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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 20, 2018
Andrew Kernohan, Dalhousie University
Title: "Decisions Under Moral Uncertainty."

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.

Congratulations to Tiffany Gordon - IMPACT Award Recipient

Tiffany Gordon  (PhD student) is the recipeint of the 2018 Student IMPACT Award for Student Activist

Summer 2018 Class

Course : Philosophy 2720 - The Good Life
Date: May 7-29
Day/Time: Monday-Thursday 10:35-1:25
Instructor: Greg Scherkoske
Registration opens February 26th

Fall and Winter 2018/2019 Timetable  

Registration opens March 19th
Please note: this is a draft timetable, subject to change.


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.


Duncan MacIntosh's paper, “The Convergence of National Rational Self-Interest and Justice in Space Policy; Extending the Contractarian Reduction of Morality to Rationality Into The Final Frontier” was recently mooted at the conference, The Weaponization of Outer Space, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

Duncan MacIntosh was recently featured on CBC television's The National, in a documentary about killer robots

Congratulations to Tiffany Gordon Phd student for receiving the 2018 Impact Award for Student Activist.

Kudos to Andrew Fenton and Letitia Meynell in collaborating with Nonhuman Rights Project, to submiit an Amicus Curae Brief to New York's highest court.

Chike Jeffers is co-writing the scripts for this podcast on the History of Africana Philosophy

Duncan MacIntosh was recently interviewed on the Sheldon Macleod Show on radio 95.7 (the interview goes from 20:55 minutes in until 31:02)

The Chronicle Herald featured an article on the upcoming debate between Duncan MacIntosh and famous roboticist Noel Sharkey " A debate on Killer Robots and Autonomous Weapons.   

Dr. Andrew Fenton and Dr. Letitia Meynell are two members of a philosophers working group supporting the efforts of the Non-Human Rights Project.  The philosopher's brief has been released on line, to  urge the Court of Appeals to recognize chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko as persons –

Dr. Andrew Fenton along with Master's students: Oliver Boettcher and Andrew Lopez, recently presented their work at the 4th International Minding Animals Conference, in Mexico City.  Funding was supported by SSHRC, through Chimpopolis: Science, Society, and the Political Animal.