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. Oct. 17, 2018Philosophy social hourPoster with dog in a party hat

  2. Oct. 17, 2018Bridge Lecture Series - Minds in Machines: Comparing Biological and Synthetic IntelligencePoster

    *Complimentary tickets, but registration online is required.  

  3. Oct. 24, 2018Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter SocialYou are here message

    Come join our event to learn more about starting a Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter at UWaterloo.

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