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.


This Week's Colloquium:

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019

  1. Presenter: Erik Nelson, Dalhousie University
    Title: "The Return of Mid Design: cognitive Science and the Turing/Ashby Debate"

  2. Presenter: Carling Bergquist-Terplawy, Dalhousie University
    Title: "Climate Change: a Consequentialist Perspective"

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.

Welcome to recipient of the Banting Fellow:
Dr. Trystan Goetze

"Investigating the role of intellectual accountability in a world of fake news and extremis"

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies
Dr. Lissa Skitolsky

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.


Duncan MacIntosh's paper, "We Have Met the Grey Zone and He is Us", was recently mooted at the conference, Challenging the Grey Zone: The Changing Character of Warfare and the Application of International Law, held at the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia

Cameron Yetman, a Dal undergrad doing a combined honours degree in Philosophy and History of Science and Technology with a Certificate in Art History, has published "Colour and the Argument From Illusion", in Stance:An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.

Darren Abramson is a successful applicant for the Compute Canada 2019 Resources for Research Groups (RRG) competition with the title "Finetuning Gutenberg for Language Understanding". Results of the 2018 Competition can be found here.

Congratulations to Andrew Fenton whose paper: "A moderate Buddhist animal research ethics,"  has been published online

We are saddened to report that Judith Fox, beloved former administrative assistant of the Philosophy Department, has passed away. http://www.middletonfuneralhome.com/obituary/judith-fox

Philosophy Department Professor Emerita Susan Sherwin recently gave a keynote address to the Dalhousie Faculty Association on its history and on challenges to academics today.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYV8m3itjRs&feature=youtu.be