Conference in Honour of Tom Hurka

When and Where

Friday, September 08, 2023 3:00 pm to Saturday, September 09, 2023 6:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George Street, 1st floor


This conference will celebrate the work and life of our cherished colleague Tom Hurka, who is retiring this year. It will take place in person in the Jackman Humanities Building at the University of Toronto, as well as being live-streamed. To register for the Zoom link, please contact the assistant to the chair at



Friday, September 8

3:10 PM


3:15-4:30 PM

Gwen Bradford (Rice), “Why You Should Be Miserable”

4:45-6:00 PM

Shelly Kagan (Yale), “Hurka on Comparative Desert:  Wrong, Wrong, Wrong (and Wrong)!”

Saturday, September 9

9:30-10:45 AM

Wayne Sumner (Toronto), “Goods: Personal and Otherwise”

11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Rob Shaver (Manitoba): “C.D. Broad on Common Sense Morality”


2:00-3:15 PM

Johann Frick (Berkeley): “The Value of Life, the Value of Virtue”

3:30-4:45 PM

Jeff McMahan (Oxford): “Revising Hurka’s Variable Value View”

5:00-6:00 PM

Tom Hurka (Toronto)

Contact Information


Department of Philosophy


170 St. George Street, 1st floor