Kevin Temple

Freelance Writer


I have a PhD in philosophy from The New School for Social Research. Below you'll find a selection of my non-academic writing about art, culture, and ideas.



University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science

University of Toronnto Boundless Campaign Website
What can 3D technology tell us about ancient civilizations?

CRANE Project Director and U of T archaeologist Professor Timothy Harrison leads an international, multi-disciplinary team of researchers in a groundbreaking effort to digitize, visualize, and simulate the birthplace of human civilization. Archaeologists, paleoenvironmental researchers, and other scholars often converge on the same sites to unearth forgotten ways of life from different perspectives and using different techniques.

Arts & Science News
What's the DNA of the English language? - Arts & Science News

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the master document of modern English. The Middle English Dictionary (MED), completed at the University of Michigan in 2001, records the form English took after the Norman invasion of 1066. Yet Old English originated five centuries earlier, when the Germanic dialects of Anglo-Saxon migrants took on new shape in the British Isles.

Arts & Science News
Can public memory lead nations to reconciliation? - Arts & Science News

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), aimed at recognizing the victims and giving voice to survivors of the Indian Residential Schools system, sums up Canada's historical policy towards its Indigenous people as a form of cultural genocide. The goal of that policy, the commission concludes, was to eradicate Indigenous culture.

Arts & Science News
Joseph Heath shortlisted for Donner Prize

Mere weeks after winning the Writer's Trust of Canada's prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, Professor Joseph Heath of the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy & Governance has been shortlisted for the Donner Prize.

Arts & Science News
A philosopher's role in Canada's assisted-death decision

In 2011, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed a lawsuit claiming that physician-assisted dying should be legal. That case ended up before the Supreme Court of Canada last fall, and on February 6, 2015, the BCCLA won their case. The landmark decision overturned the Supreme Court's 1993 ruling that physician-assisted suicide is illegal.

Unconventional Criticism

Adjunct Commuter Weekly
Philosophy of Adjuncting

The syllabus as a vehicle for satire. Photo credit: Joseph F. Coffey (1967). Film still from "Up the Down Staircase."

Adjunct Commuter Weekly
ADJUNCT SUDOKU by Kevin Temple

Adjunct Sudoku is just like regular sudoku but pointless and unfair. You may only enter the smallest numerals, 1, 2, and 3. Under no circumstances are you allowed to write 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. When you are finished, the puzzle will be, at best, one third complete.

Allegory of Philosophy's Man Cave | New Criticals

And now, Diotima said, let me show in an image how enlightened or unenlightened our profession is: Behold! Mostly white, male philosophers working in a cavernous profession that opens onto the light of egalitarian ideals.

Plato's Media World

As is normal, Socrates, some men in the media will be wretched if they can't simply take what they want and prey on the women around them. For example, such men will touch women without asking and make unwanted, sexual remarks. A few, given the chance will even violently assault the women they wish to fuck.

NOW Magazine cover stories

NOW Magazine
Stan Douglas

Intense Vancouver artist’s photo/film show on Cuba demonstrates the stunning resilence of capitalism.

NOW Magazine
Floria Sigismondi

Video powerhouse shifts gears with a new book of operatic photos

NOW Magazine
Gary Panter

Sketchbook diary Satiro-Plastics gets us inside the mind of the original comic book punk

NOW Magazine features

NOW Magazine
Our Top Gun Complex

How Boeing-funded IMAX Film’s Adrenaline Rush Softens Us Up for More Military Spending

NOW Magazine
Mau-Made Delusions

Design whiz’s new show mistakes fashion for hardcore politics

Globe and Mail features

The Globe and Mail
New Painting for New PM

Swearing in Stephen Harper under Jean-Paul Lemieux's "Charlottetown Revisited"

The Globe and Mail
Palestine Trilogy

New documentary reveals grassroots cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians against the wall.

The Globe and Mail
Salad Days

This summer, Kevin Temple wanted a really fresh salad, so he planted it. He didn't reckon on the raccoons.

The Globe and Mail
A Thing About Books

What happens when you strip a handwritten manuscript of everything but the famous author's corrections?