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December 2019

Philosophy of Religion Work-in-Progress Group Talk (Richard Davis, Tyndale)

Tuesday December 3, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 401, 170 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Richard Davis

Dr. Davis is Professor of Philosophy. He is the author or editor of four books, including Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy (Zondervan, 2016). He has published thirty book chapters or articles in such places as Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Religious Studies, Acta Analytica, Philo, The Modern Schoolman, Philosophia Christi, Heythrop Journal, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Axiomathes. Dr. Davis blogs at www.tyndalephilosophy.com. Talk Title From Parts to Whole (and Back Again): Rowe on Clarke on the Cosmological…

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2019 Placement Job Talk – Aaron Henry

Tuesday December 3, 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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Aaron Henry

Aaron Henry is a PhD candidate currently writing a thesis that investigates the phenomenology of perceptual attention and whether this aspect of subjective experience can be adequately explained in either intentionalist or direct realist terms. Talk Title: "Experience of Acting and the Disappearing Agent Problem”

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2019 Placement Job Talk – Manish Oza

Wednesday December 4, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Manish Oza

Manish Oza is a PhD candidate interested in logic and language, idealism, and legal theory. His PhD thesis is about the relation between logic and meaningful thought. Talk Title: "Nonsense: A User's Guide" Abstract: Many philosophers suppose that sometimes we think we are saying or thinking something meaningful when in fact we’re not saying or thinking anything at all: we are producing nonsense. But what is nonsense? An account of nonsense must, I argue, meet two constraints. The first constraint…

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Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Interest Group Talk (Brian Weatherson, Michigan)

Thursday December 5, 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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Brian Weatherson

The Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Group welcomes Brian Weatherson, Professor and Graduate Studies Chair in the Department of Philosophy at University of Michigan. Prof. Weatherson specializes in epistemology and philosophy of language. Talk Title Deliberation Costs Abstract Humans are informationally and computationally limited. The standard theory of decision in philosophy and economics respects the first of these limitations but not the second. It is often thought that any theory that did respect computational limitations would face a certain…

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History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk (Michaela Manson, U of T)

Friday December 6, 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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Michaela Manson

Michaela Manson is a Graduate Student with us whose philosophical interests centre around the early modern period, with a particular concern for questions about mind, cognition, perception, and understanding. Talk Title: TBA

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2019 Placement Job Talk – Julia Smith

Friday December 6, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Julia Smith

Julia Smith is a PhD candidate whose research in epistemology is centered on questions about what we should believe and why. Talk Title: "Is Evidence Transparent?"

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Logic and Philosophy of Science Research Group Talk (Peter Fritz, Oslo)

Friday December 6, 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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Peter Fritz

Peter Fritz is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. Professor Fritz works mainly on logic and its philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language. He also has interests in the philosophy of mathematics and epistemology. Much of his work is on questions concerning modality and existence, and involves modal or higher-order logic. Talk Title Possible Worlds Abstract What, if anything, are possible worlds? And are there in fact possible worlds? I will argue that if there are…

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2019 Placement Job Talk – Jessica Wright

Monday December 9, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jessica Wright

Jessica Wright is a PhD candidate who specializes in philosophy of mind and ethics, with additional research interests in cognitive science and self knowledge. Her dissertation argues that implicit attitudes reflect on the self. Talk Title: "Controlling Implicit Attitudes"

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January 2020

2020 Placement Job Talk – Parisa Moosavi

Thursday January 9, 2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Parisa Moosavi

Parisa Moosavi is a postdoctoral fellow in Ethics and Artificial Intelligence in the Philosophy Department at York University. She specializes in ethics and philosophy of biology, with particular interests in neo-Aristotelian ethics, natural teleology, and ethics of artificial intelligence. Talk Title: "Natural Goodness without Natural History" Abstract: Neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism purports to show that moral evaluation of human action and character is an of evaluation of natural goodness—a kind of evaluation that applies to living things in virtue of their nature…

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UTM Alumnus Talk: Dr. Patrick Shirreff “Types of Memory and Constraints of Knowledge”

Thursday January 9, 2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maanjiwe nendamowinan 2100, 1535 Outer Circle Road
Mississauga,
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CPAMP Work-in-Progress (WIP) Talk (Sukaina Hirji, Pennsylvania)

Monday January 13, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Room 205, Lillian Massey Building | Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada
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Sukaina Hirji with a dog

Julia Staffel specializes in formal epistemology and traditional epistemology, and her work also relates to issues in philosophical logic, philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science. In this talk she will argue that there is a large class of rationality judgments we routinely endorse that fall neither into the category of doxastic nor the category of propositional rationality.

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2020 Placement Job Talk – Juan Piñeros Glasscock

Friday January 17, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Juan Piñeros Glasscock is a UTM Postdoctoral Associate. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Yale University. His central areas of interest are in philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, and moral psychology. Talk Title “Practical Intellectualism: An Account of Skill/Know-How” Abstract I defend a novel account of knowledge-how, based on two central components. The first is the view that there is a practical way of answering a question that consists in…

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