Department News

July 2020

$2-million gift from Montreal philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky to explore the impact of new technology on society

The donation will contribute to the establishment of Chair in Technology and Human Nature in McGill’s Department of Philosophy.

As society grapples with myriad technology-related issues, including biases in facial recognition software, algorithms to identify hate speech and misinformation, as well as growing concerns over privacy and data protection, a new Chair in McGill’s Department of Philosophy seeks to bridge the gap between technology and pressing ethical, social and political questions.  The Chair will be supported by a $2-million gift from The Jarislowsky Foundation to undertake ground-breaking research and study about technology and its impact on individuals and societies.

The Chair, to be named the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Technology and Human Nature, will bring together a deep understanding of new technology along with a strong philosophical perspective on the many issues inherent in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies which are rapidly changing our world.  The timely donation will be matched by McGill in order to endow the Chair’s total cost of $4 million.  Read the full story here.

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.

For more information, visit Christopher Howard's website.

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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