Resources and Activities

Savan Library

Graduate students have at their disposal the resources of the David Savan Library, located on the Department’s premises at the Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, 5th floor.  It contains a collection of books and periodicals in philosophy, together with tools for searching philosophy collections.

Carrels and Computers

Graduate students are assigned study carrels in the Department which have hook ups for notebook computers; they also have exclusive use of a room containing printers and computers.  Wireless connectivitiy is available throughout.

Department Colloquia

The Philosophy Colloquium meets 3-4 times each year.  It features invited speakers from other universities on a wide range of philosophical topics.  All members of the faculty and graduate students are expected to attend. A reception in honour of the speaker is held following the lecture.

Special Lecture Series

The Philosophy Department hosts several endowed lecture series. The Jerome S. Simon Lectures are a biennial series of colloquia given by a philosopher of international distinction. Recent Simon lecturers have been David Velleman of the University of Michigan (“The Self as Narrator”, 2002-3), David Wiggins  (“Objectivity in Ethics”, 2004-5), Anil Gupta of the University of Pittsburgh (“Two Types of Inquiry”, 2006-7), Barbara Herman of UCLA (“Sources of Moral Content” and “Acting Against Principle”, 2008-9), and John Campbell of UC-Berkeley (“The Epistemic Role of Consciousness” and “The Causal Role of Consciousness”, 2010-11).  Other endowed lecture series include the Edith Bruce Memorial Lectures, the Roseman Lectures in Practical Ethics, and the University College Priestly Lectures.

Group Talks

Each of the Department’s five faculty research groups hosts a series of speakers throughout the year:

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology (including philosophy of mind and language)
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • History of Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy

The Group Talks are open to all interested faculty and students.

Graduate Conference

The 2-day University of Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference is organized and run each spring by the Graduate Philosophy Students’ Union.  Roughly half a dozen papers are selected from submissions by graduate students from around the world, and each is assigned a UT graduate student as commentator.  Recent keynote speakers have included Raymond Geuss, Philip Pettit, Timothy Williamson, and Julia Annas.

Major Research Collaborations

See here for details.

The Centre for Ethics

See here for details.

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is an organization within our department (and many other philosophy departments throughout North America) the aims of which are: to encourage minority representation in our field, provide greater opportunities for presenting and discussing philosophy from minority perspectives, and foster discussion of these and other related theoretical and practical issues.

See here for more details.

Other Special Events

The Graduate Forum meets occasionally during the year.  It provides an opportunity for graduate students to present papers in an informal setting.  Each Spring, the Chair of the Department hosts the annual Book Launch, an event that celebrates the publication of new works by members of the faculty. More than a hundred books have been published by members of the Philosophy faculty during the past ten years.