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Philosophy department

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.

Philosophers in our Department value engagement with scholars in other fields such as the natural and social sciences, history, mathematics, and engineering. We find these interactions generate novel perspectives on philosophical problems and enrich our contributions to philosophical debate.

Engaging Philosophy: News at Waterloo

Check out our department blog to find out more about our presentations, our publications, department events, alumni updates, and other news of all kinds.

Society for Exact Philosophy

The Society for Exact Philosophy annual conference will be held on
May 22-24, 2015 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Details

Global citizen consultation event to be held in Waterloo

A local research team is planning to lead the Canadian component of a global citizen consultation initiative called “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy" on June 6, 2015. Details

Waterloo researchers among top in Canada

chris eliasmith writing on whiteboardChris Eliasmith, Professor in the Departments of Philosophy, Systems Design Engineering and Computer Science, receives the prestigious NSERC John C. Polanyi Award. Details

Philosopher in residence

Ty Branch began work as a philosopher in residence at the architecture firm Philip Beesley Architect Inc (PBAI). This marked the first graduate level collaboration between the scholarship granting firm MITACS and a student from the humanities at the University of Waterloo. Details

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