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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.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: Nov. 25-Dec.10

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Philosophy Society

The Philosophy Society (PHILSOC) will be holding some general meetings in Nov. and Dec. 2015. Details

Waterloo This-Idea-Must-Die Day

The Cognitive Science program examines what concepts and theories are blocking progress in understanding mind, brain and intelligence? Details

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