Réal Fillion

University of Sudbury
Biography and/or project

I began my undergraduate studies in history, moved more into intellectual history and the history of ideas, and then, after my encounter with the work of R.G. Collingwood, into philosophy. I remain committed to his imperative of effecting a rapprochement between philosophy and history, thereby creating and sustaining a space where the concrete intelligibility that careful attention to history reveals meets the normative preoccupations of philosophical self-examination. It is in this spirit that I have explored the work of Michel Foucault and the continuing relevance of the the speculative philosophy of history for making sense of any increasingly multicultural world. I am currently working on a reconsideration of the relevance of Hegel’s systematic approach to the philosophy of mind/spirit for a critique of contemporary undergraduate education.