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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, June 17th
Room: 1170 Marion McCain Building
Presenter: Victor Kumar, University of Toronto
Title: "Just-Why Stories"/

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.)

2016 ACSEMP Conference

This year's Atlantic Canadian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, will once again be taking place at Dalhousie University.
Date: July 6th-9th, 2016
Dalhousie University, Marion McCain Building  

Welcome to Tyler Hildebrand

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Tyler Hildebrand will be joining our department as an Assistant Professor in a tenure-track position in Epistemology, Metaphysics and Early Modern Philosophy commencing later this summer.  Please join us in welcoming him.

Welcome to Andrew Fenton

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Andrew Fenton will be joining the department  on a tenure-track, appointment commencing July 1, 2016.  Please join us in welcoming him.

New Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow

Anthony Fernandez has been awarded a Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Department of Philosophy.  Dr. Kirstin Borgerson will be his supervisor.
Anthony will be joining the department in late August 2016.


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

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh presented: "Should Terrorists Negotiate With Us?  Non-Ideal Theory, the Problem of Extorted Justice and a New Preemptive Role for the Diplomat Cadre" at the Ethics of Negotiation in Armed Conflict Conference, Universiry of Pennsylvania Law School, April 2016

Katie Stockdale (PhD Student) presented the paper: "Losing Hope: Injustice and Moral Bitterness", at the Notre Dame Hope & Optimism Workshop, April 22-23, 2016

Emily Bingeman (PhD student)  presented the following papers:
"Knowledge as Ability: A Constructive Critique", at the Pacific Division Meetings of the APA on April 2nd, 2016
"Ability and the Ethics of Knowledge Practice,  Dalhousie Feminist Seminar Series, April 8th, 2016