It’s that time of year again! Join us to learn about and celebrate the exciting research done by our undergraduates in philosophy. Look forward to insightful and probing presentations by the students on their current work, as well as to a keynote address by Professor Talia Mae Bettcher of California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Bettcher describes herself as “an engaged philosopher who integrates critical reflection with tangible and meaningful action in our lived world.” She teaches and publishes in the areas of transgender studies, feminist philosophy, and queer theory.
Events will take place online between 12 noon, Tuesday, April 13 and 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Date: Mar 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 3:15pm EST
Photo Credit: A. M. Cassandre, ‘Bijoux Modernes‘
The biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. Is there an even more general theory that can make sense of all the sciences? The various scientific disciplines each have their own methods, theories, and practices. This is the case even when different sciences try to explain the same phenomena. Can we translate between these distinct disciplines? What does this even mean? Might all of science be reduced to physics one day? Panel to discuss reduction, emergence, and the unity of the sciences.
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Chat with us at the UTSC ‘Choosing Your Program Fair’ on Mar 2 and discover why a major or specialist degree in philosophy provides outstanding preparation for any post-graduate direction, and how philosophy also makes an ideal double major. Click here to sign up.
The event, which was launched at UTM last year by Philosophy student, Jeffrey Senese offers high school teams from across the province the opportunity to come together to discuss important topics, both collaboratively and competitively. The aim of the event is to help high school students improve (and showcase!) their abilities to think critically, research effectively, and discuss controversial ideas respectfully.
Visit the Ontario Ethics Bowl website to find out more.
The Association of Philosophy Students is now offering a Writing Clinic! Meet with your peers (who have been mentored by the faculty) to get feedback on your philosophy paper drafts. Visit https://utscaps.wordpress.com/writing-clinic/ to book your appointment.
With immeasurable sadness, we announce the loss of Professor Waheed Hussain. Professor Hussain was special in every way, a superb and beloved teacher and a profoundly original philosopher. Professor Hussain worked at the intersection of political philosophy, moral philosophy, economics and business ethics. He developed a deeply original criticism of market societies that focused on the ways that market societies ‘pit people against each other.’ But he also offered a constructive way to re-conceive the roles that markets can play if they are embedded in socially co-operative societies. He was working on his book Living with the Invisible Hand: Markets, Corporations, and Human Freedom at the time of his death. We will hold a celebration of Professor Hussain as soon as we are back together on campus. In the meantime, please feel welcome to remember him on our tribute wall. Professor Hussain’s passing is a devastating loss to his family and to all of us – students, colleagues, friends – who benefitted from his work, his humour and his character. We will miss him and remember him always.
The APS is pleased to announce their first event of the year - a 'Meet and Greet' with the Philosophy faculty on January 29, 2021 from 12 - 1pm. This is your opportunity to meet, network, and connect with your professors!
Are you interested in Ethics? How about Epistemology? Maybe Metaphysics? There is so much to philosophy that you can explore.
Be sure to mark the date and time in your calendar, you won't want to miss it!
Zoom Link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/88060041451
Meeting ID: 880 6004 1451 Passcode: 529732
Congratulations to assistant professor Christian Pfeiffer (UTSC) for ranking among the 56 U of T scholars awarded a 2020 Connaught New Researcher Award. The award recognizes junior professors within the first five years of a tenure-stream academic appointment and aims to help recipients establish a strong research program and increase their competitiveness for external funding. It forms part of U of T’s commitment to fostering excellence in research and innovation by supporting faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers.
Pfeiffer’s project, Aristotle’s Metaphysics H, seeks to provide an original and more accurate interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of hylomorphic substances in Metaphysics H. Pfeiffer will here establish that book H contains the authoritative Aristotelian account of hylomorphic substances, which is based on Aristotle’s theory of scientific definitions. Pfeiffer’s work will also seek to clarify whether these considerations imply that Aristotle proposed two different models of hylomorphism.
The funding for the Connaught New Researcher Award comes from U of T’s Connaught Fund, founded in 1972 when the university sold the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories for $29 million. This year, the Connaught New Researchers program has awarded funding to 14 researchers in the humanities, 9 in life sciences, 8 in physical sciences and engineering, and 25 in social sciences.
Presented by the Association of Philosophy Students
Special Feature: Panel discussion on Graduate Studies in Philosophy with Tania Sleman (New York University), Sydney Campbell (University of Toronto) and Adrian Ma (University of Toronto)
Christian Pfeiffer will join the Department of Philosophy in January 2019 from his assistant professor position at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. His research focuses on ancient philosophy, in particular Aristotle. His book, Aristotle’s Theory of Bodies is coming out with Oxford University Press in August 2018. Current research projects include a monograph on Aristotle’s Metaphysics H as well as a series of articles connected to topics in Aristotle’s physics and metaphysics.
Christian received his Ph.D. from the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 2012. He studied philosophy and ancient Greek at the Humboldt Universität, the Freie Universität in Berlin, the University of Edinburgh and Princeton University.
Joshua Brandt will return to UTSC to continue leading our program in biomedical ethics. Joshua received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2017. His research offers an original approach to the issue of negative partiality in ethics, and in biomedical ethics he is developing a research project that critiques existing justifications of randomization in clinical trials and proposes a new alternative justification.
Mark Fortney is joining us to teach courses in philosophy of mind and philosophy of sexuality. Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2017 in the philosophy of mind. Most of Mark’s research so far has been about the nature of attention and the relationship between ordinary and scientific talk about attention. He’s also recently started to work on accessibility and the scientific study of romantic love. He’s previously taught advanced courses about consciousness and objectivity, and introductory courses about the mind, sexuality, and ethics.