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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, April 21st
Presenter:  John Barresi, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University
Title: "Why did van Gogh cut off his ear?"

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.


Katie Stockdale (PhD, ABD) has been offered, and has accepted the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy Department at Sam Houston State University


Anthony Fernandez (Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow)has been offered, and has accepted  the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Kent State University, commencing August 2017

Summer Course 2017

Philosophy of Sex and Love (Phil 2170) runs June 1st to June 23rd.

Bagel Tuesdays!

Stop into the Philosophy Department Lounge (Room 1132 of the Marion McCain Building) between 11:30am ad 1:00pm for a yummy bagel and conversation.


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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.


Duncan MacIntosh's paper, "Culture Weaponized: A Contrarian Theory of the Sometime Appropriateness of the Destruction, Theft and Trade of Art and Cultural Artifacts in Armed Conflict", was mooted on April 6, 2017 at the conference, The Preservation of Art and Culture in Times of War,
sponsored by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Penn Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center.

Susan Sherwin and Katie Stockdale have published “Whither Bioethics Now? The Promise of Relational Theory” in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.

Michael Hymers has published a Critical Notice of Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide: Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello and Paul M. Livingston (Routledge 2016) in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2017)  

Katie Stockdale (ABD) recently published "Losing Hope: Injustice and Moral Bitterness": in Hypatia.

Michael Hymers's latest book, Wittgenstein on Sensation and Perception has just been published by Routledge in its series, Wittgenstein's Thought and Legacy. You can read the introduction here.

Duncan MacIntosh recently published, "Autonomous Weapons and the Nature of Law and Morality: How Rule-of-Law-Values Require Automation of the Rule of Law", in Temple International and Comparative Law Journal  

Emily Bingeman (PhD student), has been awarded the CSWIP Jean Harvey Graduate Award; for "the best of the outstanding papers submitted by graduate students for the CSWIP annual conference.  The title of the paper: "Ability, Disability, and the Ethics of Everyday Knowledge Practice".

Duncan MacIntosh's paper, "The Rule of Law and the Laws that Rule: Considerations Towards a Special Status for Rebels", was mooted at the conference entitled:  Using Law To Fight Terror, on October 28th at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law,.