Philosophy News - Announcements

The Aristotle Contest: a high school philosophy essay contest

Published: February 5, 2018

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We’re pleased to announce that we’re relaunching The Aristotle, our philosophy essay contest for high school students. We’ll be awarding cash prizes for the finest philosophical work by current Canadian high school students! If you’re a high school student, educator, parent, or community organizer interested in the contest, head over to … Read More

New volume on skepticism co-edited by U of T alumnus features faculty contributions

Published: February 2, 2018

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Our alumnus G. Anthony Bruno (PhD, 2013) recently joined Royal Holloway University of London as lecturer, and has now co-edited a new volume on skepticism with A. C. Rutherford titled Skepticism: Historical and Contemporary Inquiries (Routledge). The book features a chapter by Prof. Bruno himself as well as U of T professors … Read More

U of T alum publishes new book on parental rights and responsibilities

Published: January 30, 2018

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Joseph Millum completed his PhD in our department in 2005 (his dissertation, The Adaptation of Morality, was supervised by Prof. Paul Thomson), and he is now a bioethicist for the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics and the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States. Dr. … Read More

In memoriam: Donald Evans (1927-2018)

Published: January 11, 2018

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by Greg Evans Prof. Donald Dwight Evans (1927-2018) was a gifted philosopher, educator, mystic humanist, social activist, spiritual counsellor and mentor. Born September 21, 1927 to Ira Dwight Evans and Jesse Milliken Evans in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) Ontario, he lived a rich life, full of diverse intellectual pursuits. … Read More

Shelley Weinberg (PhD, 2008) wins Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize

Published: December 11, 2017

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The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that one of our alumni, Shelley Weinberg (PhD, 2008) is the winner of this year’s Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize. Weinberg is currently associate professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois. Prof. Weinberg’s winning book, Consciousness in Locke, was published … Read More

Jennifer Nagel and Joe Heath awarded JHI Fellowships

Published: November 30, 2017

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Associate Professor Jennifer Nagel (UTM) and Professor Joseph Heath (St. George) have each been awarded a Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship for 2018-19. Each year, these fellowships are awarded under a research theme; the theme for this year is “Reading Faces – Reading Minds”, and focuses on what it means to read a … Read More

Jennifer Nagel elected Vice-President of APA’s Central Division

Published: November 29, 2017

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The department is proud to announce that our own Associate Professor Jennifer Nagel has recently been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Philosophical Association’s Central Division. As Vice-President (President-Elect), Prof. Nagel joins U of T alumnus (and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center at CUNY) Charles Mills, … Read More

Benjamin Wald wins 2017 Martha Lile Love Teaching Award

Published: November 28, 2017

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The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that the winner of the Martha Lile Love Teaching Award for 2017 is Benjamin Wald, for his excellent course design and pedagogical approach in teaching PHLC93H3Y: Topics in Political Philosophy in the summer 2017 semester at UTSC. Wald chose the timely topic of political … Read More

Joe Heath on sci-fi novelist Iain M. Banks’ visions of technology and culture

Published: November 13, 2017

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What is the relationship between technology and culture? The sci-fi genre has endlessly grappled with this question. Now, Professor Joseph Heath, specialist in social and political philosophy, business ethics, moral philosophy, and distributive justice, has written an article in Sci Phi Journal on the science fiction writing of Scottish novelist … Read More

Ariel Melamedoff wins 2017 Martha Lile Love Essay Award

Published: November 2, 2017

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Ariel Melamedoff is the the winner of this year’s Martha Lile Love Essay Award. His paper, “Atomistic Time and Simultaneous Causation in Hume’s Treatise”, examines Hume’s claim that the possibility of simultaneous causation would entail the “utter annihilation of time.” The paper engages at a very high level with Hume scholarship … Read More