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

by George Boys-Stones .

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:  https://pims.ca/event/lecture-pasquale-porro/

Please note that booking is required.

Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer!

by Rares Marinescu .

Area of Research: Ancient Philosophy

Job Description: The Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto invites applications for a two-year a Postdoctoral Scholar position beginning August 2024. The successful applicant will have significant research interests in some area of Ancient philosophy and is expected to teach one to two courses per year, that is, 1.0 to 2.0 HCE (half course equivalent, one term length) per year.

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto is widely recognized as Canada’s best and most comprehensive philosophy department and as an international leader in the field. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world. For more information about the Department of Philosophy, please visit http://www.philosophy.utoronto.ca. The successful applicant will be a member of the Collaborative Specialization in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. For more information, please visit https://csamp.utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission

Salary: $49,000 plus a teaching stipend depending on the number of courses taught. The current stipend for 1.0 HCE is $8,142.50+ 4% vacation pay and is set by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. All teaching related duties are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement fall below the rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Required qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for their doctorate by July 31, 2024. Candidates must also be no more than 5 years from the awarding of their degree as of the start date for the position.

Expected start date: August 1, 2024

Term: August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2026

FTE: 100%

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.


Application instructions

To be considered for this position, applications must be submitted electronically at
ancient.philosophy.postdoc.utsc@utoronto.ca by the closing date; please include “Ancient Philosophy Postdoc” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted as a single pdf with a cover letter, a current CV, and a sample of written work (around 20 pages). Applicants should also submit the names and contact information for two references and should alert their referees that letters will be requested for candidates invited for an interview.

Closing date: February 29, 2024, 11:59pm EST

Supervisor: Professor Christian Pfeiffer

Contact: Jason Ferreira

For a PDF version of the ad click here.

Francisco Suárez: Philosopher at the Crossroads

by George Boys-Stones .

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.