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18th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference: “PsyPhi: Philosophy meets Psychology”

Monday May 7, 2018 - Tuesday May 8, 2018

The 18th Annual University of Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference, PsyPhi: Philosophy meets Psychology, will host graduate students working in all areas in philosophy that relate to the conference’s main themes.

Keynote Speakers

  • Joëlle Proust (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris). Dr. Proust’s extensive research on the mind spans consciousness, action awareness, but more recently focuses on metacognition and cognitive phenomenology.
  • Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis & University of Wollongong). Dr. Gallagher’s research spans topics in phenomenology and cognitive sciences, especially embodiment, self, agency and intersubjectivity, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time.

The conference will include a Panel on Psychiatry and Philosophy. A more detailed list of talks and events will be posted closer to the dates of the conference.

Conference Description

From ancient reflections on psyche, medieval accounts of the soul, to early modern debates about the nature of mind, philosophers have long been interested in psychological questions. Classical Indian and Chinese traditions raise questions about the epistemic significance and metaphysical underpinnings of consciousness, experience, and the mind’s social situatedness. Against this philosophical background, psychology emerged as a discipline proper in the 19th century, while programs in psychoanalysis and behaviorism developed in the 20th century.

Today, epistemologists and philosophers of mind draw on empirical findings in developing theories of cognition, metacognition, and perception. Continental philosophy and phenomenology delve into the significance of the first-person perspective by describing the structures of experience. Ethicists explore aspects of moral psychology, and the implications of experimental psychology for moral judgments. Philosophers of science take up issues related to the methods and practices in cognitive and psychological sciences. Feminist and critical race philosophers address the psychological impact of social climate, injustice and oppression, both for individuals and groups. Applied philosophers and bioethicists take up questions about mental health, its treatment, and classifications, or the ethical constraints on such research.

Panel on Psychiatry and Philosophy

In collaboration with UP, our local chapter of Minorities and Philosophy, we will be holding a panel on philosophical engagements with psychiatry. We aim for a range of approaches to these topics.


We are committed to having an accessible and inclusive conference. For information on access, including venue location and physical accessibility, visit our conference website or email torontophilgradconf@gmail.com.


See the Call For Papers on our website. (Please note the deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2018).


Monday May 7, 2018
Tuesday May 8, 2018
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