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:

This week's colloquium is part of the Austin & Hempel Lecture Series

: Friday, October 11th, 2019
Presenter: Dr. Dale Jamieson, Founding Director of Environmental Studies, and Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, New York University.
Title: “Improving Progressive Consequentialism".

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.

Upcoming Austin-Hempel Public Lectures

  • Presenter: Dr. Dale Jamieson
  • Title: "Loving Nature"
    Date/Time: Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 pm
    Location: Halifax Central Library - BMO Room (2nd floor)

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.


MacLean's Magazine's annual survey of universities in Canada singled out the Law, Justice and Society Program as one of three standout programs at Dalhousie. Congratulations to our philosophers whose courses are regularly in the program -- Greg Scherkoske, Stephanie Kapusta, Darren Abramson. One of the courses, developed and regularly taught by Scherkoske -- The Good Life: Well Being, Meaning and Happiness -- was named as one of two 'Cool Courses' to take at Dal! 

Andrew Fenton has co-authored a paper along with Hope Ferdowsian, L. Syd M Johnson, Jane Johnson, Adam Shriver, and John Gluck, titled: A Belmont Report for Animals? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (first view).

Chike Jeffers and his sister, Asha Jeffers were featured in Share.News; as they are both teaching in the same university in the departments of Philosophy and English.

Lissa Skitolsky has had an  essay published titled “The Episteme, Epistemic Injustice, and the Limits of White Sensibility,” in the new volume titled Overcoming Epistemic Injustice: Social and Psychological Perspectives, Edited by Benjamin R. Sherman and Stacey Goguen, Rowman & Littlefield.

Duncan MacIntosh recently participated in the Ethical Artificial Intelligence for Defence Workshop Sponsored by Australia’s Defence Science & Technology Group, Plan Jericho, Air Force and The Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre

Dr. Lissa Skitolsky(Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies)  recently talked about her project in an interview with Dr. Shelley Tremain for her series  “Dialogues on Disability”, which features philosophers discussing the relation between their research and their disabilities, and their experiences navigating their disabilities in the field of philosophy.  

Duncan MacIntosh's work on the ethics of autonomous weapons systems and Darren Abramson's work on the ability of machines to capture human natural language skills, were both recently discussed in a Dal Magazine article, "Thoughts on Artificial Intelligence", on FASS researchers dealing with related themes.

Andrew Fenton and Letitia Meynell are highlighted in Episode 4: The Ethics of Zoos  from the Podcast Now you Know.   

Tyler Hildebrand’s paper “Naturalness Constraints on Best Systems Accounts of Laws” has been published in Ratio

On Friday June 28, 2:00pm-2:30pm, Dalhousie Philosophy Department Chair Duncan MacIntosh will be on The Sheldon MacLeod Show, radio station News 95.7, discussing The Paradox of Tolerance and whether tolerant societies must be intolerant of those who would be intolerant of others.

Tyler Hildebrand's paper "Scientific Practice and the Epistemology of Governing Laws" has been published in the Journal of the American Philosophical Associationhttps://philpapers.org/rec/HILSPA-3

Emily Bingeman (PhD student) has been accepted to a three week seminar in Bogota Colombia this summer  

In May, Duncan MacIntosh participated in The Inaugural Workshop of The Programme On The Ethics And Law Of Trusted Autonomous Systems, sponsored by Australia's Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Center, and held at Oxford's Center for Technology and Global Affairs. His remarks were entitled "Trusted Autonomous Systems and Moral Control".