Our Department

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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 18th
Presenter: Stephanie Kapusta, Dalhousie University
Title: "Intersex Embodiment Between Semantics and Ethics"

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.

Applying to our Graduate Programs

Deadline for Applications: January 31st
See the Graduate Programs page for details.

Austin-Hempel Lecture

Dr. Maggie Little, Georgetown University

  • Public Lecture
    Thursday, March 7th 2019 at 7:00pm
    "Pregnant Women: The moral imperative for medical research"
    Location: TBC
  • Departmental Lecture
    Friday, March 8th 2019 at 3:30pm
    "Ethics & Epistemology in the Digintal Revolution"
    Location: TBC

Our Faculty

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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.


Congratulations to Professor Michael Hymers for be reappointed to the "George Munro chair in Philosophy - Metaphysics" for a further five-year term.

The Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Big Thinking panel on The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence that Duncan MacIntosh participated in can now be viewed on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uriy6Ths0w&feature=youtu.be

The philosophy department's Professor Darren Abramson will participate Friday Nov. 23 in a panel discussion on how to secure the ethical use of big data in artificial intelligence. https://www.dal.ca/faculty/computerscience/news-events/events/2018/11/23/panel-discussion.html?cq_ck=1541700880424

Duncan MacIntosh recently appeared in a Facebook Live event with Andy Fillmore, MP for Halifax, and other panelists in a preview of the Nov. 14, 2018 Halifax Public Library "Big Thinking" event on the Social Implications of Artifical Intelligence. https://www.facebook.com/AndyFillmoreHFX/videos/189302511989128/

Congratulations to Francoise Baylis, cross appointed in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University, for receiving the Lloyd Fraser award for outstanding senate leadership

Chike Jeffers will be one of the speakers at the Celebrating Canadian Reserch Excellence event happening from November 15th-November 18th

Duncan MacIntosh will be participating in The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Big Thinking Panel Event on November 14th 2018, 6:30-8:00pm

Duncan MacIntosh's paper, "Logically Private Laws: Legislative Secrecy in 'The War on Terror'" was recently published in C. Finkelstein and M. Skerker, eds., Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).