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. Nov. 13, 2017Engendering Success in STEM Consortium wins SSHRC Partnership GrantESS Diagram

     

  2. June 19, 2017Spring Convocation 2017 - Congratulations to all of our graduatesDave and Debbie at Spring Convocation

    Dave DeVidi and Debbie Dietrich at Spring Convocation.

    The Philosophy Deparment congratulates all students who graduated at the Spring 2017 Convocation this year.

  3. May 17, 2017Alumnus speaks on the impact of philosophy in her lifeRose Sherwood

    Rose Sherwood (BA '07, MA '09) spoke at the annual Philosophy Awards Ceremony about how philosophy has made a difference in her life

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  1. Dec. 15, 2017You're Invited! Farewell to Tim KenyonTim on bike

    Arts Associate Dean of Research, Professor Tim Kenyon (Philosophy) is leaving University of Waterloo to take up his position as Vice-President of Research at Brock University.  Please join us as we celebrate Tim's time at Waterloo and wish him the best for the future.  Drop in anytime.  We will have brief remarks at 4 pm.

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