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. Jan. 23, 2023New faculty member: Laura Mae Lindo
    Laura Mae Lindo

    The Department of Philosophy is thrilled to announce that Laura Mae Lindo will be joining us as a new faculty member! Find out more about her arrival date and what she brings to the department here 

  2. July 18, 2022WUSA Teaching Excellence Award Winner Nick Ray

    WUSA’s Teaching Award is a yearly award that celebrates professors who have displayed quality teaching, shown commitment to student success, and looked beyond the classroom. This is also the only award presented by the University of Waterloo Senate selected entirely by undergraduate students!  

  3. May 18, 2022New Publication: Animals and Business Ethics
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  1. Sep. 30, 2022 to Mar. @24, 2023Colloquium Speaker Series Event Dates Fall 2022/Winter 2023

    Pre-event Social

    Join us in the Philosophy Reading Room, Hagey Hall room 335, an hour prior to each talk for some light refreshment and social time. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided. You can also join us remotely. Zoom meeting links will be sent out for each talk the Monday before the event.

  2. Apr. 14, 2023Sharma Lecture

    April 14th

    Jonothan Tsou 
    Psychiatry and Epistemic Justice

    social: 2:30-3:30 pm, Hagey Hall, room 335
    talk: 3:30-5 pm, Hagey Hall, room 373

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