Philosophy News

An interview with UTSC Lecturer Kenneth Boyd

Published: June 16, 2016

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Get to know UTSC Lecturer Kenneth Boyd, specialist in epistemology, pragmatism, and ethics. “What I want to bring to my class is a healthy skepticism.” How did you get interested in philosophy? I think I’ve always been interested in philosophy, at least in some sense, although I didn’t really know … 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

Developing Essential Skills through Philosophical Study

Published: February 24, 2016

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From a recent article in the Toronto Star: “Executives in 20 recent employer surveys said they look to hire people with so-called “soft” or “essential skills” — communicating, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork — “yet this is where they see students being deficient,” said Harvey Weingarten, president of Ontario’s higher education … Read More