WAAAUB Holds First Ever International Convention: Commitment to AUB and Enhancing Ties among Alumni  
AUBMC Receives US Accreditation
Seven New Members to Join the AUB Board of Trustees
Establishment of the Michael Atiyah Chair in Mathematical Sciences at AUB
AUB Nutrition and Food Science Department Named as WHO Collaborating Center
Academic Excellence Rewarded: AUB's Merit Scholarships
AUB Announces New Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service
Shahe Kazarian's - Reflections of My I (Published by Cadmus Project: 2007)
Faculty Profile: Patrick Lewtas
Professor Mrad Lectures Abroad
Staff Profile: Ramzieh Saad
Essay Competition Honors Arab World's 'Prince of Poets'
Donald Mitchell Examines Control Over City Streets
The Political Consequences of American Romanticism
Juan Cole Points at Failures in United States
Scholar Studies Impact of Terrorism on American Imports
Ambassador Evaluates Role of United Kingdom in the Arab World
A View of Islam in the Eighth Century
The Need for Dialogue Between Religions
Istanbul's Pleasures Revealed
National Identity Without Citizenship?
On-line Workshops Help Train Journalists
Student Artwork Exhibited at Jafet Library
Amulets and Talismans at the AUB Museum
Living with Animals: To Prevent Torture and the Impact of War
Women's Auxiliary Holiday Luncheon
Home of Hope Orphans Tour AUB Medical Center
Italian Opera Recital at Assembly Hall
Strengthening Ukraine and Lebanese Relations with Music
AUB Music Club Concert
From Sufi Chant to Oriental Jazz
AUB Choir and Choral Society Celebrate Christmas
Benefit Christmas Concerts Help Ayadina Center
Red Cross Club Forms Human Ribbon
January 2008 Vol. 9 No. 4


Faculty Profile: Patrick Lewtas

Professor Patrick Lewtas

A new faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at AUB this year is Patrick Lewtas, a native Canadian, who was a practicing lawyer for most of his career but eventually broke away from the judicial scene to pursue his life-long passion for philosophy.

First, Lewtas graduated from Harvard University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in political philosophy and continued his studies at the University of Toronto to attain a law degree in 1985, which opened up his career as a lawyer. Lewtas then spent the next eleven years in practice at a law firm in Toronto and later worked with Native American Indians in Northwest Ontario. It was only after his years as a lawyer that he finally gave in to his urge to become a philosopher.

A driving factor in his desire to study and understand the world is the uncompromising passion Lewtas has for the wilderness. "I think that philosophy is not just a way to play with language, but that it gives us an opportunity to study the world in its own right," he explained. As such, Lewtas enjoys going on long excursions, sometimes for a month at a time, to Northern Canada where he traverses the land in excruciating conditions and experiences a visceral connection to the world.

After leaving behind his career as a lawyer, Lewtas took philosophy courses at the University of Toronto, then enrolled in a doctorate program in philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Though the university faculty was primarily interested in issues of morality and ethics, Lewtas chose a path towards metaphysics and consciousness. In his dissertation, Lewtas posited a defense for panpsychism-the view that at least some of the basic components of our universe have properties of consciousness, which our consciousness is dependent on- and attempted to develop that view.

Immediately after finishing his dissertation and receiving his degree, Lewtas found himself on a plane to Lebanon to accept a position as an assistant professor of philosophy at AUB. Expressing great pleasure in his decision to move to Lebanon, Lewtas says, "AUB students are surprisingly good. They have great command of the English language, when compared to students of other American universities I've taught at."

Lewtas enjoys teaching both his undergraduate and graduate courses and very much looks forward to watching his students become more curious about the world.