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About the Philosophy Department

Submitted by dfto on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 8:14pm

The Department

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary offers undergraduate and graduate (M.A., Ph.D.) degrees in philosophy. It is a medium size department, with currently 21 permanent research faculty, 18 Ph.D. students and 11 M.A. students.

The department's research strengths lie in two broad areas. One is ethics (including applied ethics) and political philosophy. The other is metaphysics, with aspects in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, logic and philosophy of language (The department offers a undergraduate and M.A. degrees with concentration in History and Philosophy of Science). However, individual faculty interests range across all the main topics in philosophy, both contemporary and historical.

The University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a major research university located in one of Canada's most dynamic cities. The 123 hectare campus houses over 23,000 full and part-time students pursuing Bachelor, Master's, and PhD degrees in diversified programs through 16 faculties and 60 teaching departments with over 1700 teaching faculty. University resources include a medical school, an environmental science center, an astrophysical observatory, five libraries, theatres, museums, art galleries, and some of the finest athletic facilities in the world -- a legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The university library's philosophy holdings exceed 15,000 titles and include all the major philosophy journals.

The City of Calgary

The city of Calgary sits in rolling foothills about an hour's drive east of Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. With its growing population of almost 1,000,000 people, Calgary is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, energy, multicultural nature, and highly educated workforce. Often referred to as the petroleum capital of Canada, it houses the second highest concentration of corporate head offices in the country. It has an excellent symphony, numerous professional dance and theater companies, and world-class recreational opportunities for skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, biking, kayaking, and canoeing.