Promotions for Waheed Hussain, James John, and Owen Ware

Published: June 25, 2020

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We are thrilled to announce that three members of the department—Waheed Hussain, James John, and Owen Ware—have been promoted to rank of Associate Professor.

Hussain and Ware have just received tenure; by the middle of next week (July 1), they will be at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. John successfully concluded his continuing status review earlier this academic year and will move up to the rank of Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, on July 1. Heartfelt congratulations to all three!

More about James John

James John has been with the department since 2006 and teaches courses in both the Department of Philosophy and the University College Cognitive Science Program. One of his current research projects concerns the metaphysics of consciousness and looks at “Revelation” principles and at the question of whether sensory qualities could have “hidden” physical essences. His other ongoing research projects are pedagogical: one addresses philosophy learning in large lecture courses, while another develops teaching strategies for dealing with student anti-intellectualism.

In the academic year 2019-2020, James John is serving as Interim Director of the Cognitive Science Program. John also spearheads the popular Aristotle Contest, an annual philosophy essay writing competition for high school students.

More about Waheed Hussain

Waheed Hussain joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2014. His research interests lie mainly at the intersection of moral and political philosophy, economics and business. A former fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at the Kennedy School of Government, Hussain was a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton in 2013-14. Before coming to Toronto, he served as an assistant professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

His work has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including Philosophy & Public AffairsEconomics and Philosophy, the Journal of Business EthicsBusiness Ethics QuarterlySocial Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Moral Philosophy. In particular, over the past 10 years, Hussain has been developing a sophisticated normative conception of market society in which, instead of separating the market from social life, he re-interprets central features of market arrangements to make them more consistent with liberal democratic ideals.

More about Owen Ware

After receiving his PhD in Philosophy at U of T, Owen Ware returned to the department in 2017. The main philosophical problems animating his research concern practical reason, action, agency, free will, and motivation, especially as they intersect with questions of moral normativity, moral authority, and moral justification. He often pursues these questions in the context of the history of philosophy, with a focus on Kant, German idealism, and 19th-century European philosophy. More recently, Ware has begun to widen this historical scope to include the premodern philosophical traditions of South Asia and North America.

He has authored two books, Kant’s Justification of Ethics, and Fichte’s Moral Philosophy, both forthcoming with Oxford University Press, and is a co-editor of Fichte’s System of Ethics: A Critical Guide, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Ware also has research interests in contemporary ethics, social and political philosophy, continental philosophy, and South Asian philosophy.