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UTSC Association of Philosophy Students (APS)

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UTSC’s Association of Philosophy Students (APS) organizes a number of instructive and fun philosophy events throughout the year, including guest lectures, pub nights, membership meetings, writing clinics, career information sessions, and more.

Faculty Meet & Greet, January 2021

The group meets approximately once a month to discuss ongoing projects and the formation of new ones. At General Meetings, members may be asked to vote on various items of business including budget considerations, upcoming events, and/or changes to the constitution. General members are encouraged to submit their questions, concerns, and suggestions to the Executive Committee prior to each scheduled meeting.

Meet your 2020-21 APS Executive Members

President - Bisma Ali

"Hello everyone! I am Bisma and I am the president of the APS this year. The executive team for this academic term is very excited to be the representing body for all the students in the philosophy department, and to be an advocate on your behalf. I am studying Health Sciences as well as Biomedical Ethics at U of T, and I am interested in pursuing bioethics post-undergrad. I have taken several ethics courses, and my favourites so far are 'Environmental Ethics' and 'Biomedical Ethics'. I took an introductory bioethics course in my second year of undergrad, and was curious in learning more about the field. As a result, I decided to pursue bioethics in my studies, and have found myself being very passionate about ethical issues pertaining to biomedical treatment and research. I have found my studies in health sciences very complementary to my interest in bioethics, and from the knowledge and experiences through my academic endeavors, I am interested in conducting research on healthcare access issues in Ontario."

VP Academics - Courtnee Cuenca

"Hi everyone, I'm Courtnee! As VP of Academics, I look after academic / school related projects and concerns, and help put together projects that allow students to engage with one another in a philosophical setting. Personally, I like philosophy because it’s not only a field of study, but another way of interacting with the world -- in trying to learn, become curious, and talk about some really cool things with other people." 


VP Operations - Syed Ali

"Hi! My name is Ali and I am pursuing a specialist degree in philosophy at UTSC. Originally a para-medicine specialist, I chose to study philosophy in my second year after reluctantly taking an introductory business ethics course. The rigour and overall nature of the material was sufficient in convincing me to change specialties. My academic interests include ontology, dialectics, phenomenology, and political theory. My favourite philosophers include Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger."

VP Events - Ravena Mohabir

"Hello, my name is Ravena and I am the VP of events for the APS this year. I am currently a third-year student pursuing a double major in psychology and philosophy. Although events are going to be run differently this year and will be held online, we're still looking forward to seeing you all and hope that you can attend. The reason I became interested in philosophy is because I love looking at the ways different people think and how these thoughts interact with one another. My main interests include ethics as well as contemporary philosophy. I find it very interesting being able to see philosophy reflected in our world while it's happening and going against the notion that philosophy isn't relevant in our everyday lives."

VP Speaker Relations - Marybel Menzies

"Hello! I am Marybel, and I am an honours BSc student at the University of Toronto specializing in Philosophy and majoring in Psychology. My primary philosophical interests include metaphysics, value theory, and philosophy of mind. My primary psychological interests include social cognition and cognitive neuroscience. Philosophy is great because the field encourages you to ask some of the most challenging, often frustrating questions and allows you to probe them, finding the answers that resonate the best with you, by providing you with a plethora of theories that have attempted answering those same questions. Additionally, the appeal of philosophy to me is that it gives you a foundation from which you can learn about basically any discipline, anywhere from politics to medicine to physics."

VP Public Relations - Lisha Minila

"Hi, I am Lisha, VP of public relations. I am extremely pleased to be a part of the APS team this semester. I am currently in my third year of study, pursuing a major in philosophy and a double minor in both english and history. My interests in philosophy lie in existentialism and in ethics. I like to believe that philosophy is almost like a safe space; a place to exercise new ways of thinking, ways of interacting with other people, and with the many sects of academia. I also believe that it is also a place where I can grow and challenge my own values and beliefs through a larger scope of academics." 

VP External Relations - Andrew Daley & Josh Wilkinson

"Hello! My name is Andrew and I am a fourth-year student at UTSC double majoring in philosophy and public policy. I was drawn to philosophy because of the way it teaches you to construct a strong argument as well as how to critique/object to one. As an aspiring lawyer, I feel this is an incredibly useful skill to learn and after a while it becomes quite fun! I particularly enjoy discussions in ethics and philosophy of mind."


"Hi, I am Josh, a 4th year student at UTSC enrolled in a Specialist program for Philosophy and a Minor in Biomedical Ethics. I enjoy studying Philosophy because of the broad scope of research. Whenever a topic comes up that I find particularly interesting, I can look further into that topic and come out with a much better understanding."