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Alison Wylie is joining UBC Philosophy as of July 1

We’re thrilled to announce the newest member of our department: Alison Wylie is joining UBC Philosophy as of July 1. Alison is a major figure in philosophy of social science and feminist philosophy of science, and has a particular interest in history and philosophy of archaeology. Welcome Alison! See for more details about Alison’s research and teaching.

Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable 2017

Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable will be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada on May 19-20. Hosts: Margaret Schabas ( and Daniel Steel ( The Centre for Applied Ethics and the Department of Philosophy at UBC are proud to be lead sponsors of the 2017 […]

The Winner of a Canada Council Killam Research Prize

Dominic Lopes – Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value Ours is an era unrivalled in the richness of its aesthetic achievement. Natural beauty lies within easy reach, design is ubiquitous, and more art is now made than ever before, sometimes using new technologies to yield entirely new forms. Aesthetic opportunities fill every niche and […]

Public Lecture: How Propaganda Works

April 27, 7:00 – 8:30, Buchanan A201 How do we know when we face a democratic crisis? To some degree, new technologies may pose democratic crises. But propaganda has also classically been taken to be a cause of democratic crisis, independently of the medium. In Book VIII of The Republic, Plato argues that democracy’s freedoms will […]

Philosophy Lecture: Hustle: Hidden Agendas in Language

April 28, 3:00 – 5:00, Buchanan A201 Much of the theory of meaning is designed to explain how efficient language is as a means of cooperating. Philosophers and semanticists have focused on explaining data in models in which speaker meaning and semantic content is idealized in various ways. But much communication occurs by what Miranda […]

PhD Graduate Stefan Lukits Awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to UBC Philosophy PhD Stefan Lukits, who will take up a SSHRC postdoc at UofT with Franz Huber!



When I learned that Canada was welcoming 50,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, I felt a sense of urgency around being part of the receiving party, particularly because I myself am an Arabic immigrant to Canada

Degree: Philosophy BA '05, MA '07

Occupation: Medical Officer, Canadian Armed Forces


Philosophy is good preparation for just about anything, as most careers involve critical thinking, and some amount of ethical decision making.



Degree UBC Philosophy BA ’09 Occupation Assistant Professor of Philosophy Biography Philosophy is seen as a relatively isolating enterprise, and while that can be true, I’ve found that it has allowed me to meet some of my closest friends in college and graduate school.  You can really get to know somebody through trying to grasp […]



Degree UBC Philosophy BA, ’08 Occupation Postdoctoral Research Fellow   Biography What attracted you to your current career? That I get paid to write, think, and talk about philosophy 🙂 Philosophy has played a formational role in my personal development.  I was lucky enough to have found philosophy at a young age in my early […]