Professor Robert D. Lane



Outstanding Service Award 2008

Nominating Speech/ Dean Lane

Acceptance Speech

Professor Emeritus 2015

What about Bob?

CBC Interview

Shaw Television 9/11

Figure/Ground Interview

Farmer Bob vs MP Lunney


Present: Professor Emeritus, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Vancouver Island University
1969 – 2000 Instructor, Counsellor, Chairman, Coordinator, Director
1966 – 1969 Assistant Professor of English

Southwestern Oregon Community college
Coos Bay, Oregon

1964 – 1966 Graduate Student

University of California
Santa Barbara, California

1962 – 1964 Personnel Supervisor

The Boeing Company
Seattle, Washington

1961 – 1962 Truck dispatcher and Labor Foreman

The Haskell Company
Santa Barbara, California

1957 – 1961 University Student
1953 – 1957 Grunt – Sgt. United States Marine Corps, Korean veteran


·        Awarded Professor Emeritus status 2015 – Philosophy and Religious Studies department at VIU.

·        Recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Service Award from VIU.

  • Founding Director, The Institute of Practical Philosophy.
  • Parks Commissioner, City of Nanaimo, 2003 to 2006
  • Founding Director and Executive Secretary, Vancouver Island Society for Practical Philosophy
  • Board Member, BC Civil Liberties Association
  • Managing Editor, Island, January, 1978 to 1987.
  • Founding Director and President, Vancouver Island Literary Society, 1980 – 1987.
  • Member Nanaimo and Region Hospital Society; member steering committee for ethics.
  • Member of Veterans for Peace, Coos Bay, Oregon, 1967 – 1969


  • 1953 High School Diploma, Wray, Colorado
  • 1959 A.A. Math degree with honors, Santa Barbara City College
  • 1961 B.A. English degree with honors, University of California
  • 1966 M.A. English with distinction, University of California
  • 1967 LTC Standard Teaching Credential in Junior College teaching, California
  • 1976 M.A. Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.


 PUBLICATIONS in recent years:

  • 1994 Reading the Bible: Intention, Text, Interpretation, University Press of America, Lanham, New York, London, ISBN 0-8191-9114-0, January 1994. Now available on-line at the University of Pennsylvania. Second editiion (re-issue) iUniverse, May 2004. Available here free!
  • 1994 Review of The Making of the Messiah, by Robert Sheaffer, Humanist in Canada, Spring 1994.
  • 1994 “Finding Patterns in Hemingway and Camus: Construction of Meaning and Truth,” co-authored with Steven M. Lane, a paper accepted by the Hemingway/Fitzgerald Societies for the International Conference in Paris, France, and delivered at the conference.
  • 1994 Review of Practical Ethics, 2nd edition, by Peter Singer; in Philosophical Books, 35, No. 4, October, 1994.
  • 1995 Euthanasia: the debate continues, co-authored with Richard Dunstan, published by the Institute of Practical Philosophy, October, 1995.
  • 1996 Review of A Philosophical Testament, by Marjorie Grene, in Canadian Philosophical Journal.
  • 1995 “The Book of Job” a lecture for the Liberal Studies class.
  • 1996 “Beckett’s Godot: A Bundle of Broken Mirrors” for the North American Beckett Festival, at the University of Victoria, now a chapter in The Beckett Papers, published by University of Victoria press.
  • 1998 Thomas R. Flynn, Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason. – p326. Philosophy in Review
  • 1998 “Nursing a Healthy Skepticism,” paper presented at workshop on Health Care, Feb. 1998.
  • 1998 editor, “Myth and the Meaning of Life” and “Where to Look for God” by Dr. John Crane, as part of the Institute of Practical Philosophy
  • Editor of the Chapbook series for the Institute of Practical Philosophy.
  • 1998 review of Perspectives on Power by Noam Chomsky, in Humanist in Canada, Autumn 1998, No. 126.
  • 1999 “Three Day Job,” short story in Platte Valley Review, Spring 1999.
  • 2000 “Lost and Found,” short story in Platte Valley Review, Spring 2000 issue.
  • 2000 “Billy,” short story in Platte Valley Review, Winter 2000 issue.
  • 2004 “Billy” reprinted in Humanist in Canada.
  • 2005 “Most Canadians want Assisted Suicide Legalized” in Assisted Suicide: Current Controversies, Greenhaven Press, USA.
  • 2006 Redneck, a selection of short stories.
    Available here free!
  • Currently blogging at EPISYLLOGISM.


Public Lectures:

  • 1967 “Albert Camus: the Absurd Hero,” South Western Oregon Community College Lecture Series.
  • 1968 “Literary Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount,” South Western Oregon Community College Lecture Series.
  • 1971 “Julius Caesar: the Politics of Love,” Gresham Lecture at the Institute of Renaissance Studies, Ashland, Oregon.
  • 1974 “I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You,” lecture for Simon Fraser University Philosophy Club.
  • 1976 “Speech Acts,” Malaspina College Faculty Lecture.
  • 1979 “What is Philosophy?” Malaspina College Philosophy Club.
  • 1979 “Don’t Eat the Menu,” Malaspina College Faculty Lecture.
  • 1980 “Camus and the Absurd,” a sermon for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.
  • 1986 “Obligation, Anarchy, and the B.C. Lions,” MCFA Lecture Series on political philosophy.
  • 1988 “The Book of Job,” lecture for the Humanists in Canada, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1988 “Abortion Debate,” UBC, June, 1988.
  • 1988 Vancouver Island School Trustees Seminar: panel member
  • 1989 “Deconstructing Pretense: The Irrelevant Curriculum,” Malaspina College Lecture Series.
  • 1990 “Physcians, Patients, and Paternalism,” a paper delivered at Nanaimo and Regional Hospital for the Medical Society professional development program.
  • 1991 “Julius Caesar: the politics of love” – invited lecturer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Institute of Renaissance Studies.
  • 1992 “King Lear: Atheism, Theism, and Shakespeare’s Deeper Vision” – invited panelist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Portland, Oregon.
  • 1992 “The Ethics of Ethics Committees,” invited panelist at a general forum for the Nanaimo and Regional Hospital, May, 1992.
  • 1994 “Descartes’ Meditations” a lecture for the Liberal Studies class.
  • 1995 “Morality and the Book of Job” a lecture for the Liberal Studies class.
  • 1995 “On Reading the Bible” a sermon for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.
  • 1996 “Beckett’s Godot: A Bundle of Broken Mirrors” for the North American Beckett Festival, at the University of Victoria.

To read the Beckett paper click here.  

1997 “Matthew’s Jesus – and Moses” public lecture.

1998  Nursing a Healthy Skepticism invited speaker for health care symposium, Nanaimo.

1998 “Metaphors be with you . . . comments on Matthew and Revelation” public lecture.

1999 “Civil Liberties and the Mental Health Act” invited speaker Port Alberni mental health association.

2000 “Religious Naturalism” a sermon for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

2001 “Descartes’ Dream” invited speaker for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

2001 “Fact and Fiction” the Spanish Civil War and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

2001 “Descartes’ Dream: Mind, matter, and mathematics” lecture for Liberal Studies at Malaspina U-C.

2001 “Euthanasia: religion, law, morality” invited speaker for the Bowen Park seniors.

2002 “What can philosophy do, for Heaven’s sake?” sermon for the Unitarians of Nanaimo.

2003 “What Matters?” lecture for the philosophy club.

2004 “Good, God, and Nietzsche” lecture for the philosophy club.

2005 “Big Bro’ is watching! Philosophers’ Café.

2006  Episyllogism – a philosopher’s Blog

2007 Billy short story

2010 Insects & Robots – quirky radio show.

2012 Tell Me a Story – sermon for the Unitarians of Nanaimo.

2014 Camus Lecture for IPP

2018 Book Reviews

2018 Fake News – Philosopher’s Café Nanaimo Library

Updated on January 8, 2019.