Katharina Paxman

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KATHARINA PAXMAN

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Brigham Young University

Department of Philosophy

JFSB 4086-C

Provo, Utah 84602

E-mail: katie_paxman@byu.edu 

Research Interests

Area of Specialization: Early Modern Philosophy (Hume), History of Philosophy of Emotion

Area of Competence: Ethics (Metaethics and Applied Ethics), Ancient Philosophy

 

Education

University of Antwerp

Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Ethics                                      September 2010- August 2011

Supervisor: Willem Lemmens

University of Western Ontario

Ph.D., Philosophy                                                                        September 2005- September 2010

Dissertation title: Feeling, Impulse and Changeability: The Role of Emotion in Hume’s Theory of the Passions

Description: I argue for an implicit emotion/passion distinction in Hume that allows him to accommodate both sensationalist and cognitivist approaches to affective mental states. I then provide new readings of his sympathy mechanism, and theories of belief and motivation.

Thesis supervisors: Lorne Falkenstein (Western Ontario) and Willem Lemmens (Antwerp)

Examiners: Donald Ainslie, Louis Charland, Karen Neilsen, Nina Reid-Maroney

Dalhousie University

M.A., Philosophy                                                                               September 2003- August 2005

Thesis title: Feeling, Sympathy and Rationality: David Hume’s Philosophy of Belief

Thesis supervisor: Nathan Brett

University of Victoria                                                                                  

Honours B.A., Philosophy                                                                 September 1998- August 2002

Employment

Brigham Young University, Department of Philosophy, Assistant Professor, 2015-.

University of Western Ontario, Department of Philosophy, Instructor, 2011-2013.

University of Antwerp, Centre for Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2010-2011.

King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Instructor, 2009.

University of Western Ontario, Department of Philosophy, Instructor, 2007-2008.

Selected Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Scholarship Competitions

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2009. Value $20,000.

  • The SSHRC doctoral fellowship is a highly competitive external fellowship competition adjudicated at the federal level. The competition is open to Canadian graduate students studying within or outside of Canada.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2007-2010 [declined 2008-2009]. Total Value $45,000.

  • The OGS is a competitive external grant open to graduate students studying in Ontario.

Entrance Scholarships and Funding

University of Western Ontario Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship, 2005-2009 [declined 2007-2009]. Total Value: $28,524.

Dalhousie University Teaching Fellowship, 2003-2004. Value: $14,500.

Other Awards

Best Student Paper Award, Western Canadian Philosophical Association Conference, 2006. Value: $100.

Graduate Student Travel Award, Hume Society, 2009. Value: $500.

Travel Award, Society of Graduate Students, University of Western Ontario, 2007. Value: $500.

Graduate Student Travel Award, Hume Society, 2007. Value: $500.

Graduate Student Travel Award, Hume Society, 2006. Value: $750.

Publications, Research, and Conference Presentations

Publications in Primary Area of Research

Paxman, K. “Imperceptible Impressions and Disorder in the Soul: A characterization of the distinction between calm and violent passions in Hume.” Journal of Scottish Philosophy (forthcoming, 12(2), Fall 2014).

Paxman, K. “The Movement of Feeling and the Genesis of Character in Hume.” Invited for special issue of Res Philosophica (forthcoming, 2015).

Brett, N. and K. Paxman. (2008) “Reason in Hume’s Passions”. Hume Studies, 34(1): 43-59. (Refereed)

Other Publications

Paxman, K., T Pelton, and L. Francis Pelton. (2006) “Should corporations be permitted to use promotional contests to manipulate the buying habits of children and youth?” Connections 2006  Proceedings, University of Victoria, pp. 65-76. (Refereed)

Pelton, T., K. Paxman, and L. Francis Pelton. (2005) “Are Promotional Contests Affecting Children and Youth?” Centre for Youth & Society Newsletter, University of Victoria, June 2005, pp. 5-6.

Articles under Review

“What happens when I feel your pride? A (re)examination of the principle of sympathy and the indirect passions”

“Autism, Hume and Moral Agency”

Articles in Preparation

“The Troubled Anatomist: Change in the Treatment of Sympathy between Hume’s Treatise and the Second Enquiry

“Hume and the Evolution of Appetite”

“Malebranche and Hume on the Infallibility of Sentiment” (with Julie Walsh)

“The Fluidity of Emotion and Hume’s Account of Tragedy”

Presentations at Refereed Conferences and Workshops

“Hume and the Evolution of Appetite,” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy Annual Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, October 2013.

“Imperceptible Impressions and Disorder in the Soul: A characterization of the distinction between calm and violent passions in Hume,” International Hume Conference, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, August 2013.

Commentary on Haruko Inoue, “The ambiguity in Hume’s distinction between the calm and the violent passions,” International Hume Conference, Calgary, Alberta, July 2012.

“The Troubled Anatomist: Change in the Treatment of Sympathy between Hume’s Treatise and the Second Enquiry,” From Sympathy to Empathy: Hume and Beyond, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, June 2011.

“Imperceptible Impressions and Disorder in the Soul: A Characterization of Calm and Violent Passions in Hume,” British Moralists in Paris Workshop, Paris, France, February 2011.

“Feeling, Impulse and Changeability: The Role of Emotion in Hume’s Theory of the Passions,” North Sea Early Modern Workshop, Antwerp, Belgium, October 2010.

“What Happens When I Feel Your Pride? A (re)examination of Hume’s principle of sympathy and the indirect passions,” International Hume Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 2009.

Commentary on Jennifer Welchman, “Hume and the Prince of Thieves” Canadian Philosophical Association, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Federation, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, June 2009.

“Autism, Hume and Moral Agency,” International Hume Conference, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2007.

“Autism, Hume and Moral Agency,” Western Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference, Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, B.C., October 2006. Awarded prize for best student paper.

Commentary on Byron Stole’s, “Pleasure over Purpose & Epicurean Motivations for a Mechanistic World-View” Ancient Teleology Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, November 2006.

“Reason’s Mastery of the Passions in Hume” (with Nathan Brett), International Hume Conference, Koblenz, Germany, August 2006.

Commentary on John Draeger’s, “Should we care about racial injustice?” Canadian Philosophical Association, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Federation, York University, Toronto, Ontario, June 2006.

“Should corporations be permitted to use promotional contests to manipulate the buying habits of children and youth?” (Poster) Connections 2006 Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., May 2006.

“Reason and Hume’s Passions,” Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 2004.

Presentations at Non-refereed Conferences and Workshops

“Feeling, Impulse and Changeability: The Role of Emotion in Hume’s Theory of the Passions,” University of Western Ontario, Departmental Public Thesis Talk, London, Ontario, September 2010.

“Reason and the Passionate Mind,” University of Antwerp, Philosophy Department Colloquium, Antwerp, Belgium, March 2010.

“Reason and the Passionate Mind,” London Central Library, series on the philosophy of emotions, organized by UWO, London, Ontario, October 2009.

“Understanding Hume’s use of ‘emotion’”, Emotion and Cognition in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy Workshop, Simon Fraser University, May 2-3, 2008.

“The Many Faces of Akrasia: Aristotle’s Investigation of Incontinence,” Upper, University of  Canada Society for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Western Ontario, March 6, 2007.

“Promotional contests, gambling and youth,” Workshop on Children’s Rights, University of Victoria, December 2007.

“Autism, Hume and Moral Agency”, University of Western Ontario Graduate Student Colloquium, October 3, 2006.

“The Placing of Lecta in Stoic Ontology,” Upper Canada Society for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, February 16, 2006.

“Plato’s Pen,” A philosophical play, presented at a Plato scholarship retreat, Lake District, UK, October 2004.

“Reason and Hume’s Passions”, Stapledon Philosophy Colloquium, University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK, October 2004.

“Reason and Hume’s Passions” (with Nathan Brett), Friday Afternoon Philosophy Colloquia, Dalhousie Philosophy Department, June 2004.

“What is Philosophy?” panel member, International Philosophy Day presentation at Dalhousie University, November 2003.

Teaching and Academic Work Experience

Courses Taught

Instructor, Questions of the Day, Phil 1305 (University of Western Ontario, 2013)

Instructor, Philosophy of Religion, Phil 2661 (University of Western Ontario, 2012)

Instructor, Metaethics, Phil 3710 (University of Western Ontario, 2011)

Instructor, Media Ethics, Phil 2730 (University of Western Ontario, 2011)

Instructor, Philosophy of Religion, Phil 2661 (University of Western Ontario, 2011)

Instructor, Business Ethics, Phil 2074 (King’s University College, 2009)

Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy, Phil 1300 (University of Western Ontario, 2007-2008)

Courses Assistant-Taught

Teaching Assistant, Global Justice and Human Rights, Phil 2810 (University of Western Ontario, 2009)

Grader, Inquiry, Interpretation and Rhetoric, IIDS 021 (Huron College, 2009)

Teaching Assistant, Business Ethics, Phil 2074 (University of Western Ontario, 2008)

Tutorial Leader, Questions of the Day, Phil 1130 (University of Western Ontario, 2006)

Tutorial Leader, Introduction to Philosophy, Phil 1300 (University of Western Ontario, 2006-2007)

Grader, Introduction to Theory of Knowledge, Phil 2500 (University of Western Ontario, 2005)

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Philosophy, Phil 1010 (Dalhousie University)

Research Assistantships

Research Assistant, editing work (including preparation of bibliography), Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 2006.

Research Assistant, assisted in preparation of faculty SSHRC grant proposal, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria, 2004.

Research Assistant, researched, and co-authored publication on ethics of promotional contests marketed to youth and children, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria, 2005.

Graduate Coursework

University of Western Ontario

Mind and Mechanism in Early Modern Philosophy (Ben Hill)

Hume on the Passions and Moral Philosophy (Lorne Falkenstein)

Medieval Psychology (Henrik Lagerlund)

Ancient Practical Philosophy (Karen Nielsen)

Malebranche (Thomas Lennon)

Locke’s Philosophy of Ideas (Ben Hill)

Autism and Philosophy of Mind (Robert Stainton)

Stoic and Epicurean Philosophy (John Thorp)

Philosophy of Emotions (Louis Charland)

Dalhousie University

Kant (Tom Vinci)

Health Care Ethics (Susan Sherwin)

Eco-feminism (Trish Glazebrook)

Hume (Nathan Brett)

Philosophy of Language (Michael Hymers)

20th Century Analytic Philosophy (Duncan MacIntosh)

 

Services to the Profession and Professional Memberships

Referee

Hume Studies, 2012-2013

Professional Memberships

Member, Hume Society (since 2006)

Member, Canadian Philosophical Association (2006)

Member, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (2013)

Organizational Roles

Co-organizer of the Antwerp Early Modern Philosophy Reading Group, with meetings held at various universities in the region, November 2010-June 2011.

Member of the local organizing committee, 37th International Hume Conference, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, July 2010.

Selected Volunteer and Non-Academic Work Experience

High School Guest Speaker

Belle River District High School, Belle River, Ontario, 2012 and 2013.

Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School, London, Ontario, 2007.

Instructor for an after-school philosophy program, St. Pat’s High, Halifax Nova Scotia, 2004.

Selected Theatre and Music Experience

Choir Director, London LDS Stake Choir, London, Ontario, 2012-2013.

Winner of Best Supporting Actress Brickenden Award, for performance in Doubt, Dariusz Entertainment, London, Ontario, 2009.

Theatre Nemesis (actor, various productions), London, Ontario, 2006-2009.

University of Western Ontario Choir (singer), London, Ontario, 2005-2009.

Victoria Shakespeare Festival (actor), Victoria, British Columbia, 1998-2003, 2005.

Member of Board of Directors, Four Seasons Musical Theatre, 1998-2002.

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