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Congratulations to Irwin Chan, winner of the 2016/17 Brian Laetz Essay Prize

Warm congratulations to PhD candidate Irwin Chan, who is the winner of the Brian Laetz Graduate Essay competition for his essay “And you, Brutus?” Thank you to all students who entered the contest for their excellent submissions. For further information:    

Announcement of Deputy Academic Director | UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Announcement from the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology: We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Christina Hendricks as the new Deputy Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.  Dr. Hendricks begins her role July 1, 2017 with a 3-year appointment. Christina is currently Professor of Teaching in the Department […]

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

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 compete for attention, […]

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!