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2023 Annual Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference

Friday November 3, 2023 - Saturday November 4, 2023

Join us for the 22nd Annual Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference, with keynote speakers Amie L. Thomasson (Dartmouth) and Christine M. Korsgaard (Harvard).

Please note that this is an in-person event: Friday morning sessions and lunch will happen at the Centre for Ethics (Larkin Building, Room 200, 15 Devonshire Place), sessions on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday will be in the Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (170 St. George Street). All talks will also be live-streamed. Links below the respective sessions.



Friday, November 3, 2023

Session 1

(Centre for Ethics; Zoom)

Chair: Julia Minarik (University of Toronto)

9:00-10:00 AM

Alex Fisher (University of Cambridge), “Virtual Reality, Perception, and Imagination”

Commentator: Cameron Yetman (University of Toronto)

 10:10-11:10 AM

Edvard Aviles Meza (Cornell University), “Imagination without Awareness”

Commentator: Marybel Menzies (University of Toronto)

11:20 AM-12:20 PM

Emily Margaret FitzGerald (Columbia University), “Making Space for Virtual Kata in Embodied Imagination”

Commentator: Yvette Wu (University of Toronto)


Session 2

(JHB 100; Zoom)

Chair: Zain Raza (University of Toronto)

1:30-2:30 PM

Alexander Vega (Harvard University), “What Does It Mean to Be a Good Member of a Function Kind?”

Commentator: Andriy Bilenkyy (University of Toronto)

2:40-3:40 PM

Minseok Kim (Syracuse University), “Way Nominalism: An Ontological Ground for Non-Nominal Quantification”

Commentator: Marissa Bennett (University of Toronto)



(JHB 100; Zoom)

4:00-6:00 PM

Amie Thomasson (Dartmouth College), “Starting a Step Back: Redirecting Metaphysics”



Saturday November 4, 2023

Session 3

(JHB 100, Zoom)

Chair: Tessa Ng (University of Toronto)

9:00-10:00 AM

Alexander Drusda (University of Toronto), “Kant, Korsgaard, and Duties to Non-Human Animals”

Commentator Faisal Bhabha (University of Toronto)

10:10-11:10 AM

Samuel Carlesson Tjernström (McGill University), “Substantializing the Metaphysics of Doxastic Wrongdoing”

Commentator: Nate Oppel (University of Toronto)

11:20 AM-12:20 PM

Alessandro Giglia (Università della Svizzera Italiana), “Potential Infinity and Constant Domain Models”

Commentator: Patrick Fraser (University of Toronto)


Session 4

(JHB 100; Zoom)

Chair: Josh Brecka (University of Toronto)

1:30-2:20 PM

Jonah Dunch (University of Toronto), “Anger and Remorse”

Commentator: Jasmine Tremblay-D’Ettorre (University of Toronto)

2:40-3:40 PM

Sarah Gregory (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “Imposter Syndrome and Self-Respect”

Commentator: Alexandra Gustafson (University of Toronto)



(JHB 100; Zoom)

4:00-6:00 PM

Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University), “The Human Good”


Keynote Speakers

Amie L. Thomasson is Daniel P. Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Dartmouth College. She works in the areas of metaphysics, philosophical methodology and metaontology, philosophy of art, philosophy of social and cultural objects, philosophy of mind, and phenomenology. Her current research focuses on questions about what philosophy can legitimately do, and how we can do it.

Christine M. Korsgaard is Arthur Kingsley Porter Research Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, where she taught from 1991 to 2020. She works on moral philosophy and its history, practical reason, the nature of agency, personal identity, normativity, and the ethical relations between human beings and the other animals. From 1996 to 2002, Dr. Korsgaard chaired the Harvard Department of Philosophy.

Please contact Cameron Yetman or Julia Minarik with any questions about the conference.




Friday November 3, 2023
Saturday November 4, 2023
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Cameron Yetman


Centre for Ethics (Larkin 200), Jackman Humanities Building 100 & online
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