Philosophy talk to focus on resilience

Linfield CampusJohn Russell, philosophy professor at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C., will present “Resilience” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall, at Linfield College.

Resilience is a capacity to overcome adversity. Yet, research shows that it is declining among college students. Russell argues that resilience is a key virtue in sports and life, and can extend our understanding of virtue and success. He believes that analyzing the nature and role of resilience in athletics helps us understand the contributions of sports to culture and wellbeing.

Russell is past chair of the Langara College Philosophy Department. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1994. In reaction to a bad call in a softball game he played, he wrote “The Concept of a Call in Baseball,” a paper which led him to discover a long established journal and scholarly society devoted to the philosophy of sport. For the past 20 years, he has published extensively in sport philosophy. He was editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport from 2006 to 2015. The International Association for the Philosophy of Sport awarded him the Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Award in 2014 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the departments of Business, Economics, HHPA and Philosophy. For information, contact Jesús Ilundáin, or 503-883-2362.