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

  2. Mar. 29, 2017Sex, dementia and consent: Andria Bianchi's radio interviewPortrait of Andria Bianchi

    Andria Bianchi was recently interviewed on CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's The Morning Edition about her research on sex, dementia and consent.

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  3. Nov. 30, 2016Closing the gap between science and society

    Professor Heather Douglas has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read about her nomination and her work on the relationship between science and society here.

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