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Normative Animals - Online Conference

Normative Animals - Online Conference

June 17-18, 2021 9:00am - 5:00pm EST Organizers: Kristin Andrews, Simon Fitzpatrick, and Evan Westra Register here What are the psychological and evolutionary foundations of moral and social norms? Are these normative capacities uniquely human, or are they also present in other species? How might the presence of normativity in nonhuman animals change our ethical […]

New Professor Matthew Leisinger to Join Department

New Professor Matthew Leisinger to Join Department

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to welcome Matthew Leisinger (PhD Yale 2018) as assistant professor in Fall 2020. Professor Leisinger was appointed to the department in 2019 and has been completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University in the UK. His areas of research are early modern philosophy and moral psychology, focusing in particular […]

Professor Oisín Deery Wins Major Research Award to Study Artificially Intelligent Agents

Professor Oisín Deery Wins Major Research Award to Study Artificially Intelligent Agents

Professor Oisín Deery has won a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the government of Australia to investigate the moral problems raised by artificially intelligent systems. According to the Australian Research Council website: "Such artificial agents are becoming increasingly prevalent in contemporary society but raise moral problems, such as who, if anyone, is legally responsible […]

Department of Philosophy Welcomes Two New Professors: Julianne Chung and Parisa Moosavi

Department of Philosophy Welcomes Two New Professors: Julianne Chung and Parisa Moosavi

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to welcome two new professors in Fall 2020: Julianne Chung (PhD Yale 2015) will join the department as assistant professor, with a specialization in epistemology, philosophy of language, aesthetics, and Asian philosophy. She is interested in skepticism, fictionalism, and metaphor, as well as how cross-cultural philosophy can shed new […]

York delegates to UNFCCC report on climate change negotiations with discussion panels

York delegates to UNFCCC report on climate change negotiations with discussion panels

In December 2019, Idil Boran was in Madrid, Spain at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) leading York University’s largest observer delegation since 2009, when York University was first admitted as an observer organization in time for COP15 in Copenhagen. Boran is an associate professor at York University’s Department of Philosophy, Faculty […]

Workshop: Natural Kinds in Cognitive Science

Workshop: Natural Kinds in Cognitive Science

  The Department of Philosophy is organizing a workshop aiming to advance our understanding of natural kinds in cognitive science by bringing together researchers from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.  The conference is being organized by Muhammad Ali Khalidi in collaboration with Joshua Mugg (Park University), and will take place at York on 27-28 June 2019 […]

Workshop on Philosophy of Vision: Predictive Vision

Workshop on Philosophy of Vision: Predictive Vision

  Professor Jacob Beck is organizing a one-day workshop on Predictive Vision, which will take place at York on June 9, 2019. The workshop will bring together a number of philosophers working on visual perception and will immediately precede the Centre for Vision Research’s International Conference on Predictive Vision.  For further information, visit the workshop […]

Anscombe’s Legacy: A Workshop on Anscombe’s Influence on Philosophy

Anscombe’s Legacy: A Workshop on Anscombe’s Influence on Philosophy

  The Department of Philosophy is organizing a workshop on the occasion of G. E. M. Anscombe's centenary, which will celebrate her lasting impact on philosophy by discussing ideas and arguments inspired by her work. The workshop is being organized by Robert Myers and Devlin Russell, and will take place on May 10-11 at York. […]

Professor Regina Rini is awarded the 2018 Marc Saunders Foundation Public Philosophy Award

Professor Regina Rini is awarded the 2018 Marc Saunders Foundation Public Philosophy Award

York University Philosophy professor Regina Rini was awarded the Marc Saunders Foundation Public Philosophy Award for 2018, for her piece “The Last Mortals”. Details of the award and a pdf of Dr. Rini's paper can be found here: http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/sanders-prizes/public-philosophy-award/

Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition

Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition

  The Government of Canada recently announced new Canada Research Chair (CRC) recipients, including a Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition for Regina Rini.  Although Prof. Rini joined our department in July 2017, her CRC appointment was formally announced in May 2018, and it represents a very well deserved recognition of […]