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  • Bertrand Russell Society Annual Meeting 2018

    Bertrand Russell Society Annual Meeting 2018, McMaster University, June 22-24, 2018
    100 Years of Philosophy and Political Action

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  • Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy

    The 7th annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, 19-21 June 2018.

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  • McMaster philosopher leads principles on genetic manipulation

    Deliberate modifications to mosquitoes can prevent diseases but ethics and guiding principles for greater transparency are critical.

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  • Philosophy majors have bright careers ahead

    Graduates of philosophy programs perform better than peers on medicine, law school and other post graduate degree entrance exams.

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  • Philosopher named Royal Society Fellow

    A McMaster Philosopher is among the newest Fellows of The Royal Society of Canada. Barry Allen, professor of philosophy, has been elected to the Academy of Arts & Humanities.

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    This new program directed by Dr. Claudia Emerson and based in the Department of Philosophy uses cutting-edge research and on-the-ground knowledge to analyse ethics involving global health and development.

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  • Winner of the MSU Excellence in Teaching Award – Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa

    Congratulations to our own Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa who was awarded the MSU Excellence in Teaching Award in the Faculty of Humanities for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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  • Bertrand Russell Society’s Book of the Year Award

    Congratulations to our PhD graduates, Jolen Galaugher and Gulberk Koc, who have recently published their doctoral theses on Russell as books, and each also won the Bertrand Russell Society’s Book of the Year Award, against very stiff competition.

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Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University, a vibrant, research-oriented department offering courses of study leading to the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. We embrace a variety of approaches to philosophical study and consider the breadth of our faculty expertise to be one of the advantages of our degree programs. Our research and teaching strengths include both continental and analytical perspectives, legal and political philosophy and ethics as well as epistemology and metaphysics, and strength in the history of philosophy from ancient through modern to twentieth-century thought. Browse our site to find out more about the department and please contact us with any questions you may have.


Experiential Learning Opportunity: Philosophy with Children Applied Humanities Course 

If you are interested in applying your philosophical education, engaging in community outreach, gaining experience teaching philosophy, and working with primary school children, you may be interested in taking HUMAN 4W03: Project WHY? – Philosophy, Pedagogy, & Community.

Taught by Dr. Sikkema, an accredited specialist philosophy teacher with The Philosophy Foundation, this course will explore some fundamental issues in the philosophy of education, train students in the philosophical enquiry method, and, in collaboration with McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU), provide students with the opportunity to facilitate philosophical enquiry sessions in primary schools in Hamilton.  We believe doing so is important for the following reasons. Read More


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