Spotlight on Faculty of Arts Professor Mitia Rioux-Beaulne at the Acfas conference

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What does it mean to be someone’s heir? Do we have a duty to preserve our intellectual past? To what extent should we be faithful to a philosophical legacy? For example, are we still Cartesians if we do not agree with all of Descartes’ ideas?

These are some of the questions that will be asked during a symposium entitled, “Qu’est-ce qu’un héritage philosophique? La philosophie et son rapport au passé” [What is a philosophical legacy: philosophy and its relation to the past] presented at the Acfas conference and hosted by Department of Philosophy Professor Mitia Rioux-Beaulne. But contrary to what you might think, those attending the symposium are not looking for answers, but rather seeking to understand how ideas are transmitted and what effect this has. The professor noted that these types of questions can have significant consequences because they often refer back to institutional legitimacy and influence the selection of ideas that are included in, or excluded from, a philosophy.

For this event, Mitia Rioux-Beaulne will welcome a dozen panelists from Canada and France, including six doctoral students. “I feel that this kind of networking is extremely important for students,” he said. “It’s my main reason for setting up these events.”

The symposium “Qu’est-ce qu’un héritage philosophique? La philosophie et son rapport au passé” will be held on May 15 as part of the 91st Acfas conference.