Welcome to the Philosophy Department at UTSC!


We are a small, growing department where students enjoy getting to know outstanding faculty members who bring cutting edge research to their teaching.  Philosophical issues come to life in our courses as 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. 

2020-21 will be another exciting year.   Due to the COVID  19  pandemic, department offices are presently closed until further notice.  Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 classes will be covered by the UTSC Remote Guarantee.   We continue to remain committed to providing our students with the highest quality of courses.   We are thrilled to move forward with two new initiatives – a minor in Biomedical Ethics and the third year of our Socrates Project!  Our new faculty member Professor Christian Pfeiffer will be in his second full year with us, reshaping our courses in Ancient Philosophy.  While we will miss some faculty members who will be on research leaves during the year, this is also an opportunity to welcome outstanding lecturers.  Mark Fortney will be spending a third year with us, taking charge of the Socrates program; and our new lecturers, Rachel Bryant and Elliot Carter will offer a variety of innovative courses.  The Association of Philosophy Students is planning more events than ever.  Please check out our news and initiatives




New to Philosophy?

We have two first year introductory courses "Reason and Truth' and 'Introduction to Ethics'

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Faculty Feature in Ancient Philosophy

Professor Christian Pfeiffer joined us in January 2019 with a research specialization in Ancient Philosophy.

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Minor Program in Biomedical Ethics

Our department now offers an interdisciplinary Minor in Biomedical Ethics!

Elliot Carter and Rachel Bryant

New instructors for 2020-21

Welcome to Professor Rachel Bryant and Professor Elliot Carter!

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Advanced Seminar in Biomedical Ethics

Professor Joshua Brandt will be teaching our new Advanced Seminar in Biomedical Ethics in the Winter 2020 term

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Welcome Back!

Course highlights for 2020-21, including updates to our advanced-level courses in the Philosophy of Mind and in Ethics