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, August 16th
: Peter Alward, University of Saskatchewan
Title: "Musical Persistence"

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.

Book Launch - "Altered Inheritence" by Francoise Baylis

Date: Thursday, September 12th
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:  Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
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Upcoming Austin-Hempel Public Lectures

  • Presenter: Professor Kristie Dotson
    Title: "On Justice for All"
    Date/Time: Thursday, March 26th, 7:00 pm
    Location: Lindsay Children's Room (2nd floor), Halifax Central Library
  • Presenter: Dr. Dale Jamieson
    Title: "Loving Nature"
    Date/Time: Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 pm
    Location: Halifax Central Library

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 recently participated in the Ethical Artificial Intelligence for Defence Workshop Sponsored by Australia’s Defence Science & Technology Group, Plan Jericho, Air Force and The Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre

Dr. Lissa Skitolsky(Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies)  recently talked about her project in an interview with Dr. Shelley Tremain for her series  “Dialogues on Disability”, which features philosophers discussing the relation between their research and their disabilities, and their experiences navigating their disabilities in the field of philosophy.  

Duncan MacIntosh's work on the ethics of autonomous weapons systems and Darren Abramson's work on the ability of machines to capture human natural language skills, were both recently discussed in a Dal Magazine article, "Thoughts on Artificial Intelligence", on FASS researchers dealing with related themes.

Andrew Fenton and Letitia Meynell are highlighted in Episode 4: The Ethics of Zoos  from the Podcast Now you Know.   

Tyler Hildebrand’s paper “Naturalness Constraints on Best Systems Accounts of Laws” has been published in Ratio

On Friday June 28, 2:00pm-2:30pm, Dalhousie Philosophy Department Chair Duncan MacIntosh will be on The Sheldon MacLeod Show, radio station News 95.7, discussing The Paradox of Tolerance and whether tolerant societies must be intolerant of those who would be intolerant of others.

Tyler Hildebrand's paper "Scientific Practice and the Epistemology of Governing Laws" has been published in the Journal of the American Philosophical Associationhttps://philpapers.org/rec/HILSPA-3

Emily Bingeman (PhD student) has been accepted to a three week seminar in Bogota Colombia this summer  

In May, Duncan MacIntosh participated in The Inaugural Workshop of The Programme On The Ethics And Law Of Trusted Autonomous Systems, sponsored by Australia's Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Center, and held at Oxford's Center for Technology and Global Affairs. His remarks were entitled "Trusted Autonomous Systems and Moral Control".