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April 2019

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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Conference title over crashing waves and ocean

"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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Close-up of an eye and eyelashes with the words "Experiencing What's Not There" superimposed

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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September 2019

History of Modern Philosophy Group Talk (Owen Pikkert, U of T)

Friday September 13, 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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Owen Pikkert

Dr. Pikkert is currently a Lecturer here at the University of Toronto at the St. George campus. In his research, he continues to work on the philosophy of Leibniz. Talk Title Clarke, Leibniz, and du Châtelet on the Existence of a Necessary Being

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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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closeup of 13th century parchment

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

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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