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21st Annual Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference

Friday November 4, 2022 - Saturday November 5, 2022

Markets are a familiar and widespread feature of contemporary economic life. Given the pivotal role they have in organizing our individual and collective activity, markets raise a number of important moral questions, including: What are the moral limitations, if any, of what commodities can be bought and sold on the market? Are markets suitable tools for solving collective action problems, such as climate change? What role do markets play in producing or re-producing structures of oppression, marginalization, and exploitation? Does the competitive nature of markets erode the values of solidarity and community? Are hierarchically ordered workplaces inconsistent with the values of equality or freedom? Does justice forbid certain goods and services from being provided by privately-owned firms?

Join us for the 21st annual Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference, with keynote speakers Debra Satz and Vida Panitch.

Please check back closer to the event date for more information and a complete schedule.

Keynote Speakers

Debra Satz is the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, professor of Philosophy, and professor, by courtesy, of Political Science at Stanford University. Her work has focused on the ethical limits of markets, the place of equality in political philosophy, theories of rational choice, democratic theory, feminist philosophy, and issues of international justice.

Vida Panitch is a an associate professor of Philosophy and Ethics and Public Affairs at Carleton University. Her primary research project addresses the moral boundaries of markets – specifically markets in public goods, including health care and education, and physical goods, including body parts and intimate services –  and the extent to which theories of exploitation, commodification, and inequality can help us determine their permissible regulation. Dr. Panitch received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008.

Please contact Joshua Brecka with any questions about the conference.




Friday November 4, 2022
Saturday November 5, 2022
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Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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