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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

Four Faculty Members Awarded SSHRC Insight Grants

Published: May 3, 2016

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Congratulations to Karolina Hübner (pictured), Peter King, Martin Pickavé, and Andrew Sepielli on their success in the past round of the Insight grant competition of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The topics of the funded projects range from “Spinoza on Being” (Hübner) and “Moral Uncertainty … Read More

Brian Embry, PhD wins 2015 Savan Dissertation Prize

Published: April 5, 2016

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Congratulations to Brian Embry on winning this year’s David Savan Dissertation Prize. In a field of very strong candidates, Brian’s thesis, Truth and Truth-making in 17th-Century Scholasticism, (abstract available here) stood out as best exemplifying the virtues of “originality, rigour and good writing,” the criteria of the prize.  The Savan Prize … Read More

Hot off the press: Fixing Reference by Imogen Dickie

Published: February 10, 2016

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Congratulation to Imogen Dickie on her new book Fixing Reference! Here’s an excerpt from the blurb: “Imogen Dickie develops an account of aboutness-fixing for thoughts about ordinary objects, and of reference-fixing for the singular terms we use to express them. Extant discussions of this topic tread a weary path through descriptivist proposals, … Read More

Francis Sparshott (1926-2015)

Published: December 13, 2015

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Francis Sparshott, one of the Department’s most prominent scholars, died on August 24, 2015. An obituary (written by Mark Thornton) and a series of reflections about Francis (from his former students and colleagues) are below. In addition, the American Society for Aesthetics has posted an obituary of Francis Sparshott written by … Read More