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Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate Studies)

Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta

2-70 Assiniboia Hall

Edmonton, Alberta

CANADA T6G 2E7


Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Pittsburgh. 

 

Personal Email: amyDOTschmitterATualbertaDOTca

Office: Assiniboia Hall 2-70

Phone: (780) 492-9030

Graduate Program Inquiries: philgrad@ualberta.ca

Graduate Program Information: http://www.philosophy.ualberta.ca/Graduate%20Program.aspx

 

annual meeting calendar                my c.v.


Teaching 2012-2013:
Fall 2012: Phil 400: “Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perception & Intentionality,” and Phil 442 & 546: “Spinoza and Leibniz”

Winter 2013: Phil 270: “Political Philosophy”

 

Some past seminars:

“Seminar on Descartes”

“Women and Early Modern Philosophy”

“Hume’s Ethics & Aesthetics”

“Passions in the 17th Century”

Fourth Year Honours Seminar: “The Parting of the Ways: the origins of the split between analytic and continental philosophy”

Fourth Year Honours Seminar: “Philosophy as a Way of Life & the Art of Living”

 “Marx”

 

Professional:

I am currently Graduate Chair for the Philosophy Department. Before coming to the University of Alberta, I taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Hamilton College in New York state, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I have also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and at New York University, and during 2002-03, held a Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University. I have received several awards for Summer Institutes and Seminars from the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.A.).  I also serve on various committees, including the Religious Studies Advisory Council for the U of A, the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the Program Committee for the Pacific Northwest-Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, and review committees for several grant organizations. Recently, I was also a member of the local and program organizing committee for the Hume Society's Annual Conference in 2012 and of the program committee for the Central Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in 2012 in Chicago. (I have my fill of committees . . .)

My main areas of research and writing are the history of early modern philosophy and philosophy of art. But those are broad and eclectic areas that (necessarily) take me into many different topics, historical periods and approaches to philosophy. My teaching interests and educational history cover yet further fields. The result is that I know (or "know") a little bit about many different things. A summary of my current interests and recent work is below. Some of my work can be found on-line: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. A recent book review is here: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. There is also an interview where I express various half-baked opinions about the philosophy of art here (p. 20): http://www.visualartsalberta.com/docs/vaaa_springnewsletter07.pdf The second half is here (p.26): http://www.visualartsalberta.com/docs/vaaaVoice_1_2008.pdf
(Thanks to the interviewer, Al Henderson, who did an excellent job, and deserves a much better interview subject.)

Areas of Specialization:
History of Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, History of Metaphysics & Philosophy of Mind, History of the Emotions, Feminist Approaches to the History of Philosophy

Areas of Competence:
Metaphysics, Post-structuralist French Thought (Derrida, Foucault), Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy, 19th Century German Philosophy (Marx, Nietzsche), 20th Century Continental Philosophy (Heidegger, Existentialism), Ancient Philosophy (Aristotle), Medieval Philosophy (Scholasticism)

Some Other Areas of Interest:
Renaissance and 17th Century Art History, Methodology of Art History, Literary Criticism and Methodology, 17th & 18th Century Studies, Philosophy of History, Non-Technical History of Mathematics and Logic

Some Recent and Forthcoming Publications:


Forthcoming

“Cartesian Ideas and Representational Reality” [working title], The Cambridge Companion to Descartes’s Meditations, ed. D. Cunning (Cambridge U. Press, 2014)

 

“Thomas Hobbes,” in Sourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language, eds. B. Hill, H. Lagerlund & R.J. Stainton (Springer, 2013 or 2014)

 

“Evaluating Character and Beauty (The Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals and “Of the Standard of Taste”)” [working title], Reading Hume on the Principles of Morals: Essays on the Second Enquiry, ed. J. Taylor (Oxford U. Press, 2013)

 

(with Leah K. A. Spencer) “Judgments of Taste and Feeling Norms: Lessons from Hume for a Naturalised Feminist Aesthetics,” Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: The Power of Critical Visions and Creative Engagement, ed. L.Ryan Musgrave, Springer Verlag [forthcoming 2013?]

 

“The Passions: Taxonomy and Terminology,” The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, ed. J. Harris, Oxford U. Press, [in press] -- .pdf draft here

 

“Passions and Affections” The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century, ed. P. Anstley, Oxford U. Press [in press], pp. 442-71 -- .pdf draft here

 

“Family Trees: Sympathy, Comparison and the Communication of the Passions in Hume & his Predecessors,” for Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, ed. L. Shapiro and M. Pickavé, Oxford U. Press, [in press], pp. 255-76

 

“Responses to Vulnerability: Medicine, Politics and the Body in Descartes and Spinoza,” for Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe, ed. S. Pender & N.Struever, Ashgate [in press]

 

"Universalização e Uniformidade: sentimentos e padrões no juízo de gosto em Hume" (translation of "Universalizability and Uniformity: Sentiments and Standards in Hume's Judgment of Taste"), tr. Paulo Pimenta Marques, for Leituras de Hume, ed. Livia Guimaraes, UFMG Press, Belo Horizonte, Brazil [in press?]

2011

“Natural Passions, Reason and Religious Emotion in Hobbes & Spinoza,” Passions and Passivity: Claremont Studies in Religion 2009, ed. I. Dalferth & M. Rodgers, Mohr Siebeck, 2011, pp. 49-68

 

Review of P. Machamer & G. Wolters, Interpretation: Ways of Thinking about the Sciences and the Arts for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (July 2011)

 

2010
“Descartes’s Peepshow: Critical Review of Deborah Brown, Descartes and the Passionate Mind,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40, September 2010, pp. 485-508

2009
Review of P. Hoffman, Essays on Descartes, for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, September 2009.

 

“Making an Object of Yourself: Hume on the Intentionality of the Passions”, Topics in Early Modern Philosophy of Mind, ed. J. Miller, Springer, pp. 223-40

2007
“How to Engineer a Human Being: Passions and Functional Explanation in Descartes,” A Companion to Descartes, ed. J. Broughton & J. Carriero, Blackwell Press, pp. 426-44 (rev.paper ed. 2010)

2006
"OBRAZUJAC WLADZE: REPREZENTACJA I LAS MENINAS" (translation of "Picturing Power: Representation and Las Meninas" from Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1996), ed. Andrzej Witko,  in Tajemnica Las Meninas
(Wydawnictwo AA: Kraków, 2006), pp. 303-330

“Theories of the Emotions in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,  (“Main Document,” “Historical Background,” “Descartes,” “Hobbes,” “Spinoza,” “Malebranche,” “Shaftesbury,” “Hutcheson,” “Hume”), ms. ~150 pp.  [May 2006; substantial revision 2010]

2005
Review of N. Lemos, Common Sense: a Contemporary Defense, in Philosophy in Review, December 2005.

"The Passionate Intellect: Reading the (Non-)Opposition of Intellect and Emotion in Descartes," in Persons and Passions: Essays in Honor of Annette Baier, ed. J. Jenkins, J. Whiting, and C. Williams (Notre Dame University Press, 2005), pp. 48-82

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Some Recent and Upcoming Presentations:

 

2012 and upcoming

TBD, Philosophy Department Colloquium, Boston University, April 2013

 

TBD, Scientia Workshop, University of California, Irvine, February 2013

 

“’I’ve Got a Little List:’ the Classification of the Passions and Forms of Explanation in 17th Century Philosophy,” Symposium on Early Modern Theories of the Passions, American Philosophical Association – Eastern Division, Atlanta, GA, December 2012

 

TBD, Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Calgary, Date TBD

 

TBD, Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Alberta, 27 September 2012

 

“’I've Got a Little List:’ the Classification of the Passions and Forms of Explanation in 17th Century Philosophy,” Philosophy in Assos, Assos (Behramkale), Turkey, July 2012

 

Responses to Vulneerability: Medicine, Politics and the Body in Descartes and Spinoza, (with a Dash of Hobbes),” Spinoza Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, March 2-3, 2012

 

2011

“Evaluating Beauty and Character: Reading the Second Enquiry through 'of the Standard of Taste,'” for panel on "Aspects of Hume at 300,” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, Lethbridge, AB, October 2011

 

“Who’s Afraid of the Rare, Good Judge?,” Panel on “Feminist Interpretations of Hume’s Aesthetics: Problems and Projects,” American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, October 2011

 

Commentator on Ryu Susato, “The Association of Ideas in Hume’s Social Philosophy,” Hume Society Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 2011

 

Workshop on Reading Hume on the Principles of Morals, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA, Spring 2011

 

2010

"Hume and Feminist Philosophy" (plenary panel), Hume Society Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, July 2010 

 

"Natural Passions, Reason & Religious Emotion in Hobbes and Spinoza," Mid-Atlantic Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, April 2010

 

"The Truth in Formalism: Interpretation and Expanding the Scope of Perception," Eastern Division Meetings of the American Society for Aesthetics, Philadelphia, PA, April 2010

 

2009
"Descartes, Representation and the Intelligibility of Sense-Perception," NY-NJ Research Group in Early Modern Philosophy, John Jay College, New York, NY, USA, October 2009

 

Commentator on Jackie Taylor, "Sympathy and Pride," Hume Society Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 2009

 

"Natural Passions, Reason and Religious Emotion in Hobbes and Spinoza," Claremont Philosophy of Religion Conference: Passions and Passivity, Claremont Graduate University, February 2009

 

2008
"Responses to Vulnerability: Medicine, Politics and the Body in Descartes & Spinoza," Philosophy Department Colloquium, Vanderbilt University, October 2008

 

“Universalizability and Uniformity: Sentiments and Standards in Hume’s Judgment of Taste" (short version), WCPA, Edmonton, October 2008. [also presented at Eastern Division Meetings of the American Society for Aesthetics, Philadelphia, PA, USA, April 2008]

 

"Hume on the Emotions" (panel), Hume Society Conference, Iceland (Reykavik, Hólar, Akureyri), August 2008.

Comments on Lilli Alanen (Uppsala University): “Spinoza on the passions and self-knowledge: The Case of Pride,” Workshop on Emotions & Cognition, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC, May 2008

"Responses to Vulnerability: Medicine, Politics and the Body in Descartes & Spinoza," Hale Ethics Series, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, April 2008

 

“Universalizability and Uniformity: Sentiments and Standards in Hume’s Judgment of Taste,” Eastern Division Meetings of the American Society for Aesthetics, Philadelphia, PA, April 2008

2007
"Hobbes and the Really Big Stick: Representation, Incorporation and“Artifice” in the Construction of Social Power,” Symposium, Eastern Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, MD, December 2007


[shorter version presented at Western Canada Philosophical Association Meetings, Vancouver, BC, October 2006 (comments by Sam Black); also Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, London, Ontario, May 2005 (read by Jennifer Welchman; comments by Dennis Klimchuk)]

"Universalizability and Uniformity: Sentiments and Standards in Hume’s Judgment of Taste," III Colóquio Hume,  Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, August 2007 (thanks to Livia, Anice & Bruno!). Schedule: http://grupohume.blog.terra.com.br/
[previous version presented at Hume Society Conference, Boston, MA, August 2007 (comments by Peter Kivy). Website: http://www.humesociety.org/conferences/boston-cfp.html] 

 

2006
"Seeing Double: What -- if Anything -- Do We Need to Know to Appreciate Artworks?" Philosopher's Café Series, Stanley A. Milnar Library, Edmonton, AB, December 2006

 

“Making an Object of Yourself: on the Intentionality of the Passions” (comments by Talia Bettcher), Topics in Early Modern Philosophy of Mind Conference, Queens University, November 2006; earlier version also presented at Hume Society Conference, Tokyo, Japan, August 2004

 

“Engineering Human Nature: Representation and Functional Explanation in Descartes’s Meditations” (comments by Jack MacIntosh), Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, Toronto, Ontario, June 2006

 “Aesthetic Formalism as Tool and as End,” Symposium on Art versus the Aesthetic: Explorations in Philosophy and Sensuous Expression,” Carleton University, Ottowa, Ontario, March 2006

2005
“Decoding Dessein and Looking at Funny Faces in 17th Century French Art,” Edmonton Art Gallery Public Lecture, November 2005

 

2004
“The View from Where We Are: Descartes on the Eternal Truths, My Nature and its Sources," Pacific Northwest –Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy Inaugural Meeting, Seattle, Washington, October 2004, also Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Calgary, March 2004

 

“Representation and the Problem of ‘Meaning’ in Sense-Perception: What Descartes Saw and Reid Missed” (comments by Byron Williston), Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 2004

 

"Direct Realism and Representationalism: Can This Distinction Be Saved?” (comments by Kirstie Laird), Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 2004

 

Some Additional Work in Progress:  

“The Truth in Formalism; Aesthetic Formalism as Tool and as End”

 

"Neither Sex Nor Gender: on Concept-Metaphors of 'Male' and 'Female'"

"Constitutive Conditions and Having a Reason: Leibniz's Distinction Between Necessary and Contingent Truths"

Mind, Sign and Representation: a Study of Descartes (working title for book)

Passions, Affects and Sentiments: a Genealogy of Early Modern Theories of the Emotions (working title for book)

 

Editor for a Supplementary Volume of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Conatus in Early Modern Philosophy: Striving, Tendency, Power (working title)

 

Editor for a Supplementary Volume of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Hume in Alberta (working title)

 

 

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