Department of Philosophy at UTSC

Philosophy at U of T Scarborough Campus

Philosophy has been taught at the University of Toronto Scarborough since the 1964 founding of UTSC, now a sprawling modern campus known for its verdant tree-lined pathways, stellar facilities, and location close to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area. We are a growing department, currently home to 450+ undergraduate students and 13 faculty members. Our programs, which combine the academic rigour of a U of T degree with an intimate campus atmosphere, offer our students the benefit of relatively small class sizes and the opportunity to get to know outstanding faculty members who bring cutting edge research to their teaching. This is the UTSC advantage! As part of U of T’s tri-campus framework, UTSC Philosophy students also have access to one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most respected philosophy departments in the world. Course highlights at UTSC include our very popular biomedical ethics studies as well as our Socrates Project, a 4th-year experiential learning course. Studying philosophy is important because philosophical issues are at the heart of the problems we all confront – about freedom, value, the nature of knowledge or the relationship between what we experience and scientific explanations of reality. In all of our courses, our pedagogical aim is to make philosophical issues come to life while students learn key skills: how to think critically and analytically about difficult questions that cannot be studied experimentally; how to construct and assess arguments; and how to write clear and incisive essays.

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New department home in the MW building

This year we are particularly thrilled to welcome students to our brand new space on the third floor of the MW building.

While our department offices are still only open by appointment (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), please feel welcome to email our excellent Department Administrator Jason Ferreira and Departmental Assistant Natalie Zammit for any questions you may have.

 

 

As public health restrictions continue to ease, we hope to once again invite students to our department lounge – to relax, study and engage in philosophical discussions.

 

 

 

Our People

We have an outstanding group of Assistant Professors in the Teaching Stream offering a wide variety of new content in our established courses: Michael BlezyRachel BryantDouglas CampbellElliot Carter and Hamish Russell.

Joshua Brandt will continue to provide inspiration at the helm of our Biomedical Ethics Minor program. With the program’s continued growth we have added a new stream in this area to the Socrates Project.  Students are now able to gain experiential learning as teaching assistants and researchers in Biomedical Ethics.

Professor Sonia Sedivy will continue as Department Chair for another term while the rest of our crew – Professors Benj HelliePhilip Kremer, Julia Nefsky, Christian Pfeifer, William Seager, and Jessica Wilson – will all be teaching and pursuing their research endeavours.

Check out the interviews below to get to know more about our stellar and diverse faculty.

More interviews coming soon!

Get to know our UTSC Philosophy faculty.

Last but definitely not lease, we would like to highlight our Association of Philosophy Students (APS), which received both the President Award & the Academic Advocacy Award from the Scarborough Campus Student Union last year. Please be sure to check out the APS webpage and follow them on social media to find out about fun and instructive philosophy events happening throughout the year.

Your Association of Philosophy Students (APS) executive for 2021-22 are:

President: Marybel Menzies
Vice-President External: Josh Wilkinson
Vice-President Operations: Syed Faateh Ali
Vice-President Speaker Relations: Jla Starr Johnson
Vice-President Public Relations: Lisha Manila
Vice-President Academics: Bisma Ali
Vice-President Events: Rohan Jaggernauth

We invite you to have a look around our UTSC website here to discover more about studying Philosophy at the University of Toronto Scarborough. We hope to inspire you to come and explore life’s big questions with us.