Philosophy News

The Thing with Feathers: Donald Ainslie Goes Penguin in Support of UNICEF

Published: October 27, 2022

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This morning, students enrolled in PHL100Y—Introduction to Philosophy (Historical) had a surprise waiting for them: their instructor, Professor Donald Ainslie, a Hume expert and the former principal of University College, showed up to class in a full-length penguin costume. Eliciting giggles and many a cell-phone photograph, Ainslie’s plumed suit also … Read More

In memoriam Barry F. Brown, 1934-2022

Published: October 3, 2022

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The Department of Philosophy mourns Professor Emeritus Barry F. Brown, a cherished colleague, teacher, and long-time member and supporter of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Brown, who was born in small-town Manitoba in 1934 and raised in Vancouver, B.C., first joined U of T as a master’s … Read More

Christian Pfeiffer Promoted to Associate Professor

Published: September 19, 2022

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We are pleased to announce that Christian Pfeiffer was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor, as of July 1, 2022. Pfeiffer specializes in ancient philosophy, in particular, in Aristotle’s theoretical philosophy. His 2018 book Aristotle’s Theory of Bodies (OUP) offers a ground-breaking study of Aristotle’s conception of … Read More

New Faculty Faces

Published: September 14, 2022

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With the beginning of the Fall 2022 term, the department is pleased to welcome new faculty members on all three campuses. At St. George, we extend a warm welcome to Sara Aronowitz, an assistant professor working on the study of memory, learning, and imagination. Reza Hadisi, also an assistant professor … Read More

2022 CPA Book Prize for Sophia Moreau

Published: August 4, 2022

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The department is delighted to announce that Sophia Moreau, a professor of Philosophy and Law, is one of the recipients of the Canadian Philosophical Association’s (CPA) 2022 CPA Book Prize for her work Faces of Inequality: A Theory of Wrongful Discrimination (Oxford University Press, 2020). Faces of Inequality defends an … Read More

Jennifer Nagel Awarded APA’s 2023 Ernest Sosa Prize Lecture

Published: June 27, 2022

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Congratulations to Jennifer Nagel for having been awarded the 2023 Ernest Sosa Prize Lecture by the American Philosophy Association (APA). The Ernest Sosa Prize Lecture was established with the APA to honor substantial achievement in epistemology. Winners of the prize must be outstanding contributors to epistemology, able to explain complex ideas … Read More

Convocation Message from Jim John

Published: June 15, 2022

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Three years ago, when many of you had just completed your first year at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Raptors basketball team won the NBA Championship. I remember the massive crowd that gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the team’s victory. None of us knew what was coming: … Read More