Philosophy

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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.

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The Department of Philosophy is internationally recognized for the quality of research conducted by its faculty members.

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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.

Priestley Lecture Series

The F.E.L. Priestley Lecture Series presents:

Gary Geddes
Flying Under the Radar: Politics, Poetry and Peace

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7:30-9:00PM
1st Choice Savings Centre Room PE264

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Andrew Light, George Mason University and the World Resources Institute
Valuing Climate Loss and Damage

Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30-9:00PM
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!

Abstract: There is a question that we might raise about the rules of logic: do our logical systems allow us to express all of the acceptable rules of inference? One of the originators of modal logicin the 20th century-C.I. Lewis-thought this question was worth pursuing, and thought that logical systems should express all such rules.

Gillman Payette (Department of Philosophy)
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time:  4:30 p.m.
Location:  C-640

 

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