Department of Philosophy

Why study Philosophy?

Learn how to think, discuss and write about abstract ideas. Discover how philosophy contributes to disciplines as diverse as sociology and computer science. You'll develop skills that lead to success in a wide range of graduate studies, and beyond.


Why Gender and Sexuality Studies?

The interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSXS) program (formerly Women’s Studies WMST) focuses on issues of gender and sexuality, as well as race, class, disability, citizenship/documentation, age, and environmental issues. The program is defined by intersectional feminism and is global in scope. Issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion feature in all GSXS courses. GSXS instructors are committed to collaborative and participatory classrooms, decolonial learning, and a human rights agenda.

The supportive and welcoming attitudes of the members of the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary fostered a collaborative environment that allowed me to thrive personally and academically.

Makmiller Pedroso

PhD'12, Assistant Professor, Towson University

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Undergraduate programs

Philosophy

Learn to answer the big questions. What is the ultimate nature of reality? How should we construct a just society? And how can we lead good lives?

UCalgary student Nolan Hill

Undergraduate programs

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Are you interested in exploring concepts like racism, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual identity? Do you see connections between the classroom and the community? Are you attuned to the pressing social issues of our times? Consider the Gender and Sexuality Studies program. Join the discussion, learn from other students, and deepen your critical thinking skills.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Graduate programs

MA and PhD programs

Our department is a vibrant philosophical community. You will benefit from graduate seminars, an active visiting speakers series and regular research group meetings. Add your voice to our community.


Philosophy and Gender and Sexuality Studies news and announcements


In Memoriam: Kai Nielsen

Dr. Kai Nielsen, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, was one of Canada's most prominent social and political philosophers...

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Dr. David Liebesman explains language, reality, and the relationship between the two

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New topics courses for spring and summer 2021

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Dr. Richard Zach wins a 25th anniversary prize from the Association of Symbolic Logic

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In the media


In the News: Kai Nielsen, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, in Daily Nous

Kai Nielsen (1926-2021)

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In the News: Rebecca Sullivan, English, on Global News

Calgary University professor highlights danger of posting controversial comments online

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In the News: Rebecca Sullivan, English/Women's Studies, in The Wire

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' – But It's Heating Up on Social Media

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In the News: Rebecca Sullivan, English/Women's Studies, in CBC News Calgary

'Our histories are complicated': Famous Five fought a good but imperfect fight

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