Professor Cheryl Misak

University Professors 2017
Faculty of Arts & Science
Research Interests: Tradition of pragmatism


Cheryl Misak is Professor of Philosophy and former Provost at the University of Toronto. She earned a BA from the University of Lethbridge, an MA from Columbia University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Her research spans American pragmatism, the history of analytic philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of medicine.

She is the author numerous papers and five books: Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein (Oxford University Press 2016); The American Pragmatists (Oxford University Press 2013); Truth, Politics, Morality: Pragmatism and Deliberation (Routledge 2000); Verificationism: Its History and Prospects (Routledge 1995) and Truth and the End of Inquiry: A Peircean Account of Truth (Oxford University Press 1991). Her paper ‘Experience, Narrative and Ethical Deliberation’ was chosen by the Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best papers in 2008. Among her edited books is the 2017 Proceedings of the British Academy, co-edited with Huw Price: The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century.

She has been a Rhodes Scholar; a Humboldt Research Fellow; a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University; a Visiting Fellow at both St. John's College, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge; and the recipient of a Humboldt Research Prize and a Guggenheim Prize. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001.

Her current project is an intellectual biography of the great Cambridge philosopher, economist and mathematician, Frank Ramsey.