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  • Eleventh annual conference of the Leibniz Society of North America

    LSNA CONFERENCE 2017 – The Eleventh Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America, co-hosted by the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Toronto on October 13–15, 2017.

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  • “Governance, Legality, and Political Morality Beyond the State” Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2017

    The 2017 Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership Philosophy of Law Conference “Governance, Legality, and Political Morality Beyond the State” takes place Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 1, 2017 (Burlington, Ontario).

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  • Representation & Evaluation Conference June 23 – 25, 2017

    “Does moral thought and language have representational purport?” June 23–25, 2017, Vancouver, BC. Jointly sponsored by the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the philosophy departments at UBC & McMaster University, and SSHRC.

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  • Congratulations to our 2017 – 2018 Graduate Students

    Another successful year for our graduate students!

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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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  • Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy October 14 to 16, 2016

    The Cdn. Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy brings together Cdn. & Int’l scholars working on various topics in ancient Greek & Roman philosophy at the 3rd biannual Colloquium. Keynotes: Charlotte Witt (U New Hampshire) & Stephen Menn (McGill).

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  • INSTITUTE ON ETHICS & POLICY FOR INNOVATION (IEPI)

    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.


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