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McMaster University’s Philosophy Department is now inviting applications for the 2018-2019 Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Applications are invited for a research and teaching postdoctoral fellowship to be held under the auspices of the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University during the 2018-19 academic year. We welcome candidates with any number of research and teaching interests, including but not limited to philosophy of law, feminist philosophy, ethics, applied ethics, metaethics, and political philosophy.

Job-Title:  Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Posting Date:  23 March 2018

Application Deadline:  27 April 2018

Position Start Date:  1 July 2018

Position End Date:  30 June 2019

Pending funding and at the discretion of the department, this position is renewable, but not beyond a second year.

Supervisor:  Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa

Renumeration:  $50,000 per year plus $5,000 for Research or Publication Expenses

This position is included within the Canadian Union of Public Employees (“CUPE”) Local 3906 Unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Description of Role:

The fellow will be expected to present a paper as part of the department’s weekly speaker series and to contribute to the intellectual life of our community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

The fellow will also teach two courses per academic year, one in the fall and one in the winter term. See the department website for further details about the department’s two main Honours BA Programs: the Philosophy Honours BA and the Justice, Political Philosophy and Law Honours BA. http://philosophy.mcmaster.ca/


The successful applicant must have completed all requirements for the PhD in philosophy by the starting date of the position, July 1, 2018.  To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have neither held a tenure-track position nor been awarded a PhD in philosophy prior to January 1, 2013.

Follow this link for more information: https://philjobs.org/job/show/9958

Congratulations to OLPP’s Wil Waluchow, who was recently awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision by McMaster University. Dr. Waluchow’s students, both current and former, wrote letters testifying to his personal and academic excellence as a supervisor.

For more details, see the Daily News article:


The OLPP is proud to report that Karolina Wisniewski, a student in the JD/MA Combined Program in Law and Philosophy at Osgoode/York Philosophy, recently won the 2013 Essay Competition organized by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) at Queen Mary, University of London.

Wisniewski presented her essay entitled “The Non-Coercive Force of International Law” on November 7, 2013 at the inaugural meeting of the Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory (focusing on “Authority in a Transnational Age”), hosted by the CLSGC.

For more details, see the notices on Queen Mary’s and Osgoode’s websites, as well as YFile.

On 11 October, the OLPP had the pleasure to welcome Professor Susan Haack (Miami) for a seminar on truth and law. Her talk is now available on Youtube:

Preparations have started in earnest for the 2013-2014 academic year. Some highlights…

At Osgoode/York:

  • The schedule and line up for the 2013-2014 edition of the Nathanson Centre’s Legal Philosophy between State and Transnationalism seminar series are now available online While the series will now be offered as a course for philosophy and law students, it remains open to all faculty and students. Speakers will include: Paulo Barrozo (Boston College), David Rodin (Oxford), Jean Louise Cohen (Columbia), Maksimillian del Mar (Queen Mary), Anna Stilz (Princeton), Matthias Risse (Harvard), Christopher Heath Wellman (WUSTL), and Paul Berman (WUSTL). Christopher Wellman will also be delivering the annual ‘Or ‘Emet Lecture.
  • In April 2014, the Nathanson Centre will also be hosting a major international conference on Wrongs across Borders. Confirmed speakers already include: Michael Blake (Washington), Daniel Butt (Bristol), Simon Caney (Oxford), Thomas Christiano (Arizona), Helen Frowe (Stockholm), Adil Haque (Rutgers), and Catriona McKinnon (Reading), and Miriam Ronzoni (Technical University of Darmstadt).

At McMaster:

  • In May 2014, McMaster’s Department of Philosophy will be hosting a major international conference on the Legacy of Ronald Dworkin. Confirmed keynote speakers include: Richard Arneson (UCSD), David Brink (UCSD), Thomas Christiano (Arizona), David Dyzenhaus (Toronto), Leslie Green (Oxford), Connie Rosati (Arizona), Joseph Raz (Columbia/KCL), and Larry Sager (U of Texas at Austin).