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October Thesis Defenses

October thesis defenses:

Jason Millar,  PhD
October 23, 2015, 10:00 am
Title:  Technological Moral Proxies and the Ethical Limits of Automating Decision-Making in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Supervisor: Sergio Sismondo
Examiners:  Selim Akl (Computing), Peter Asaro (New School, NY), David Bakhurst, Udo Schüklenk

Scott Turnbull,  MA
October 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Title:  A Role for Ideal Theory in Light of the Theory of the Second Best
Supervisor: Will Kymlicka
Examiners:  Alistair Macleod, Andrew Lister



Will Kymlicka ranked among the most cited living philosophers

Brian Leiter reports that Will Kymlicka is among the very most cited of contemporary philosophers. According to Leiter's survey, Kymlicka is ranked fourth in citations among living philosophers with public Google Scholar pages. See


Jackie Davies wins 2015 Alumni Teaching Award

Professor Jackie Davies is the 2015 winner of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award, initiated in 1975, is Queen's first campus-wide teaching honour. Established at the urging of students, the $5,000 award recognized Queen's teachers who "show outstanding knowledge, teaching ability, and accessibility to students". Anybody who knows Jackie knows that this is a very well-deserved honour.



Jason Millar presents to UN committee

On April 15, Jason Millar was invited to provide testimony at an informal meeting of experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons at the United Nations in Geneva. The meeting was held under the framework of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). The purpose of the CCW is to “ban or restrict the use of specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to affect civilians indiscriminately” (CCW Website).


Several new books by Department faculty already in 2015

The Philosophy Department is already off to a great start to 2015 in terms of major publications, and more will be published soon. Two new faculty-authored books are:

    Joshua Mozersky's Time, Language, and Ontology  (Oxford University Press), and

    Paul Fairfield's Death: A Philosophical Inquiry (Routledge).

There also is one co-edited new volume:

    Jane Boulden and Will Kymlicka (eds) International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity (Oxford)