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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

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


Friday colloquium

Enjoy the tradition of our weekly colloquium


Committed to fairness to all

Department of Philosophy Equity Committee


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.


Welcome to Stephanie Kapusta

Stephanie will be joining the Department of Philosophy as Limited-Term Assistant Professor, commencing September 1st.
We welcome Stephanie to the department.

Part-Time Academic Posting

To teach: Philosophy 2660 (Understanding Scientific Reasoning)
Term: Fall 2015

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."

This week's Colloquium

Date: Friday, July 24th
Presenter: Michael Hymers, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie
Title: "Preserving Sense-data alive by blowing through their Lungs with bellows:
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.

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.


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. 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. Chike Jeffers' article: Embodying Justice in Ancient Egypt: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant as a Classic of Political Philosophy has been included as One of the 25 Most Read Philosophy Articles for 2014.

Dr. Kirstin Borgerson's "Redundant, Secretive, and Isolated: When are Clinical Trials Scientifically Valid?" Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 4 (2014): 385-411 has now been published.

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented "Firing, Forgetting and How Rule-of-Law Values Require Automation of the Rule of Law: A Defense of the Use of Autonomous Weapons Systems in War and Peace", to the conference, "The Ethics of Autonomous Weapons Systems", held by the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law on November 21, 2014.

Dr. Tom Vinci's new book, "Space Geometry, and Kant's Transcendental Deduction of the Categories", is soon to be published by Oxford University Press and will be available January 2015.