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


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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: Friday, September 4th
Presenter: Walter Glannon, University of Calgary
Title: "Manipulating Memory: Philosophical and Legal Issues"
The colloquium is held every Friday beginning at 3:30 pm  in Room 1130 of the Marion McCain Building (unless otherwise indicated). During the first hour a paper is presented. In the second hour, questions and discussion take place.

PhD Defence - Samantha Copeland

 Samantha Copeland will be defending her thesis: The Case of the Triggered Memory: Serendipitous Discovery and the Ethics of Clinical Research as follows:
Date: Friday September 4th
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Room 3107, Mona Campbell Bullding

Congratulations  to Stephanie Kapusta

Professor Stephanie Kapusta recently passed her doctoral dissertation defense at the University of Western Ontario.

Susan Sherwin appointed to the Order of Canada

Congratulations to Professor Emerita Susan Sherwin for being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.  
Dr. Sherwin is being honored "For her contributions as a scholar, mentor, and leader in the field of feminist bioethics, notably through her writings on discrimination in health care."

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.

Minorities and Philosophy

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is a collection of English-speaking philosophy departments that aim to address issues of minority participation in philosophy. For more information on MAP, please visit their Facebook page or e-mail at mapdalhousie@gmail.com

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. Kenneth Boyd recently present his paper "Testifying Understanding" at the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association at the University of WarwicK

Dr. Kenneth Boyd's paper: "Peirce on Assertion, Speech Acts, and Taking Responsibility" has been accepted for publication at the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society

Drs. Austin Booth, Carlos Mariscal, and Letitia Meynell presented papers at the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology Conference (held in Montreal); along with recent Dalhousie graduates: Dr. Eve Roberts (PhD), and Tyler Brunet (BSc).  Friend of the Department, Dr. Ford Doolittle gave a kynote lecture, entitled: "Hugging the Tree of Life".

Dr. Kenneth Boyd's paper: "Assertion, Practical Reasoning, and Epistemic Separabilism" is now in print in Philisophical Studies.

Dr. Letitia Meynell authored an article in Impact Ethics, which "argues that professional schools must both integrate ethics across their curricula and include ethics education taught by people external to the profession and the school"

Dr. Chike Jeffers  participated in this set of commentaries: Philosophers on the Charleston Massacres.    

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh has been invited to join the Editorial Board of "Ethics: An International Journal for Social, Political and Legal Philosophy", beginning October 1, 2015

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented, "The Sniper and the Psychopath: A Parable in Defense of the Weapons Industry", to the conference,"Ethical Dilemmas in the Global Defense Industry"  sponsored by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, April 16, 2015

Dr. Letitia Meynell's chapter,"See What I Mean? On Developing Norms for the Production and Publication of Scientific Images," is now published in Narratives of Science and Nature: East and West, which is edited by  Dr. Jobin Kanjirakkat (our incoming postdoctoral fellow), Gordon McOuat, and Sundar Sarukkai (Delhi: Routledge)