Deborah Orr

Department of Humanities

Associate Professor

Office: McLaughlin College, 044
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77024
Emaildorr@yorku.ca

Professor Deborah Orr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Program and in the Graduate Program in Humanities, Religion, Values and Culture Field, http://www.yorku.ca/gradhuma/faculty.html. Her research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy. Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy.

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Professor Deborah Orr is appointed to the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Studies Faculty, http://www.yorku.ca/gradhuma/faculty.html. Her discipline is philosophy. Her Master’s thesis is "Verstehen: A Critical Study of Dilthey’s Epistemology and Methodology", and her doctoral thesis is on "Concepts of Understanding in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Mature Period". She is currently working on a book about the uses of yoga, including mindfulness practices, in teaching and learning with the working title "Thinking Outside the Academic Box".

Deborah’s research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy, especially the interface between these and mindfulness practice.

Her Current Teaching is: Huma1951 9.0 "Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology" and GS/Huma6154 3.0 "Introduction to Mindfulness" Understanding and Using Mindfulness in the Professions"

Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She has offered a range of sessions at the conferences, including the pre-conference session, “Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning” at the Sixth Conference in 2007. The Ninth International Holistic Learning Conference will be held at Geneva Park, Orillia in October, 2013. Information on the upcoming conference will be posted as it becomes available on the website: http://www.astralsite.com/holistic.

Deborah sits on the editorial board of 'Other Education"

Deborah also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy in various non-academic venues in Toronto.

Degrees

PhD, York University

Professional Leadership

Development of Mindfulness and Contemplative Education website This website is designed to provide opportunities for connection and collaboration and is open to all students, researchers and academics interested in any aspect of contemplative education. Registration is free and full professional information, announcements and other information can be posted.

Research Interests

Philosophy , Ethics , Philosophy of Mindfulness, Application of Mindfulness to Anti-oppressive Pedagogy and Praxis

Current Research Projects

“ Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website”

Description: 
The Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website, is an interactive site for teachers, academics, researchers and students who are utilizing,researching or interested in learning about mindfulness and other contemplative processes in teaching and learning. Registration and all uses are free. Members can post full information about themselves and their work, announce upcoming events, new publications, calls for papers, etc. and can also join a discussion forum or simply contact others who share their interests. We are rapidly populating and developing an international membership.

All Publications

Books

Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005.

Book Chapters

A Philosophical Grounding for Contemplative Education. Contemplative Learning and Enquiry Across the Disciplines. Gunnlaugson, O., E.W. Sarath, C. Scott and H. Bai, Eds. New York: SUNY.2014.

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Informal Logic, Gender and Pedagogy. Readings in Argumentation. Ed. Angela Aguayo and Tim Steffensmeier. State College, Pa.: Strata Publishing Inc. 2008.

The Mind/Body Paradigm Crisis and a New Paradigm for Feminism. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 15-40.

Introduction to Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 3-14.

Thinking Through the Body: An Introduction to Beliefs, Bodies and Being. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 1-10.

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 59-80.

Minding the Soul in Education: Conceptualizing and Teaching the Whole Person. Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005. 87-100.

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12 - 15, 2003 (CD ROM, 2003) (1 page).

Developing Wittgenstein’s Picture of the Soul: Toward a Feminist Spiritual Erotics. Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein Ed. Naomi Scheman and Peg O’Connor. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State Press, 2002. 322-343.

Mothers as Moral Educators: Teaching Language and Nurturing Souls. Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation. Ed. O’Reilly, Andrea and Sharon Abbey, Lanham and Boulder. New York, Oxford: Rowan & Littlefield, 2000.

Journal Articles

In A Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care, Paideusis, 21/2, 42-54.2014.

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Education, Other Education. 2012.

'The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis.' Canadian Journal of Education 27.4 (2004): 477–498.

'The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosophical Reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.' Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 18.1 (2002): 25-50.

Teaching Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus , ed. MacNiven, C. Donald and David P. Shugarman, York Univ. Centre for Practical Ethics, 1999, 25 - 29. (5 pp.)

Toward a Critical Rethinking of Feminist Pedagogical Praxis and Resistant Male Students, Canadian Journal of Education, 18/3 (Summer,1993) 239 -254 (26 pp.).

Just the Facts Ma’am, Informal Logic, Informal Logic 11/1 (Winter, 1989), 1 - 10 (10 pp.)

Did Wittgenstein Have a Theory of Hinge Propositions?, Philosophical Investigations, 12/2 (Ap. 1989), 134 - 153 (19 pp.).

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, IAPH Website, http://www.iaph.org

Conference Papers

Mindfulness for Teaching and Learning, Teaching In Focus Conference: Educational Innovation & Transformation, York University, May 22, 2014.

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: A Guided Tour. Papers Please, HuGSA Conference York University, May 26 – 27.2013.

In a Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care. Embodiment, Mindfulness: Contemplative Perspectives and Approaches to Education, May Symposium Keynote, Simon Fraser University, May 16.

Mindful Yoga in Your Day. Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

Mindfulness and the Ethical Classroom, Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

Growing Up Mindfully, Education for Sustainable Well-Being Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 16, 2013.

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: Uses of Mindfulness in Education. Inkshed Conference Keynote , University of Toronto, May 29 – 30.

Listening to Yourself/Listening to Your Students, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

Mindful Yoga Practice, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

Toward and Ethic of Compassion: Metaphysics, Convention and Meditation. International Association of Women in Philosophy Conference (IAPh 2010), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 25 – 28, 2010.

Everyday Mindfullness (2 sessions), Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

Bringing Mindfulness into your Day, Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning, Sixth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 25 - 28, 2007.

Mindfulness as a Tool for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, The Learned Societies Conference, York University, May, 2006.

Mindful Pedagogy, Fifth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 28-30, 2005.

Centering and Settling: Mindful Yoga Survival Strategies for Stressed-out Teachers, Fourth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 24 - 26, 2003.

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11 - 15, 2003.

Asian Philosophy and Practices in the Feminist Classroom: Overcoming Difference, Developing Connection, Women’s Studies: Asian Connections Conference, Pedagogy and Classroom Dynamics Session, University of British Columbia, Nov. 3 - 5, 2000.

Meditation in the Classroom, Into the Millennium: The Changing Faces of Teaching and Learning, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Brock University, June 14-17, 2000.

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, 8th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Boston, Ma., Aug. 6 - 8, 1998.

The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosopher Reads Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women:, Fredericton, B.B., Nov. 7 - 9, 1997.

Mothers as Moral Teachers, Mothers and Daughters: Moving into the Next Millennium, York University, Sept. 26 - 28, 1997.

Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus I”, York University, Oct. 27, 1995.

Do Men and Women Solve Moral Problems Differently?, Science of Gender and Gender of Science , York University, March 8, 1995.

Creating Canadian Cyborgs: Philosophical Thoughts on Children and Electronic Education, The Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies Seminar Series, York University, March 2, 1995.

The Resistant Male Student in the Feminist Classroom, Chilly Classroom Panel, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, York University, 1992.

Creating a Text: Recent Research in the Relation of Gender and Logic, Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue & Debate,York University, April 18, 1990.

Ethics, Gender and Human Nature: A Wittgensteinian View, The Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Philosophical Association, C-SWIP Session, Quebec City, May 29, 1989.

Forthcoming

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA1951 9.0  Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology LECT  


Professor Deborah Orr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Program and in the Graduate Program in Humanities, Religion, Values and Culture Field, http://www.yorku.ca/gradhuma/faculty.html. Her research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy. Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy.


Professor Deborah Orr is appointed to the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Studies Faculty, http://www.yorku.ca/gradhuma/faculty.html. Her discipline is philosophy. Her Master’s thesis is "Verstehen: A Critical Study of Dilthey’s Epistemology and Methodology", and her doctoral thesis is on "Concepts of Understanding in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Mature Period". She is currently working on a book about the uses of yoga, including mindfulness practices, in teaching and learning with the working title "Thinking Outside the Academic Box".

Deborah’s research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy, especially the interface between these and mindfulness practice.

Her Current Teaching is: Huma1951 9.0 "Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology" and GS/Huma6154 3.0 "Introduction to Mindfulness" Understanding and Using Mindfulness in the Professions"

Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She has offered a range of sessions at the conferences, including the pre-conference session, “Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning” at the Sixth Conference in 2007. The Ninth International Holistic Learning Conference will be held at Geneva Park, Orillia in October, 2013. Information on the upcoming conference will be posted as it becomes available on the website: http://www.astralsite.com/holistic.

Deborah sits on the editorial board of 'Other Education"

Deborah also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy in various non-academic venues in Toronto.

Degrees

PhD, York University

Professional Leadership

Development of Mindfulness and Contemplative Education website This website is designed to provide opportunities for connection and collaboration and is open to all students, researchers and academics interested in any aspect of contemplative education. Registration is free and full professional information, announcements and other information can be posted.

Research Interests:

Philosophy , Ethics , Philosophy of Mindfulness, Application of Mindfulness to Anti-oppressive Pedagogy and Praxis

Current Research Projects

“ Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website”

Description: 
The Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website, is an interactive site for teachers, academics, researchers and students who are utilizing,researching or interested in learning about mindfulness and other contemplative processes in teaching and learning. Registration and all uses are free. Members can post full information about themselves and their work, announce upcoming events, new publications, calls for papers, etc. and can also join a discussion forum or simply contact others who share their interests. We are rapidly populating and developing an international membership.

All Publications

Books

Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005.

Book Chapters

A Philosophical Grounding for Contemplative Education. Contemplative Learning and Enquiry Across the Disciplines. Gunnlaugson, O., E.W. Sarath, C. Scott and H. Bai, Eds. New York: SUNY.2014.

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Informal Logic, Gender and Pedagogy. Readings in Argumentation. Ed. Angela Aguayo and Tim Steffensmeier. State College, Pa.: Strata Publishing Inc. 2008.

The Mind/Body Paradigm Crisis and a New Paradigm for Feminism. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 15-40.

Introduction to Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 3-14.

Thinking Through the Body: An Introduction to Beliefs, Bodies and Being. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 1-10.

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 59-80.

Minding the Soul in Education: Conceptualizing and Teaching the Whole Person. Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005. 87-100.

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12 - 15, 2003 (CD ROM, 2003) (1 page).

Developing Wittgenstein’s Picture of the Soul: Toward a Feminist Spiritual Erotics. Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein Ed. Naomi Scheman and Peg O’Connor. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State Press, 2002. 322-343.

Mothers as Moral Educators: Teaching Language and Nurturing Souls. Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation. Ed. O’Reilly, Andrea and Sharon Abbey, Lanham and Boulder. New York, Oxford: Rowan & Littlefield, 2000.

Journal Articles

In A Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care, Paideusis, 21/2, 42-54.2014.

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Education, Other Education. 2012.

'The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis.' Canadian Journal of Education 27.4 (2004): 477–498.

'The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosophical Reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.' Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 18.1 (2002): 25-50.

Teaching Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus , ed. MacNiven, C. Donald and David P. Shugarman, York Univ. Centre for Practical Ethics, 1999, 25 - 29. (5 pp.)

Toward a Critical Rethinking of Feminist Pedagogical Praxis and Resistant Male Students, Canadian Journal of Education, 18/3 (Summer,1993) 239 -254 (26 pp.).

Just the Facts Ma’am, Informal Logic, Informal Logic 11/1 (Winter, 1989), 1 - 10 (10 pp.)

Did Wittgenstein Have a Theory of Hinge Propositions?, Philosophical Investigations, 12/2 (Ap. 1989), 134 - 153 (19 pp.).

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, IAPH Website, http://www.iaph.org

Conference Papers

Mindfulness for Teaching and Learning, Teaching In Focus Conference: Educational Innovation & Transformation, York University, May 22, 2014.

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: A Guided Tour. Papers Please, HuGSA Conference York University, May 26 – 27.2013.

In a Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care. Embodiment, Mindfulness: Contemplative Perspectives and Approaches to Education, May Symposium Keynote, Simon Fraser University, May 16.

Mindful Yoga in Your Day. Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

Mindfulness and the Ethical Classroom, Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

Growing Up Mindfully, Education for Sustainable Well-Being Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 16, 2013.

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: Uses of Mindfulness in Education. Inkshed Conference Keynote , University of Toronto, May 29 – 30.

Listening to Yourself/Listening to Your Students, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

Mindful Yoga Practice, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

Toward and Ethic of Compassion: Metaphysics, Convention and Meditation. International Association of Women in Philosophy Conference (IAPh 2010), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 25 – 28, 2010.

Everyday Mindfullness (2 sessions), Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

Bringing Mindfulness into your Day, Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning, Sixth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 25 - 28, 2007.

Mindfulness as a Tool for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, The Learned Societies Conference, York University, May, 2006.

Mindful Pedagogy, Fifth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 28-30, 2005.

Centering and Settling: Mindful Yoga Survival Strategies for Stressed-out Teachers, Fourth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 24 - 26, 2003.

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11 - 15, 2003.

Asian Philosophy and Practices in the Feminist Classroom: Overcoming Difference, Developing Connection, Women’s Studies: Asian Connections Conference, Pedagogy and Classroom Dynamics Session, University of British Columbia, Nov. 3 - 5, 2000.

Meditation in the Classroom, Into the Millennium: The Changing Faces of Teaching and Learning, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Brock University, June 14-17, 2000.

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, 8th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Boston, Ma., Aug. 6 - 8, 1998.

The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosopher Reads Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women:, Fredericton, B.B., Nov. 7 - 9, 1997.

Mothers as Moral Teachers, Mothers and Daughters: Moving into the Next Millennium, York University, Sept. 26 - 28, 1997.

Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus I”, York University, Oct. 27, 1995.

Do Men and Women Solve Moral Problems Differently?, Science of Gender and Gender of Science , York University, March 8, 1995.

Creating Canadian Cyborgs: Philosophical Thoughts on Children and Electronic Education, The Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies Seminar Series, York University, March 2, 1995.

The Resistant Male Student in the Feminist Classroom, Chilly Classroom Panel, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, York University, 1992.

Creating a Text: Recent Research in the Relation of Gender and Logic, Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue & Debate,York University, April 18, 1990.

Ethics, Gender and Human Nature: A Wittgensteinian View, The Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Philosophical Association, C-SWIP Session, Quebec City, May 29, 1989.

Forthcoming


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA1951 9.0  Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology LECT