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Graduate Programme in Communication & Culture
A Partnership of Ryerson University and York University

Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth Anne Trott

Area of Concentration Media and Culture
University Ryerson University
E-Mail Address


B.A. (Toronto); B.Ed., OSSTC (Toronto); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. Philosophy (Waterloo)


Teaching and Current Interests: Betty teaches undergraduate and graduate philosophy courses, a undergraduate course to the students in Architecture and a graduate course for Communication and Culture. At present she is teaching the philosophy of Human Nature and preparing a paper on idealism and the self for future conference at Oxford. Research interests include metaphysics, aesthetics and design, education and Canadian philosophy.

Research Interest

Canadian philosophy; philosophy of education; philosophy of art and design; multiculturalism; metaphysics; culture.

Selected Publications

1981 The Faces of Reason, An Essay on Philosophy and Culture in English-Speaking Canada, 1850-1950. Leslie Armour and Elizabeth Trott. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 548. Reprint 1995, 1998.

Papers in Refereed Journals (selected)

  • 2012 " Freedom of Speech and Political Correctness,"
    Maritain Studies, (In press)
  • 2011 “The Evolving Absolute,” Science and Esprit, 63/1, 1-18.
  • 2007 “Saving the Wilderness: When Beauty is Not Enough.” Maritain Studies,Vol. XXIII, 53-63.
  • 2006 “T. H. Green, Democracy and Education”, co author Darin Nesbitt, Paideusis, Vol.15, no. 2, 61-78.
  • 2002 “Permanence, Change and Standards of Excellence in Design,” Design Studies May, Vol. 23, no. 3, 321-331.
  • 2001 “Western Mindscapes: A Philosophical Challenge,” The American Review of Canadian Studies, Winter, No. 4, 639-649.


Chapters in books (selected)

  • 2010 “Is the Absolute Obsolete, Idealism in Transition in the Philosophy of Leslie Armour,” Anglo American Idealism, Ideas and Thinkers, Eds. James Connelly& Stamatoula Panagakou, Peter Lang Press, 35-52.
  • 2009 “ John Watson and the Foundations and Applications of Moral Philosophy” The Moral, Social and Political Philosophy of the British Idealists, ed. William Sweet, Imprint Academic Press, 269-288.
  • 2008 “Bosanquet, Aesthetics, and Education: Warding Off Stupidity with Art.” Bernard Bosanquet and the Legacy of British Idealism, ed., William Sweet, University of Toronto Press, 113-126.
  • 2004 “Designing Metaphysics,”.Approaches to Metaphysics, ed., William Sweet, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 317-326.

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