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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.



As of March 18, 2020, the Philosophy Department will be closed; and administrative staff will be working from home for the time being.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at dalphil@dal.ca during this time.

This Week's Colloquium:

Date: Friday, April 3 2020
Presenter: Andrew Lopez, Department of Philosophy, Queen's University
Title: ""Despising Men and Admiring Beasts": Spinoza and Nietzshe on the Humility and the Animal."

In light of the COVID-19 precautions and self-isolation, until future notice, the colloquium will be presented in on-line format via Zoom.  To join zoom meeting go to https://zoom.us/j/354410408. Link will be live at 3:00 pm, colloquium will begin at 3:30 pm, as usual.  

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.

New on-line Spring/Summer Philosophy Course

Course Title: Topics in Theory and Popular Culture
Course Number: Philosophy 2120
Topic: Philosophy and Hip-Hop
Date: May 11-June 29
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
On-line Delivery
Instructor: Lissa Skitolsky

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Light in maze

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 Armin Mirsanaye (Major in Phil/Minor in PoliSci), has won the 2020 Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize competition.  His essay, "National Partiality and Global Justice: A Response to Communitarian Particularism", was supervised by Prof. Greg Scherkoske for the course, Liberalism and Global Justice.

Congratulations to Teyohate Brant (Major in Philosophy), who has won the 2020 Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize for her essay "The Right to Fish in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory"  Teyohate's essay was put forward by Dr. Chike Jeffers

Dr. Lissa Skitolsky has been appointed holder of the 2020-2021 Spatz Visiting Chair of Jewish Studies. She will collaborate with Canadian scholars, activists and artists in Halifax on the theme, "Canadian Discourse and Sensibility About the Holocaust, Cultural Genocide, and Anti-Black Bias Against African Nova Scotians".

Andrew Fenton’s collection, Neuroethics and Nonhuman Animals, co-edited with Syd Johnson and Adam Shriver, has been published by Springer. Chapters include “Nonhuman, All Too Human: Toward Developing Policies for Ethical Chimera Research,” by Andrew Fenton, Letitia Meynell, G. K. D. Crozier, and David Peña-Guzmán.

Tyler Hildebrand has joined the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, where he will handle submissions in metaphysics and related areas.

Congratulations to Francoise Baylis!  Her book Altered Inheritance, has won a Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) award in the Clinical Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health category

We are pleased to announce that Sylvia Burrow, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religous Studies at Cape Breton University, will be an Adjunct Professor in the Dalhousie Philosophy Department beginning immediately. Welcome Sylvia!

Tyler Hildebrand’s article “Individuation and explanation: a problem for dispositionalism” has been published in Philosophical Studies

The video of Francoise Baylis's recent book launch for her monograph, Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing (Harvard UP) is now available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGvocYptluo

Erik Nelson (PhD), has had his book review of:  "Alexander Livingston's Damn Great Empires!: William James and the Politics of Pragmatism" published in William James Studies.