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September 2019

Continental Philosophy Group Talk (Robert Stern, University of Sheffield)

Thursday September 19, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Professor Robert Stern's main interests in the history of philosophy are 19th-century post-Kantian German philosophy, especially Hegel. In contemporary philosophy, he focuses on epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy. His current work centres around the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup, as well as around Martin Luther viewed from a philosophical perspective.

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2019 Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy

Friday September 20, 2019 - Saturday September 21, 2019
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall), 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Join us for a two-day colloquium comprising talks on medieval philosophy. The colloquium is organized by Deborah Black, Peter King, and Martin Pickavé.

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Workshop on “The Radical Demand in Løgstrup’s Ethics” by Robert Stern

Friday September 20, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 401, 170 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Cropped book cover of "The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Eithics" by Rpbert Stern showing two peasants painted in a darkly lit scene

Learn more about the work of the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup (1905-1981), in particular about his key text titled "The Ethical Demand" (1956) from Professor Robert Stern, the author of "The Radical Demand in Løgstrup's Ethics." Stern offers a full account of Løgstrup's text and situates Løgstrup's distinctive position in relation to Kant, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Darwall and Luther.

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UTM Philosophy to host talk by Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Tuesday September 24, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kaneff Centre, UTM
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6 Canada
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The UTM Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce that on September 24, Justice Beverley McLachlin will visit UTM to give us a glimpse inside her newly published memoir, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law (Simon & Schuster, September 2019).  McLachlin, who holds BA and MA degrees in philosophy, was Canada's first female, and longest serving, Chief Justice.  From a farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta, through her training in philosophy and law, to her post atop…

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Colloquium (Gordon Belot)

Thursday September 26, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall), 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Gordon Belot is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, having previously taught at Princeton University, New York University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of a number of articles concerning the philosophy of space and time and other topics in philosophy of physics. The talk will be followed by a reception. Talk Title Gravity and GRACE Abstract I present an underdetermination argument that targets scientific objectivity rather than scientific realism—and argue that the considerations raised should…

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Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Mind Group Talk (Sinan Dogramaci, UT Austin)

Friday September 27, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Sinan Dogramaci

The Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Group welcomes Sinan Dogramaci, Associate Professor Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Dogramaci’s specializes in epistemology with a main interest of mine is the practical function of epistemic evaluations. Talk Title Can Evolution Explain the Reliability of Perception Better than it Can Explain the Reliability of our Moral Beliefs? Abstract No it can't. About the Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Group One of five departmental research interest groups, the Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics…

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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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2019 Applying to Grad School Workshop & Panel

Thursday October 17, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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2019 Applying to Grad School Workshop

Thinking about Grad School? If you are interested in applying to graduate school in philosophy, come to our workshop and receive information about requirements, application procedures and deadlines. Our panel of experts will share their advice and will be available to answer your questions. RSVP to Eric Correria, Undergraduate Administrator by Friday, October 11 Our panelists:  Prof. Gurpreet Rattan, Director of Graduate Studies Prof. Jessica Gelber, Former Graduate Admissions Director (Pittsburgh) Sarah Ratzlaff, current MA student Caitlin Hamblin-Yule, current PhD student…

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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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