The Department of Philosophy is closely associated with the Department of Gender and Social Justice our staff administrates both programs and many of our faculty teach in both areas. For more information on the Gender and Social Justice Department visit their website
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 Article, Society Needs Diversity in STEM, focuses on the research of the Philosophy department's own, Carla Fehr. It discusses the beneficial outcomes of inclusivity on the scientific community and society as a whole.
How To Ask Biologists Metaphysical Questions Without Explaining Metaphysics
Yamamoto is the recent winner of the 2023 Hadden Prize and a University of Waterloo Ph. D student of Philosophy.
What would it mean to have feminist AI?
“AI is predominantly a white and male domain,” says Waterloo’s Dr. Carla Fehr, “and there is a pressing need for work on race, gender, disability, and social issues related to AI.”
Join us for this public talk with our visiting Humphrey Professor Alison Wylie.
Featuring guest speakers; Alison Wylie on Jan 19th, Don Fallis, James Mahon, and Kay Mathiesen on Feb 16th, and Monique Deveaux on March 8th