2015 Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics Lecture

Monday, March 16, 2015

4:30 p.m.

Bata Library Film Theatre, room 103

Guest Speaker: Dr. Brad Park '94

"Open & Mindful: The Deference of Consciousness and the Dawn of Moral Comportment"

During his lecture, Professor Park draws from Buddhist and phenomenological sources to examine the idea of a “pre-ethical” orientation that makes ethics, as we usually conceive of it, possible.

He concludes with contemporary empirical research regarding various forms of “mindfulness” and meditation, to clarify and support the Buddhist claim that attentional practices can positively repair our pre-ethical orientation.

Prof. Park earned his Bachelor’s degree from Trent in Philosophy and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii. He is an associate professor of Philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland, specializing in East Asian philosophies and religions, including classical Confucianism, Lao-Zhuang Daoism, East Asian Buddhism, and contemporary Japanese philosophy. His research interests include hermeneutics and phenomenology, particularly as they relate to contemporary discussions about moral considerability, difference, and the question of the "Other."​

The Chair in Ethics was established in 2010 by members of the Patterson and Drain families in honour of Kenneth Mark Drain, described as “a quintessential son of Peterborough.” Having lived and worked in Peterborough County all his life, Kenneth Drain was an exemplary volunteer and lived a life of quiet deeds.

For more information please contact Kathy Fife at 705-748-1011 x7166, kfife@trentu.ca