Philosophy News - Announcements

2019 Aristotle Contest winners announced

Published: November 12, 2019

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The evidence is clear: Canadian high school students do not shy away from the difficult questions. In collaboration with the Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association (OPTA), U of T’s Department of Philosophy this year once again called on budding philosophers in Canada to show their intellectual mettle and respond to one … Read More

Dr. Owen Pikkert wins 2018 David Savan Dissertation Prize

Published: July 4, 2019

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We’re delighted to announce that Owen Pikkert (PhD, 2018) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 David Savan Dissertation Prize for his dissertation Leibniz and the Principle of Sufficient Reason, supervised by Professor Marleen Rozemond. “I came to graduate school knowing two things about Leibniz. The first is that Leibniz believed that God … Read More

Arthur Ripstein to deliver 2019 UC Berkeley Tanner Lectures

Published: February 20, 2019

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We are immensely pleased to announce that the department’s acting chair, Professor Arthur Ripstein, will deliver the 2019 Tanner Lectures on Human Values at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 9-11. Professor Ripstein’s two lectures — titled “Rules for Wrongdoers” and “Combatants and Civilians” — will take on the … Read More

Undergraduate philosophy journal now accepting submissions for 20th edition

Published: October 23, 2018

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Founded in 1998, Noēsis is our department’s journal of undergraduate philosophy, and they are now accepting submissions for their 20th edition. All undergraduate students from a Canadian university (or on exchange at a Canadian university) are invited to submit their best papers for publication. Submission guidelines and instructions can be found on the … Read More

Five faculty members awarded SSHRC Insight Grants

Published: September 28, 2018

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Five of our faculty members were recently announced as recipients of the Social Sciences and Humanities Council’s Insight Grants, a program whose goal is to support research excellence in all subject areas of the humanities and social sciences. Both emerging and established scholars are eligible to receive funding for research initiatives … Read More

Brian Cantwell Smith appointed Reid Hoffman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and the Human

Published: September 21, 2018

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Everyone is thinking about artificial intelligence lately—from U of T computer scientist Raquel Urtasun who recently joined Uber’s research team to the establishment of the Vector Institute, an elite Toronto-based applied research outfit, and even to our own philosopher Mark Kingwell, who has recently spoken on the ethics of AI. Now, another … Read More

Mark Kingwell named fellow of prestigious Royal Society of Canada

Published: September 12, 2018

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Congratulations are in order for Professor Mark Kingwell, who joins 10 other U of T scholars in being named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a prestigious body that recognizes outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement. The honour is considered one of the country’s foremost scholarly accomplishments. Moreover, Professor … Read More