Ateliers/Workshops GRIN

(Plus de détails à venir/More details to come)


  • 24 septembre 2021 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Sara Potrasi (University of Puget Sound)

Envy and Prejudice: The Role of Envy in a Racially Divided Public Sphere

Présentation ZOOM

Abstract: In recent times philosophers of emotions have started investigating the role of anger, hatred, fear, and contempt in relation to racism and racial injustice. Envy, however, has been so far ignored. In this talk I start remedying this lacuna by asking what role group envy may play in racial relations. I suggest that different forms of malicious envy play a central role in anti-Asian racism, in particular, and explore the possibility that more benign forms of envy may drive positive, if limited, political change.


  • 1 octobre 2021 @ 10:00 – 12:00

John Hacker-Wright (University of Guelph)

Practical Wisdom as Knowledge of the Human Good

Où: Salle 0035 du Pavillon de l’aménagement (2940 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine), Université de Montréal

Abstract: This paper concerns the idea of practical wisdom or phronēsis understood along the lines Aristotle presents it in Nicomachean Ethics Book VI. There he defines phronēsis through examining what is characteristic of the practically wise person, the phronimos: it is someone “able to deliberate correctly … about what sorts of things further living well as a whole (pros to eu zen holos)” (1140a25-27). Some scholars reject the idea that Aristotle advocates phronēsis as general knowledge concerning human life and contend that the knowledge of the phronimos is a contextual, perceptual sensitivity that prompts action. It is the capacity to get things right “occasion by occasion,” as John McDowell puts it. I will not be contesting this view as a reading of Aristotle, but I will argue that some of the philosophical objections to phronēsis as general knowledge can be set aside once we place that putative general knowledge in its proper context. The worry is that such general knowledge postulates phronēsis as a ‘blueprint’ for acting well that seems implausibly intellectual. On the blueprint model, phronēsis is a body of knowledge that is arrived at through an independent exercise of the intellect in which, for example, one takes a set of goods and contrives a manner of living that combines them optimally. A more plausible generalism is conceivable. The most general knowledge possessed by the phronimos is knowledge concerning what it is good to be doing over the most extended period. The progressive infinitive is important because the human good is a rational activity, a praxis meta logou, and one that is sustained throughout the whole of life. Without the emphatic progressive aspect, it is too easy to look at what good we might accomplish through the completion of our actions rather than the good we achieve in actively doing them. Hence, the justification that we have for pursuing one sort of life over another must consist of insight into the good of the activity itself rather than what results from doing it. Part of the knowledge of the phronimos is the thin yet important general knowledge of the best activity to engage in over the course of a lifetime, rather than an elaborate plan arrived at in advance or codified decision procedure that will optimize one’s achievement of the good.


  • 3 décembre 2021 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Miriam McCormick (University of Richmond)

Où: Salle 0035 du Pavillon de l’aménagement (2940 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine), Université de Montréal


  • 28 janvier 2022 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Michael Milona (Ryerson University)

Où: Salle 0035 du Pavillon de l’aménagement (2940 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine), Université de Montréal



 Ateliers/Workshops GRIN

  • 18 décembre 2020 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Table ronde: Perspectives on Well-Being
OÙ :Zoom

Le GRIN invite ses membres à une table ronde organisée par Pablo Gilabert, Mauro Rossi et Christine Tappolet sur le thème « Perspectives on Well-Being ». Deux textes seront discutés, un par Pablo Gilabert et un autre par Mauro Rossi et Christine Tappolet.

La lecture des deux textes au préalable est exigée. Pour obtenir les textes à lire ainsi que le lien zoom pour participer à la rencontre, il faut écrire à la coordonnatrice du CRÉ à l’adresse valery.giroux@umontreal.ca.


  • 19 février 2021 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Conférence GRIN: On the placebo effect

OÙ: Zoom

Présentation de Phoebe Friesen (McGill) au GRIN/CRÉ. Phoebe nous parlera de ses travaux entourant l’effet placebo.


  • 16 avril 2021 @10:00 – 12:00

Conférence GRIN/CRÉ: Anger and its desires

Présentation ZOOM de Laura Silva (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences).

Abstract: The orthodox view of anger takes desires for revenge or retribution to be central to the emotion. In this paper, I develop an empirically informed challenge to the retributive view of anger. In so doing, I argue that a distinct desire is central to anger: a desire for recognition. Desires for recognition aim at the targets of anger acknowledging the wrong they have committed, as opposed to aiming for their suffering. In light of the centrality of this desire for recognition, I argue that the retributive view of anger should be abandoned. I consider and dismiss two types of moves that can be made on the part of a proponent of the orthodox view in response to my argument. I propose that a pluralist view, which allows for both retribution and recognition in anger, is to be preferred, and conclude by considering some of my argument’s normative implications.


  • 14 – 16 mai 2021

Fittingness conference

Colloque organisé par Chris Howard (McGill) et Richard Rowland (Leeds).
Le colloque est ouvert aux membres du GRIN et du CRÉ, ainsi que leurs postdocs et chercheurs invités.
Pour s’inscrire ou pour plus d’infomations: chris.howard@mcgill.ca.


  • 19 mai 2021 @ 9:20-14:35

Workshop CRÉ/GRIN: Resilience in Action and Belief

Resilience is commonly understood as the ability that agents exhibit in stressful, uncertain, or challenging situations, when they ‘bounce back,’ adapt, and thrive despite adversity. This workshop is dedicated to a philosophical exploration of the epistemic and practical aspects of human resilience, in particular via the notions of grit, hope, and coping.


  • Semaine du 7 juin

École CRÉ/GRIN/SoPhA, sur le thème Éthique et rationalité.

Plus d’informations à venir.