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. May 4, 2022 Kathryn Plaisance receives prestigious OUSA's 2022 Teaching Excellence Award
    Katie Plaisance

    Another teaching award for Katie!! Congratulations Katie on OUSA's 2022 Teaching Excellence Award. This award goes to teachers with the ability to spark students' curiosity and desire to learn and build critical skills that form the foundation of education. Katie has taken this role to heart and was selected by her students as an example of teaching excellence.

  2. Oct. 28, 2021Kathryn Plaisance receives prestigious OCUFA teaching award
    Katie Plaisance

    We'd like to congratulate Katie on being named one of Ontario's most outstanding teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). We are proud to have her as part of our department.

  3. Oct. 22, 2021New PhD graduate Kathryn Morrison
    Kathryn Morrison

    Kathryn Morrison, the most recent graduate from the innovative Applied Philosophy PhD program at Waterloo, is profiled in today's Waterloo News. Kathryn's work in the field of medically assisted dying focuses on mature minors (MAiD).

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