UTM Undergraduate Philosophy Society

About the the UTM Undergraduate Philosophy Society (UPS)

The UTM Undergraduate Philosophy Society is a group of philosophy undergraduates with a mandate to represent philosophy students at UTM, and organize a variety of entertaining and instructive events throughout the year, including special lectures, membership meetings, movie nights, and more.

The UTM UPS office is located in room 6156 of New North Building, at 3359 Mississauga Road. Feel free to stop by during office hours, from 11 AM – 3 PM on Wednesdays. You can also get in touch online:

The UTM UPS executive for 2018-19

Jeffrey Senese

Jeffrey Senese

President: Jeffrey Senese

I very much look forward to being President of the Philosophy Society this year. I plan to encourage first year students to get involved and meet our wonderful professors. 2018/2019, here we come!

I am interested in the work of Immanuel Kant, and pragmatism about truth.

“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” – Immanuel Kant

Abraham Mathew

Abraham Mathew

Vice President of External Affairs: Abraham Mathew

It is an honour to serve as your Vice President of External Affairs, and to engage and interact with all of you to make this society your society.

My areas of focus in philosophy include metaphysics and philosophy of religion, with a particular interest in the nature of time and the alleged conflict between divine foreknowledge and human freedom.

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” St. Augustine

Chris Longley

Chris Longley

Vice President of Internal Affairs: Chris Longley

It is a pleasure to serve as Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Philosophy Society. Let’s make the 2018/2019 year one to remember!

My main area of study is moral philosophy, with an emphasis on metaethics and normative ethics. I follow in the utilitarian tradition, and have a particular admiration for the philosophy of Derek Parfit. Other interests include aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and issues in applied ethics, such as human enhancement.

“If Objectivism is true, goodness would give us reasons in the way the sun gives lightbecause it is out there, shining down. If Subjectivism is true, we must make our choices in the dark.”  Derek Parfit, On What Matters

Isabella Robinson

Isabella Robinson

Junior Executive: Isabella Robinson

I am excited to represent the student body as Junior Executive of the Philosophy Society this year. I hope to engage and enhance student passion for philosophy.

I am interested in all fields of philosophy. I am intrigued by ontology and the study of personal identity. Political philosophy and Lockean ideas of liberty and justice are also themes that I would like to study more in the future.

“Humility precedes honour.”  King David

A welcome message from President Jeffrey Senese

Welcome to the Undergraduate Philosophy Society (UPS)! Here at the Philosophy Society, we are interested in a variety of perennial topics regarding metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and whatever else an inquisitive mind desires to know. In order to engage these topics forcefully, we intend to foster a climate of rigorous debate which prioritizes, above all else, diversity of thought, and pursuantly, the confidence to express those thoughts freely. As such, we welcome all voices and look forward to confronting the problems of philosophy with all others ‘crazy’ enough to join us.