Research Interest Groups

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 in the “Group Talks” tag. Click on each Interest Group to learn more:

Continental Philosophy

Portrait of Hegel

G. W. F. Hegel

Portrait of Hanna Arendt

Hanna Arendt

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

Ethics and Political Philosophy

Portrait of W. D. Ross

W. D. Ross

Portrait of Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant

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

History of Philosophy

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.

An ancient manuscript.

Boethius’ “De institutione musica”

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 History of Modern Philosophy Research Group

    A manuscript of Gottfried Leibniz' work.

    Manuscript of writings by Gottfried Leibniz, housed in his archives in Hanover, Germany.

The History of 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.

Nick Stang serves as this group’s coordinator. People interested in being added to the listserv of the History of Modern Philosophy Research Group should contact Matthew Wurst.

View the History of Modern Philosophy Group’s complete list of planned events.

  • 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.

Logic and Philosophy of Science

Portrait of Charles Darwin.

Charles Darwin

Portrait of Marie Curie.

Marie Curie

The Logic and Philosophy of Science group organizes two or three talks a year. We understand the area broadly so that it includes logic, general philosophy of science, and philosophy of the particular sciences, as well as philosophy of mathematics and formal epistemology. Check the events listings for announcements of upcoming talks.

Interest Group Coordinator: Michael Miller

Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Mind

Portrait of Arthur Schopenhauer.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Portrait of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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