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.



Are we just talking animals? Frans de Waal re-orients the backwards conversation on animal cognition
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans de Waal W.W. Norton & Co. 320 pp; $35.95 Some people believe it's so obvious that other animals enjoy thoughts and...

University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science

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,...
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...
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...
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...
Trudeau Scholar looks at how LGBTI rights advocacy influences public opinion in sub-Saharan...
Erin Aylward sports a neoprene brace on her knee and a slight limp. The Trudeau Scholar and U of T PhD student in political science and women and gender studies recently tore a...
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...

Unconventional Criticism

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

NOW Magazine cover stories

Stan Douglas
Intense Vancouver artist’s photo/film show on Cuba demonstrates the stunning resilence of capitalism.
Floria Sigismondi
Video powerhouse shifts gears with a new book of operatic photos
Gary Panter
Sketchbook diary Satiro-Plastics gets us inside the mind of the original comic book punk

NOW Magazine features

Our Top Gun Complex
How Boeing-funded IMAX Film’s Adrenaline Rush Softens Us Up for More Military Spending
Mau-Made Delusions
Design whiz’s new show mistakes fashion for hardcore politics

Globe and Mail features

New Painting for New PM
Swearing in Stephen Harper under Jean-Paul Lemieux's "Charlottetown Revisited"
Palestine Trilogy
New documentary reveals grassroots cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians against the wall.
Salad Days
This summer, Kevin Temple wanted a really fresh salad, so he planted it. He didn't reckon on the raccoons.
A Thing About Books
What happens when you strip a handwritten manuscript of everything but the famous author's corrections?


Drawing Corruption and the Death of an Artist
The last line Mark Lombardi ever drew was one between the ceiling and his neck.

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