Research opportunities

We don’t just teach information—we create it

Faculty in the Department of Philosophy are extremely active researchers. We win grants and publish regularly in the major general journals, specialist journals, and cutting-edge collections of books and conference proceedings. Several faculty are involved as editors with journals and book series, and in organizing conferences.

Active areas of research

Our research appears in undergraduate classrooms by exposing students to the most current thinking in a field. In upper-level courses, we will often test out our research in detailed discussions of our work.

  • Ethics: Integrity and moral duty (Greg Scherkoske)
  • Law: Structure and justification of laws and legal systems
  • Health care: Determining the efficacy of medical drugs, duties of medical care-givers and critical analysis of government health care policies (Kirstin Borgerson)
  • Scientific theory: Visual representations in the development, defense and presentation of scientific theory (Letitia Meynell)
  • Computers: Can minds do anything a computer couldn't be programmed to do? What are the duties of people working with computing technologies? (Darren Abramson)
  • Scientific knowledge: How it is possible for science to give us knowledge of the world? (Tom Vinci, Letitia Meynell, Duncan MacIntosh)
  • Logic: The structure of logic in arguments and the possibility of reasoning from conflicting information (Peter Schotch)
  • Knowledge: The possibility of non-empirical knowledge (Tom Vinci, Duncan MacIntosh, Michael Hymers)
  • Decision-making: Will rational people always do the morally right thing? The nature of rationality in belief and in choice of action (Duncan MacIntosh, Tom Vinci)
  • Race: The structure of racism and of oppression in general (Chike Jeffers, Letitia Meynell)
  • Justice: Characteristics of a just and fair society (Greg Scherkoske, Letitia Meynell, Duncan MacIntosh, Chike Jeffers)
  • Animal world: The nature of animal knowledge (Letitia Meynell)
  • History of philosophy: Descartes, Kant (Tom Vinci), History of 20th Century Analytic Philosophy, Logical Positivism, Wittgenstein (Mike Hymers)

Outside the classroom

Opportunities to practice philosophy
Philosophy button students

The classroom is not the only place to develop as a philosopher. The Department and the Undergraduate Student Society organize many social activities where you can practise your craft: discussing, arguing and inquiring into philosophical questions.