Waheed Hussain in the 2020 Philosopher’s Annual

Published: August 30, 2021

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The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that a paper by our late colleague Waheed Hussain has been selected for the 40th Philosopher’s Annual, a prestigious collection of the best philosophy articles published in the year 2020. Waheed Hussein’s article “Pitting People against Each Other,” appeared in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Volume 48:1 Winter 2020, 79-113. The article draws attention to an underappreciated way in which a society’s institutions can fail citizens living under them, by creating a normative structure in which the only way for people to secure important goods for themselves is by formulating and carrying out plans that prevent others from securing important goods.

The goal of The Philosopher’s Annual is “to select the ten best articles published in philosophy each year—an attempt as simple to state as it is admittedly impossible to fulfill.” The current editor is Patrick Grimm, advised by a large and diverse board of nominating editors.

Hussain earned his PhD from Harvard in 2006 under the supervision of Tim Scanlon and Joshua Cohen. He joined the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and the Graduate Department of Philosophy in 2014. He had spent the previous year as Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, having taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business for several years. He was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at U of T in 2020.

At the time of his death in January 2021, Hussain was completing a book, Living with the Invisible Hand: Markets, Corporations, and Human Freedom. The manuscript was edited by his friends Nicholas Vroulasis and Arthur Ripstein, and has now been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press. It will appear in 2022.