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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.


All Philosophy courses at Dalhousie emphasize the importance of academic integrity. Students are responsible for ensuring that all work they submit is their own, and, unless otherwise explicitly indicated by the instructor, AI-driven tools and generative AI models (including language models like the GPT suite, translation models like Google Translate or DeepL, editing tools like QuillBot, GrammaryGo, etc.) should not be used to generate ideas or written materials for any class offered by the Philosophy department.


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The basic skills practiced in philosophy are the very skills demanded and rewarded in the most lucrative, influential professions. Start your journey by registering for a first-year course or pick a second-year course in an area of interest to you.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Travis LaCroix, who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Durham University, starting in the fall of 2024.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Travis LaCroix, who has been award an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council! Travis’s research project is entitled “Philosophy on the Spectrum: The Philosophy of Autism and Autistic Philosophy.”
  • Tyler Hildebrand’s paper “Inductive Reasoning Involving Social Kinds” (with Barrett Emerick) has been published in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. https://philpapers.org/rec/EMEIRI
  • Letitia Meynell and Clarisse Paron’s open educational resource, the Applied Ethics Primer, is now available in hard copy through Broadview Press.
  • Congratulations to Richmond Campbell (Professor Emeritus) and Victor Kumar (BA Hons, Dalhousie; Assistant Professor, Boston University) whose book, A Better Ape (2022), was the topic of a symposium session at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.
  • Congratulations to Callahan Laing, who is this year’s recipient of the F. Hilton Page Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating student whose thesis is judged to be outstanding. Callahan’s thesis, supervised by Dr. Stephanie Kapusta, is entitled “Gender Under Construction: Building a Better Framework.” 
  • Congratulations to Alexis Amero, who is this year’s recipient of the Roland Puccetti Memorial Award for the best essay submitted by a student in a 3000- or 4000-level class. Alexis’s essay is entitled “On Monogamy and Adaptive Preference Formation: An Argument for Classifying Mononormality as an Autonomy Impairment.” 
  • Congratulations to Ford Doolittle, emeritus professor in the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry and cross-appointed in Philosophy, who has just been elected to the Royal Society.
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Kapusta, who has been awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective July 1. 2023!
  • Congratulations to Francoise Baylis and Andrew Fenton for co-authoring an article/commentary in 'The Conversation'