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Chris Eliasmith

Professor, Director, Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Neuroscience

Areas of interest

Philosophy of mind, cognitive science, theoretical neuroscience, philosophy of science, mental representation, neural computing, neural networks, neuromorphics, neural dynamics, semantic pointer architecture, neural engineering framework, large-scale neural modelling

Greg Andres

Associate Director of Arts First, Continuing Lecturer

Areas of interest

Philosophy of Economics and Business Ethics

Gerry Callaghan

Continuing Lecturer (Extended Learning Coordinator for Online Courses)

Areas of interest

Early modern philosophy, history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of language

David DeVidi

Professor (currently Associate Vice President, Academic)

Areas of interest and supervision

  • Logic 
  • philosophy of mathematics
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of disability
  • philosophy of language

Mathieu Doucet

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Areas of interest

Ethics, moral psychology

Areas of Graduate Supervision

  • Ethics
  • Moral psychology
  • Bioethics

Current Research

My current research project focuses on the ethics of drug policy. Many arguments about drugs and drug policy implicitly assume an account of both the nature and the harms of addiction. My project aims to unpack these assumptions, with the aim of contributing to a more just and ethical approach to drug policy.

Carla Fehr

Associate Professor (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy) Gender and Social Justice Advisor

Areas of interest

feminist philosophy of science, feminist epistemology, feminist philosophy of biology, socially relevant philosophy of science, gender and diversity in STEM, animal studies

Areas of graduate supervision

I’m happy to supervise students within my areas of interest.

Current research

Jacqueline Feke

Associate Professor

Areas of interest

Ancient science, mathematics, and philosophy; history and philosophy of science

Doreen Fraser

Associate Professor

Areas of interest

Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, applicability of mathematics, analogies, history of physics (especially 17th, 19th and 20th Centuries)

Katy Fulfer

Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of interest

Feminist ethics, animal and environmental ethics, bioethics, philosophy of Hannah Arendt

Richard Holmes

Professor Emeritus

Areas of interest: Contemporary European Philosophy, Philosophy of Literature

Education: Professor Holmes received his degrees from the University of Montana and Washington University. He received his PhD in 1972.

Angus Kerr-Lawson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Angus Kerr-Lawson died late June 2011 shortly after his daughters accepted the honour of Distinguished Professor Emeritus on his behalf at the spring convocation.

Chris Lowry

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

Areas of interest

Social and political philosophy, bioethics, and applied ethics

Areas of interest

Ethical theory, applied ethics, social philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of economics, philosophy of sex and love

Anne Minas

Professor Emerita

Former member of the Department of Philosophy, Anne Minas, died late September 2015 at the age of 78.

Anne Minas made a lasting mark on the University of Waterloo with her endowment of the Humphrey Professorship in Feminist Philosophy.  This professorship allows the department to bring distinguished feminist philosophers to the University of Waterloo for a term.

J. S. Minas

Professor Emeritus

Minas was an important figure in the early history of the Department of Philosophy, but it was in his administrative roles that Minas made his biggest mark at Waterloo.  He served two stints as Dean of Arts, from 1967-70 and 1974-79.

Areas of interest

War and peace, human rights, international law and justice in general, Kant’s political philosophy, happiness, especially for those with chronic conditions. He is perhaps best-known for his work on “justice after war” (jus post bellum): i.e., the ethics of post-war reconstruction.

Katie Plaisance

Cross Appointed Associate Professor; primary appointment in Knowledge Integration

Areas of interest

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Biology, Socially- and Scientifically-Engaged Philosophy of Science, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Jennifer Saul

Professor, Waterloo Chair in Social and Political Philosophy of Language

Areas of interest 

Racist and sexist language, diversifying academia, implicit bias, pragmatics, deception

John Turri

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Cognitive Science (on leave)

Areas of interest

Experimental philosophy and cognitive science

Steven Weinstein

Associate Professor (on leave)

Areas of interest

Philosophy of Science (especially Philosophy of Physics), Computation and Information

Judy Wubnig

Professor Emerita

Judy was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1934. She received a BA from Swarthmore in 1955, and her MA and Ph.D. from Yale. Her 1963 dissertation was titled A Study of the Rationality in Kant’s Critique of Aesthetic Judgment. After a short stint as a Lecturer at Northeastern University, she joined the Waterloo Philosophy Department in 1965, where she worked until her retirement in 2002.