Dr. Gary Foster
 
     

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PERSONAL :

Dr. Gary Foster, Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario
Canada, N2L 3C5
Email address: gfoster@wlu.ca


Education::

PhD: University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. 1993-2002: Defended January 4, 2002. Thesis title: Narrative and the Ethics of Reconciliation.

MA: University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. 1991-93: (thesis title: Death as a Way of Understanding Reality: Heidegger' s Conception of Death in Being and Time ).

BA: Bethany College/St. Mary's University/University of Waterloo (Religious Studies and Philosophy) 1981-85; 1988-1990; 1991.

Areas of Specialization:

1) Existentialism
2) Ethics
3) Moral Psychology


Areas of Competence:

1) 19th and 20 th Century European Philosophy
2) Personal Identity
3) Social and Political Philosophy


Academic Appointments:

12-month appointment as assistant professor in the department of philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University (2010-2011)

Lecturer (five courses) at Wilfrid Laurier University (2009-2010)

Lecturer (five courses) at Wilfrid Laurier University (2008-2009)

Lecturer (six courses) at Wilfrid Laurier University (2007-2008); appointed to graduate faculty, department of philosophy (WLU), from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008

 12-month appointment as assistant professor in the department of philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University (July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007)

12-month appointment as assistant professor in the department of philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University - Served as Undergraduate Advisor (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006)

10-month appointment as assistant professor in the department of philosophy at Dalhousie University (August 1, 2004 to May 31, 2005)

12-month appointment as assistant professor in the department of philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University (July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004)


PUBLICATIONS:

Refereed Articles:

"Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love: Imagination and Personal Identity" - The Journal of Philosophical Psychology (in press, as of September 1, 2010).

"Bestowal Without Appraisal: Problems in Harry Frankfurt's Characterization of Love and Personal Identity." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: Volume 12, Issue 2 (2009), pp.153-168 (also available in the online version of ETMP: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10677-008-9128-4 .)

"Romantic Love and Knowledge: Refuting the Claim of Egoism." Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review XLVII (2008), pp.235-251.

"Rawls and Ricoeur on Reconciling the Right and the Good: An Overlapping Consensus or an Ethical Aim?" Philosophy Today, Volume 51, Issue 2, summer, 2007, pp.162-178.

James, S. and Foster, G. "Reconciling Rules with Context: An Ethical Framework for Cultural Psychotherapy", Theory and Psychology, Volume 16 (6): 831-851, 2006, Sage Publications.

"The Representative Other: Confronting Otherness in Kierkegaard, Levinas and Ricoeur. Philosophical Writings , No.25, 17-29, spring 2004.

Foster G. and James, S. " Narratives of Hope and Reconciliation: A Hermeneutic Approach to Cultural Therapy", Constructivism and the Human Sciences, Volume 9 (2), 65-74, 2004.

James, S. and Foster G. "Narratives and Culture: Thickening the Self for Psychotherapy". Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, vol.23 (1), 63-79 (2003).

Book Chapters:

Christopher, J.C., Foster, G. & James, S. (2006). "A Hermeneutic Approach to Culture and Psychotherapy," in Advances in Psychology Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

James, S. & Foster, G. (2004). "Horizons of Alienation: Culture and Hermeneutics in Therapy," in C. Lago & R. Moodley (Eds.), Carl Rogers Counsels a Black Client: Race and Culture in Person-Centered Counseling. London: PCCS Books, (chapter 16, pp.200-212).

 

Current Projects

 Working on a paper on love and personal identity with the tentative title "Alienation and Identity."

Working on a manuscript proposal for a book on romantic love and personal identity with the tentative title Romantic Love: Alienation and Identification.


Invited Articles

James, S. and Foster G. "Existential Maturity: Wong's "Existential Psychology for the 21 st Century". International Journal of Existential Psychologyand Psychotherapy, vol.1 (1), 97-98, 2004.

 
Conference Papers:

American Philosophical Association, 2010 Eastern Division Meeting, Boston , MA , December 27 th to 30 th, 2010, panel session presentation for The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love. "Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love: Imagination and Personal Identity."

Canadian Philosophical Association, 2009 Congress , Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 25 th-29 th, 2009. "Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love."

 Canadian Philosophical Association, 2007 Congress, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 29 th, 2007. "Bestowal Without Appraisal: Problems in Harry Frankfurt's Characterization of Love and Personal Identity."

 Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association Annual Conference , St. Thomas University/University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 27-28, 2006, "Romantic Love and the Social Self: Recognizing the ‘Difficulty' in Interpersonal Authenticity."

 Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association Annual Conference , Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 15-16, 2004. "Oneself as a Lover: Confronting the Sartrean Dilemma With Ricoeur's Hermeneutics of Selfhood."

Bi-annual Meeting of the International Network on Personal Meaning , Vancouver, British Columbia, July, 2004. "Hermeneutics and Holism in Mental Health", co-authored with Susan James and Birdie Bezanson of UBC.

Critical Multicultural Counselling Conference , University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. June 11, 2003. "Cultural Psychotherapy With Portuguese Immigrants: A Hermeneutic Approach". Co-authored with Dr. Susan James of UBC.

Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress , Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Culture and Narratives: Thickening the Self for Psychology". (co-authored with Dr. Susan James from UBC) May 30 - June 2, 2003.

International Conference of Applied Social Sciences , Holguín University, Holguín, Cuba. " Hobbes and Hegel: Re-thinking Security " . November 14-16, 2002.

Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. " Establishing the Self in the Other: From Kierkegaard to Ricoeur " May 26-28, 2002.

Ontario Philosophical Society Annual Conference , Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. " Ricoeur and the Ethics of Reconciliation " , February 1-2, 2002.

University of Waterloo Graduate Student Conference . "Literature and the Limits of Morality", March 7-8th, 1997.

Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association Conference , Acadia University, Wolfville, NS. "Charles Taylor and Moral Psychology", October 18-19th, 1996.

University of Waterloo Graduate Student Conference . "Towards a Moral Psychology: Epiphanies in Sources of the Self", March, 1996.

Conference Commentaries:

Commentator for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture Annual Conference at Concordia University, 2010 (paper by Jennifer Bates of Duquesne University titled "Hegel and Kierkegaard on the Anxiety of Generation").

Commentator for the Canadian Philosophical Association's Annual Conference,

2009 at Carleton University (paper by A. Farzam-Kia of Queen's University titled "Is there a Subjectivist Requirement on Ascriptions of Moral Responsibility?")

Commentator for the Canadian Philosophical Association's Annual Conference, 2005 at The University of Western Ontario (paper by Rob

Piercey of Campion College on MacIntyre and Gadamer)

Commentator for the Canadian Philosophical Association's Annual Conference, 2005 at The University of Western Ontario (paper by Jan Narveson of the University of Waterloo on a Liberal justification for government).

Commentator for the Canadian Philosophical Association's Annual Conference, 2003 at Dalhousie University (paper on Paul Ricoeur).

Commentator for the Canadian Philosophical Association' s Annual Conference, 2002 at the University of Toronto (paper by Rob Piercey on Paul Ricoeur).


Colloquium Papers:

Wilfrid Laurier University , November 5, 2010. " Alienation and Identification: A Sartrean Solution to a Lockean Problem in Personal Identity."

Ryerson University , March 18, 2010. "Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love: Imagination and Personal Identity."

 Wilfrid Laurier University , January, 2007. "Bestowal Without Appraisal: Problems in Harry Frankfurt's Characterization of Love and Personal Identity."

Wilfrid Laurier University , March 2006. "Romantic Love is No Cure for Anxiety: Re-thinking Sartre's Concrete Relations With Others."

Wilfrid Laurier University , March 21, 2005. "Rawls and Ricoeur on Justice: Reconciling the Right with the Good".

Dalhousie University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series , March 11, 2005. "Rawls and Ricoeur on Justice: Reconciling the Right with the Good".

Dalhousie University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series , November 20, 2004. "Romantic Love is No Cure for Anxiety: Re-thinking Sartre's Concrete Relations With Others".

University of Waterloo , Friday Colloquium Series . "Death as a Way of Individuating Dasein", March 17, 1995.


Awards/Honours:

University of Waterloo Arts Faculty Scholarship -- 1991-1993; 1994-1995; 1995- 1996; 1996-1997.

O' Brien Fellowship (from the O' Brien Foundation of Saint John, New Brunswick) 1996-1997.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Academic Supervision:

Fall, 2010 - supervised a directed study with Christina Balaita at Wilfrid Laurier University on "Love and Personal Identity' (4 th year level)

Appointed to graduate faculty (MA program) at Wilfrid Laurier University for the period of July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012.

2009-2010 - Co-supervisor for MA Major Research Paper for both Yuri Forbes-Petrovich and Naomi Grigg

Fall, 2009 - supervised directed study on "Sartre's Existential Phenomenology" with Yuri Forbes-Petrovich and Naomi Grigg, MA students at WLU.

Appointed to graduate faculty (MA program) at Wilfrid Laurier University for the period of July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

Fall, 2007 - supervised directed study on "Love and the Self" with Amy King, MA student at Wilfrid Laurier University (Graduate level - MA).

Fall, 2006 - Supervised directed study on "The Right and the Good" with Holly Andrew at Wilfrid Laurier University (exploring these terms from a meta-ethical and political perspective) (4 th year level).

Winter, 2006 - Supervised directed study with Nathalie Lovasz at Wilfrid Laurier University on "Hermeneutics, the Self and Psychology" (4 th year level).

Winter, 2005 - Supervised BA honours thesis on Nietzsche by William King at Dalhousie University.


COURSES TAUGHT
:

1 st Year Courses:  

Critical Thinking . University of Waterloo, spring 1995 and spring 1998. Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 1996, winter 1997 and fall 2001. Dalhousie University, fall 2004

Introduction to Philosophy. University of Waterloo, spring 1996 and fall 1999 (two sections)

Introduction to Values and Society . Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2000, and co-instructor with Dr. Byron Williston in winter 2004

Introduction to Knowledge and Reality. Wilfrid Laurier University, winter, 2001, winter 2002, and co-instructor with Dr. Rockney Jacobsen, fall, 2003.

2 nd Year Courses:

Business Ethics. University of Waterloo, spring 1999. Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2000

Computer Ethics. Dalhousie University , fall 2004 and winter 2005

Legal Thinking . Dalhousie University, winter 2005

Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship . Wilfrid Laurier University, fall 1999, fall 2000, fall 2003, winter 2004, winter 2009, fall 2009, winter 2010, fall 2010

Existentialism . Wilfrid Laurier University, spring 2000, fall 2000, fall 2003, winter 2007, fall 2008, winter 2011

19 th Century Philosophy . Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2001, winter 2003, winter 2008, winter 2010

Quest for World Peace. Wilfrid Laurier University, fall, 2002, winter, 2006

 Quest for World Peace (Distance Ed.). Wilfrid Laurier University, spring, 2000, summer, 2000, fall, 2000, spring 2001, summer 2001, fall 2001, winter 2002, spring, 2002, winter 2003, spring 2003, fall 2008, winter 2009, spring 2009, winter 2010, spring 2010.

Moral Issues . Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2007

Moral Issues ( Distance Ed.) Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2002, spring 2002, winter 2008, spring 2009, spring 2010.

20 th Century Philosophy . Wilfrid Laurier University, fall 2005, fall 2007, winter 2011

Ethical Theories . Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2006, fall 2007, fall 2009, fall 2010

Social and Political Philosophy . Wilfrid Laurier University, fall 2007.

Explorations of the Self . Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2008.

Theories of Reality . Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2009


3 rd Year Courses:

 19 th Century Philosophy. Dalhousie University, winter 2005

Kierkegaard's Moral-Religious Psychology and his Concept of the Self (lecture course). Wilfrid Laurier University, fall 2006

Love and Personal Identity (lecture course), Wilfrid Laurier University, winter 2011


4 th Year Courses:

Ethics, the Self and the Good Life (seminar) . Wilfrid Laurier University, fall, 2005

Hermeneutics, the Self and Psychology (4 th year directed study), Wilfrid Laurier University, winter, 2006

Ricoeur's Hermeneutics of Self (seminar). Wilfrid Laurier University, fall, 2006

The Right and the Good (4 th year directed study), Wilfrid Laurier University, fall, 2006

Liberalism and Nationalism (seminar). Wilfrid Laurier University, winter, 2007

 
Graduate Courses:

 19 th Century Philosophy. Dalhousie University, winter 2005 (cross-listed as undergraduate and graduate course included two MA and one PhD student)

"Love and the Self." Wilfrid Laurier University , directed study with MA student (Amy King), fall, 2007

Sartre's Existential Phenomenology. Wilfrid Laurier University , fall 2009, directed study with MA students Yuri Forbes-Petrovich and Naomi Grigg

Service:

Library Liaison - department of philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2006-2007.

Undergraduate Advisor - department of philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2005-2006.

Co-organizer of the Wilfrid Laurier philosophy colloquium series, 2003-2004.

Employed by Wilfrid Laurier University in 2002 to revise Philosophy 230 - The Quest for World Peace (distance ed.) in order to both update material and adapt it to web-based format.

Referee for Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, fall 2009.

Referee for The Journal of Value Inquiry, fall 2009.

Referee for the Brock Review, 2005.

Referee for the Canadian Philosophical Association' s Annual Conference, 2003.

Referee for the Canadian Philosophical Association' s Annual Conference, 2002.

PHD. representative at faculty meetings for 1996-1997 at the University of Waterloo Philosophy Department.

  Organizer for the Annual University of Waterloo Graduate Student Colloqium, 1995.

 Treasurer for the Philosophy Graduate Student Association at the University of Waterloo, 1992 -1993.

 Contributingeditor to Eidos (The Canadian Graduate Student Journal) from 1991 to1993).

 Research Assistant for William Christian of the University of Guelph, while he was in Halifax working on his biography of George Grant, summer, 1990.