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March 2019

Colloquium (David Sedley, Cambridge)

Thursday March 21, 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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David Sedley

Professor Sedley's research is in 1st century BC philosophy and Plato's Phaedo. His publications include Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity, 2007 (Berkeley) and The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato’s Theaetetus, 2004 (Oxford).

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Annual Toronto Workshop on Ancient Philosophy (ATWAP)

Friday March 22, 2019 - Saturday March 23, 2019
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall), 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Black triangle overlaid over a black-and-white image of cubes piled atop each other, along with the words "Aristotle's Hylomorphism"

New work on the concept of hylomorphism in Aristotle, featuring talks by Mary Louise Gill, David Charles, and others.

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Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Mind Group Talk (Julia Staffel, Colorado)

Friday March 22, 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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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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Logic and Philosophy of Science Group Talk (Kevin Zollman, Carnegie Mellon)

Thursday March 28, 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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Kevin Zollman

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TALK WITH KEVIN ZOLLMAN HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR. We will update our events page with the exact date as son as possible.

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Continental Philosophy Group Talk (Michael Naas, DePaul University)

Friday March 29, 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 Naas

Professor Naas teaches courses in philosophy and comparative literature and conducts research in the areas of ancient Greek philosophy and contemporary French philosophy. He has edited, translated, and written on a number of the works of Jacques Derrida.

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April 2019

2019 Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference

Monday April 8, 2019 - Tuesday April 9, 2019
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Every year, our department hosts a Philosophy Research Conference for undergraduate students to showcase top work at the university. This year's conference will feature 20 student talks, as well as a keynote presentation by Professor Alice MacLachlan of York University. The conference will also see the launch of two journals, volume 20 of Noēsis and the inaugural issue of the journal of the University of Toronto Undergraduate Bioethics Society (UTUBS). All are welcome!

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Ethics and Political Philosophy Group Talk (Maria Alvarez, King’s College London)

Wednesday April 10, 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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Maria Alvarez, professor of philosophy at King's College London, specializes in the philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions. She also teaches in the field of ethics and metaethics. Her talk will focus on the work of G. E. M. Anscombe to help elucidate the question of whether nonhuman animals have moral agency.

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Continental Philosophy Group Talk (Daniel Breazeale, University of Kentucky)

Thursday April 11, 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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Daniel Breazeale

Daniel Breazeale has been at the University of Kentucky since 1971. He specializes in German philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche, with a research focus on post-Kantian idealism and the philosophy of J. G. Fichte. Other interests include existentialism, skepticism, and social and political philosophy.  

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Ethics and Political Philosophy Group Talk (Garrett Cullity, University of Adelaide)

Tuesday April 16, 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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Garrett Cullity, Hughes Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide, is a moral philosopher whose work includes publications on eight broad topics in moral philosophy, including practical reasons and rationality, value and fittingness, moral epistemology, and beneficence and aid.

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Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association (OPTA) Conference

Monday April 29, 2019
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall), 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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The annual OPTA full-day conference consists of a plenary and break-out sessions on topics of two kinds: theoretical sessions led by university professors, and pedagogy-oriented sessions delivered by practicing high school philosophy teachers.

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May 2019

Conference: The Idea of Freedom: 19th and 20th Century Perspectives

Thursday May 23, 2019 - Friday May 24, 2019
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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"The Idea of Freedom: 19th and 20th Century Perspectives" is organized by Professors Owen Ware and Michael Morgan, and will also feature lectures by Jacqueline Mariña, Dean Moyar, and Karin Nisenbaum.

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June 2019

Experiencing What’s Not There: A Workshop on Hallucinations, Dreams, Imagination, and Virtual Reality

Friday June 7, 2019 - Saturday June 8, 2019
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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This workshop on sensory experience brings together some of the best current research on the experience of what's not there, from both philosophers and scientists. Although different in some ways, hallucinations, dreams, imagination, and virtual reality — all being experiences of what's not there —overlap and intersect in interesting and important ways. By bringing together a diverse group of top researchers we hope to foster new and unconventional insights into these problem areas.

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