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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.

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

PGSA Conference 2015

The Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) with will holding their 22nd annual conference on March 12 and March 13, 2015. Details

3 minute thesis Arts heat

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