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January 2021

b2B – Philosophy Career Panel: Careers in Law 2021

Thursday January 28, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online
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Wondering where your degree will take you after graduation? U of T's Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) help you explore your options. A panel of successful philosophy professionals, alumni, and peers will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers in the legal field. Take advantage of this opportunity for you to network and discuss the various avenues you can take in your career after graduation. Bring questions to ask during the…

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April 2021

2021 Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference

Tuesday April 13, 2021, 12:00 pm - Wednesday April 14, 2021, 5:00 pm
Online
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Get a taste of the latest undergraduate research in philosophy at the 2021 Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles.

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May 2021

Celebrating Wayne Sumner

Wednesday May 19, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online
"Wayne Sumner's 80th Birthday" on a gray, textured background with rust-colored flowers and leaves

We are celebrating and paying tribute to our colleague, teacher, and friend Wayne Sumner for his 80th birthday.

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October 2021

Bernard D. Katz Retirement Conference

Tuesday October 12, 2021, 10:00 am - Wednesday October 13, 2021, 3:00 pm
Online

Ryerson University is hosting a conference in honor of Bernard Katz's retirement. Please see the Ryerson event page for a full schedule of speakers and abstracts. Bernard D. Katz worked in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto from 1976 until his retirement in 2021. This conference is a celebration of his legacy, and features eight presentations by Bernard's former students. The event will take place online on Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 13th, 2021. Zoom Link…

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Colloquium (Cian Dorr, NYU)

Thursday October 14, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 2212, 252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 Canada
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Cian Dorr is Professor of Philosophy at New York University, having taught previously at Oxford University and the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of interest include metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of physics. This talk will be based upon joint work with Jake Nebel and Jake Zuehl. Talk Title "The Case for Comparability" Abstract We argue that all gradable expressions in natural language obey a principle that we call Comparability: if x and y are both F to…

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History of Modern Philosophy Research Group Author Meets Critic Session (Deborah Brown, Queensland, and Calvin Normore, UCLA)

Tuesday October 26, 2021, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Crop of Brown and Normore's Descartes book cover showing a mobile home trailer in a sunny southern landscape

The History of Modern Philosophy Research Group is pleased to host an author meets critic session on Descartes and the Ontology of Everyday Life, by Deborah Brown and Calvin Normore. Critics: Elliot Paul (Queen's University) Alison Simmons (Harvard University) Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto)   You can join this event via Zoom by clicking the link below: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/88638903169 Passcode: 625786   About the History of Philosophy Group One of six departmental Research Interest Groups, the History of Philosophy Group is home to…

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Applying to Philosophy Graduate School Workshop

Thursday October 28, 2021, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
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Come to this workshop on applying to grad school and receive information about requirements, application procedures, and deadlines.

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November 2021

UNESCO World Philosophy Day (Vanessa Wills, George Washington)

Thursday November 18, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 2212, 252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 Canada
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This year's UNESCO World Philosophy Day lecture speaker, Vanessa Wills, is Assistant Professor at George Washington University. Her areas of interest include moral and political philosophy (particularly Karl Marx) and philosophy of race. Her recent work includes "Revolutionary Admiration" (The Moral Psychology of Admiration, 2019) and "'Man is the Highest Being for Man': Marx's Radical Irreligion" (The Blackwell Companion to Atheism and Philosophy, 2019). In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, there will be no reception after this talk. Talk Title Why…

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Barry Smith (Buffalo) Guest Lecture

Tuesday November 23, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
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Barry Smith, Distinguished Julian Park Professor of Philosophy and professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology in the University at Buffalo, contributes to both theoretical and applied research in ontology.

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History of Modern Philosophy Research Group Talk (Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio, Toronto)

Friday November 26, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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The History of Modern Philosophy Research Group is pleased to welcome Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the philosophy department at the University of Toronto. Please note that this is a read-ahead event. To receive the full paper before the talk, please contact Michaela Manson. Talk Title A Virtuous Way of Doing Philosophy: Scepticism and the Moderation of Curiosity in Hume’s Philosophical Method Talk Abstract In A Treatise of Human Nature, David Hume proposes and follows a new approach…

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Placement Practice Job Talk—Steven Coyne

Tuesday November 30, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online
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Join us for a practice placement job talk by Steven Coyne titled "The Normative Force of Civil Disobedience."

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December 2021

Colloquium (Sean Kelsey, Notre Dame)

Friday December 3, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 2212, 252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 Canada
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Sean Kelsey is Rev. John A. O'Brien Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in ancient philosophy, particularly the work of Plato and Aristotle.

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