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Two Grad Contributions to the Blog of the APA

Published: August 11, 2021

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The department is delighted and proud to announce that two of our graduate students, Kristen Beard and Alexandra Gustafson, have published pieces on the Blog of the APA. In “The Circle: How to Foster Community in the Classroom,” Kristen writes about the advantages of a teaching and discussion tool called … Read More

Pilot Program Embeds Ethics into U of T Undergraduate Technology Courses

Published: July 7, 2021

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PhD candidate Emma McClure and alumnus Benjamin Wald, who is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, have participated in a pilot program that embeds ethics modules into existing undergraduate computer science courses in hopes that graduates will design and deploy future technologies in … Read More

Jessica Wilson Interview on 3:16

Published: June 28, 2021

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Jessica Wilson, who in May published Metaphysical Emergence (Oxford University Press, 2021), recently spoke to Richard Marshall for his philosophy interview series  titled 3:16 (philosophy interviews after 3:00 AM). There the philosopher of metaphysics and epistemology discusses topics as divergent as gender and philosophy, why anyone would be pessimistic about … Read More

In the News: Rachel Barney Featured in University Affairs Article

Published: June 17, 2021

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“Is Philosophy Having a Moment?” wonders a recent article by Ian Coutts in University Affairs/Affaires universitaires. Examining the recent rise in enrollment in undergraduate philosophy courses throughout Canada, the author speaks to the department’s Professor Rachel Barney and incoming master’s student Munema Moiz, among others, to understand the reasons for … Read More

New Volume on Water Ethics Edited by Ingrid Stefanovic

Published: December 11, 2020

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We are delighted to announce an important intervention into a current debate by Professor Emerita Ingrid Stefanovic: alongside Zafar Adeel (Simon Fraser University), she has edited Ethical Water Stewardship (Springer, 2020). An introduction to the topic for philosophers and non-philosophers alike, the tome for the first time links water ethics … Read More

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