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Philosopher Ian Hacking to receive honorary degree

June 8, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – The University of Toronto will award Ian Hacking, world-renowned philosopher and winner of several prestigious national and international prizes, on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 10 a.m. with an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his groundbreaking scholarly contributions to philosophy, and to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences more broadly.

Hacking, whose lengthy and distinguished career has included posts at UBC, Cambridge, Stanford, the University of Toronto, and the College de France in Paris, is widely recognized for his pioneering interdisciplinary scholarship. His research, writing, and teaching range across the philosophy of science, the logic and history of statistics and probability, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of language.  In addition, he has published work on physics, autism, race, free will, and obesity.  In 2008, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded him their Gold Medal for Achievement in Research. One year later, he won the prestigious Holberg International Memorial Prize, awarded annually for outstanding scholarly contributions to the fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is very limited and advance confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media relations at 416-978-0100 no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11.


WHAT:          Distinguished philosopher Ian Hacking to receive honorary degree at spring convocation.

WHEN:          Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to ensure seating.

WHERE:        University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

For more information and to RSVP
contact media relations at 416-978-0100