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  • Bertrand Russell Visiting Professorship 2017 – 2018

    The department invites applications for a Visiting Professorship in Russell & the History of Early Analytic Philosophy, 2017-2018. McMaster University, which houses the Bertrand Russell Archives & the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, is one of the leading centres for research on Russell’s philosophy.

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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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  • Assistant Professor Tenure-Track position to commence July 1, 2017

    AREA of SPECIALIZATION: Philosophy of Mind/Language and AREAS of COMPETENCE: Open, but must be able to teach at least one of the following: political philosophy; philosophy of law; ancient philosophy; environmental philosophy; or feminist philosophy.

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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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  • Congratulations to our Graduate Students

    Congratulations to our 2016-2017 graduate students!

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  • Bertrand Russell Visiting Professorship 2016-17

    The Department of Philosophy welcomes, the 2016-2017 Bertrand Russell Visiting Professor, Dr. Erich Reck.

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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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  • 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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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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