Areas of Strength

The Philosophy Department at the University of Alberta is small, but offers a well-rounded program in many areas of philosophy. These include the traditional areas of metaphysics, ethics, logic, and the history of philosophy. Besides these areas, we have particular strengths in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, feminist and political philosophy, biomedical ethics, and certain areas of modern and 20th century philosophy. There are currently two Canada Research Chairs in the department: Kathrin Koslicki holds a Tier 1 Chair in Metaphysics and Epistemology, and Ingo Brigandt holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Biology. Several members of the department hold grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research in areas such as as philosophy of the biological and cognitive sciences, feminist philosophy and bodily experience, early 20th century Anglo-American philosophy, and early modern philosophy of the 17th century.

The faculty of the department includes at least two people actively working and publishing in the following areas:
  • Aesthetics
  • Continental philosophy (including 19th century background)
  • Ethics and applied ethics (especially bioethics and environmental ethics)
  • Feminist philosophy
  • History and philosophy of science (especially biology and cognitive science)
  • Logic and the philosophy of logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Social and political philosophy (including its history)
  • Early modern philosophy (both continental and British)
  • 19th century philosophy (especially in Germany)
  • Early 20th century Analytic philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy

There are also specialists in Ancient Philosophy (especially Aristotle) in the department. Faculty in other departments add expertise in areas such as Plato, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, humanities computing, and so forth. The department has plans to add other faculty members in the near future.