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October 2020 Departmental e-News

The past six months have passed in a whirlwind, but they’ve been incredibly productive and successful for the department! Take a look at a recap of our biggest news since March in issue 12 of the Department of Philosophy e-News. Accidentally missing from the announcements in the e-bulletin is another … Read More

Brendan de Kenessey Writes on Bad People’s Suffering in Washington Post

Published: October 13, 2020

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A long-standing philosophical controversy deals with whether it is ever good in itself for bad people to suffer. In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, Professor Brendan de Kenessey took President Donald Trump’s recent diagnosis with COVID-19 as an entryway into the discussion, ultimately differentiating between wishing suffering on someone … Read More

Matthew Scarfone Contributes to The Conversation

Published: September 24, 2020

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The recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has once again stirred discussions around reproductive rights. In light of these, Philosophy postdoctoral fellow Matthew Scarfone (UTM), an ethicist, has recently published a piece on the moral arguments used to defend both the pro-choice and the pro-life positions in The Conversation. Read his … Read More

In the News: Paul Gooch on Face Masks

Published: May 5, 2020

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They are becoming more prevalent on our streets and in grocery stores: face masks, some of them medical grade, many of them homemade. And while some countries, such as Vietnam, Argentina, and Germany, have made the wearing of masks in public settings mandatory, their use remains a mere recommendation in … Read More

Mark Kingwell on the Opportunities of Boredom

Published: April 6, 2020

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As many of us oscillate between “paralyzing fear, listless apathy and the peculiar febrile nervousness that is one of boredom’s most distressing modes” in the new realities created by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Mark Kingwell suggests we take the opportunity for reflection. In an opinion piece published in the … Read More

Building a Culture of Debate: The Inaugural Ontario High School Ethics Bowl

Published: March 27, 2020

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Sunny skies and crisp air graced the Greater Toronto Area on March 7, 2020, but inside the University of Toronto Mississauga’s (UTM) Instructional Building, the heat was on: teams from 11 provincial high schools had come together to compete in the inaugural Ontario High School Ethics Bowl. Organized with diligence … Read More