Beverley Anger: Three Concepts Adapted from Spinoza’s Ethics Intended to Encourage the Growth of a Community
Three Concepts Adapted from Spinoza’s Ethics Intended to Encourage the Growth of a Community looks at the current issues Windsor is facing, and takes the concepts of conatus, the correspondence between activity and happiness, and the participation of human beings as aspects of a universal substance from Spinoza’s Ethics to apply them to the question of how citizens in Windsor should approach the transformation of our city. The interpretation provided of these three concepts is intended to inspire insight to our relationship with Windsor and motivate community participation.
Jeff Renaud: Rust in the Wind, the Dark Looking-Glass, and Icarus's New Wings: Reflections from Windsor
By virtue of its geographical location, its status as a border city, and its economic grounding in education, tourism, and manufacturing, Windsor is largely considered to be a transitory place, a place between other (perhaps more ‘important’) places. While this quality of transience appears to be the most basic, permanent feature of the city, Windsor has also, in recent years, experienced the loss of some of the most enduring elements of its economic and socio-cultural infrastructure, evidenced by the widespread collapse of the automotive and manufacturing sectors and the subsequent increases in unemployment and overall life-insecurity. The present reflections begin by addressing the current condition of this city, its confrontation with the ineluctable, fleeting character of things and its more recent experience of profound loss, before offering a critique of this condition grounded in a few key texts in political philosophy and critical social theory. Finally, the discussion will turn to the character of the department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor, focussing in particular on the ways in which the exigencies and concerns of this city are reflected in its philosophers. The three images in the title, drawn from the writings of two Windsor philosophers and one Windsor(ian) poet, function as the lineaments of these reflections.