Teaching & Research in the Department

The Department maintains a wide range of research interests, covering the traditional areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic and the history of philosophy, as well as having particular strengths in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, feminist and political philosophy, biomedical ethics, and certain areas of modern and the history of 20th century philosophy. It is thus able to offer graduate supervision in most areas of philosophy. Each term 6-7 graduate seminars are offered, with some other courses also open to graduate students. At any one time, there may be several reading groups available on a variety of topics. The department also maintains a lively colloquium series, often with distinguished visitors from outside the university.  

Opportunities for interdisciplinary work are available in many fields. The Philosophy Department cooperates frequently with the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, Computing Science, History & Classics, and Women's Studies Program, with the interdisciplinary programs in Humanities Computing and Religious Studies, and with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.  One member of staff specializes in medical ethics and is cross-appointed to the Faculties of Nursing and Public Health, another specialized in Indian Philosophy and is cross-appointed with Religious Studies, and yet another is cross-appointed with Humanities Computing. The Department includes two Canada Research Chairs, with a third Adjunct to the Department and active in graduate teaching and supervision in the Department, and three are members of the Royal Society of Canada. Other faculty members serve on the staff and advisory councils of various interdisciplinary programs. Many members of the Department of Philosophy have served as examiners for other Departments, and vice-versa.