Gaelle Fiasse

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

joint position with the Department of Philosophy

Contact Information
Address: 

Leacock Building, Room 940
855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7, Canada

Email address: 
gaelle.fiasse [at] mcgill.ca
Degree(s): 

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Louvain-la-Neuve)

Specialization: 

Ancient Philosophy, Relationship between Philosophy and Christianity, Contemporary European Philosophy, Paul Ricoeur. Specific Themes of Research:Friendship, Forgiveness (FQRSC), Fragility (SSHRC)

Courses: 

PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


PHIL 475 Topics in Contem European Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


PHIL 675 Sem:Contempory European Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 373 Christian Ethics of Love 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 571 Ethics, Medicine and Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Current research: 

Research

Research areas

Ethics
Ancient Philosophy (Aristotle)
Contemporary Continental Ethics (Paul Ricœur)
Theological Ethics (Christianity)

Interdisciplinary research

Philosophy, Religious Studies, Political Science, Bioethics

Research interests and current research projects

In terms of the history of philosophy and ethics, Professor Fiasse is a specialist in Aristotle and Paul Ricœur. She is one of the correspondents in Canada for the Fonds Ricœur (the center of research for Ricœur’s studies in Paris).

Her major research, as well as her different publications and collaborations, concentrates on the interpersonal relationship as a core element in the foundation of morality. This particular approach to ethics focuses on the relationship with another person as playing a central role for the will and for the development of meanings and values. The themes that she examines are the question of friendship, otherness, justice, forgiveness, violence and fragility.

In parallel to her philosophical analysis, Professor Fiasse studies these themes in religious ethics. She explores how philosophers (Paul Ricœur, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Jacques Derrida, and Julia Kristeva) use notions important to the Christian tradition such as love and forgiveness.

In terms of teaching and graduate supervision, she is also particularly interested in how Christian authors relate to Ancient philosophy. She analyses how they understand friendship, the relationship with other people and the notions of desire and will. Among those in the philosophical tradition that she focuses on are Augustine, Aquinas, and Kierkegaard. She is also very interested in the mystical tradition, especially female mystics such as Thérèse d'Avila, Thérèse de Lisieux, and Edith Stein. She also pays particular attention to the invocation of friendship in inter-religious dialogue (for example, by Charles de Foucault and Christian de Chergé as regards the relationship with Islam).

Professor Fiasse is also the liaison for the program in bioethics. She is especially interested in the pact of care between a physician and a patient, the notion of human dignity, and the respect for the more vulnerable people in society, in particular children and those suffering from a handicap.

Selected publications: 

I have published two books, Amour et Fragilité. Regards philosophiques au cœur de l'humain (Québec, Presses Universitaires de Laval, 2015; Paris, Hermann, 2016); L'autre et l'amitié chez Aristote et Paul Ricœur. Analyses éthiques et ontologiques (Louvain: Peeters, 2006) and one collective book, Paul Ricœur. De l'homme faillible à l'homme capable (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2008) , that includes essays from some of the most recognized scholars in Ricœurian Studies, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics from Europe and North America.

Books and monographs

G. Fiasse, Amour et Fragilité, Regards philosophiques au cœur de l'humain, Paris, Hermann, 2016.
http://www.pulaval.com/produit/amour-et-fragilite-regards-philosophiques-au-coeur-de-l-humain

G. Fiasse, Paul Ricœur. De l'homme faillible à l'homme capable, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France (Débats philosophiques), 2008.
https://www.puf.com/content/Paul_Ric%C5%93ur_De_lhomme_faillible_%C3%A0_lhomme_capable

Translated in Spanish: Paul Ricœur. Del hombre falible al hombre capaz, coord. Gaëlle Fiasse. Buenos Aires: Nueva vision, 2009.

G. Fiasse, L'autre et l'amitié chez Aristote et Paul Ricoeur. Analyses éthiques et ontologiques, Louvain: Peeters, Éditions de l'Institut supérieur de Philosophie (Bibliothèque philosophique de Louvain, 69), 2006.
http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=8079

Articles in refereed journals

Affleck, W., Fiasse, G., Macdonald M.E., “Narrative, Trauma, and Self-Interpretation”, Narrative Inquiry, 2016 (26/1), 108-129.

G. Fiasse, “Ricœur's Hermeneutics of the Self. On the In-Between of the Involuntary and the Voluntary, and Narrative Identity,” Philosophy Today, 58/1 (2014), 39-51.
https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=philtoday&id=philtoday_2014_0058_0001_0039_0051

G. Fiasse, “Revisiting Jankélévitch's Dichotomy: Between Excusing the Ignorant and Forgiving the Wicked,” Philosophy Today, 56/1 (2012), 3-15.
https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=philtoday&id=philtoday_2012_0056_0001_0003_0015

G. Fiasse, “Forgiveness and the Refusal of Injustice,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008), 39-48.
https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=acpaproc&id=acpaproc_2008_0082_0125_0134

G. Fiasse, “Paul Ricœur et le pardon comme au-delà de l’action,” Laval théologique et philosophique 63/2 (2007): 363-376.
https://www.erudit.org/fr/revues/ltp/2007-v63-n2-ltp1952/016790ar.pdf

G. Fiasse, “Les fondements de la philanthropie dans le stoïcisme impérial, deux cas concrets: l’esclavage et la gladiature,” Les Études Philosophiques 4/2002: 527–547.
https://www.puf.com/content/%C3%A9tudes_philosophiques_2002_n%C2%B0_4

G. Fiasse, "Aristotle's phronesis: A True Grasp of Ends as Well as Means?," The Review of Metaphysics 55 (2001): 323-337.
http://www.jstor.org/stable/20131710?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

G. Fiasse, "La problématique de l'amour-éros dans le stoïcisme: confrontation de fragments, paradoxes et interprétations," Revue Philosophique de Louvain, 97 (1999): 459-482.
http://poj.peeters-leuven.be/content.php?url=article&id=541959&journal_code=RPL

Articles/chapters in books and monographs

G. Fiasse, “H. Jonas. L'impact du dix-septième siècle: la signification de la révolution scientifique et technologique.” In H. Jonas, Essais philosophiques. Du credo ancien à l'homme technologique, éd. par D. Bazin et O. Depré, Paris: Vrin, 2013, 75-117.

G. Fiasse, “L'amitié et la fragilité chez Aristote et Thomas d'Aquin,” in Jérusalem, Athènes et Rome. Liber amicorum X. Dijon, ed. by J. Fierens, Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2012, 109-129.

G. Fiasse, “Ricœur's Medical Ethics: the Encounter between the Physician and the Patient,” in Reconceiving Medical Ethics, ed. by C. Cowley, New York: Continuum Press, 2012, 30-42.

G. Fiasse, “The Golden Rule and Forgiveness.” In A Passion for the Possible. Thinking with Paul Ricœur, ed. Brian Treanor and Henry Venema, Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy, New York: Fordham University Press, 2010, 77-89.

G. Fiasse, “La phronèsis dans l'éthique de Paul Ricœur.” In Le jugement pratique: Autour de la notion de phronèsis, eds. D. Lories et L. Rizzerio, Paris: J. Vrin (Bibliothèque d'histoire de la philosophie), 349-360, 2008.

G. Fiasse, “Aristote. Physique,” in Philosophie de la substance. Ousia dans la philosophie grecque des origines à Aristote. Travaux du Centre d'études aristotéliciennes de l'Université de Liège, ed. A. Motte et P. Somville, avec la collaboration de M.-A. Gavray, A. Lefka et D. Seron, Louvain: Peeters (Aristote. Traductions et études), 2008, 209-228.

G. Fiasse, “Asymétrie, gratuité et réciprocité.” In Paul Ricœur. De l'homme faillible à l'homme capable, ed. G. Fiasse, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France (Débats philosophiques), 119-156, 2008.

G. Fiasse, “Droit naturel, finalité, nature et esclavage chez Aristote.” In Droit naturel. Relancer l'histoire?, sous la dir. de L-L Christians, F. Coppens, X. Dijon, P. Favraux, G. Fiasse, J.-M. Longneaux et M. Ruol, Brussels: Bruylant, 133-154, 2008.

G. Fiasse, “Le tragique de l'action. Ricoeur et Antigone,” in: Le projet d'Antigone. Parcours vers la mort d'une fille d'Oedipe, ed. Louise Grenier, Montréal: Liber, 2005, 139-153.

G. Fiasse, "Aristote. Ethiques," in Philosophie de la forme. Eidos, Idea, Morphè dans la philosophie grecque, des origines à Aristote, ed. André Motte, Louvain: Peeters (Aristote. Traductions et études), 2004, 508-537.

G. Fiasse, "Paul Ricoeur, lecteur d'Aristote," in Éthique à Nicomaque VIII-IX, ed. Guy Samama, Paris: Ellipses, 2001, 185-189.

Reviews

G. Fiasse, An encounter with “Charles L. Griswold, Forgiveness. A philosophical exploration. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007, 268 pages, in PhaenEx. Journal of existential and phenomenological theory and culture 3/2: 2008, 195-208.
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