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.


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. June 19, 2017Spring Convocation 2017 - Congratulations to all of our graduatesDave and Debbie at Spring Convocation

    Dave DeVidi and Debbie Dietrich at Spring Convocation.

    The Philosophy Deparment congratulates all students who graduated at the Spring 2017 Convocation this year.

  2. May 17, 2017Alumnus speaks on the impact of philosophy in her lifeRose Sherwood

    Rose Sherwood (BA '07, MA '09) spoke at the annual Philosophy Awards Ceremony about how philosophy has made a difference in her life

  3. Apr. 19, 2017Another successful awards ceremonyGerry Callaghan emcees Philosophy Awards

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  1. Sep. 22, 2017Mind, Medicine and Mechanisms: A conference in honour of Paul ThagardPaul Thagard

    Paul Thagard was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo from 1992 until his retirement in 2016. He was also affiliated with Psychology and Computer Science, served as the Director of the Cognitive Science Program and held a University Research Chair. Paul is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (Ph.D in philosophy) and Michigan (M.S. in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has won a Molson Prize and a Killam Prize.

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