History of Philosophy

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The University of Toronto has a long tradition of excellence in the history of philosophy, both with respect to research and teaching. One of the particular attractions of our department is that one can study here the entire history of philosophy, from antiquity to early analytic philosophy, with equally strong coverage in all the major periods.
The History of Philosophy interest group serves as an umbrella for activities in this area. But there are three groups dedicated to specific periods that are of special importance.


The Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP) brings together doctoral students and faculty from the Department of Philosophy, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Department of Classics. Throughout the year CPAMP organizes talks and workshops and hosts visiting graduate students and faculty working in ancient and/or medieval philosophy. Students enrolled in CPAMP may draw upon the resources of any of the participating units.

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The Modern Philosophy Research Group focuses on the period, roughly, from Descartes to Kant. It meets regularly (usually biweekly) throughout the year to discuss works-in-progress by our own graduate students and faculty. Each year the group also organizes a number of talks by external visitors. The core faculty affiliated with the group include Donald AinslieKarolina HübnerMartin PickavéMarleen Rozemond, and Nick Stang.


The Jewish Philosophy Research Group explores Jewish philosophy from the medieval period to the 20th century, bringing in external speakers and organizing workshops.
For more information or to be placed on the mailing list please contact the coordinator, Karolina Hübner.