Philosopher and Author
Trudy Govier is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include trust, forgiveness, reconciliation, argumentation, and practices of conflict resolution. She teaches in the areas of political and social philosophy, peace and conflict studies, ethics, and critical thinking. Govier is widely known for her dynamic, accessible style of speaking and writing, and her passionate advocacy of reasoned responses to conflict.
Govier's reputation as a communicator is firmly founded on her globally successful textbook, A Practical Study of Argument (Wadsworth, six editions). On the Projects page is a full description of Govier's recent work and new projects.
Trudy Govier is a philosopher whose interests and skills have made her active outside the academic community. She was a founding member of Project Ploughshares, Calgary in 1982 and has served in several executive roles for that organization. Her Project Ploughshares involvement led to her membership on the Canadian Government's Consultative Group for arms control and disarmament, from 1986 - 1990. Govier was one of several key facilitators in the Future Ways initiative undertaken by the Calgary United Way, served for several years as a board member with Healthy Calgary, and was a public spokesperson for Friends of the Herald, a community group formed to support independent journalism in Calgary. She was a regular speaker at Calgary's Apeiron Society for Practical Philosophy and has organized and facilitated Philosophy Cafés held at Annie's Book Company. She organized two series of Philosophy Cafes at the Penny Coffeehouse in Lethbridge during the winter and fall of 2006 and was co-organizer, with Michael Kubara, of a lecture series "Questions of War and Peace", held at the Lethbridge Public Libary in the fall of 2006.
Govier is often called upon to facilitate sensitive and potentially volatile discussions, particularly in the foreign policy area. She was a featured participant in several round-tables organized by the Law Commission of Canada, and has been a frequent commentator on CBC radio and television. Govier's deep concern for issues of war and peace, stemming from anti-nuclear involvements in the eighties, led her to study conflict resolution and mediation. She served for several years as a volunteer mediator for Calgary's Better Business Bureau.
Visit the Projects
page for a fuller description of Govier's recent
work and new projects.