From the Aristotle Contest to a Master’s Degree in Philosophy
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by Avi Kleinman
6d ago
Each year, the University of Toronto (in collaboration with the Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association) administers the Aristotle Contest, which recognizes the best philosophical essays by current Canadian high school students. Entrants choose their subject from one of three different prompts relating to contemporary issues in philosophy. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, while the second-placed essayist receives $400 and the third-ranking writer $300; starting this year, the awards come from the generous support of donor Anita Angelini. For those still toying with the idea of participa ..read more
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2024 Graduate Student Service Awards
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by Petra Dreiser
6d ago
In May, students Andriy Bilenkyy, Joshua Brecka, Alex Drusda, Julia Minarik, Tessa Ng, Nate Oppel, Jasmine Tremblay d’Ettorre, and Cameron Yetman each received a Graduate Student Service Award. The annual prize celebrates initiatives undertaken by graduate students to support and improve the community. The honourees bargained for better conditions through the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), rewrote and reformatted the department’s Climate Survey, organized a successful graduate conference, worked with the undergraduate Graduate Philosophy Student Union (PCU), and joined enthusiastic ..read more
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Rachel Barney Gives 2024 Tanner Lectures at Berkeley
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by Petra Dreiser
6d ago
In April, Rachel Barney spoke at University of California, Berkeley to deliver the prestigious Tanner Lectures on Human Values. Barney’s three lectures, collectively titled “The Authority of Craft,” centered around recovering Plato’s idea of craft or art, technê, and the craft model: the idea that both the moral virtue of the good person and the political wisdom of the expert ruler are—or could be made into—skilled practices as reliable as shoemaking or carpentry. You can listen to her lectures for free online. Barney follows in a long line of renowned speakers  in the lecture series, cre ..read more
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Recent Dissertation Defenses
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by Petra Dreiser
1M ago
The Philosophy Department is proud to add two new PhDs to its roster. On June 4, Alice Chao-Wei Huang defended a thesis titled “Diversity in the Time of Data,” supervised by Jonathan Weisberg. Eric Shoemaker also passed his doctoral defense for “The Rule of Ordinary People: The Case for a Sortition-Based Democracy without Elections,” written under the guidance of Sophia Moreau. Congratulations to both on their hard work! We wish them all the best for their future endeavors. The post Recent Dissertation Defenses appeared first on Department of Philosophy ..read more
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Faculty Promotions
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by Petra Dreiser
1M ago
The Department of Philosophy extends its warmest congratulations to faculty members Avia Pasternak and Nick Stang for their promotion to the rank of professor. A member of the Graduate Department of Philosophy at St. George, Pasternak also teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. Her research centers around questions of political philosophy and public affairs. Stang works out of the St. George campus, with primary research interests in metaphysics and its history, mainly in German philosophy. Additionally, Michael Miller (St. George) earned tenure, as well as the promotion to a ..read more
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NSERC for Ingrid Stefanovic
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by Petra Dreiser
1M ago
Professor Emerita Ingrid Stefanovic recently received an NSERC Alliance grant for her work looking at the problem of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs), as part of a team headed by Ali Bayat at the University of Alberta. Canadians rely daily on underground infrastructure delivery services and utilities: water and wastewater, energy, power, telecommunications, and underground transportation systems. While Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan aims to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 2005 levels and net zero by 2050, little attention is paid to quantifying current GHG emissions related specifically ..read more
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New Philosophy PhDs
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by Petra Dreiser
2M ago
Congratulations to our most recently minted PhDs! In April, Michael Kirley successfully defended “The Cognitive Conception of Intentional Action,” written under the supervision of Sergio Tenenbaum and Philip Clark. In the first half of May, his success was followed by that of Henry Krahn and Felix Lambrecht. Krahn brought to a close his work on “Protest as Holding Others Accountable,” supervised by Sophia Moreau; Lambrecht defended a thesis titled “Between Groups and across Time: A Relational Group-Based Account of Reparative Justice for Historical Injustice,” for which Arthur Ripstein had ser ..read more
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Marc Sanders Prize in Metaphysics for Andrew Y. Lee
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by Petra Dreiser
2M ago
Congratulations to Andrew Y. Lee, who emerged from a highly competitive field as the winner of the 2024 Marc Sanders Prize in Metaphysics with his essay “A Puzzle about Sums.” The biennial Sanders Prize is an essay competition open to scholars within 15 years of receiving their doctoral degree, as well as to students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Winning pieces receive a cash prize and will appear in the journal Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. “Most people think of me as a philosopher of consciousness,” Lee says, “but I’m secretly interested in almost every topic in contemporary ana ..read more
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Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award for Arthur Ripstein
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by Petra Dreiser
2M ago
In recognition of his service to the University of Toronto in a variety of roles, University Professor of philosophy and law Arthur Ripstein, Howard Beck, Q.C., Chair, has received the 2024 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award. The Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award recognizes a faculty member who has served the University of Toronto with distinction in multiple leadership capacities in diverse spheres over many years. The recipient of this award is an exemplary University citizen and a senior member of the faculty with a sustained record of contributions in varied capacities outside of ..read more
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First Novel for Alumnus Scott Alexander Howard
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by Petra Dreiser
2M ago
Scott Alexander Howard, who earned his PhD in Philosophy in 2011 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, has published his much-anticipated first novel, The Other Valley (Simon & Schuster, 2024). Howard, whose academic work focused on the relationship among memory, emotion, and literature, has written a piece of speculative fiction that considers time travel geographically, and through the lens of grief. Read an interview between the now Vancouver-based author and the CBC’s Ali Hassan. The post First Novel for Alumnus Scott Alexander Howard appeared first on Department of Philosophy ..read more
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