Department News

April 2019

Congratulations to Prof. Alia Al-Saji for receiving the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Excellence in Teaching. The H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching is designed to recognize outstanding teaching in the Faculty of Arts, and is awarded each June at Convocation. 

We are happy to announce that Christopher Howard joined the Department of Philosophy at the rank of Assistant Professor on August 1, 2019. Chris joins us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as a Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy, as well as a Core Faculty Member of the UNC/Duke Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. His research focuses on the areas of normative ethics and metaethics.

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March 2019

Congratulations to Prof. Hasana Sharp on her recently published piece for the American Philosophical Association’s Women in Philosophy Blog, "Women in Philosophy: Why Spinoza and Feminism?".

February 2019

Congratulations to Prof. Alia Al-Saji on her recently published article in the New Statesman on Why we should stop fixating on what Muslim women wear

Congratulations to Prof. David Davies, who was elected as the new Vice-President of the The American Society for Aesthetics. He will assume office on February 1, 2019, and will become the ASA President for a two-year term on February 1, 2021.


Congratulations to Prof. Hasana Sharp on the recent publication of Spinoza's Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, co-edited with Yitzhak Melamed.





Congratulations to Prof. Stephen Menn, he has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), elected by his peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievements. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences. Prof. Menn is known for his profound understanding of all areas of ancient philosophy, but especially for his transformative solution to the problem of the aim of Aristotelian metaphysics. He has written the first commentary on the overall argument of Aristotle’s Metaphysics since the Canadian Joseph Owens in 1951. He also works on Arabic and Latin medieval philosophy, and on history and philosophy of mathematics, modern as well as ancient.


Congratulations to Prof. Iwao Hirose, he has been inducted into the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), and was recognized with the Kitty Newman Memorial Award.  Prof. Hirose’s research lies in the area of value theory in contemporary ethics in two broadly defined but related areas: the theory and value of distributive equality and the ethics of public policy. He is one of a very few scholars who have excellent ability and knowledge in both the disciplines of philosophy and economics. He applies this knowledge and these skills to his work on health care and environmental policy.

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