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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.


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  • Tyler Hildebrand’s book Laws of Nature has been published by Cambridge University Press as part of the Elements in Metaphysics series. The electronic version is free until 16 March 2023: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109949
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Kapusta, who has been awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective July 1. 2023!
  • Duncan MacIntosh recently delivered a guest lecture to the Naval Warfare Officer Symposium, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Fleet, Atlantic, on philosophical theories of the self as applied to emotional intelligence, self-awareness and leadership.
  • Congratulations to Francoise Baylis and Andrew Fenton for co-authoring an article/commentary in 'The Conversation'
  • Congratulations to Richmond Campbell (Professor Emeritus) and Victor Kumar (BA Hons, Dalhousie; Assistant Professor, Boston University) on the publication of their book A Better Ape
  • An article by Clarisse Paron (PhD) has been published in The Conversation.
  • Congratulations to Andrew Fention on his recent publication: Vaughan Black, Andrew Fenton, and Elisabeth Ormandy. Protecting Canada's Lab Animals: The Need for Legislation. Animals 2022; 12(6): 770
  • Congratulations to Dr. Francoise Baylis, recipient of the 2022 Killam Prize.
  • Congratulations our PhD Student Lara Millman is one of the Open Thinkers 2022. More information can be found via the Open Thinkers Blog.
  • Tejas Pandya (MA), published an Op-Ed in the Hamilton Reporter.
  • Clarisse Paron (PhD); and Tejas Pandya (MA) participated in the TEDxDalhousieU 2022 event.
    Watch Tejas' video HERE
    Watch Clarisse's video  
  • Congratulations to Dr. Steve Maitzen, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie, and W. G. Clark Professor of Philosophy at Acadia University on the publication of his book, Determinism, Death and Meaning (Routledge)
  • Congratulations to Clarisse Paron (PhD), on the recent publication of her paper: "Evidence,Testimony, and Trust: How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating the Crisis of Trust in Science