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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, December 6th, 2019
Presenter:Gordon McOuat, University of King's College
Location: Marion McCain Room 1170
Title: “Can logic have a social history? The hidden radical origins or the modern revolution in logic (with some socio-metaphysical speculations thrown in) "

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.

2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 16, 2019

Select lthe link above to find out the details of applying for this year's KPDF Fellowship.

Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair

The Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair fund provides grants to invite a professor to Dalhousie for teaching and research in the area of Jewish Studies for a one year, non-renewable term.
Application deadline: January 31st, 2020.

Where do I begin?

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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.


Tyler Hildebrand's articla: "Platonic Laws of Nature” has been published in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy

Erik Nelson (PhD), has had his article:  "What Frege Asked Alex the Parrot: Inferentialism, Number Concepts, and Animal Cognition"  published in Philosophical Psychology

Two of our recent graduates, Caroline Vardigans (BA 2019) and MacGregor Malloy (MA 2017), have published an article co-authored with Letitia Meynell, “Breaking barriers to ethical research: An analysis of the effectiveness of nonhuman animal research approval in Canada” in Accountability in Research.

The question of Holocaust humour: 2019‑20 Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies to explore genocide, culture and comedy.

Lissa Skitolsky (Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies), has published an article in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism entitled: Holocaust Humor and our Aesthetic Sensibility of American Genocide.
The article can be described as follows: The specific form of “holocaust humor” addressed aims to expose the complicity of popular narratives about the Holocaust with white indifference to the pervasive ruthlessness of systemic violence against black communities

Francoise Baylis provided the Plenary Lecture titled: Is Human Germline Editing Ethical? at the 2019 ASRM Scientific Congress and Expo

MacLean's Magazine's annual survey of universities in Canada singled out the Law, Justice and Society Program as one of three standout programs at Dalhousie. Congratulations to our philosophers whose courses are regularly in the program -- Greg Scherkoske, Stephanie Kapusta, Darren Abramson. One of the courses, developed and regularly taught by Scherkoske -- The Good Life: Well Being, Meaning and Happiness -- was named as one of two 'Cool Courses' to take at Dal!