Philosophy News - General

Out now: the 2016-2017 edition of Philosophy News

Published: October 10, 2017

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Our annual newsletter, Philosophy News (PDF), covers the activities, events, and accomplishments of the Department of Philosophy’s faculty, staff, and students over the most recent academic year. 2016-17 was a busy and fruitful year for our department as the study of philosophy continued to grow in breadth and popularity at the … Read More

Four new faculty positions

Published: September 29, 2017

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The Department of Philosophy is conducting four faculty searches. We are inviting applications for three tenure-stream positions, two on the St. George campus and one at UTSC, and for one two-year Contractually Limited Term Appointment at UTSC. On the St. George campus we are looking to fill one position in … Read More

PhD students launch Open Questions: An Ethics Podcast

Published: September 28, 2017

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Check out Open Questions: An Ethics Podcast, hosted by philosophy PhD candidates Jeremy Davis and Eric Mathison, and produced through U of T’s Centre for Ethics. It’s available on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes. Davis’ research focuses on normative ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, bioethics, and aesthetics, while Mathison’s work  is in the areas of ill-being and well-being, bioethics, desert, the … Read More

Robot-Resitant? Philosophy in the age of AI

Published: May 1, 2017

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“If self-made billionaire Mark Cuban was starting college right now, he’d choose philosophy as his major over accounting,” writes CNBC in a story about the merits of a philosophical education in an age when automation is increasingly taking over the workplace. The thinking is that jobs that require strong cognitive … Read More

Book on Arthur Ripstein’s Freedom and Force

Published: April 21, 2017

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U of T philosophy alumnus Sari Kisilevsky (PhD, 2008) and Martin J. Stone have just published a collection of essays, Freedom and Force: Essays on Kant’s Legal Philosophy, that engages with U of T Professor Arthur Ripstein’s book Freedom and Force: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy (Harvard UP, 2009). From the publisher: “This … Read More

Jessica Wilson President of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science

Published: December 4, 2016

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Congratulations to Professor Jessica Wilson on becoming president of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science, a great honour and recognition of her outstanding work. Professor Wilson’s research interests include general metaphysics, the metaphysics of science/mind, and various topics in epistemology, including skepticism, a priori deliberation and the epistemology of necessity. Professor Wilson … Read More

Prof. Emeritus Joseph Boyle (1942 – 2016)

Published: September 27, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend Prof. Emeritus Joseph Boyle. Joe’s research interests were moral philosophy, ethical theory and applied ethics, natural law, Thomistic ethics and bioethics;  in recent years he taught the graduate class in bioethics. Joe served the Philosophy Department as … Read More

Interview with UTSC lecturer Jonathan Rick

Published: June 24, 2016

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UTSC lecturer Jonathan Rick‘s areas of specialization include moral, social, and political philosophy, and the history of these areas (particularly from the 18th century onward). How did you get interested in Philosophy? At my undergraduate university, every second-year student was required to take a course on the history of Western Philosophy … Read More

Jessica Wright wins CPA Student Essay Prize

Published: June 10, 2016

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PhS student Jessica Wright, with her paper entitled “Disassociating Implicit Attitudes”, has won one of two first prizes awarded by Dialogue, the bilingual journal of the Canadian Philosophical Association. Up to three prizes are awarded each year to papers submitted by students for the Annual Congress of the CPA. Papers submitted … Read More

Arthur Ripstein New University Professor

Published: June 2, 2016

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Congratulations to Arthur Ripstein on his promotion to the rank of University Professor. University Professor is the highest professorial rank at the University of Toronto and it is usually reserved to less than two per cent of the tenured faculty. This is a great honour for Arthur and the two disciplines represented … Read More