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. Mar. 22, 2021Job alert: Definite Term Lecturers, Arts First

    The Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo invites applications for two positions at the rank of Lecturer, for definite-term contracts of three years beginning August 1, 2021. These positions will support a Faculty-wide initiative, “Arts First” (https://uwaterloo.ca/arts-first/), designed to help undergraduate students build foundational competencies in communication and analysis in small class settings.

  2. Mar. 18, 2021Dr Jennifer Saul to present at Walter Murray Lecture series

    This year's Walter Murray Lecture series will be presented by our own Dr Jennifer Saul, from Friday March 26-27th.

    The public talk on Friday March 26th titled "Figleaves and Their Kin: Mechanisms for Getting Away With Racist Speech" will touch on political psychology, sociolinguistics, and the philosophy of language.

  3. Mar. 17, 2021Job alert: CRC Tier II in Indigenous Studies, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

    The University of Waterloo is seeking to fill a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) and tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated (flexible) start date of January 2022.

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