Department of Philosophy


Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Philosophers study the deep intellectual problems that underlie or unify other disciplines in the sciences and humanities.

Philosophy investigates fundamental questions about the nature of things—about the universe as a whole, about human beings, society, science, ethics and art. As a philosophy student, you will learn about the basic intellectual foundation for our political, social and legal systems, as well as our understanding of the principles of modern science and technology. You will explore deep theoretical, practical and moral issues that do not easily fit into more specialized disciplines. Philosophy will challenge you with its reflective and critical approach to important, often puzzling, questions about the nature of right and wrong, time and space perception, and the human mind.

Department Highlights

F.E.L. Priestley Lecture Series | Dr. Steven Pinker, Harvard University

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7-9 p.m.

Pinker is an experimental cognitive psychologist and a widely-read writer on language, mind, and human nature.  A native of Montreal, he earned his bachelor’s degree at McGill University, his PhD from Harvard in 1979, and currently teaches at Harvard University, where he is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology. 

Today, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding—and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. Why do we find ourselves flooded with fake news, medical quackery, conspiracy theorizing, and “post-truth” rhetoric? It can’t be that humans are just an irrational species — cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and discovered the benchmarks for rationality itself.

ICYMI Video: PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Katharina Stevens

Philosophy professor, Dr. Katharina Stevens, presented Arguing Without Being Cruel: What Morality Has to Say About How We Should Give Reasons on September 23rd as part of the PUBlic Professor Series.

Department News

The Department of Philosophy is internationally recognized for the quality of research conducted by its faculty members.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 from the Faculty of Arts & Science

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours and can't wait to see what you do next. We are so proud of …

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Interdisciplinary Teaching Brings Three Classes Together to Explore Issues from Different Perspectives

Environmental anthropologist and associate professor Dr. Jodie Asselin believes interdisciplinarity might be our only hope. This idea led to the inaugural Tri-Disciplinary Consortium, where 122 students across three disciplines worked together to …

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PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Kent Peacock

Philosophy professor, Dr. Kent Peacock, shares his research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series. Here you can access the original talk as well as a newly recorded Q&A (recorded in summer 2020) …

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

Career Bridge


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Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

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