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September 2019

History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk (Michael Rosenthal, U of T)

Friday September 27, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Michael A. Rosenthal (PhD Chicago, 1996) holds the Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy, with appointments in both the Department and the Anne Tannenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Talk Title Life as a Marionette:  The Role of the Imagination in Spinoza’s Ethics, Part V Abstract The goal of Part V of the Ethics is to show that humans possess the power to be free.  It must be a conception in which freedom is thoroughly compatible with necessity.  It is difficult for…

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October 2019

Ethics and Political Philosophy Interest Group Talk (Nomy Arpaly, Brown University)

Friday October 4, 2019, 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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The Ethics and Political Philosophy Research Interest Group welcomes Nomy Arpaly, professor of philosophy at Brown University. Professor Arpaly's main research interests include ethics, moral psychology, action theory, and free will and her recent seminars have focused on moral psychology. Talk Title Deliberation and Fetish. Abstract We often take it as speaking well of a person if, before acting, she deliberates as to what the right thing to do is. We often at least partially excuse a person who did…

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Wright Lecture (Law Faculty) – Philip Pettit

Thursday October 10, 2019, 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Faculty of Law, Jackman Building, Room 140, 78 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON Canada
Philip Pettit

Philip Pettit, who teaches philosophy at Princeton and ANU will be giving a public lecture at the Faculty of Law. During the last 20 years, some of the world’s most distinguished scholars have been invited to the law school to deliver a public lecture in memory of the late former dean Cecil A. Wright, who founded U of T’s modern law school. For more information about this lecture, visit law.utoronto.ca/events/wright-lecture-philip-pettit  

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Logic and Philosophy of Science Research Group Talk (Konstantin Genin, U of T)

Thursday October 17, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Kasey Genin

Konstantin (Kasey) Genin is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. Kasey's research is in the areas of philosophy of science, formal epistemology, machine learning, and philosophy of statistics. His work focuses on the ways in which reliable inferences are made from statistical data, and addresses feasibility contextualism, epistemic justification, Ockham’s razor, and theoretical virtues like simplicity, unity, and testability. Talk Title: Simplicity and Scientific Progress Abstract: A major goal of twentieth-century philosophy of science was to show how…

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b2B – Philosophy Career Panel: Careers in Business

Tuesday October 22, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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2019 b2B Careers in Philosophy

Wondering where your degree will take you after graduation? U of T's Backpacks to Briefcase (b2B) events are here to help you explore your options. A panel of successful philosophy professionals, alum and peers will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. Take advantage of this opportunity for you to network and discuss the various avenues you can take in your career after graduation. Bring your questions to ask during…

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EPP and LEMM Interest Group Talk (Katia Vavova, Mount Holyoke)

Thursday October 24, 2019, 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Katia Vavova

The Ethics and Political Philosophy Interest Group and Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Mind Interest Group welcome Katia Vavova, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College. Talk Title Moral Responsibility without Blame Abstract Philosophical orthodoxy has it that if you’re morally responsible for some bad act, you’re blameworthy for it. On the strongest version of this view to blame you just is to hold you responsible. I think this view is mistaken and leads us to misunderstand our agency and…

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History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk (Robbie Matyasi, U of T)

Friday October 25, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 401, 170 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Robbie Matyasi

Robbie Matyasi is a Graduate Student with us whose primary interests are 17th- and 18th-century philosophy (especially Spinoza and other rationalists) and metaphysics (especially properties, composition, and causation). He is currently writing a dissertation on Spinoza’s metaphysics of ordinary objects and organisms. Talk Title: TBA About the History of Philosophy Group One of five departmental Research Interest Groups, the History of Philosophy Group is home to the History of Modern Philosophy Research Group, which focuses on the period, roughly, from Descartes to Kant.

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November 2019

History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk, (Vili Lähteenmäki, U. of Helsinki)

Monday November 4, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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The History of Philosophy Group is pleased to welcome guest speaker Vili Lähteenmäki, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Helsinki and an Academy of Finland Research Fellow. Talk Title: Cartesian Self-Relations About the History of Philosophy Group One of five departmental Research Interest Groups, the History of Philosophy Group is home to the History of Modern Philosophy Research Group, which focuses on the period, roughly, from Descartes to Kant.

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History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk (Tito Magri, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza)

Thursday November 14, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Tito_Magri

The History of Philosophy Group is pleased to welcome guest speaker Tito Magri, distinguished professor of philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. Prof. Magri’s research interests include political philosophy, in the philosophy of emotions, in the foundations of rational choice and in the philosophy of action. He also has interests in the history of philosophy, where he has done work on Hobbes, Rousseau, Hume and Locke. Talk Title: The present situation of the person is always that of the imagination About…

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2019 Annual Graduate Phil Conference

19th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference: “Reconstructing Reason: Developing the concept of reason through history”

Friday November 15, 2019 - Saturday November 16, 2019

19th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference: "Reconstructing Reason: Developing the concept of reason through history", welcomes graduate students working in all areas in philosophy that relate to the conference’s main themes.

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Symposium on Discrimination and Subordination

Friday November 15, 2019, 8:30 am - Saturday November 16, 2019, 5:00 pm

Professor Sophia Moreau will be running a Symposium on Discrimination and Subordination on November 15-16, 2019. The Symposium will be held at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Centre for Ethics. It will bring together philosophers from North America, the U.K., Denmark and Australia who write about discrimination, subordination, and requirements of equal respect, as well as legal scholars writing on legal issues related to discrimination, in particular, the potentially discriminatory impact of algorithms. The Symposium will include an…

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Author Meets Critics: Faces of Inequality: A Theory of Wrongful Discrimination

Friday November 15, 2019, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Room 200, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H8 Canada
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Moreau Faces of Inequality

Sophia Moreau Faculty of Law University of Toronto Commentators: Rebecca Cook (University of Toronto, Law) Deborah Hellman (University of Virginia, Law) Niko Kolodny (UC Berkeley, Philosophy) Seana Shiffrin (UCLA, Philosophy) Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus University, Political Science) ☛ please register here This book defends an original and pluralist theory of when and why discrimination wrongs people. Starting from actual legal cases in which claimants have alleged wrongful discrimination by other people or by the state, Sophia Moreau argues that we can best understand these…

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