Gurpreet Rattan and Sonia Sedivy Promoted to Rank of Full Professor

Published: April 27, 2021

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The department is thrilled to announce that Sonia Sedivy and Gurpreet Rattan have been promoted to the rank of full professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Sedivy, who has worked in the department for more than 20 years, serves as the current chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the philosophy of mind, especially the philosophy of perception; in aesthetics, with a focus on visual art; and in the later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. In Beauty and the End of Art: Wittgenstein, Plurality, and Perception (Bloomsbury, 2016) she uses Wittgenstein’s later work and contemporary theory of perception to offer new approaches to art and beauty that explain the historical and cross-cultural plurality of both. June of 2021 will see the publication of her edited collection of newly commissioned articles titled Art, Representation, and Make-Believe: Essays on the Philosophy of Kendall L. Walton (Routledge).

Rattan, our former director of graduate studies and since July 2020 the chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Mississauga, works mainly in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and epistemology. He joined the University of Toronto in 2002. His current research focuses on developing a unified account of truth, disagreement, and relativism that is grounded in semantic and epistemological features of reflective thinking, including the nature of concepts of concepts, the semantics of that-clauses, the epistemic significance of the first-person perspective, the cognitive value of the concept of truth, and the limits of objectivity and intersubjective understanding. He has also begun work on a longer-term project about the comparative metaphysics, epistemology, and semantics of propositions and numbers.