Department of Philosophy

Philosophy addresses some of the most fundamental and difficult questions there are, such as: What is the nature of the human mind? What makes knowledge trustworthy? What are the standards of good reasoning? What is a just society? What is the best way to live? Philosophy as an academic discipline attempts to answer these questions with a combination of creativity and analytical rigor.


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The Department of Philosophy acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

  1. Apr. 25, 2019Patricia Marino's new book, Philosophy of Love and SexPatricia Marino

    Congratulations to Patricia Marino on her newest book "The Philosophy of Sex and Love: an Opinionated Introduction," released by Routledge  this month.

  2. Apr. 22, 2019One kind gesture at a time

    Spreading kindness is Vanessa Lam's superpower.  When not in her superhero role, she is also our own UW philosophy graduate student. 

  3. Mar. 5, 2019Welcome Jenny Saul!Jenny Saul
     

    The Philosophy Department is extremely pleased to announce that Professor Jenny Saul will be joining us in Fall 2019!

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