Justice L’Heureux-Dubé at Pro Bono Students Canada Volunteer Appreciation Event

University of Toronto Law, 2013 Click here for the video. In the following video, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire Heureux-Dubé spoke at the 2013 Pro Bono Students Canada Volunteer Appreciation Event at the University of Toronto Law. The interview features Justice Heureux-Dubé’s, unfortunately cursory, reflections on some of the precedent and current case law at the Supreme Court. Madame Justice’s discussion however on the role of dissension in the legal tradition inherited in Canada and the issue of access to justice in Canada were particularly insightful. Click here for the… Read More

Professor Philip Pettit on “Legitimacy and Justice”

University College of London (UCL) Laws: Inaugural Quain Lecture Click here to access the video of the lecture. In the 2012 Inaugural Quain Lecture, philosopher Philip Pettit spoke on the importance of considering the question of legitimacy —  i.e., of just how acceptable the imposing of the social order is — as a distinct from that of justice — i.e., of just how objectionable is the content and form of the legal order itself. He suggests that the distinction between both questions relies on what each one “hangs” on for an acceptable… Read More

2013 Holberg Prize Lecture: Professor Bruno Latour

Holberg 2013 Ceremony and Lecture Click here for the video of the ceremonial lecture.  In this Holberg Award Ceremony and Lecture video, 2013 Holberg prize recipient Professor Bruno Latour speaks on  his work in re-thinking “Science Studies” and how it has blazed new paths in ethnographic methodology and concepts for modern scientific collectivities. He argues that his work has succeeded in bringing down science from the exclusive and constraining domain of epistemology into new grounds of “laboratories, instruments, institutions” and “socio-technical networks”. This has permitted scientific cognition and space to truly cultivate and… Read More

Eminent #PhilosophyLectures Series: Gifford Lectures Series

Click here for the official website. In the following series, we look at renowned #PhilosophyLectures that bring together a variety of interdisciplinary intellectual disciplines. Our first eminent lecture in this series is the Gifford Lectures series — considered the foremost lecture series in integrating diverse religious, scientific and philosophical perspectives. An appointment as a Gifford Lecturer is considered in Scottish academia as “one of the most prestigious honors”. For well over a hundred years, the distinguished lecture series has celebrated the world’s most renowned living thinkers in exploring the full scope of… Read More

Professor Charles Taylor On the Templeton Prize (2007) & Gifford Lectures (1998-99 and 2009)

British Academy, 2012 Click here for the video.  In the following interview for the Templeton Prize Laureate series, Professor Charles Taylor speaks about his work in Secular Age and its thesis that there isn’t just one modernity but multiple ones emerging from different cultures and different forms. Trying to understand why modernities can emerge so differently across the world, Professor Taylor argues that we need to turn to what has been called the “Axial Age” — an expression introduced by Karl Jaspers referring to the beginning of a period in which radical changes occurred across civilizations… Read More