Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The study of philosophy will deepen your understanding of the world.


A department revolving around discussion

Courses of interest for students beginning in philosophy, to those in advanced learning.


Dedicated to enhancing student learning.

Learn more about our faculty members and their areas of interest


Join our Friday colloquium

Enjoy the tradition of our weekly colloquium


About our Department

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The Dalhousie University Department of Philosophy is one of the most active and supportive philosophy departments in Canada. Our program will prepare you for any career because philosophy is the ultimate transferable skill.


This week's Colloquium  

Date: February 27, 2015
Presenter: John Barresi, Dept of Psychology, Dalhousie
Title: "Personhood and humanhood: An evolutionary scenario".

Our Friday Colloquium is an eagerly anticipated forum where faculty, students, and those interest, present ideas and engage in lively philosophical exchange. All interested are most welcome!

Cross-Current Seminar

Dr. Letitia Meynell will be one of the presenters in the upcoming Cross-Current Seminar,
Topic: "Ethics and the University"
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: LSC Room 238

PhD Defence

 Eve Roberts will be defending her PhD thesis:
Title: "System-Driven Research: Legitimate Experimental Design for Biological/Biomedical Research"
Date:  March 17th, 2015
Time: 10:00 am
Location: to be confirmed

Congratulations Chike Jeffers

Dr. Jeffers has been promoted to Associate Professor and has been granted tenure.  Well deserved.

Congratulations to the Philosophy Department

The Canadian Forces Liaison Council has selected the Philosophy Department as the 2015 winner of the "Educator Support for the Reserve Force" in the category: Support to Student-Reservists, Post-Secondary Institutions.

Bagel Tuesdays  

Students are welcome to come to the Philosophy Lounge Tuesdays at approximately 11:30 to enjoy bagels, coffee and conversation.  This weekly tradition is sponsored by the Philosophy Undergraduate Society.

Dalhousie Women in and Around Philosophy

Being a woman in philosophy presents unique challenges. Dalhousie Women In and Around Philosophy aims to provide support and networking opportunities for all people who identify as women, and who are in some way connected to philosophy. We meet sporadically for lunch, drinks and other activities. Sign up for our e-mail list. or  email Emily Bingeman at emily.bingeman@dal.ca.

About our Faculty

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Our faculty are highly respected and award winning researchers and academics with expertise in diverse fields of study. They have published and presented internationally. To learn more individual faculty members, search Our Faculty.


Dr. Chike Jeffers' article: Embodying Justice in Ancient Egypt: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant as a Classic of Political Philosophy has been included as One of the 25 Most Read Philosophy Articles for 2014.

Dr. Kirstin Borgerson's "Redundant, Secretive, and Isolated: When are Clinical Trials Scientifically Valid?" Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 4 (2014): 385-411 has now been published.

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented "Firing, Forgetting and How Rule-of-Law Values Require Automation of the Rule of Law: A Defense of the Use of Autonomous Weapons Systems in War and Peace", to the conference, "The Ethics of Autonomous Weapons Systems", held by the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law on November 21, 2014.

Dr. Tom Vinci's new book, "Space Geometry, and Kant's Transcendental Deduction of the Categories", is soon to be published by Oxford University Press and will be available January 2015.

Dr. Letitia Meynell's article, "Imagination and Insight: A New Approach to the Content of Thought Experiments," now appears on the On Line First page of Synthese.

Dr. Susan Dieleman was awarded the Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essagy Prize at the 2014 meeting of the Canadian Philisophical Assocation for her essay: "Meeting Philosophy's Demographic Challenges."

Dr. Letitia Meynell presented: Understanding Feynman Diagrams (to Understand Understanding)" to the workshop Diagramming Evidence: Visualizing Connections in the Sciences and the Humanities, sponsored by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the University of Windsor.