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October 17, 2017
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Dr. Jonathan Lavery

Associate Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5742

Office Location: OD 203

Academic Background
  • BA - English, WLU
  • Hons BA - Philosophy, WLU
  • MA - University of Guelph
  • PhD - University of Guelph

I spent almost all of my childhood in Cambridge, only a few miles from Brantford. Before coming to Brantford in 2003, I taught philosophy full time at the University of Windsor for two enjoyable years, and before that I taught part-time at various other schools. I like many different kinds of music, films and travel, all of which I enjoy even more in the company of my wife (Julie), two daughters (Sadie and Tamsen), our two cats (Cleo and Maude) and our dog (Reuben).

Additional Information

Course taught at WLU: Brantford:

CT 122:Social and Political Thought
CT 323: Roots of Contemporary Thought
PP 217: Medical Ethics
PP 223: Modern Moral Problems
PP 233: Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship
PP/CS 201: Reasoning and Argumentation
PP/CL 256: Ancient Philosophy I: Presocratics and Plato
PP/CL 259: Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and Late Ancient Philosophy

Research Interests:

Plato and ancient philosophy
Genres of philosophical writing

Some Recent Publications:

Critical Thinking: An introduction to the basic skills 5th ed. (Broadview, 2008) co-authored with Bill Hughes

Guest editor: "Genres of Philosophy I and II", a special edition of Poetics Today (2007) vol. 27, nos. 2 and 3

"Plato's Protagoras and the Frontier of Genre Research," Poetics Today vol. 27, no. 2: 191-246

"Protagoras and Plato’s Protagoras," Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece, ed. Patricia O’Grady (Ashgate, 2005).

"Reflection and Exhortation in Butler’s Sermons: Practical Agency, Psychological Health and the Philosophical Sermon," The European Legacy (2005) vol. 10, no. 4: 329-348

 "Clio in the Lyceum: Making room for history in Aristotle’s thought," Philosophy of History a re-examination, ed. William Sweet (Ashgate, 2004)

Forthcoming Publications:

Literary Form, Philosophical Content: Historical Studies in Philosophical Genres, co-edited with Louis Groarke (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming).