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  • Tenure-Track position to commence July 1, 2018

    Area of specialization: Value Theory and Areas of competence: Open. The department is particularly interested in candidates with research and teaching interests in applied ethics and feminist philosophy.

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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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    11th 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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  • BTS … Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2017

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

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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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    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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