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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The study of Philosophy will deepen your understanding of the world


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A department revolving around discussion

An array of courses for students beginning in Philosophy, to advanced learners


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Dedicated to enhancing student learning

Learn more about our faculty and their areas of expertise


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Friday Afternoon Colloquium

Enjoy the tradition of our weekly colloquium


About our Department

Our Department

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, December 2, 2016
Presenter: Andrew Inkpen, Dalhousie University
Title: "Molecular phylogenetics and the perennial problem of homology"

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.)

Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Deadline for Application

Please be advised that the deadline for KPDF applications is December 15, 2016.
Please ensure that you complete the application according to the Terms and Guidelines 

MA Fellowship in Animal Philosophy 2017-2018

The Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie Univeristy is pleased to announce a one-year MA fellowship worth $15,000 commencing September 2017. The MA fellow will be xpected to pursue a course of study in Animal Philosophy.

For further detalis please contact Dr. Letitia Meynell
Application deadline: January 15, 2017

Bagel Tuesdays are BACK!

Stop into the Philosophy Department Lounge (Room 1132 of the McCain building) between 11:30am ad 1:00pm for a satiating bagel and scintillating philosophical conversation.


About 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.


Emily Bingeman (PhD student), has been awarded the CSWIP Jean Harvey Graduate Award; for "the best of the outstanding papers submitted by graduate students for the CSWIP annual conference.  The title of the paper: "Ability, Disability, and the Ethics of Everyday Knowledge Practice".

Duncan MacIntosh's paper, "The Rule of Law and the Laws that Rule: Considerations Towards a Special Status for Rebels", was mooted at the conference entitled:  Using Law To Fight Terror, on October 28th at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law,.

Letitia Meynell presented “Lessons from the Dalhousie Dentistry Scandal on Ethics Capacity Building and Moral Literacy,” with Tim Krahn at the annual meeting of the Canadian Bioethics Society, and “Getting the Picture: Towards a New Account of Scientific Understanding,” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and also chaired the Equity Panel (organized by Chike Jeffers, Katie Stockdale, and Veromi Arsiradam) at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

Congratulations to Letitia Meynell and Andrew Fenton along with Gillian Crozier (CRC, Laurentian) on receiving funding for their SSHRC Insight Develpment Grant entitled: '"Chimpopolis': Science, Society, and the Philosophical Animal"