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

by George Boys-Stones .

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!

Welcome to Rares Marinescu

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Rares Marinescu will be joining us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from September this year. Dr Marinescu has studied at London, Heidelberg, and Cambridge, where he received his PhD in 2022 for a thesis on Proclus on Aristotle on Plato. A Case Study on Motion. His research interests lie in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and natural philosophy. He mainly works on Plato, Aristotle, and Neoplatonism and is particularly intrigued by the so-called ‘harmony’ between Plato and Aristotle.

Sidney Robinson Prize in Ancient Philosophy

by George Boys-Stones .

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 any of the participating CSAMP units (Classics, Medieval Studies, Philosophy), on any topic in ancient Greek or Roman philosophy (up to 529 AD). The Prize includes a cash award. Eligible students should simply find the best essay they wrote for a course in 2022-2023, anonymize it (the judgment will be made blind by an external expert), and send it to as an email attachment by the end of Friday, 30th June 2023.

3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer!

by George Boys-Stones .

The Department of Classics at the University of Toronto is offering a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in Ancient Philosophy, to begin as soon as possible after 1st September 2023. Apart from pursuing their own research, the successful candidate will be available for up to 6 hours per week to assist in the organization of activities associated with CSAMP. The Fellowship comes with a salary of CA$60,000 per annum. Some opportunity for paid teaching might also be available.

To be eligible, you must have received a PhD in a relevant field (from any Department or Programme), or have fulfilled all conditions for conferral (including final approval of any post-viva corrections), before June 1, 2023. You must have had no more than two years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience by September 1, 2023.

If you wish to be considered, please send a single pdf to the address below combining: your CV, contact details for at least two and no more than three referees, a writing sample no more than 10,000 words in length, and a description of plans for an original and substantial research project to be pursued during the Fellowship, in around 500 words. (Proposals to rework the results of doctoral or other previous research projects will not be considered.) Your email cover should briefly indicate how your interests complement existing strength in ancient philosophy at Toronto, and may offer any other information you consider relevant to your application (but note that quality of information will be preferred over quantity).

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight (EST) June 16, 2023. Application materials, and any inquiries in the meantime, should be sent to the Dircetor of CSAMP, Prof. George Boys-Stones at


Visiting scholars from Turin

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Our exchange program with Turin, part of the Torino-Toronto Alliance, is well under way: two weeks ago, Joseph Gerbasi was enjoying his time in Italy; this week, we are delighted to welcome six Ancient Philosophy scholars from Turin who will stay and work with us all this week. A warm welcome to them (shown here visiting the Fisher Rare Book Library).