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New Course Offering for Winter 2016!

Phil 4055/5055: The Value of Knowledge with Kenneth Boyd


Congratulations to Dr. Chike Jeffers

Elected to the 2015 cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists


Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The study of Philosophy will deepen your understanding of the world


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


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Friday Afternoon 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

No Colloquium this week  (Friday, February 5th
Munro Day Holiday

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.

Upcoming Austin and Hempel Speaker

GUEST LECTURER: Sally Haslanger
DATE: March 17-18, 2016
Further details to follow.


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.


Congratulations to Dr. Darren Abramson and Dr. Craig Squires on winning the Compute Canada Digital humanities summer institute scholarship. More can be found at: https://www.computecanada.ca/research/congratulations-to-winners-of-the-compute-canada-digital-humanities-summer-institute-scholarships/ and http://www.2921.ca/.  

Tom Vinci's latest book, Space Geometry, and Kant's Transcendental Deduction of the Categories (Oxford University Press, 2015) has just been highly praised in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.  

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented the paper "PTSD Weaponized: A Theory of Moral Injury", to the conference: Preventing and Treating the Invisible Wounds of War", held by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, December, 2015

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented "Autonomous Weapons and the Nature of Law and Morality" to a workshop on autonomous legal reasoning at the Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, co-sponsored by the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Oct. 2015.

Dr. Letitia Meynell authored an article in Impact Ethics entitled "A Fate Worse Than Death"

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"