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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth Trott

Media & Culture

University   Ryerson University
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Phone Number   (416) 979-5000; ext. 6163
Office Location   A614
Office Hours   TBA


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


Professor Trott is a full Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Ryerson University. She previously taught in the Department of Philosophy and the faculty of Education at the University of Toronto. Elizabeth Trott has written extensively about education, art and design, and Canadian Philosophy and culture. She was a Writer-Broadcaster for CBC radio and contributed in creating programs about justice, education and early Canadian philosophers. She was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Practical Ethics and served on the Executive 1985-1990.

Research Interests

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

Selected Pulblications

2007 "Saving the Wilderness: When Beauty is Not Enough," Maritain Studies, Vol XXIII, 53-63.

"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.
2006 "Democratic Paradoxes: Thomas Hill Green on Democracy and Education" Paideusis, Volume 15, No.2, pp 61-78 , by Elizabeth Trott and Darin Nesbitt.
2005 "Canada, the Caribbean and Multiculturalism: Dialectical Reasoning and Common Ground." Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, vol.1, no. 1, 83-95.
Entries on Canadian philosophers in the Thoemmes Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, ed. John Shook, and the Thoemmes Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers, ed., Stuart Brown.

"Must Souls be Immortal? The Gaia Hypothesis and Scientific Souls," Maritain Studies, Vol. XX, 2004, pp 81-88.

"Designing Metaphysics," Approaches to Metaphysics, ed. William Sweet, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp 317-326.

2003 "Revealing Being Through Good Design." Maritain Studies, Vol. XIX, 62-70.

2002 "Permanence, Change and Standards of Excellence in Design." Design Studies, Vol. 23, No.3 321-331.

2001 "Western Mindscapes: A Philosophical Challenge." The American Review of Canadian Studies, No. 4, Winter. 639-649.

"Cows, Wolves and the Absolute." Idealism, Metaphysics and Community, William Sweet ed. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Pub. 257-274.

"Maritain, Northrop Frye, and the Limits of Poetic Knowledge." Maritain Studies, Vol. XVII. 30-37..

2000 "Personal Identity and the Sense of Duty." The Bases of Ethics, William Sweet ed. Milwaukee, USA: Marquette University Press. 176-186.

1999 "The Design Connection." God and Argument, William Sweet, ed. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press. 265-275.

1997 "Multiculturalism, Charles Taylor, and the Idea of Canada." Alternative Frontiers, Allan Seager, Leonard Evenden, Rowland Lorimer, Robin Mathews, eds. Montreal, PQ: Association for Canadian Studies. 35-50.

1996 "Bradley and The Canadian Connection." Philosophy After F.H. Bradley, James Bradley ed. Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press. 57-72.

"The Self and the Social Order." Ethics, Metaphysics, Religion in the Thought of F. H. Bradley, Philip MacEwen ed. Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 1996. 110-121.



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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan