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Congratulations to Dr. Chike Jeffers

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


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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

Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Presenter: Kenneth Boyd, Dalhousie University
Title: "Understanding and the Problem of the Value Criterion"

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.

Congratulations to our Students!

Brendan Festeryga - Recipient of the Dr. H.L Stewart Memorial Scholarship
Ngaire Rasmussen -  Recipient of the Dr. Sue Campbell Memorial Bursary

Tenure Stream Posting - Department of Philosophy

Application deadline: January 31, 2016

AOS: Epistemology, Metaphysics, History of Philosophy: Rationalists and Empiricists.
AOC: Critical Thinking, other areas in the History of Philosophy, expcially Ancient or Kant

Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline for applications: December 15

Completed applications ( including undergraduate and graduate transcripts and letters of support, etc.) should be submitted in hard copy to:
Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
ATTN: Dr. Darren Abramson
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2.
Inquiries may be addressed to: da@dal.ca

Congratulations to Chike Jeffers

Dr. Chike Jeffers, Associate Professor in the Dalhousie Philosophy Department, has been elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. The department congratulates him on this wonderful acknowledgement of the value of his work as an early career scholar.
Please enjoy this Audio Interview with Dr. Chike Jeffers on his book: "Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy"

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."


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.


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"

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. Letitia Meynell's chapter,"See What I Mean? On Developing Norms for the Production and Publication of Scientific Images," is now published in Narratives of Science and Nature: East and West, which is edited by  Dr. Jobin Kanjirakkat (our incoming postdoctoral fellow), Gordon McOuat, and Sundar Sarukkai (Delhi: Routledge)