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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, September 22nd, 2017
Christina Behme, Mount Saint Vincent University
"Did Descart4es change his view on animal cognition?"

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.

Susan Sherwin to receive Honorary Degree as part of Convocation

Date: Monday, October 2nd
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Please join use in congratulating Susan along with our other Fall graduates:

Katie Stockdale

Kate Bark
MacGregor Malloy
Alyssa Robichaud

Part-Time Academic Postings for Winter 2018:

Philosophy 1010y(01) - Introduction to Philosophy (writing course)
Philosophy 2560 - Intro to Cognitive Science
Philosophy 2660 - Understanding Scientific Reasoning

Applciation Deadline: September 25th  

ARPA (Atlantic Region Philosopherr's Association) Conference 2017

Date: October 13 & 14, 2017
Location: Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Mark your Calendar for SueFest 2018

Date: May 26, 2018
Details to follow


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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)

Tiffany Gordon (PhD) is offering the 'Books Beyond Bars Women's Creative Writer's Circle. at the Burnside Penitentiary. The purpose of the course is to provide the women at Burnside with a creative outlet for thir thoughts, in the form of writing, speech, and art; as well as, to compile their thoughts (short essays, reflections, poems) in the form of a 'Zine.