The annual Philosophy Graduate Students Association (PGSA) conference, which took place on April 12 and 13, focused this year on Bioethics and Applied Philosophy. The 15 student presentations discussed a wide variety of provocative topics, including the use of animals in biomedical research, transhumanism, and environmental authenticity, among many others. The external keynote was given by […]
Along with 17 other philosophers, Professor Kristin Andrews, York Research Chair in Animal Minds, has filed an amicus brief in New York challenging the lawfulness of the captivity of two chimpanzees, Kiko and Tommy. At issue in the courts is what counts as a person capable of possessing any legal rights. For the full […]
Professor Regina Rini, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition, was a speaker at a panel discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence, which took place at the Toronto Reference Library on January 24. The panel, which was attended by more than 500 people, explored what it means to be human, […]
We regret to announce the deaths of two long-standing former members of the department, who passed away recently after long lives and distinguished careers. Professor Percival Jack died in Cologne, on October 11, 2017, at the age of 94. He was a founding member of the Department of Philosophy at York University. Before that, […]
The Department of Philosophy hosted a workshop on Normative Folk Psychology on 26-27 October 2017, which included an international group of inter-disciplinary researchers from Philosophy and Psychology. The workshop was organized by Prof. Kristin Andrews and co-sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the York Research Chair program. A full […]
The Philosophy Department is delighted to welcome a new full-time faculty member, Professor Regina Rini, who has been appointed to the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition. Prof. Rini completed her PhD at New York University, was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and an […]
Shortly after the graduate orientation, around 3:30pm, we will be having a Meet and Greet for current students and faculty to be able to connect with the new and incoming faces. This will take place on September 8 2017, in RS 421. Everyone from the department is welcome!
The philosophy department wishes a warm welcome to all new graduate students! The annual orientation session for incoming MA and PhD students will take place on September 08, 2017 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, in RS 421.
Professor Alice MacLachlan has received the LA&PS Award for Distinction in Research in the Emerging Researcher category. This is a very much deserved honor for Alice and a source of pride for the whole department. The letter from the Dean announcing the award reads, in part: "The evidence in your file signifies the impact […]
The 2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Teaching Assistant category has been presented to Vedrana Cetina. Vedrana is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department and has served as a teaching assistant in several Philosophy undergraduate courses. The Dean's letter announcing the award reads, in part: "As noted in the report […]