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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.


In light of the COVID-19 precautions and self-isolation, until future notice, the colloquium will be presented in on-line format via Zoom.   Link will be live at 2:15 pm, colloquium will now run from 2:30-4:00.

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Presenter: Andrew Sullivan-Clarke, University of Windsor
Title: "Misled by Metaphor: The Problem of Ingrained Analogy"

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.

On-line ARPA Conference 2020

Due to the cancellation of this year's ARPA conference, the Department of Philosophy's colloquium series is hosting a Quasi-ARPA over three weeks in October. See below (please note extended times)

Quasi-ARPA - October 9th

2:30-3:25 AST
An Aesthetic Apology for MMA
Jason Holt, Acadia University

3:35-4:30 AST 
Consent, Moralism, and Mixed Martial Arts
Marc Ramsay, Acadia University

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Quasi-ARPA - October 16th

2:30-3:25 AST 
Ethical Life and the Feminist Critic
Shannon Hoff, Memorial University                       

3:35-4:30 AST
Two criticisms of liberalism in the thought of George Grant
Bryan Heystee, Memorial University

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Quasi-ARPA - October 23rd

2:30-3:25 AST   
Hegel's Critique of the Understanding and Plato's Aporetic Moment
George Saad, Memorial University

3:35-4:30 AST   
Finding Oneself to be Finite and in Need of Ground: Synthesizing Hegel and Schleiermacher’s Account of the Dependence of Consciousness
Kyle Barbour, University of Guelph

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Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship Competition Is Now Open

The deadline for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents in the Department is December 15th.

NOTE: This year's competition will run through FGS's new Online Scholarship Platform.

The Sue Campbell Memorial Bursary

Applications are now being considered
Deadline for Application: October 15


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The "International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics" has just released a special issue, Shaping a More Just Bioethics: A Celebration of the Work of Susan Sherwin.
This issue includes work by Department of Philosophy members:  Françoise Baylis, Kirstin Borgerson, Letitia Meynell, Greg Scherkoske—as well as several alumni—Sylvia Burrow, Michael Doan, Ami Harbin, Carolyn McLeod, and Victoria Seavilleklein, and many more friends.  

Congratulations to Chike Jeffers, whose application to SSHRC Explore and Exchange 2020 has been funded for $5000.

Trystan Goetze participated in a philosophy by postcard project celebrating the centennial of Irish philosopher Iris Murdoch. All 100 exchanges between philosophers and members of the public are now available here: https://www.philosophybypostcard.com/" Everyone is welcome to view and comment on these

Tiffany Gordon  appeared on CTV News Atlantic to provide her perspective on the "cancel culture"  

Steven Burns has had the following 3 papers published:

“Peter Winch: ‘Unity: Presupposition or Demand?’”, a translation of an article written in German by the late Peter Winch, and published in 1990. It deals with the Wittgensteinian idea that ‘primitive reactions’ play a crucial role in the formation of moral concepts. Philosophical Investigations, (online pre-print) DOI: 10.1111/phin. 12287, 2020, pp. 1-10.

 “Winch on First Philosophy: Unity and Multiplicity”, in Ethics, Society and Politics: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter Winch, M. Campbell and L. Reid, eds., Springer AG 2020, pp. 217-230.

 And his translation of a paper by Helen Geyer, “Aspects of Period-Turns”, also included in the Campbell and Reid volume, Ethics, Society and Politics, pp; 117-133.

Duncan MacIntosh, Chair of the Philosophy Department, is interviewed by Genevieve MacIntyre in a video introducing the Philosophy Department and its Programs to prospective students

Congratulations to Erik Nelson (PhD), who had his article published in The Conversation.

Congratulations to Tiffany Gordon (PhD) who is part of the Dalhousie OpenThink. Tiffany will be writing a monthly blog on philosophy/race/feminism.

Letitia Meynell did an interview with Kevin Schneider about the amicus curiae briefs that she co-wrote with other philosophers for the Nonhuman Right Project. The interview can be found here.