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Graduate Student Union

The Philosophy Graduate Student Union, external link represents the interest of philosophy graduate students, and organizes many events and activities. 

The executive officers for 2021-2022 are:  

MA Alumni

If you are (or are about to become) a graduate of the MA program in philosophy, please join the Ryerson Philosophy MA Alumni, external link Facebook group.

We regularly invite alumni to participate events and activities in the department, and to talk to current students about their career and educational paths.

PhD Placement

The following table lists all MA students who were offered admission into doctoral programs in philosophy (or closely related areas) during or since their time at Ryerson. Student names are omitted for the sake of privacy and confidentiality.

Many of our graduates pursue other opportunities after completing our program. Some go directly into the workforce; others continue their education in other areas.
 
In recent years, some of our students have gone on to law school or teacher’s college, and others have been accepted into Master's programs in other areas, such as education leadership and policy, environmental studies, political science, public policy and administration, public and international affairs, philanthropy and nonprofit leadership, urban planning, religious studies, bioethics, social work, and clinical, cognitive, and social neuroscience. For a complete list of our graduates, scroll to the bottom of this page.

The doctoral programs listed below are all in philosophy, unless otherwise noted.

Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Thinking about "Things": Heidegger's Inquiry into Things
Ciavatta University of Ottawa,
Western (Theory and Criticism)
Nietzsche's Eternal Return as a Transformative Cosmological Teaching
Panaiotti
University of Ottawa
McMaster
Causal Decision Theory: Newcombe's Problem and Backwards Causation
Sud
Ryerson (Economics)
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Seeing the Connection: Believing, Inferring, and Understanding
D. Hunter University of Toronto,
McGill,
Purdue
Exploring the Transparency of Belief
D. Hunter University of Toronto,
McGill,
Purdue,
University of Texas (Austin)
Explorations in Trauma and Memory: The Social Dimensions of Trauma
Schwebel Carleton (Ethics and Public Affairs)
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Dialectical Disagreement and Homonymy in Aristotle
Hennig York,
McMaster
Divine Silence and Heroic Sacrifice
Kraay Oklahoma
Public Reason and the Epistemic Turn in Deliberative Democracy
Murray Memorial
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Intersubjectivity and the Problem of Analogical Appresentation Ciavatta York (Science and Technology Studies)
Toward an Interdependent Conception of the Self: Implications for Canadian Policy Reform
Wellington/Schwebel Toronto (Political Science)
Heidegger and the Messianic Caruana McMaster (Religious Studies)
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
The Case against Realism: Presence-at-hand at Nature in Heidegger’s Being and Time Ciavatta Alberta,
Kentucky
Speaking the World Into Being: The Nature of Expressive Speech in the Phenomenology of Perception Maclaren dePaul,
Chicago (Divinity Studies)
Philosophy, History, and Progress Checkland UC Santa Cruz,
McMaster
Haptic Conversations: Touch in Medical Care Schwartz York (Science and Technology Studies)
Incentives, Inequalities, and Self-Authorship: Can Market Democracy Save the Different Principle? Murray
Carleton (Political Science, Ethics and Public Affairs),
York (Socio-Legal Studies)
Worlds Apart: Marx, Marcuse, and Creative Engagement Schwebel University of Victoria (Political Science, Environmental Studies),
Trent (Cultural Studies),
Concordia (Humanities)
(En)countering Oppression: An Argument for Self-Skepticism Murray UBC
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Thor’s Paralyzing Principle: Defending Rowe’s A Priori Argument for Atheism Kraay Baylor, Calgary, UBC, UWO
Freedom as Menace: A Phenomenology of the Guilty Person Maclaren Guelph, McMaster
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Challenging the ‘Hidden’ Assumption in J.L. Schellenberg’s Hiddenness Argument: An Exploration into the Nature of Divine Love. Kraay McMaster
Political Ontology in Rawls vs Honneth: The Difference Recognition Makes Murray U of T (Political Science)
York (Political Science)
Merleau-Ponty and Animal being: Intentionality, Temporality, Self and World Articulation Maclaren Alberta,
Guelph,
Memorial University of Newfoundland,
York
Bayes and Base-Rates: Why a Probabilistic No-Miracles Argument is Successful Parsons Western
The Puzzle of Assertion D. Hunter Oxford (Philosophy)
Oxford (Theology)
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Finding Identity Through Trauma Maclaren / D. Hunter Guelph
Reconciling Freedom and Contingency in Hegel’s Philosophy Ciavatta Stony Brook
Derrida's Aporetic Ethics and the Urgency of the Impossible Caruana DePaul
Panpsychism and the Subject Combination Problem D. Hunter King’s College,
Nottingham
Accommodation or Cure: A Synthesis of Neurodiverse and Cure Theory Recommendations for Autism Action Schwartz Western,
McMaster
Collingwood's Philosophy of Art as a Basis for Virtue Aesthetics Trott McGill,
Southhampton
Disagreement and the Rationality of Religious Belief Kraay Monash,
Purdue,
McMaster
Emotion And Transformation Of Experience Maclaren Duquesne,
University of New Mexico,
Memphis,
SIU (Carbondale)
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Reasons to Believe D. Hunter Rochester, UMass (Amherst), Syracuse, Toronto, UWO
The Phenomenology of Pain as a Shared Experience Maclaren Vanderbilt, SUNY Stony Brook, DePaul, Guelph, Emory, Fordham, Memphis, University of New Mexico, SIU Carbondale, Duquesne
Psychopaths and Practical Knowledge D. Hunter McMaster, York
She’s Lost Control: Feminine Bodies and Iris Marion Young’s Communicative Democracy Schwartz Guelph
Enactive Perception Maclaren McGill, Toronto (Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology)
The Ability Condition Murray UCLA
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis Supervisor Accepted into doctoral program at
Freedom in Sartre and Merleau-Ponty Ciavatta Marquette, Memphis, SIU (Carbondale), York
The Importance of Considering the Cultivation of Character When Evaluating Moral Dispositions: An Absolutist Argument for Why Aristotle’s Virtuous Man is the Most Admirable Kornegay McMaster, Waterloo, York
Reconciling Realism and the Strong Programme Parsons Birmingham, Toronto (Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology), Oxford.
Evaluating the Fales/Gellman Debate on the Epistemic Status of Theistic Mystical Experiences Kraay Arkansas, Birmingham, USF (Philosophy), USF (Philosophy and Religion), Wayne State
Kingdom of Nature, Kingdom of Ends: Teleology and the ‘Two Standpoints’ in Kant Murray Purdue, UWO
Learning in Merleau-Ponty Maclaren Institute for Christian Studies, OISE (PhD), York

Alumni: Research Topics & Supervisors

Below is a list of graduates from our MA program, showing titles of the major research papers / theses, and supervisors. Student names are omitted for the sake of privacy and confidentiality.

Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Experience of Art through the Lens of Self and Performance
Ciavatta
Reconciling Rawls and Race
Murray
Persuading Desire
D. Hunter
A Philosophical Cure for a Cultural Sickness
Murray
Thinking about "Things": Heidegger's Inquiry into Things
Ciavatta
Causal Decision Theory: Newcombs Problem and Backward Causation
Sud
Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence as a Transformative Cosmological Teaching
Panaioti
Arbitrariness and the Contingency of Belief
Kraay
Constellated - Or Appendixed - ? Exploring Two Accounts of the Subject via Dispositional Realism and Deleuze and Guattari's Ontology of Machines
MacLaren
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Unpossessed Evidence and Steadfastness
Kraay
Cognitive Penetration of Perception and Responsibility
D. Hunter
An Examination of Eleonore Stump’s Solution to the Problem of Petitionary Prayer Kraay
Seeing the Connection: Believing, Inferring, and Understanding
D. Hunter
The Puzzling Case of the Intoxicated Offender
Wellington
Auto: The Ethics of Machine Learning Algorithms and Autonomous Vehicles
C. MacDonald
Rawls' Normative Concept of Legitimacy: Practical Implications for Indigenous Rights
Murray
Encountering Malick's Experimental Film Philosophy: To the WonderKnight of Cups, and Post-Secular Cinema
Caruana
Explorations in Trauma and Memory: The Social Dimensions of Trauma
Schwebel
Exploring the Transparency of Belief
D. Hunter
Husserl and Levinas on the Other: A Controversy on Transcendence
Caruana
Freedom, Others, and Temporality: Simone de Beauviour and Morally Free Action
Maclaren
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Dialectical Disagreement and Homonymy in Aristotle
Hennig
Merleau-Ponty on Ontological Indeterminacy as the Very Possibility of Ontological Interrogation
Maclaren
Divine Silence and Heroic Sacrifice
Kraay
Making Inwardness Visible: Using Hegel's Account of Art to Make Sense of Modern Painting
Ciavatta
Feminist critiques of Rawlsian Liberal Toleration: Pluralism and Gender Equality Murray
Public Reason and the Epistemic Turn in Deliberative Democracy
Murray
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Theory of Mind: A Phenomenological Reconsideration Maclaren
Transcendence, Immandence, and the Escape from Being: Toward a Levinasian Critique of Nietzsche
Caruana
Levinas and the Ethical Turn: A Nietzschian Critique and Response Caruana
The Experience of Home in Chronic Pain and Illness
Maclaren
Heidegger and the Messianic Caruana
The Problem of Promising and Resolving Against the Evidence: A Pragmatic Practical Knowledge Response
D. Hunter
The Place and Purpose of Enhancement
Schwartz
Intersubjectivity and the Problem of Analogical Appresentation Ciavatta
Toward an Interdependent Conception of the Self: Implications for Canadian Policy Reform
Wellington/Schwebel
"The Tears That a Civil Servant Cannot See -  The Tears of the Other": Emmanuel Levinas' Political Contributions and the Question of Human Rights
Murray
Beyond Modern Atheism and Theism: Beyond the Limits of the Onto-Theological Conceptions of God and Faith
Caruana
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

The Case against Realism: Presence-at-hand at Nature in Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Ciavatta

A Phenomenology of Intersubjective Trust.

Maclaren

Kierkegaard Really is a Religious Writer: Caputo’s Foundering of Mystery.

Caruana

Creating the Self: The Intersubjective Nature of Experience, Self-Development, and the Phenomenon of Play.

Maclaren

Philosophy, History, and Progress

Checkland

A Feminist Response to Critiques of Sex Work: Drawing on Lived Experiences.

Wellington

The ‘Will’ing Animal: Philosophical Trajectory of the Will in Relation to Nonhuman Animals Through Athur Schopenhauer.

Trott

Understanding the Virtual: An Ontogenetic Study.

Schwebel

Mind Wars and the Self-Rejecting Individual’s Struggle for Autonomy in an Intersubjective World

Hennig

Speaking the World Into Being: The Nature of Expressive Speech in the Phenomenology of Perception.

Maclaren

Society and Alienation: Hegel and Marx on Civil Society and the State

Ciavatta

Acknowledging Nonhuman Persons: Reconstituting our Conception of Personhood.

Wellington

Haptic Conversations: Touch in Medical Care.

Schwartz

Incentives, Inequalities, and Self-Authorship: Can Market Democracy Save the Different Principle?

Murray

Fiery Spirits and the Temperate Man: The Importance of Hobbes’ Moral Psychology.

Wellington
/Murray

Worlds Apart: Marx, Marcuse, and Creative Engagement

Schwebel

 (En)countering Oppression: An Argument for Self-Skepticism.

Murray

Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Thor’s Paralyzing Principle: Defending Rowe’s A Priori Argument for Atheism

Kraay

Derrida’s Typology: On the Status of a Deconstructive Logic

Caruana

The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning

Hunter, D.

Spiritual Nomadism: On the Ethical Ideal of the Free Spirit in Human, All too Human

Schwebel

On Plato’s Concept of Reason

Hennig

Reconceiving Consent in Relation to Pregnancy and Parenting

Wellington / Schwartz

Freedom as Menace: A Phenomenology of the Guilty Person

Maclaren

An Unlikely Pair of Emmanuels: A Comparative Analysis of Kant’s Moral Philosophy and Levinas’ Ethical Thought

Caruana

Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Towards Global Justice: Access to Medications and the Need for Incentives

Wellington

Challenging the ‘Hidden’ Assumption in J.L. Schellenberg’s Hiddenness Argument: An Exploration into the Nature of Divine Love

Kraay

Political Ontology in Rawls vs Honneth: The Difference Recognition Makes

Murray

Nietzsche and Distance

Ciavatta

Political Liberalism and the Potential for Political Equality in Canada

Murray

Merleau-Ponty and Animal being: Intentionality, Temporality, Self and World Articulation

Maclaren

Bayes and Base-Rates: Why a Probabilistic No-Miracles Argument is Successful

Parsons

The Use and Abuse of Laughter for Life

Caruana

The Puzzle of Assertion
D. Hunter
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Finding Identity Through Trauma

Maclaren / D. Hunter

The Open Theistic Multiverse

Kraay

Reconciling Freedom and Contingency in Hegel’s Philosophy

Ciavatta

Panpsychism and the Subject Combination Problem

D. Hunter

Collingwood's Philosophy of Art as a Basis for Virtue Aesthetics

E. Trott

Derrida’s Aporetic Ethics and the Urgency of the Impossible

Caruana

Accommodation or Cure: A Synthesis of Neurodiverse and Cure Theory Recommendations for Autism Action

Schwartz

Disagreement and the Rationality of Religious Belief

Kraay

You’re Not Alone in Trying to Be: An Essay on Subjectivity and Otherness Caruana
Defending the Purpose Theory of Meaning in Life Kraay
Perspective-Centred Relativism and Faultless Disagreement D. Hunter

The Encounter with the Stranger: Called to Responsibility

Caruana
Emotion And Transformation Of Experience Maclaren
Heidegger and Levinas: Examining Technology and its Relation to Situatedness Ciavatta
Ridley and Risse on Nietzsche’s “Bad Conscience” as a Feeling of Guilt Caruana
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Tracking the Liberal Self: Frameworks, Immersion and the Political Individual

Trott

Modal Metaphysics and Dogmas of Philosophical Theology: A Response to Almeida

Kraay

Reasons to Believe

D. Hunter

Psychopaths and Practical Knowledge

D. Hunter

The Phenomenology of Pain as a Shared Experience

Maclaren

Reconceiving Consent in Relation to Pregnancy and Parenting

Maclaren

A Phenomenological Analysis of a Case of Suicide

Maclaren

She’s Lost Control: Feminine Bodies and Iris Marion Young’s Communicative Democracy

Schwartz

Enactive Perception Maclaren
Learning Language and Becoming Ethical: A Phenomenological Account Maclaren
The Ability Condition Murray
Nietzsche’s Theory of Virtue: An Ethics Rooted in Health Rondel
Two-Way Powers and the Attribution of Agency D. Hunter
Title of Major Research Paper / Thesis

Supervisor

Freedom in Sartre and Merleau-Ponty

Ciavatta

The Importance of Considering the Cultivation of Character When Evaluating Moral Dispositions: An Absolutist Argument for Why Aristotle’s Virtuous Man is the Most Admirable

Kornegay

Reconciling Realism and the Strong Programme

Parsons

Being Called to Respond: A Study Into the Dangers of Viewing Evil Merely as a Form of Radical Alteriety

Caruana

Evaluating the Fales/Gellman Debate on the Epistemic Status of Theistic Mystical Experiences

Kraay

Can We Live with Cohabitation? An Analysis of the Commonsense View of Identity and ‘Ordinary Concern’

D. Hunter

Kingdom of Nature, Kingdom of Ends: Teleology and the ‘Two Standpoints’ in Kant

Murray

Learning in Merleau-Ponty

Maclaren

Existential Freedom, Oppression and Authenticity: Making Authentic Choices in an Oppressive Society. Maclaren