The Department of Philosophy at McMaster University is a vibrant, research-oriented department offering both M.A. and Ph.D. programs. We embrace a variety of approaches to philosophical study and consider the breadth of expertise of our 13 tenured and tenure-track faculty to be one of the advantages of our degree programs. Our research and teaching strengths include both continental and analytic 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.
The McMaster department regularly hosts international conferences and workshops. Graduate students are heavily involved in these events, as both presenters and organizers. There is also a weekly visiting speaker series during the teaching term. The speaker series is preceded and followed by social events, in which the whole department community is able to come together. There are always several reading groups in progress. Graduate students are encouraged to attend department meetings, and are considered full members of the community.
McMaster houses the Institute for Ethics and Policy Innovation (IEPI), a major international centre for global health care ethics research. The director, Claudia Emerson, is an Associate Professor in the philosophy department. Many of our graduate students work for IEPI as research fellows. In addition, McMaster houses the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, and is home to the Russell Archives. The department hosts many visiting scholars and events in the history of analytic philosophy. We have a vibrant community of students and faculty working in legal and political philosophy, and are a member of the Ontario Legal Partnership. Graduate students (both M.A. and Ph.D.) have the opportunity to supplement their studies with diplomas in Gender Studies and Feminist Research and in Water Without Borders.