KNOWLEDGE. JUSTICE. REASONING.
Welcome to the Department of Philosophy
Philosophers study the deep intellectual problems that underlie or unify other disciplines in the sciences and humanities.
Philosophy investigates fundamental questions about the nature of things—about the universe as a whole, about human beings, society, science, ethics and art. As a philosophy student, you will learn about the basic intellectual foundation for our political, social and legal systems, as well as our understanding of the principles of modern science and technology. You will explore deep theoretical, practical and moral issues that do not easily fit into more specialized disciplines. Philosophy will challenge you with its reflective and critical approach to important, often puzzling, questions about the nature of right and wrong, time and space perception, and the human mind.
The Department of Philosophy is internationally recognized for the quality of research conducted by its faculty members.
Visit our blog to read about news and goings-on in the department and keep up-to-date with our events!
Western Canadian Philosophical Association (WCPA) Conference
The 56th Annual Meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association
in conjunction with the
4th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Environmental Philosophy/Société Canadienne de Philosophie Environnementale
will be held on October 25 - 27, 2019 at the University of Lethbridge.
The F.E.L. Priestley Lecture Series presents:
Flying Under the Radar: Politics, Poetry and Peace
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1st Choice Savings Centre Room PE264
Andrew Light, George Mason University and the World Resources Institute
Valuing Climate Loss and Damage
Friday, October 25, 2019
Science Commons Auditorium SA8002
Philosophy Reading Weekend
The Philosophy Reading Weekend is a new tradition in the Department of Philosophy. Every year, in the spring/early summer, we rent a house in the area. Faculty members and about ten students spend the weekend reading and discussing a philosophical work, cooking together, eating (a lot, if experience is any indication) and having fun. The philosophy reading weekend has been a big success in the first two years of its existence. Look out for the advertisements in your classes and in the Department News!
Philosophy Help Centre
If you need help with philosophy, visit the philosophy help centre! The Centre will open for business on Thursday, September 19th and will run each Thursday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (ending on December 5th). It is possible that we will extend operation to December 12th dependent on the tutors' schedules.
Location: B-883 (University Hall)
Rules in the object language? They must have escaped from the zoo!
Gillman Payette (Department of Philosophy)
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.
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