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. July 8, 2020Dylon McChesney wins a Distinguished Teaching by a Student Award
    Dylon McChesney


    Dylon McChesney, PhD student in philosophy, is one of only four recipients of the Amit & Meena Chakma Distinguished Teaching by a Student Award this year.  The award recognizes excellence in teaching with consideration for intellectual vigor and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter while demonstrating concern for and sensitivity to the academic need of the students. 

  2. June 24, 2020Interview with Dr. Gerry Callaghan, the Philosophy Department’s Extended Learning Coordinator
    Gerry


    We chat with Professor Gerry Callaghan to find out more about his role as the philosophy department’s Extended Learning Coordinator, and how the recent switch to fully remote and online learning at Waterloo has impacted his role.  

  3. June 19, 2020Professor Ann Garry to receive the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award for 2020
    Dr. Ann Garry

    The Steering Committee of the Eastern Division of The Society for Women in Philosophy has announced that past Humphrey Chair of Feminist Philosophy at Waterloo, Professor Ann Garry, will be receiving the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award this year.

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