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November 2019

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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UNESCO World Philosophy Day Lecture (Chike Jeffers)

Thursday November 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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This year's UNESCO World Philosophy Day lecture speaker, Chike Jeffers, is an associate professor of Philosophy, cross-appointed with Canadian Studies and International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on Africana philosophy, the philosophy of race, social and political philosophy, and ethics. Talk Title What Counts as a Collective Gift? Culture and Value in Du Bois's The Gift of Black Folk. A reception will follow the talk.  

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History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk (Lonneke Oostland, University of Groningen)

Friday November 22, 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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The History of Modern Philosophy Group is pleased to welcome guest speaker Lonneke Oostland, a masters student of philosophy at the University of Groningen. Talk Title: Cavendish on order in nature 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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Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Interest Group Talk (Declan Smithies, Ohio State)

Friday November 22, 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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Declan Smithies

The Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Group welcomes Declan Smithies, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Ohio State University. Prof. Smithies specializes in epistemology and philosophy of mind. Talk Title Moral Knowledge By Deduction Abstract How is moral knowledge possible? This paper defends the anti-Humean thesis that we can acquire moral knowledge by deduction from wholly non-moral premises. David Hume famously said that we cannot deduce an ‘ought’ from an ‘is’, since it is “altogether…

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2019 Philosophy Saturday: A Workshop for High School Teachers

Saturday November 23, 2019, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall), 170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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Building on the success of the first workshop held in 2018, the U of T Department of Philosophy and the Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association proudly present the 2019 Philosophy Saturday, a workshop for high school educators on teaching philosophy. While the workshop is designed for area high school philosophy teachers, we encourage all members of the U of T philosophy community to attend. The event is free and lunch will be served. ★ If you would like to attend, please RSVP to…

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Logic and Philosophy of Science Research Group Talk (Kevin Zollman, Carnegie Mellon)

Friday November 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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Kevin Zollman

Kevin Zollman is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to his primary appointment at Carnegie Mellon, Professor Zollman is an associate fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, an Adjunct Member of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a visiting professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (part of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität). His research focuses on game theory, agent based modeling, and the philosophy…

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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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