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Wayne Henry

Wayne Henry

Department Head, Associate Professor

Philosophy

Abbotsford campus, D3110A

Phone: 604.504.7441, local 4720

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Biography

Professor Wayne Henry began teaching as a graduate student in his second year of studies at University of Western Ontario (1988/1989). In his final year there (1993/1994) he was honoured with the privilege of teaching two courses in the undergraduate honours stream, a first for a graduate student at that department. His first post-doctoral teaching appointment was a two-year leave replacement position at Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan). In the following year (1996/1997) he taught at Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen University College, Langara College, and Douglas College before landing a permanent position at Capilano College (now Capilano University). He taught at Capilano College for 11 years before resigning his position in 2008 to move to Ottawa where he worked briefly as a policy analyst for Health Canada. He commenced teaching at University of the Fraser Valley in Fall 2009 and has happily taught here since then.

He works closely with his colleagues, but with Glen Baier in particular, as they coordinate courses in their curriculum that focus on the history of philosophy. Glen teaches courses in the Rationalist/Continental stream (251a, 252, 425) and Wayne teaches courses in the Empiricist/Analytic stream (251b, 352, & 426). Wayne also frequently teaches 100, 120 and PHIL300: Symbolic Logic, and PHIL412: Corporations, Globalization, and Ethics.

Education

PhD, University of Western Ontario, 1994
MA, University of British Columbua, 1987
BA, (Hons.) University of Victoria, 1984

Teaching Interests

The courses Wayne teaches are deeply reflective of his interests and passions: the history of Empiricism/Analytic Philosophy (and theories of meaning in particular) and issues arising out of Consumer Capitalism, including inequality of opportunity, diminished democracy, environmental damage, worker exploitation, economic imperialism, and issues concerning sustainability. In regards to the latter, he is particularly concerned about the welfare of animals as a result of habitat loss and exploitive, mass-production agricultural practices.

Community Engagement

In his life outside of work, he is a fitness addict (cycling and weightlifting being his preferred activities) and a lover of music. He plays drums and guitar (badly) and has a personal music collection of several thousand titles (vinyl records, CD’s, and digital). He also volunteers in the service of various local animal welfare groups and organizations.

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