Catherine Rioux
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Catherine Rioux

I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. My dissertation is on the epistemology and the moral psychology of hope. I develop an account of how hope can be both motivational and realistic, as well as an account of the activity of “placing hope in someone”.

I argue that turning to hope as a distinctive state of mind can dissolve putative conflicts between certain important human goods (such as friendship and the capacity to pursue long-term difficult projects) and practical and epistemic rationality.

My research interests are in the philosophy of action, epistemology, and ethics (in particular moral psychology). I also have secondary research interests in the philosophy of mind.

My supervisors are Sergio Tenenbaum and David Barnett. Jennifer Nagel and Phil Clark are also on my committee.