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    The CPA honours the decision of the Black Canadian Studies Association to withdraw from Congress. see more

    Members of the CPA might be aware that the Black Canadian Studies Association has decided to withdraw from Congress 2021, and that some others societies have also withdrawn from Congress in support of the BCSA. The BCSA has asked all learned societies to consider the steps they might take, appropriate to their circumstances, to address racism (see their statement).

    The CPA honours the decision of the BCSA to withdraw from Congress. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated already existing inequities, increasing the burden on those institutions that have led efforts to combat racism in Canada. The CPA can do its part by exposing philosophy’s role in contributing to colonialism and the social formation of race, by promoting reflection on how the tools of philosophy can be used to deal in an effective way with race thinking (see the CPA Board Statement of June 2020), and by engaging in dialogue with Congress partners about how Congress can better serve its diverse constituencies.

    Therefore, the CPA Executive Committee is making its best efforts to organize two special events at the 2021 Annual Meeting, a plenary keynote address and a roundtable on race in philosophy. These events will be scheduled for 2022 if they cannot be held this year, together with panels that were planned for 2020 and which have been postponed until we can meet in person again.

    In order to broaden access to the discussion, and to all the benefits of the program, the Executive also announces that the CPA will waive conference registration fees for non-members who are black, Indigenous, or other people of colour. (There are no fees for members this year.) The Federation is also waiving its some of its conference fees.

    The Federation’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization is expected to deliver a report in April recommending steps Congress can take to be more accessible and inclusive, and to better serve efforts to confront social injustice. The CPA Executive Committee urges the Federation to act swiftly on the Advisory Committee’s recommendations and commits to working with the BCSA and other learned societies to help address the challenge that racism poses to Canadian society.


    The CPA Executive Committee

    The CPA Equity Committee








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    The Canadian Philosophical Association condemns racism of every form. see more








    Statement of the Board of Directors of the CPA on Racism  

    The Canadian Philosophical Association condemns racism of every form. We stand in solidarity with those protesting  police brutality and racist violence, and we join them in calling upon every level of government to take immediate and effective measures against systemic racism.  We reaffirm our commitment to facing the contribution of our discipline to discrimination, and we are working to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion in philosophy.* We acknowledge our responsibility as  scholars to strive toward a more just society. 


    * See 

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    The CPA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Faculty and Student Essay Prizes. see more

    Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize/Prix de l'essai de professeur-e sans permanence ou chargé-e de cours:
    Devlin Russell (York University), "The Myth of a State of Intending"
    Tenured Professor Essay Prize/Prix de l'essai de professeur-e agrégé-e:
    Georges Moyal (Glendon College, York University), "La disparition des formes aristotéliciennes"
    Christopher Byrne (StFX University), "Aristotle and Scientific Experiments"
    Student Essay Prize/Prix de l'essai d'étudiant-e:
    Jean-François Rioux (McGill University), "Trois idées directrices de la philosophie de Dilthey"
     Scott Metzger (McMaster University), "Understanding the Welby-Russell Correspondence"
     Jan Swiderski (Syracuse University), "Understanding and Metaphysical Coherentism"

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    The CPA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Book Prize. see more

    The CPA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 edition of the  Book Prize.

    Seymour, Michel et Jérome Gosselin-Tapp, La nation pluraliste: Repenser la diversité religieuse au Québec

     Depuis 2006, le Québec débat âprement des règles gouvernant la laïcité de ses institutions et se trouve confronté à deux modèles apparemment irréconciliables : le républicanisme « jacobin » et le libéralisme individualiste, issus respectivement de la France et du Canada. En s’inspirant de la pensée du philosophe politique John Rawls, les auteurs proposent ici d’explorer une voie médiane mieux adap­tée à l’expérience québécoise. Dans ses travaux tardifs, Rawls met en avant une forme de libéralisme républicain affranchi de l’indi­vidualisme normatif de Kant et de Mill et récuse le paternalisme qui vise à imposer aux citoyens une certaine éthique de vie. Tout en étant neutre à l’égard des conceptions individualiste et com­munautarienne de la personne, il cherche à équilibrer les droits collectifs des peuples avec les droits individuels des personnes.

    C’est donc une conception strictement institutionnelle de la laïcité que présentent les auteurs, qui redéfinissent au passage l’interculturalisme, la liberté rationnelle et le consentement, ainsi que l’expérience religieuse, qui devient hybride, à la fois subjective et objective. En se servant de Rawls, ils expliquent clairement pourquoi l’expression de la religion fait partie de la liberté reli­gieuse, mais aussi pourquoi il faut faire la distinction entre les objets qui relèvent des libertés fondamentales et ceux qui sont sujets à des accommodements. Ils tracent ainsi une authentique troisième voie, qui pourrait bien faire sortir de l’impasse le débat québécois sur la laïcité.

    Michel Seymour est professeur titulaire au Département de philosophie de l’Uni­versité de Montréal.
    Jérôme Gosselin-Tapp est doctorant au Département de philosophie de l’Université d’Ottawa.


    Abizadeh, Arash, Hobbes and the Two Face of Ethics

    Reading Hobbes in light of both the history of ethics and the conceptual apparatus developed in recent work on normativity, this book challenges received interpretations of Hobbes and his historical significance. Arash Abizadeh uncovers the fundamental distinction underwriting Hobbes's ethics: between prudential reasons of the good, articulated via natural laws prescribing the means of self-preservation, and reasons of the right or justice, comprising contractual obligations for which we are accountable to others. He shows how Hobbes's distinction marks a watershed in the transition from the ancient Greek to the modern conception of ethics, and demonstrates the relevance of Hobbes's thought to current debates about normativity, reasons, and responsibility. His book will interest Hobbes scholars, historians of ethics, moral philosophers, and political theorists.

    Arash Abizadeh is Professor at the Department of Political Science and Associate Member of the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.

    The CPA thanks the members of the jury and our prize sponsors, Cambridge University Press and Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal

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    The CPA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Faculty and Student Essay Prizes. see more









    Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize/Prix de l'essai de professeur-e sans permanence ou chargé-e de cours
    Vucu, Simona (Toronto) —   "Causal Powers as Accidents: Thomas Aquinas’s view"

    Tenured Professor Essay Prize/Prix de l'essai de professeur-e agrégé-e
    Kenyon, Tim (Brock) — "Peer idealization, internal examples, and the meta-philosophy of genius in the epistemology of disagreement"

    Student Essay Prize/Prix de l'essai d'étudiant-e
    Marie-Kerguelen Le Blevennec (Boston University) "Les droits culturels comme droits individuels”

    Robert Matyasi and Damian Melamedoff (University of Toronto) "Moore on the Unreality of Agent-Relative Value"

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    Lopes will receive the award at the Pacific Division meeting in April 2019 in Vancouver, BC, Canada see more

    Dr. Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia) is the recipient of the 2018 Philip L. Quinn Prize, the American Philosophical Association's highest honour for service to the profession.  Read more. 
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    Dr. Kai Nielsen, a past president of the CPA, has passed away. see more



    The CPA was sad to learn that Dr. Kai Nielsen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, passed away in Montreal on April 7th, 2021. Professor Nielsen was President of the CPA in 1983-84. One of Canada's most prominent social and political philosophers, he was also a valued colleague and mentor, and is remembered for his kindness, generosity, and commitment to the discipline.

    Daily Nous has published a tribute here.  

  • juliette roussin posted an article
    Philo-normes prendre le relai de la liste phimopo, qui s'est arrêtée en décembre dernier. see more

    (English below)

    Philo-normes, nouvelle liste de diffusion, a été créée pour relayer les informations relatives à l'actualité de la recherche en philosophie politique, morale, juridique et sociale, en particulier à destination des universitaires francophones. 

    Elle permet l'annonce de publications, appels à contributions, séminaires, journées d'étude, colloques, appels à candidature, etc., dans ce domaine. 

    Elle entend notamment prendre le relai de la liste phimopo, qui s'est arrêtée en décembre dernier, avec la fermeture du service yahoogroupes, après avoir rendu de très grands services à notre communauté.


    Vous pouvez vous abonner à Philo-normes à cette adresse : 


    Pour poster un message, merci de tenir compte des recommandations suivantes:

    + Les messages sont de préférence rédigés en français (ou en anglais). 
    + Les informations essentielles (objet, thème, date) figurent dans l'objet du message pour permettre un tri rapide par les abonné•es. 
    + Les hyperliens vers une page internet sont privilégiés et les fichiers attachés évités autant que possible (et ne doivent pas, lorsqu'ils sont indispensables, dépasser les 5 Mo). 


    Administration de la liste

    Charles Girard, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
    Roberto Merrill, Université du Minho (Portugal)
    Clotilde Nouët, Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique (Maroc)
    Juliette Roussin, Université Laval (Québec)



    Philo-normes is a new mailing list dedicated to advertising events and news in political, moral, legal and social philosophy within French-speaking academia in particular. 

    It hosts announcements for publications, calls for papers, conferences, calls for applications, etc. in these fields. 

    It is intended to replace the former mailing list, phimopo, which ended last December due to yahoogroups' closing. 


    You can subscribe to Philo-normes here: 


    Announcements should conform to the following recommendations:

    + Announcements should preferably be in French (or in English)
    + Essential information (subject, theme, date) should be mentioned in the subject line
    + Hyperlinks should be used instead of attaching documents; when indispensable, attached documents should not be more than 5 Mb.


    List administrators

    Charles Girard, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
    Roberto Merrill, Université du Minho (Portugal)
    Clotilde Nouët, Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique (Maroc)
    Juliette Roussin, Université Laval (Quebec)




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    The CPA mourns the loss of Adam Morton, a beloved member of the Canadian philosophical community. see more


    We are very sad to convey the news that Adam Morton died in North Vancouver on October 22, 2020. Adam was President of the CPA in 2013-14 and was a much-loved member of our community. He is survived by his wife, Susanna Braund, his brother, Tom, and his children, Edith and Stephen. For those who wish to remember him by making a donation, Adam was a long-time supporter of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Médecins Sans Frontières. An obituary written by Margaret Schabas is available at

     Daily Nous has published a tribute here 





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    The CPA has launched a padlet to support online teaching in philosophy. see more





    Padlets are dynamic online spaces where users can explore and share content. Click here to access the CPA's padlet and share your knowledge with our community. 

    Made with Padlet

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    The award will establish OA resources and training at 12 international partner institutions. see more

    Lisa Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, has been awarded a major grant in support of her project Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy.  Read more. For details on the 2 post-doctoral fellow positions associated with this project, click here

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    Weinstock works on democratic theory and the impact of cultural recognition on liberal thought. see more

    Daniel Weinstock has been appointed to the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculties of Arts and of Law at McGill University. Read more.

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    Sandra Lapointe, a past president of the CPA, is part of the Future Skills Centre initiative. see more


    Sandra Lapointe, a past president of the CPA, is part of the Future Skills Centre initiative, which recently released 'Leveraging the Skills of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates,' a report examining approaches that support graduates’ transition into employment. Read more

    Sandra Lapointe, une ancienne présidente de l'ACP, fait partie de l'initiative Centre des compétences futures, qui a récemment publié 'Tirer parti des compétences des diplômés en sciences sociales et sciences humaines', un rapport qui examine les approches visant à soutenir la transition des diplômés vers l’emploi. Lire la suite

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    The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences announces its 2019 Board of Directors. see more

    The 2019 Board elections took place at the Federation’s first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, which was held on May 15, 2019. Read the press release here

    Les élections de 2019 ont eu lieu lors de la toute première Réunion annuelle virtuelle de la Fédération, le 15 mai 2019. Cliquez ici pour lire le communiqué de presse.

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    2017 CPA Book Prize Winners see more

    The CPA is Pleased to Announce the Winners of the 2017 Edition of its Biennial Book Prize


    Moore, Margaret. A Political Theory of Territory. Oxford University Press, 2015

    Our world is currently divided into territorial states that resist all attempts to change their borders. But what entitles a state, or the people it represents, to assume monopoly control over a particular piece of the Earth’s surface? Why are they allowed to prevent others from entering? What if two or more states, or two or more groups of people, claim the same piece of land?

    Political philosophy, which has had a great deal to say about the relationship between state and citizen, has largely ignored these questions about territory. This book provides answers. It justifies the idea of territory itself in terms of the moral value of political self-determination; it also justifies, within limits, those elements that we normally associate with territorial rights: rights of jurisdiction, rights over resources, right to control borders and so on. The book offers normative guidance over a number of important issues facing us today, all of which involve territory and territorial rights, but which are currently dealt with by ad hoc reasoning: disputes over resources; disputes over boundaries, oceans, unoccupied islands, and the frozen Arctic; disputes rooted in historical injustices with regard to land; secessionist conflicts; and irredentist conflicts. In a world in which there is continued pressure on borders and control over resources, from prospective migrants and from the desperate poor, and no coherent theory of territory to think through these problems, this book offers an original, systematic, and sophisticated theory of why territory matters, who has rights over territory, and the scope and limits of these rights.

    Margaret Moore is Professor in the Political Studies department at Queen’s University.



    Narbonne, Jean-Marc. Antiquité critique et modernité. Essai sur le rôle de la pensée critique en Occident. Les Belles Lettres, 2016

    Un nouveau mode de rapport au monde est né en Grèce ancienne : l’attitude critique, laquelle a marqué durablement l’histoire occidentale pour ensuite s’imposer mondialement. Dès ce moment inaugural, beaucoup s’est joué, car l’indépendance de la pensée, le rapport questionnant au monde, la tradition de la discussion critique et du franc-parler — c’est-à-dire la tradition du rapport critique à la tradition — allaient pénétrer à l’intérieur des doctrines juive, chrétienne et musulmane pour en infléchir le cours, puis gagner à l’époque moderne leur espace propre dans la Cité. Inventeurs de la démocratie et de la philosophie, les Grecs ont donné naissance à cet éthos-critique dont le pli culturel n’allait plus nous quitter.

    Le présent essai propose donc une lecture du Monde moderne fondé sur un réinterprétation de l’input antique grec, une analyse qui tient compte de la nouvelle humanité, critique et réfléchie, découverte en Grèce, et qui prend ses distances vis-à-vis des approches proposées par des auteurs comme Hans Blumenberg (la Modernité relève d’une auto-affirmation absolument originale), Marcel Gauchet (le désenchantement du monde est un phénomène essentiellement tardif; la démocratie d’aujourd’hui tout autre chose que la démocratie antique), et Rémi Brague (l’Occident tient davantage de la Rome hellénisée et christianisée que d’Athènes).

    Notre civilisation a sans doute rompu avec certains aspects de sa tradition, mais elle n’a pas rompu avec son passé, celui plus ancien qu’elle redécouvre maintenant de manière plus libre. Le but de l’ouvrage n’est d’ailleurs pas de sacraliser l’hellénisme, mais de montrer que le potentiel critique, inscrit dans la dynamique même de cette culture, peut nous aider à mieux comprendre – et à mieux défendre – la société ouverte d’aujourd’hui.

    Jean-Marc Narbonne is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Université Laval.


    Kolers, Avery. A Moral Theory of Solidarity. Oxford University Press, 2016

    Accounts of solidarity typically defend it in teleological or loyalty terms, justifying it by invoking its goal of promoting justice or its expression of support for a shared community. Such solidarity seems to be a moral option rather than an obligation. In contrast, A Moral Theory of Solidarity develops a deontological theory grounded in equity. With extended reflection on the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the US Civil Rights movement, Kolers defines solidarity as political action on others’ terms. Unlike mere alliances and coalitions, solidarity involves a disposition to defer to others’ judgment about the best course of action. Such deference overrides individual conscience. Yet such deference is dangerous: a core challenge is then to determine when deference becomes appropriate.

    Kolers defends deference to those who suffer gravest inequity. Such deference constitutes equitable treatment, in three senses: it is Kantian equity, expressing each person’s equal status; it is Aristotelian equity, correcting general rules for particular cases; and deference is ‘being an equitable person’, sharing others’ fate rather than seizing advantages that they are denied. Treating others equitably is a perfect duty; hence solidarity with victims of inequity is a perfect duty. Further, since equity is valuable in itself, irrespective of any other goal it might promote, such solidarity is intrinsically valuable, not merely instrumentally valuable. Solidarity is then not about promoting justice, but about treating people justly.

    A Moral Theory of Solidarity engages carefully with recent work on equity in the Kantian and Aristotelian traditions, as well as the demandingness of moral duties, collective action, and unjust benefits, and is a major contribution to a field of growing interest.

    Avery Kolers is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville.


    The CPA would like to thank warmly the members of the jury and its sponsors, the Cambridge University Press and Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal.