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, March 28, 2011


Visiting Speakers Series
Department of Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Verlaine Freitas
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
The Twilight Zone of the Unconscious:
    no-longer-Nature, but not-yet-Culture

The parallel concepts of Culture and Nature have a very long application in Philosophy in describing reality, and its entanglement was especially useful for grasping the human being and everything connected with human life. From the old classical Aristotelian definition of the human being as a rational animal, through the anthropological Kantian conception of the conjunction of sensibility and understanding, until the contemporary ideas of a “socially constructed reality” on the base of a continuous re-elaboration of nature through cultural values and principles, such a “mix” of both notions seemed to provide us with a somewhat good path for describing human reality in one way or other. Nevertheless, from a certain point of view, the conception of the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis calls for another way of thinking about the relation between those poles, and my intention is to demonstrate that the very deep root of human reality ¾ in the sense of the source of the subjective drive to conceive itself and the outside world, i.e., the psyche energy to wish, to act, to think, etc. - lies in a realm that follows a kind of “logic”, obeys certain “laws” which are not determined by nature, but at the same time are prior to any form of Culture.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
4:00 5:30 pm
Oak Room, Vanier Hall
                                                                    All are welcome.

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