pm
Rino`s Kitchen and Ale House
131 Elliott Street West. Windsor, Ontario

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dr. Frank Zenker (Philosophy and Cognitive Science Lund University, Sweden), "The Four-fold Path to De-Biasing: Motivation, Cognition, Technology, Error-avoidance"

Hello all, this came across my desk today.  Dr. Frank Zenker is an engaging speaker and this topic may be of some interest:

(Center for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric)

The Four-fold Path to De-Biasing:
Motivation, Cognition, Technology, Error-avoidance

Dr. Frank Zenker
Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Lund University, Sweden

         We suggest that effective critical thinking instruction must simultaneously address aspects of cognition, motivation, and technology as well as error-avoidance in ways that bear stronger resemblances to personalized medicine than to the currently typical forms of university level teaching. We briefly review the case for ameliorative prescriptive intervention and provide an explanation-sketch for the rise and current popularity of late 20th-century research in psychology and cognitive science on heuristics and biases in human decision-making and choice. Introducing some useful analytical distinctions, we turn to the mixed empirical results on the effectiveness of select de-biasing techniques, identify some reasons why this research has so far not delivered, and make brief methodological comments. The talk offers a positive forward-looking view based in an improved understanding why an important topic such as de-biasing has remained incomparably less well studied, and has produced far fewer “neat” results, than the regular experimental demonstration of allegedly ubiquitous human biases lead one to expect.


Dr. Lori Buchanan               
University of Windsor

Dr. Andrew Allen
University of Windsor

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
CRRAR Seminar Room
Essex Hall, rm. 209
4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

World Philosophy Day 2014 @ The City Cyclery

The WPAA is co-hosting (with the Department of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor) this public lecture in observance of UNESCO's World Philosophy Day, November 20 2014 @ The City Cyclery 553 Lincoln Road, Windsor On (http://citycyclery.ca/).  By happy accident this date also happens to coinside with Transgender Awareness Week!  We hope you all can join us (free to all, cash bar)!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Windsor, Ward 4 Candidate Debate, September 21st 2014 from 6pm until 8pm

With the municipal election fast approaching (Monday October 27th, 2014) it is important that the residents of Ward 4 be given the opportunity to meet and assess their potential representatives and acquaint themselves with the positions of these candidates.  Debate along with an informed citizenry is the lifeblood of democracy.  This debate will offer an opportunity to find out how these candidates intend to represent you!  
The WPAA is happy to act as co-host for this event: September 21st 2014 from 6pm until 8pm @ The Walkerville Brewery.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Philosophy Graduate Conference (FYI):
The University of Windsor Department of Philosophy Presents:
‘Critical Reflections’:
A Graduate Philosophy Conference
Saturday, 22 March, 2014 in McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall


9:30                                                                 Refreshments
9:55                                                                 Introductory Remarks
10:00   Matthew Pezzaniti (Windsor)              ‘A New Approach to Justifying and Evaluating                                                                                  Inductive Inferences"
10:30   Robert Powers (Windsor)                   'Jim Crow's Legacy: Drug Laws and Minority                                                                                    Oppression in the United States'
11:00   Michael da Silva  (Toronto)                'The Role of Defenders’ Beliefs in Aggressors’                                                                                  Forfeiture of Rights against Self-Defensive Force'
11:30                                                               Lunch
12:15   Jonathan Fuqua (Purdue)                   'Warrant and the Epistemic Value Problem'
12:45   Beverly Anger (McMaster)                 'The Moral, The Political, and Mouffe'
1:15     Justin Morris (McMaster)                   'Toward an Eco-Cosmopolitan Disposition'
1:45                                                                 Break
2:00     Eric Hamm (Purdue)                          'Sartre, Looking Past, and The New “Other”'
2:30     Laura Nicola (Windsor)                       'Authenticity: grounded in the “they”, emerging from                                                                         the “self”'
3:00                                                            Closing Remarks

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
On Friday 21 March 2014 at 4:00 pm. in McPherson Lounge there will be a keynote address by Professor of Philosophy at Detroit Mercy
Dr. David Koukal
'Embodied Politics in the Age of the Virtual'

All Events Supported by:
Example of the University of Windsor logo
With special thanks to:
Dr. Marcello Guarini and the University of Windsor Department of Philosophy

Dr. Antonio Rossini of the Humanities Research Group (HRG)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

WP(A)A First Annual AGM

WP(A)A First Annual AGM
To be held:
Saturday March 15, 2014
@ The Walkerville Brewing Company
525 Argyle Road, Windsor
2 until 4 pm

Each year, as a registered not for profit and charitable organization in Ontario, the WP(A)A is required to hold an Annual General Meeting.  This is a good opportunity for those interested in becoming more active in the process of brainstorming and planning upcoming programming for 2014-2015 to do so.  We will also hold elections for the executive committee for this organization at this meeting.
Current Executive Board Members:
Grant Yocom (President)
Jeffery Noonan (Vice President)
Jeffery Renaud (Vice President and Treasurer)

Though we do not have a formal membership currently, if you show up to this event (or have shown up to past events), we consider you a member and would warmly welcome your participation and input.  Hope to see many of you reading this on Saturday!

Contact: windsorphilosophy@gmail.com