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. 30, 2020Now in Paperback!


    Philosophy faculty member Jacqueline Feke's most recent publication, Ptolemy's Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life, has just been published in paperback.

  2. Sep. 21, 2020National postdoc appreciation week
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    In celebration for National Postdoc Apprection Week, we would like to introduce postdoc Adam Koberinski who is currently working with Doreen Fraser.

  3. Sep. 18, 2020Good-bye to Shannon Dea
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    From 2007-2020, Shannon Dea was absolutely central to life at not just the Philosophy Department, but also the University -- she served as Vice President of FAUW, Director of Women’s Studies, Teaching Fellow, and Associate Chair for both Graduates and Undergraduates.

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