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    Bertrand Russell Visiting Professorship

    The Department of Philosophy invites applications for a Visiting Professorship in Russell and the History of Early Analytic Philosophy. Review of applications will commence on April 30, 2016.

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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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    Dr. Josiah Ober – Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor

    The Departments of Philosophy and Classics are proud to welcome Dr. Josiah Ober as their Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dr. Ober’s public lecture, “Democracy and Liberalism”, will take place on March 17th at 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the University Club. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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    MSU Excellence in Teaching Award 2014-2015

    Congratulations to our own Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa who has recently been 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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    Congratulations to our Graduate Students

    Congratulations to our graduate students: external fellowships and awards for 2015-2016 include 3 SSHRC CGS Master’s Scholarships, 12 OGS awards, 1 Harry Lyman Hooker Sr. Doctoral Fellowship, 1 International Excellence Award, and 1 Whidden Graduate Scholarship. Well Done!

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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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