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 and supportive 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, November 21st
Presenter: Samantha Copeland, Dalhousie University
Title: "Serendipity, strategic reasoning, and the philosophy of science"

Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Forward all completed documents to:
Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee
c/o Dr. Kirstin Borgerson
Department of Philosophy
Application Deadline: December 15th, 2014.

New Course: PHIL 3106 Animal Ethics

This course offered in Winter 2015 will examine the ethical obligations of veterinarians, researchers, agriculturalists, and all human beings towards animals.
This course is offered through blended delivery.  

Bagel Tuesdays  

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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The Department of Philosophy faculty members are highly regarded researchers and academics, with expertise in diverse fields of study.  Many have received teaching awards and research grants. To learn more individual faculty members, search Our Faculty.


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.

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.