Wim Nijs wins Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Toronto

by George Boys-Stones .

We are delighted to announce that Dr Wim Nijs (currently working in Leuven, Belgium) has won a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, and will join the Department of Classics and CSAMP for two years in the fall. He will be working on the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, especially his thoughts on flattery, a subject to which Philodemus devoted a book of his work On Virtues and Vices.

Congratulations to Rachel Barney

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Rachel Barney is a winner of the Dean’s Research Excellence Award. Rachel is “internationally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and creative researchers on ancient Greek philosophy” as the citation rightly says – read more about the award here!

Talk by Prof. Porro on Dec. 8 at 4pm

by Rares Marinescu .

Prof. Pasquale Porro (Turin) who is currently a visiting scholar at University of Toronto will give a talk this Friday (Dec. 8) at 4pm on “Do We Really Have a Natural Desire to Know God? Philosophy, Theology, and Faith, 1270–1320”

Further details can be found here:

Please note that booking is required.

Francisco Suárez: Philosopher at the Crossroads

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Join the Philosophy Department for a two-day workshop on the 16th-century Spanish priest, philosopher, and theologian Francisco Suárez (1548-1617). It will examine various aspects of Suárez’s philosophy, a scholastic philosopher working at the crossroads of late medieval and early modern philosophy.

  • Jean-Pascal Anfray (École normale supérieure, Paris), “Suárez on matter, quantity and three kinds of extension.”
  • Shane Duarte (University of Notre Dame), “Suárez, Extrinsic Denomination, and the Explicatio entis.”
  • Sydney Penner (Ashbury University), “Suárez on the Origin of Falsity.”
  • Kara Richardson (Syracuse University), “Suárez on Final Causality and Human Action.”
  • Tad Schmaltz (University of Michigan), “Was Suárez an Essentialist in Metaphysics?”
  • Cecilia Trifogli (Oxford University), “Suárez on Time.”

Find up-to-date details here.

Sidney Robinson Prize 2023 awarded to . . .

by George Boys-Stones .

Congratulations to Yi-Cheng Lin, who has won this year’s Sidney Robinson Prize for his essay “Aristotle on the Connection between Capacity and Possibility”. The citation described the essay as showing “originality in developing novel arguments . . . and independence of thought in challenging the views of established scholars. The paper is professionally presented, easy to follow, and enjoyable to read.”

The Sidney Robinson Prize in Ancient Philosophy is awarded annually for the best paper written in the past academic year by a University of Toronto graduate student in Classics, Medieval Studies, or Philosophy, on any topic in ancient Greek or Roman philosophy (up to 529 AD). The prize comes with a cash award of $500.

CSAMP Fall events

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Visit our Events page to see what we have coming up this Fall and beyond. You can easily import information on our weekly seminar series (the CSAMP Proseminar) directly into your electronic calendar with this ICS file.

Job successes for CSAMP postdocs

by George Boys-Stones .

We are delighted that four of our postdoctoral fellows are going on from Toronto to tenure-track jobs this year: Sosseh Assaturian to the University of Washington, Doug Campbell to Alma College, Michigan, Peter Osorio to the University of Maryland, and Thomas Slabon to the University of South Florida. We are extremely grateful for all that they brought to the ancient and medieval philosophy community here, and wish them well in their new jobs!