The Department of Philosophy has five Research Interest Groups, which organize talks, conferences, reading groups, and the like. All events are listed on the Department of Philosophy’s Events Listings page. Click on each Interest Group to learn more:
- Continental Philosophy
- Ethics and Political Philosophy
- History of Philosophy
- Logic and Philosophy of Science
- Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind
The Continental Philosophy Group works in the tradition of textual interpretation of human consciousness that runs from Kant and Hegel, through the phenomenology of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Heidegger, and into the critical theory of (among others) Arendt, Adorno, Benjamin, Debord, Agamben, and Derrida. We interrogate all aspects of political, social and cultural life using the tools of this tradition. Speakers come from those institutions that maintain interest in this approach to philosophy, and they address both contemporary and historical issues. We typically meet two or three times a year.
Interest Group Coordinator: Owen Ware
The Ethics and Political Philosophy Group meets periodically throughout the year to discuss topics in value theory and related fields, including: meta-ethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, moral psychology, practical reason, agency, and identity.
Interest Group Coordinators: Andrew Franklin-Hall
The University of Toronto has a long tradition of excellence in the history of philosophy, both with respect to research and teaching.
One of the particular attractions of our department is that one can study here the entire history of philosophy, from antiquity to early analytic philosophy, with equally strong coverage in all the major periods.
Interest Group Coordinator: Nick Stang
The History of Philosophy Group serves as an umbrella for activities in this area. But there are three groups dedicated to specific periods that are of special importance:
The Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP)
The Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP) brings together doctoral students and faculty from the Department of Philosophy, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Department of Classics. Throughout the year CPAMP organizes talks and workshops and hosts visiting graduate students and faculty working in ancient and/or medieval philosophy. Students enrolled in CPAMP may draw upon the resources of any of the participating units.
The Modern Philosophy Research Group
The Modern Philosophy Research Group focuses on the period, roughly, from Descartes to Kant. It meets regularly (usually biweekly) throughout the year to discuss works-in-progress by our own graduate students and faculty. Each year the group also organizes a number of talks by external visitors. The core faculty affiliated with the group include Donald Ainslie, Karolina Hübner, Martin Pickavé, Marleen Rozemond, and Nick Stang.
The Jewish Philosophy Research Group
The Jewish Philosophy Research Group explores Jewish philosophy from the medieval period to the 20th century, bringing in external speakers and organizing workshops.
The Logic and Philosophy of Science Group focuses, as its name suggests, on logic and philosophy of science, though lately we have been thin on logic. Our recent speakers have talked about general issues such as scientific realism, testability, inference, psychological bias, and various topics in the special sciences, including quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology, and so on. We typically meet two or three times a year.
The LPS Group is complemented by the Pizza Seminar that meets weekly (Thursdays, noon – 2 pm) during the fall term. This is an informal philosophy of science seminar that includes several working scientists. Free pizza.
Interest Group Coordinator: Michael Miller
The Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind group hosts a series of four or five talks every year. We conceive of this area broadly, as including philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, traditional and formal epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. Toronto faculty are engaged in a great variety of research projects in these areas, sometimes working across boundaries with faculty in disciplines such as linguistics and psychology.
Interest Group Coordinator: Jennifer Nagel