Jennifer Whiting

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Jennifer Whiting
Institutions University of Toronto
Main interests
Metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of mind, ancient philosophy

Jennifer Whiting is the Chancellor Jackman Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Whiting received her bachelor's from Franklin & Marshall College and went on to receive her master's in 1981 and doctorate in philosophy from Cornell University in 1984.[3][2] Her doctoral thesis was titled "Individual Forms in Aristotle's Metaphysics."

Whiting accepted a position at Harvard University as Assistant Professor of Philosophy in 1983, where she stayed until 1986. She joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as Assistant Professor of Philosophy in 1986, being promoted to Associate Professor (and granted tenure) in 1991. She moved to Cornell University in 1997 as Associate Professor of Philosophy, being promoted to full Professor in 2002. In 2003, Whiting left Cornell to assume her current position as Chancellor Jackman Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, a position she still holds (as of 2013.).[2] In addition to her permanent appointments, Whiting served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy for the 1990-91 school year at Cornell, and held a visiting appointment at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2007.[1]

Besides for her academic appointments, Whiting also serves on the Advisory Board of the TOPOI Excellence Cluster[4] and the Editorial Board of Percipi: A Graduate Journal of Philosophy.[5] She has also previously served on the Editorial Board of Logos: Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy at Cornell, and on the Editorial Board of the History of Philosophy Quarterly.

Research areas[edit]

Whiting's research interests focus on metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of mind.[2] She has an especial interest in ancient philosophy, and has written extensively on Aristotle, Kant, the Stoics, and Plato.[2][6][1] She has suggested an interpretation of Plato's tripartite psychology that differs significantly from the traditional interpretation.[1]


Whiting has published a number of peer-reviewed papers, contributed a number of refereed chapters to books, and has authored two volumes herself; First, Second and Other Selves: Essays on Friendship and Personal Identity (which will not be published publically until 2014) and Substance, Soul and Virtue: Essays on Aristotle (which is expected to be published later in 2014.) Both of Whiting's books are volumes of collected papers.


  1. ^ a b c d "Jennifer Whiting - Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy". Humboldt-Universität zu berlin. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jennifer Whiting - Department of Philosophy". University of Toronto. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Whiting, Jennifer. "Profile for Jennifer Whiting". PhilPapers. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Directors and Boards | Topoi". TOPOI. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "PERCIPI - About the Journal". Central European University. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Pakaluk, Michael. "Commentary on Whiting". Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloqium in Ancient Philosophy 17 (4): 117–120. 

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