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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.

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

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Philosophy and Women's Studies tackle gender issues

Philosophy offers a course, cross-listed in Women’s Studies - Gender Issues (PHIL 202/WS 222) - that asks students to consider some of the deepest theoretical and practical questions about sex and gender. Details

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Science in the Developing World: Enhancing Research Capacity

A workshop will be held September 17-18, 2015 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Details

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