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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, October 20th
: Stephanie Kapusta, Dalhousie University
Title: "Swamp Women and Inclusion: social Kinds as Historical Kinds."

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.

2018 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

Deadline for Application: December 15, 2017

Submit completed applications  - with all necessary documents to:
Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee
c/o  Department of Philosophy
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2.

Featured article in the Globe and Mail

Chike Jeffers and PhD Candidate Tiffany Gordon are featured in a recent article in The Globe and Mail  entitled: "Lack of faculty diversity can affect studies and career aspirations".
The article speaks to the importance for diversity in faculty to exemplify possibilities in education, career and life for all students.

Mark your Calendar for SueFest 2018

Date: May 26, 2018
Details to follow


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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.


Letitia Meynell has recently published “On Political Correctness,” in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review   

Stephanie Kapusta has published "Intersex Diagnostics and Prognostics: Imposing Sex-Predicate Determinacy." in Topoi (2017) 36: 539-48

Andrew Fenton has a blog that has been posted on Novel Tech Ethics Impact Ethics site, and has also published chapters in the following:

  • Andrew Fenton and Adam Shriver. "Animal Minds:The Neuroethics of Nonhuman Dissent."  In The Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics, edited by L. Syd M. Johnson and Karen S. Rommelfanger.  New York: Routledge 2016:484-98
  • Andrew Fenton.  "Decisional Authority and Animal Research Subjects."  In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds, edited by Kristin Andrews and Jacob Beck.  New York: Routledge, 2018: 475-84

Richmond Campbell, (Emeritus), has just published an essay; "Learning from Moral Inconsistency", in the psychology journal Cognition, as part of a special issue on Moral Learning.    

Tiffany Gordon (PhD), will be moderating the discussion for the Prisoner's Justice Day panel as well as showcasing the 'Zine that will be created as a result of the creative writing program that has been happening at Burnside over the past month

The following course was offered atCentral Nova Scotia Correctional Facilty, by members of the Department of Philosophy: 
Self and World: Global Perspectives, Burnside Humanities Program

This course is an exploration of classic and contemporary philosophical discussions of such issues as the nature of the self, the good life (or the life lived well), what qualifies as scientific knowledge, what qualifies as traditional knowledge, and some of the roles of religious thought and practice.
Lecturers: Tiffany Gordon (PhD); Jamaal Hyder (PhD); Andrew Inkpen (Post Doc); Simon Kow (King's); Gordon McOuat (King's); Letitia Meynell (Dalhousie)
Academic convenor: Andrew Fenton (Dalhousie)
Co-Director of Program: Harry Critchly (along with Margaret Denike)