Philosophy News

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

Damian Melamedoff-Vosters Successfully Defends PhD Thesis

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Congratulations to our newest PhD, Damian Melamedoff-Vosters! Damian successfully defended “The Grounds of Transcendental Idealism,” written under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Stang, on June 28, 2021. No changes were required of his thesis. Damian’s dissertation focused on the role of ground in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. In it, Damian argued … Read More

Hamish Russell Honoured with UTSC Teaching Award

Published: June 23, 2021

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We are delighted to share the news that Hamish Russell has won a 2021 UTSC Teaching Award for his outstanding work for the department over the past few years. The award recognizes the contributions by Unit 1 Course Instructors and their exceptional teaching promise. The Department of Philosophy at the University … 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

“Generous and passionate human beings”: Inaugural Graduate Student Service Awards Go to Five Grads

Published: June 15, 2021

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“It might seem daunting,” PhD student Zain Raza acknowledged in a video providing application tips to prospective students in the Department of Philosophy earlier this year. “The size, the privilege, the status, the reputation of the department” all might make you think of it as a place focused solely on … Read More