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B.A. (Bishop’s), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)
Claude Charpentier obtained her doctorate in psychology at the University of Edinburgh, with a dissertation on the shared social attitudes and thought patterns associated with radical utilitarians and fellow reformers John Stuart Mill and Alexander Bain. While her research interest is centred in philosophical psychology, her main psychological interests are focused on clinical psychology, ethical thought in psychology, and the psychology of nutrition. As a former social worker, she draws on an extensive experience in counselling children and adults within the child welfare system. She specializes in nineteenth century British philosophical psychology, and her current project is a book length study of philosopher-psychologist Alexander Bain and his Associationist Psychology. In addition to teaching in the department of Psychology, she teaches Philosophy of mind and American pragmatism within the department of Philosophy.
Professor Charpentier’s scholarly interest is in philosophical psychology. In philosophy, she works mainly on American pragmatism and on philosophy of mind. She specializes in 19th century British philosophical psychology. Her current project is a book length study of philosopher/psychologist Alexander Bain and his associationist theory of mind.
(B. Mus. Mount Allison University; M.A. and Ph.D. [Philosophy] U. of T.)
Jamie Crooks was born on Prince Edward Island in 1959. He studied music at Mount Allison University where he majored in piano and served as assistant conductor of the Mount Allison Choral Society. In graduate study at the University of Toronto, his area of specialization was German Philosophy. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was Heidegger’s interpretation of Nietzsche. He is the current chair of the Bishop’s University Department of Philosophy, past director of the Liberal Arts Programme and its predecessor, the Interdisciplinary Major in Classics, Philosophy and Religion.
Prof. Crooks’ choral experience is extensive. As an undergraduate, he sang under the direction of (among others) George Evelyn, Ronald Goddard, Darrell Johnson and John Washburn. While pursuing graduate study, he was a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, singing under Elmer Isler and Andrew Davis, and served (at different times) as section leader (baritone) for the choirs of the Eglington and Howard Park United Churches and for Christ Church Deer Park Anglican Church. On three occasions, he was choral/musical accompanist/director for productions at the Hart House Theatre. In his early years at Bishop’s, he was a member of the St. Mark’s Chapel Choir, the Bishop’s University Singers, and the Ensemble Vocale Amadeus of Sherbrooke. He has served as conductor of the University Singers since 1999.
The bulk of Dr. Crooks’ published work over the past decade has been on Heidegger and Plato. He has also written on postmodernism, German Idealism, Nietzsche & Heraclitus. He is currently engaged in two projects:
‘Grief and Homecoming in Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy,’ in Ideas Under Fire: Vita Contemplativa in Times of Crisis and Adversity, eds. Jonathan Lavery, Louis Groarke and William Sweet (forthcoming)
‘Inventing Socrates: Truth, Jest and Care in Plato’s Apology,’ in Reexamining Socrates in the Apology, ed. John Russon, Northwestern University Press (forthcoming)
‘Take a Sad Song and Make it Better: The Beatles and Postmodern Thought,’ in The Beatles and Philosophy, ed. Michael Baur, Open Court (2006)
‘Heidegger, Self and State: Doull, Nicholson and the Problem of Postmodern Politics,’ Animus (2005)
‘Kindling Light/Bound to Death: Reading Heraclitus’ Fragment 26,’ Existentia XV (2005)
‘”So I Thought I Should Take Refuge in Words”: Logos and Immortality,’ keynote address for the New England Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Providence College, Providence R.I., April 21, 2007
‘The Metaphysics of Modern Technology: a Reading of Heidegger’s ‘die Kehre’,” keynote address for Reaction Metaphysique au XXe Siecle, Universite de Sherbrooke, January 10, 2007
‘Philosophy and Techne: On Kenneth Dorter’s Reading of Republic VII,’ Canadian Philosophical Association, York University, May 2006
‘The Beginning of the Republic: Rereading Book I 327a-331e,’ for Rereading Plato’s Republic, University of Guelph, September 2005
‘Character is Destiny: the End of the Meno,’ for Recollecting the Meno: a Celebration of Platonic Dialogue, Bishop’s University, September 2003
‘Heidegger, Self and State: Doull, Nicholson and the Problem of Postmodern Politics,’ for Philosophy and Freedom: the Legacy of James Doull, Canadian Philosophical Association, Dalhousie University, June 2003
‘Beauty and Terror: Some Notes on Nietzsche’s Hellenism,’ for Nietzsche: Ethics, Culture, Politics, Canadian Philosophical Association, Dalhousie University, June 2003
Don Dombowsky did his graduate study at the University of Ottawa and the New School for Social Research in New York. He has taught a wide range of courses for the Politics and International Studies, Philosophy and Liberal Arts programs on selected topics in the history of politics, philosophy and art.
He was nominated for the William & Nancy Turner Teaching Award in 2011 and received a Teaching Merit Award for his Classical Political Philosophy II course in 2012.
Professor Dombowsky’s research deals primarily with the political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche for which he is internationally recognized. He is the author of Nietzsche’s Machiavellian Politics (2004) and co-editor of Political Writings of Friedrich Nietzsche: An Edited Anthology (2008). He has also published articles in the Journal of Nietzsche Studies and Nietzsche Studien: Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung as well as in other Canadian and European journals. In April of 2011 he was awarded a SSHRC Research Grant for his study of Nietzsche and Napoleon published as Nietzsche and Napoleon: The Dionysian Conspiracy (University of Wales Press, 2014).
Article: ‘“The Last Metaphysician”: Heidegger on Nietzsche’s Politics’. The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms. Vol. 23. Issue 6. 2018, pp. 628-642.
Article: ‘Ian Curtis and the German Autumn’. Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. Volume 7. Nos. 1 & 2. Spring 2018, pp. 31-49.
Book Chapter: ‘Les sources du Napoléon de Nietzsche’. In: Lectures nietzschéennes. Sources et réceptions. (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, coll. “Pensée allemande et européenne”, 2015), 163-199.
Book: Nietzsche and Napoleon: The Dionysian Conspiracy (University of Wales Press, 2014).
Book Chapter: ‘Aristocratic Radicalism as a Species of Bonapartism’. In: Manuel Knoll and Barry Stocker (eds.). Nietzsche as Political Philosopher (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2014), 195-209.
‘Nietzsche’s Bonapartism and the Displacement of the Nomadic Reconstruction’. Symposium on Nietzsche, Politics and Values. Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Nietzsche-Kommentar, University of Freiburg, Germany, May 16, 2018.
‘Heidegger’s Defining of Nietzsche’s Politics’. Symposium on Nietzsche’s Social and Political Thought. Bishop’s University, September 15, 2017.
‘Nietzsche’s Bonapartism’. Philosophisches Kolloquium. University of Konstanz, Germany, May 7, 2015.
Dr. Gallina has had a life long interest in law and employment relations. Following a career with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, he came to Bishop’s and was promoted to Professor in 2007. In addition he has been a Visiting Professor as follows:
Among his academic achievements are a Masters of Laws (with Distinction) in law and employment relations from the University of Leicester, and a Doctorate in jurisprudence and social philosophy from the University of Guelph.
He is active as a researcher and consultant for the Government of Canada (Labour), the European Union, and various other public and private associations. He was also an expert witness in one of the leading employment law cases in Canada.
For recent publications, research, presentations and consulting see: http://medlegcanada.com
Bruce Gilbert has a Ph. D from the Department of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. History, Toronto; Diploma in Education and Pastoral Care, Centre for Christian Studies; M.A. Religious Studies, McGill). His recent book, The Vitality of Contradiction: Hegel, Politics and the Dialectic of Liberal-Capitalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), won the Biennial Book Prize of the Canadian Philosophical Association. It articulates the philosophical arguments for a society that is politically but also economically and culturally democratic. He has a cross appointment at Bishop’s, teaching in both the Department of Philosophy and the Liberal Arts Program. Dr. Gilbert’s research, most broadly speaking, engages dialectical philosophy in the spheres of ethics, society, politics, ecology and religion. If dialectic names the process by which humanity learns, then freedom is not merely choice, but is rather our capacity to develop increasingly sophisticated forms of relationship with each other and our environment. Dr. Gilbert also engages in empirical research on this topic, focusing on social movements in Brazil, especially on the Movement of Landless Rural Workers of Brazil (MST), a large and very successful social movement which occupies under-utilized land in order to create self-sufficient farming cooperatives. The MST now has some 1.5 million members and its own university near São Paulo. Dr. Gilbert is also Professeur Associé at the Université de Sherbrooke and the Université de Laval.
Dr. Gilbert’s research has both a philosophical or theoretical wing, and an empirical or practical wing.
Philosophical Foundations: His research is based in the dialectical political philosophy of authors like Hegel and Marx. “Dialectic” names the process of human learning. Dialectic refers as much to the way a child learns to speak as to the way whole societies learn the imperatives of their own freedom. This means, then, that freedom is not merely “choice”, which is our common-sense understanding, but is rather our capacity to enter into increasingly sophisticated forms of relationship with each other and our environment. While our processes of learning can frequently be diverted, stalled or can even regress, our capacity to learn to relate to each other in better and better ways is a permanent and essential feature of what it means to be human. Dr. Gilbert focuses in particular on the dialectic of society, economy and politics. His recent monograph, The Vitality of Contradiction: Hegel, Politics and the Dialectic of Liberal-Capitalism (Awarded the Canadian Philosophical Association Book Prize in 2015), articulates the philosophical arguments for this view of dialectic and freedom, holding as its conclusion that further developments in human freedom must move beyond the constraints of contemporary liberal-capitalism.
Empirical Studies: Dr. Gilbert researches empirical features of this theory by studying social movements in Latin America, and especially the Movement of Landless Rural Workers of Brazil (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra do Brasil, or MST). The MST is a large and very successful social movement made up of people who are, when they first enter the movement, among the poorest and most marginalized people in the world. Members of the MST seize the under-utilized estates of wealthy landowners and build self-sufficient farming cooperatives on them. Of course this strategy meets with serious and often violent resistance. Nonetheless, the MST now has some 1.5 million members, thousands of successful cooperatives, and its own university near São Paulo, where it trains its workers and others who come from across Latin America and the Caribbean to learn the MST’s methods and philosophical principles. Dr. Gilbert’s research focuses on the ways in which the MST attempts to live up to its own mandate, which is to ensure the “supremacy of labour over capital” and to “build socialist values”. This involves studying the MST’s efforts to extend democracy into the sphere of economics and work and, as such, to build forms of community predicated on more sophisticated concepts of freedom than those of the liberal juridical system and capitalist economy that the MST challenges. Recently, Dr. Gilbert has extended this research into an exploration of the organizations of lawyers that provide greatly needed advocacy to the MST and other social movements, “Terra de Direitos”, “A Rede Nacional de Advogados e Advogadas Populares (RENAP) and “Dignitatis”.
The Vitality of Contradiction: Hegel, Politics and the Dialectic of Liberal-Capitalism. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. Awarded the Canadian Philosophical Association Biennial Book Prize, 2015.
“’Socialist Values’ and Cooperation in Brazil’s Movement of Landless Rural Workers”, with Aldiva Sales Diniz, Latin American Perspectives, 2013.
“Caridade e Exclusão entre Dante e Marx”, Teoria, Discurso e Ação Política, Universidade de São Paulo, 2013.
O MST e a Propriedade Privada: Os argumentos filosóficos que justificam a ocupação da terra”, Homem, Espaco, Terra, Ano IV, No. 2, October, 2010.
“Tragédia como o enigma político: Explorações de Sófocles, de Shakespeare e de Tournier”, Integração, Sao Paulo, 2007.
“Workers’ Power and Socialism: A Study of Brazil’s Movement of Landless Workers”, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination.
“A Questão de Línguas: Entre a Filosofia e os Movimentos Sociais”, Centro Acadêmico de Filosofia, Universidade de São Paulo”, April 13, 2015.
“William Blake and Hegel on the Road to Jerusalem”, Ontario-Quebec Hegel Organization, March 28, 2015.
“Reason and Reductio: Kant’s Deduction of the Pure Concepts”, The Critical Philosophy of Immanuel Kant Philosophy Symposium, Bishop’s University, November 28, 2014.
“Boccaccio and the Pathos of Laughter”, at the Bishop’s University Boccaccio Symposium, November 14, 2014.
“Les coopératives et la démocratie dans le Mouvement des Travailleurs Ruraux Sans Terre du Brésil,” upcoming at the Centre d’études et de recherches sur le Brésil, Université de Québec à Montréal, April 7, 2013.
“Love of the Nostro in Dante’s Divine Comedy”, upcoming at the Dante Symposium, Bishop’s University, February 22, 2013.
“Treasury of the Sun: Reflections on Book VI of Plato’s Republic,” Toronto Philosophy Symposium, June 13, 2012.
“Le Vin et le Sang chez Diderot et Hegel”, I Jornada da Filosofia Moderna, Universidade Federal de Parana, Curitiba, Brazil, December 16, 2011.
“Contradiction and the Fluidity of Life: Case Studies from Logic and Ethics,” Ryerson University Department of Philosophy Colloquium, September 27, 2011.
“Marx’s Theory of Exploitation”, Ryerson University Humanities Program, September 27, 2011.
“Adam Smith’s Critique of Mercantilism in The Wealth of Nations,” Toronto Philosophy Symposium, June 10, 2011.
“Exclusão, Caridade e a Teoria Marxista de Exploração ”, Conference: Teoria, Discurso e Ação Política, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, April 8, 2011.
“Os Usos e abusos do princípio da não-contradição”, Universidade Federal do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, April 12, 2011.
“A Filosofia da Propriedade Privada: Explorando o Caso do Movimento Sem Terra”, O Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 11, 2011.
“Marx e os movimentos sociais na América Latina hoje: O caso do Movimento Sem Terra”, Universidade São Judas Tadeu, São Paulo, Brazil, April 5, 2011.
“From Literacy to Autonomy: The radical pedagogy of Brazil’s Movement of Landless Rural Workers”, International Development Week, Bishop’s University, February 1, 2011.
“Invasion or Occupation: Justice, Private Property and the Movement of Landless Workers in Brazil,” Guest lecture, St. Thomas University, November 18, 2010.
“As Belas Artes e a Verdade: O Nascimento do Saber”, Centre for Human Sciences, Universidade Estadual Vale de Acaraú, Sobral, Brasil, October 20, 2010.
“As Belas Artes e a Verdade: O Nascimento do Saber”, Campus do Retoria, Auditoria Central, Universidade Estadual Vale de Acaraú, Sobral, Brasil, October 22, 2010.
“Political Right and Fichte’s Deduction of the Concept of Commonwealth”, at the Toronto Philosophy Symposium, University of Toronto, June 16, 2010.
“Private Property of the Means of Production: From Roemer to the Brazilian Movement of the Landless”, at the Society for Socialist Studies, Concordia University, May 31, 2010.
“Brazil’s Movement of Landless Workers: A New Specter”, at Historical Materialism, York University, May 14, 2010.
“Invasion or Occupation: Justice, Private Property the Movement of Landless Workers in Brazil,” Guest Lecture, Ryerson University, Toronto, February 5, 2009.
“Contradição e Justiça na Filosofia Política de Hegel”, Guest Lecture at the Universidade São Judas Tadeu, São Paulo, Brazil. May 12, 2008.
“O Declínio e Auge da Liberdade: Filosofia Política de Hegel”, Guest Lecture at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. May 21, 2007.
“O Declínio e Auge da Liberdade: Filosofia Política de Hegel”, Guest Lecture at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. May 25, 2007.
B.Sc. (Calgary), M.Sc. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)
Dr. Stout has been a member of the department since 1987. Presently he is teaching courses in Statistics, History of Psychology and Learning & Memory. Given his background in the history and philosophy of science, his research interests focus on the history of psychology (19th Century British Psychology, Ancient Greek Philosophy/Psychology) and knowledge generating practices (history of statistics and research design). These interests compliment and enrich the perspective from which he teaches his courses. Dr. Stout has been a recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2003).
Professor Stout’s research in philosophy deals primarily with topics in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science and ancient thought. His published work lies in the area of psychology. But he has made regular presentations to the Philosophy Department – most recently at a conference on Plato’s Meno sponsored by the Bishop’s Plato Group. His current projects include a book length study of philosopher/psychologist James Ward and a set of short stories.
Katherine Robinson and Dale Stout (1992) “Children’s understanding of an arithmetic principle. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City, Quebec. June.
Anton. de Man, Vincent. Hall & Dale Stout (1991) “Neurotic Nucleus and Test Anxiety.” Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. 125 (1991) 671-675.
Anton de Man, Vincent Hall & Dale Stout (1990) Family Environment and Multidimensional Locus of Control. @ Social Behavior and Personality 18 197-200.
Harvey White obtained his doctorate at McGill University. He is an expert in the philosophy of religion. He has also written extensively on Kant, Plato and (more recently) early Greek thought. In 2005, he published What is What-is?-a book on Parmenides’ poem. Well schooled in analytic philosophy, Dr. White is also a keen reader of Medieval philosophy. He is currently working on a book-length study of Thomas Aquinas.