Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!

We offer a variety of programs and courses that will help build your skillset, whether you want a career in the medical field, are thinking of going to law school, or want to become an engineer, computer scientist, writer or artist. We also offer exciting undergraduate and graduate programs, including a BA Honors program, a new Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics and a new course-based MA program. If you are new to Philosophy and are wondering what philosophers study and what you can do with a Philosophy degree, take a look at this brief guide to the field of philosophy and its uses.


Undergraduate Degree Program

Over the course of our four-year program, you will learn how to interpret philosophical arguments, engage in philosophical discussions, pursue original avenues of research and acquire reasoning and argumentative skills unmatched by any other discipline.

Honors Degree Program

If you would like to take your understanding of Philosophy a step further and pursue your interests in a more focused way, consider enrolling in our Honors program. You will acquire a broad knowledge of philosophy, hone your independent research skills, delve deep into a topic of interest, learn how to write a longer research essay and work closely with a faculty member who will supervise your Honors Thesis.

Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics in the Faculty of Arts positions students to become ethical leaders in the humanities, business, civil service, law, healthcare, science and other professions. The curriculum provides a broad understanding of central ethical theories together with core competencies in their application to emerging ethical issues in individual and social life. The Certificate in Ethics is a valuable credential for new professionals, public and private sector employees, and those planning to pursue graduate degrees.

Graduate Programs - MA + PhD

We offer well-rounded MA and PhD programs that cover the study of traditional areas of philosophy including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic and the history of philosophy, especially ancient, medieval and early modern. We are also proud to offer teachings in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, political philosophy, environmental ethics, Indian philosophy and certain areas of continental philosophy.

fall Term 2024
tr 5:00-6:20 p.M.

RELIG 397/PHIL 301- The Bhagavad Gītā: Yoga and Immortality

The Bhagavadgītā is one of the most influential wisdom texts within the history of South Asia. This course explores the Bhagavadgītā's approaches to philosophy, lived religion, and psychology. We will critically explore its central themes and doctrinal contexts, such as yogic practices of meditation and ethics, psychologies of happiness and suffering, metaphysics of oneness and panpsychism, and theories of self-identity and consciousness. We will also situate the Bhagavadgītā in its historical contexts, and inquire into its political and religious influences in modern India and its reception in contemporary spirituality.

This course will be fully online (synchronous). We will engage the Bhagavadgītā in a highly interactive format that emphasizes shared inquiry, active learning, collaborative research projects, and community building. Students will work together to produce an innovative virtual exhibit in lieu of traditional marking assignments.

Dr. Neil Dalal

winter Term 2025
MWF 12:00–12:50 p.M. 

PHIL 422/phil 522 - Topics in Advanced Symbolic Logic/Topics in Logic: Applied Logic

Logic has applications not only in philosophy, but in several other disciplines including mathematics, informatics, computer science and linguistics. The goal of this course is to showcase a range of applications.

Starting from 2-valued propositional and predicate logic, we will spend a week or so on intuitionistic logic, alethic modal logics, tense logics, Hoare & dynamic logic, default logic, 3- & 4-valued logics, relevance logics, Lambek calculuses, combinatory logic & lambda-calculus and structurally free logic. These logics constitute a small selection from the logics that are utilized in practice, and you will be encouraged to explore more deeply a logic that fits your interests and present your findings in class.

Dr. Katalin Bimbó 

  • Beyond Philosophy

    The Philosophy Department was the original home for Education, Psychology and Sociology. Your philosophy education isn't limited to one discipline.

  • Historic Roots

    Anthony Mardiros, an Australian who chaired the Department in the 1960s, studied with prominent philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein at Cambridge during the Second World War.

  • Royal Society of Canada

    The Department is home to two members of the Royal Society of Canada: Jeffry Pelletier and Bernard Linsky (both Professors Emeritus).

Featured Philosopher  

Professor Ingo Brigandt works in philosophy of biology, feminist philosophy of science, and philosophy of cognitive science. In addition to the intersection of science, values, and society, he is interested in conceptual engineering. Conceptual engineering examines when to discard harmful concepts, when to revise and improve flawed concepts, and how to create concepts that adequately satisfy environmental, social-political, and other aims. He is currently writing a book on how one should scientifically represent, explain, and appraise human cognitive diversity.



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Congratulations to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School - 2024 Alberta High School Ethics Bowl Champions

Eight teams (approximately 90 students in all) competed in the 2024 Alberta High School Ethics Bowl hosted by the University of Alberta, March 9th, 2024. 

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