WPA MANDATE

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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

ABSTRACTS FOR WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY MINI-CONFERENCE

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.

2 comments:

  1. Hello,

    My name is Eric Boucher. I am a filmmaker from Windsor and currently pursuing my MFA in film production at York University (Toronto).

    I won't be able to make it to the event but I am very interested with this mini-conference. I was wondering if it's being recorded via audio recording as a downloadable podcast or the like. A fellow colleague of mine is attending, willing and able to record the talk if necessary.

    Thank you in advance, hope all goes well with the event.
    Feel free to contact me via email.

    Talk soon,
    Eric Boucher
    bouchere@yorku.ca

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  2. Hi Eric, sorry to have missed your post. We did not record the talks, but have posted a number of photos from the event. The presenters have also agreed to allow me to post their papers once they have made some minor revisions. The papers should be up in the next week or so.
    I wonder: did your colleague did record the talk? If so, could we have a copy of the recording to post to the blog?
    Best,
    Grant Yocom
    windsorphilosophy@gmail.com

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