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.


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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. 19, 2018Second Edition releaseBrian Orend

    Fresh off the press is the second edition of Brian Orend’s Introduction to International Studies, from Oxford UP.

  2. Oct. 16, 2018Jacqueline Feke's new book 'Ptolemy's Philosophy'Jacqueline Feke

    Dr. Jacqueline Feke's new book, Ptolemy's Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life published by Princeton University Press, has just been released. 

  3. Apr. 16, 20189th Annual Philosophy AwardsPhil Awards poster
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  1. Feb. 5, 2019Public lecture by Dr. John CorvinoDr. John Corvino

    Please join us for a public lecture by Dr. John Corvino, Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is known for combining logical precision with sensitivity and humor to build bridges in the culture wars.

    All are welcome to the reception after the talk.

    Register here.

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