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 comes 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. 

2019-20 will be an exciting year.  We are looking forward to welcoming students to our new space on the third floor of the MW building.  And we are thrilled to move forward with two new initiatives – a minor in Biomedical Ethics and the second year of our Socrates Project!  Our new faculty member Professor Christian Pfeiffer will be in his first 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 second 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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New Faculty Member in Ancient Philosophy

Professor Christian Pfeiffer will be joining 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!

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New instructors for 2019-20

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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Updated Courses for 2019-20

Course highlights for 2019-20, including updates to our advanced-level courses in the Philosophy of Mind