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  • The department invites applications for a tenure track position with an Area of Specialization in Kant and an Area of Competence in Early Modern philosophy, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022 (subject to final budgetary approval). Here is the official posting.

  • The department is co-sponsoring a conference on the music of carnival in partnership with the Instituto de Etnomusicologia at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). This virtual symposium will feature two days of scholarly presentations on a wide variety of carnival music traditions and theoretical topics. It will also include a keynote presentation by ethnomusicologist, Prof. Gage Averill (University of British Columbia), and a musical workshop by musician/academic/bandleader, Thaís Bezerra. This virtual symposium will take place on October 2-3, 2021, and the program can be accessed in this google docGoogle Doc, external link. Anyone who wishes to attend and engage the presenters during the many Q&A sessions is welcome to do so. Attendance is free. To register, please send an email to with "Carnival music registration" in the subject line. Sending that email will suffice for you to receive a program with relevant Zoom links soon before the conference.

  • Prof. Kym Maclaren is an invited speaker at the Concrete Intersubjectivity Workshop, external link in Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 29-30, 2021. 

  • Bernard D. Katz, external link worked in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto from 1976 until his retirement in 2021. A conference to celebrate his legacy will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 13th, 2021. It will feature eight presentations by Bernard's former students, including Ryerson's own David Checkland and Bob Murray.

  • Workshop: "Graduate School (MA, PhD) in Philosophy: Whether and How to Apply". This two-part workshop aims to help you decide whether to apply to graduate school in philosophy and how to prepare your application. The workshop is primarily intended for 3rd and 4th year students in Philosophy and ACS, and MA students in philosophy who are thinking about going on to do a PhD. Organizers: Profs. Elizabeth Jackson, Michael Milona, Katharine O’Reilly, and Rohan Sud.  Tuesday, October 5, 3:10pm-5:00pm (Toronto Time) Where: on Zoom [Link, external link]

  • The Reasons, Action, and Mind Group, external link has organized three visiting speakers for Fall 2021. Details are here, external link, and for more information contact David Hunter.

  • Welcome to all our incoming BA and MA students, and welcome back to our returning students! We wish you all the best for the academic year ahead!

  • Congratulations to former MA student David Collins (Class of 2014) on being awarded a prestigious SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship, external link, opens in new window! David will defend his PhD at McGill in November 2021, and will take up this fellowship at Oxford University in December 2021. His postdoctoral research project is entitled "Why Good Art Matters: Connecting Artistic Value with the Value(s) of Art through the Philosophy of R. G. Collingwood", and his supervisor will be Prof. Catherine Abell, external link, opens in new window.

  • Ryerson will host a (virtual) philosophy of religion conference in the afternoons of June 28th-30th. The topic is "the axiology of theism". [Complete details.]

  • Congratulations to our undergraduate academic award-winners for 2020-2021:

Bronze Essay Award: Star Spider, “Schrödinger's Theory: Superposition and Realism”
Silver Essay Award: Dinez Clarke, “Practical Wisdom, Deliberation, and a Fourth Possibility”
Gold Essay Award: Jeremy Kellen Bland, “Examining the Impact of Sartre's 'Look' on the Other(ed)”

First Year Academic Excellence in Philosophy: Ali Al Khatib
Second Year Academic Excellence in Philosophy: Michael Knox
Third Year Academic Excellence in Philosophy: Mark Suezo
Fourth Year Academic Excellence in Philosophy: Dinez Clarke

Community Service Award: This year’s award goes to the Philosophy Course Union Executive, who revitalized the union and worked hard to meet the challenges of this past academic year. The executive members are Abby Sky, Danice Masaba, Alexander Casucci, and Dane Marquez-Delaney.

  • Congratulations to MA student Asad Kahn, who has been accepted into the doctoral program in Philosophy at the University of Ottawa and into the doctoral program in Theory and Criticism at Western University!

  • Congratulations to MA student Omar Kahn, who has been accepted into the doctoral program at McMaster University!

  • Congratulations to incoming MA student Emmett Scott, who was awarded a Ryerson Graduate Scholarship for academic year 2021-2022!

  • Congratulations to MA student Shane Brennan, whose co-authored paper entitled "Contra Static Dispositions, external link, opens in new window" has been accepted for publication in Metaphysica!

  • The department is delighted to announce that Dr. Jeta Mulaj will join the faculty on July 1st, 2022.

  • Congratulations to 2013 MA graduate Catherine Fullarton, who has accepted a position as Teaching Fellow at the University of King’s College, Halifax, NS!

  • Congratulations to 2014 MA graduate Kirk Lougheed, external link, who, after completing his PhD at McMaster University, and holding a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship, has accepted a tenure-track position at LCC International University, external link, opens in new window!

  • Congratulations to recent BA graduate Sajarn Karn, who has been accepted into McMaster University's PhD program for Fall 2021!

  • Congratulations to two of our graduating BA students: Tim Mt. Pleasant has been accepted into the McGill's MA in Philosophy-Bioethics Program, and Dinez Clarke has been awarded a Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award.
  • Prof. Michael Milona's research on hope was featured in the Wall Street Journal, external link.

  • The department is hosting a workshop on how to apply for MA and PhD programs in philosophy, which will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 12:00pm-1:30pm (Toronto time). The aim is to give participants a better sense of how the selection process works and thereby put them in a position to put together competitive applications. [Zoom link, external link]

  • Ryerson's Graduate Student Philosophy Conference will take place online on March 6-7, 2021. Submissions are being accepted until December 20th, 2020. [Call for Papers, external link]

  • Welcome to all our incoming BA and MA students, and welcome back to our returning students! Despite the unusual and challenging circumstances facing all of us, we wish you all the very best for the academic year ahead!


Visiting Speakers

Every semester, our department invites several guest speakers to lecture on various topics. All lectures are free, and are open to all members of the community and to the general public.

TRC Working Group

The Department of Philosophy Truth and Reconciliation Working Group has three interconnected aims, conceived in response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, external link (TRC). We will host a speaker series and reading group to learn from indigenous scholars and their works about the themes, traditions, and methods of North American indigenous philosophies. We will explore ways to decolonize philosophy and indigenize our undergraduate and graduate curriculum. And we will consider how our department should address the TRC Report, its Calls to Action, and the responses they have generated.

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