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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, January 24th, 2020
Presenter: Tom Vinci, Dalhousie University
Title: ""Descartes' Theory of Perception and the Case Against Modern Empiricism".

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.

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 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.

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