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 philosophy departments in Canada. Our program will prepare you for any career because philosophy is the ultimate transferable skill.


The Friday Colloquium is an eagerly anticipated forum where faculty, students, and those interest, present ideas and engage in lively philosophical exchange.

This Week's colloquium

Date: Friday, October 17th
Presenter: Duncan MacIntosh, Dalhousie University
Title: "Logically Private Laws: Legislative Secrecy in the War on Terror"

Welcome Dr. Carlos Mariscal  

The Department of Philosophy welcomes Dr. Carlos Mariscal, one of our new Postdoctoral Fellows in the Philosophy of Biology.  Dr. Mariscal is cross-appointed with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Sue Campbell Memorial Bursary

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the Sue Campbell Memorial Bursary is now available for 4th year undergraduate students.
Deadline for applications is October 15th    

Bagel Tuesdays return

Please join students and faculty in the Philosophy Lounge for Bagel Tuesday.  A weekly tradition sponsored by the Philosophy Undergraduate Society,  to enjoy bagels, coffee and conversation.
Starts approximately 11:30

About our Faculty

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Our faculty is a highly respected group of academics, with expertise in diverse fields of study.  Many have received teaching awards and research grants. To learn more, search Our Faculty.


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. Chike Jeffers' article, "Embodying Justice in Ancient Egypt: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant as a Classic of Political Philosophy," has been selected by the editors for  a special virtual issue of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy celebrating their 21st anniversary.  

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.