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In a first for the Philosophy Department, Jeremy Fantl taught a course during block week. Philosophical problems and ideas are often motivated with hypothetical scenarios. Films can present philosophically rich scenarios in vivid and compelling detail. In "Philosophy at the Movies," Prof. Fantl and his students looked at a selection of films (and a couple of television episodes) that dramatize philosophical problems, including issues in the philosophy of evidence and knowledge (epistemology), the nature of right and wrong (ethics), how punishment might justified, the possibility of self-sacrifice and moral dilemmas, and what it is to lead a good life.

Zahra Ahmadianhosseini is this year's winner of the Graduate Essay Prize, for her paper "Empty Names and Two-Valued Positive Free Logic". Last year's winners were Samara Burns and Alison McConwell. WInning essays are posted on the Department website.

Congratulations to Evangelian Collings and Darren Corpe for winning the Institute for Liberal Studies 2017 Essay Contest, in the Graduate and Undergraduate categories respectively.

Essay Topic: "Are there moral limits to markets?"

Honorable Mentions to Joshua Stein, Sarah Vooys (Graduate Category) and Mikaela Mackenzie (Undergraduate Category).

Congratulations to Timothy Perkins, who graduated from the Undergraduate Philosophy BA Honors Program this Spring and has since also been accepted into the Department's Masters Program.

Supervisor: C. Kenneth Waters

Honors Thesis: Are Pathways really just Mechanisms? A case for analyzing scientific terms as they are used

Future Plans: "My post-graduation future fell into place nicely as I have been fortunate enough to be accepted into the Masters program in the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary. I plan to continue working with my honours adviser, Professor C. Kenneth Waters and his team of graduate student researchers, and possibly expand upon the ideas which inspired my honours thesis. Ultimately, my goal is to pursue a PhD in philosophy."

Congratulations to Troy Klassen, our newest alumnus.  He graduated from the Department of Philosophy Honors Program with first class distinctions.  

Supervisor: Lorraine Markotic

Honors Thesis: Silence in Continental Thought & Literature

Future Plans: "I will be applying to graduate programs in Philosophy and Comparative Literature this Fall. In the meantime, I'm working on the family farm. I hope that one day I'll be able to find, in a corner of a university somewhere, a small stuffy office full of books to hide in."

 

What is the ultimate nature of reality? What does it take to know how the world works? How should we construct a just society? And how can we lead good lives?

Philosophy draws on and contributes to work in a variety of disciplines — linguistics, psychology, computer science, religious studies, biology, physics, and sociology — to investigate these questions. Philosophers develop practical reasoning and writing skills that lead to success in graduate school, business school, law school, medical school, and beyond.

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