About our Department

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The Dalhousie University Department of Philosophy is one of the most active philosophy departments in Canada. Our program encourages independent thinking; makes us more thoughtful, tolerant citizens; and will prepare you for any career because philosophy is the ultimate transferable skill. No matter what your major, philosophy courses deepen your understanding of the world.

Our Friday colloquium is an eagerly anticipated forum where faculty, students and those interested present ideas and to engage in lively philosophical exchange.  

Department News and Events

This Week's Colloquium

Date: Friday, April 11th
Presenter: Good Friday - No Talk this week

*NEW* Courses

PHIL 2680 Ethics in Science
PHIL 1200 Creativity in the Internet Age


PhD ABD student Michael Doan will be joining the philosophy faculty at Eastern Michigan University, as Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2014.   Michael's specialization is in social epistemolgy. 

Sam Krawec, undergraduate student (BA Honours Philosophy & GWST) has won the 2014 Irving & Jeanne Glovin Essay Prize in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for his essay.

About our Faculty

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Pictured (L-R): Francoise Baylis, Chike Jeffers, Michael Hymers, Duncan MacIntosh, Kirstin Borgerson, Greg Scherkoske.
Missing: Darren Abramson, Letitia Meynell, Peter Schotch

Our faculty is comprised of a highly respected group of academics, who
have received many accolades and awards in the areas of teaching, research, publishing and academics.
To learn more, search our faculty by name or research topic 

Please visit our Faculty Accomplishments & News page

Faculty News and Events

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented "The Enemy We Dare Not Kill in the War We Must Not Lose: The Inverted Battlefield Moral Logic of the Justly Fought Was On Terror"  to the conference 'The Weighing of Lives in War', held by the Center for Ethics and the Rulie of Law.  

 Dr. Susan Dieleman received the Ila and John Mellow Prize at the 2014 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

Dr. Kirstin Borgerson's course PHIL 2810 Ethics & Health Care: Social Policy has been chosen as a required course for the new BSc Medical Sciences degree.

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh gave a talk entitled "Spying, Secrecy and Drones-- Oh My!" at an interdisciplinary panel discussion on new technology and cultural change sponsored by the Dalhousie University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences "Cross-Currents" series, on March 6, 2014.

Dr. Chike Jeffers presented his lecture, "On a Black 18th Century Christian Philosopher", at East Preston UBC on February 16th. The lecture has been made available to view here.

Dr. Darren Abramson moderated the #ProfChat twitter dicussion.

Dr. Chike Jeffers' article, "Embodying Justice in Ancient Egypt: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant as a Classic of Political Philosophy", British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2013), has been selected for a special online "Editor's Choice Collection", featuring 21 essays from the journal's history to celebrate its 21 years of existence.

Dr. Chike Jeffers' book entitled, "Listening to Ourselves" A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy. SUNY Presss 2013, has been published.

Dr. Peter Schotch's book entitled, Introduction to Logic and its Philosophy has been published and is in print.

Dr. Tom Vinci's monograph, "Space, Geometry and Kant's Transcendental Deduction of the Categories" has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press.