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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The study of Philosophy will deepen your understanding of the world


A department revolving around discussion

An array of courses for students beginning in Philosophy, to advanced learners


Dedicated to enhancing student learning

Learn more about our faculty and their areas of expertise


Friday Afternoon Colloquium

Enjoy the tradition of our weekly colloquium


About our Department

Our Department

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.


Upcoming Colloquia Schedule:  

Date: Friday, July 29th
Presenter: Will Kymlicka,CRC in political philosophy, Queen's University
Location: Room 1009, Ken Rowe Building, 6100 University Avenue
Title: "Locating animals in political philosophy.

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.)

Part-time Academic Postings

FALL 2016:
Philosophy 1000x - Introduction to Philosophy (non-writing)
Philosophy 2081 - Business Ethics (on-line delivery)
Philosophy 2660 - Understanding Scientific Reasoning

Philosophy 2260 - Philosophy of Art
Philosophy 2710 - Existentialism

Congratulations to Francoise Baylis

Francoise Baylis, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, cross-appointed to the Department of Philoosphy; has been named to the Order of Canada.

This marks the second consecutive year, that one of our 'members' has received this honour; Susan Sherwin, (Professor Emerita in the Philosophy Department received the award las year.

Political Animals - A Public Discussion

Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Halifax Central Library - Room 301A/B
In this public forum we will discuss our changing legal, political and ethical understanding of animals.


New Minor Available

Black and Diaspora Studies, offered as an Interdisciplinary Study

About our Faculty

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The Department of Philosophy faculty members 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.


Letitia Meynell presented “Lessons from the Dalhousie Dentistry Scandal on Ethics Capacity Building and Moral Literacy,” with Tim Krahn at the annual meeting of the Canadian Bioethics Society, and “Getting the Picture: Towards a New Account of Scientific Understanding,” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and also chaired the Equity Panel (organized by Chike Jeffers, Katie Stockdale, and Veromi Arsiradam) at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

Katie Stockdale presented the paper "Hope through a Feminist Relational Lens",at the Hope, Social and Political Perspectives Workshop at the University of Groningen. 

Emily Bingeman's  essay "Evaluating Normative Epistemic Frameworks in Medicine: EBM Casuistic Medicine" was chosen as this year's recipient of the the Kim Rilda LeBlanc Memorial Award in Healing and the Arts essay prize.

On May 26th, Professor Duncan MacIntosh delivered a public lecture entitled "Philosophy Weaponized" to the Toronto branch of the Dalhousie Alumni Association.

Congratulations to Darren Abramson for being elected as President-Elect for the DFA Executive Committee 2016-2017