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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!

Amer

Amer

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

Patrick

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

Vida

Vida

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 […]

Ted

Ted

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 teens.  […]

Miriam

Miriam

Degree UBC Philosophy BA, ’13 Occupation Policy Analyst, Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation Biography The possibility of addressing societal issues and inequities through improved government actions and policies.  Constantly learning about and speaking to experts and stakeholders in other fields (economists, lawyers, health experts, etc.)  Makes the most of my favorite skills of […]

Nilofar

Nilofar

Degree UBC Philosophy BA ’03 Occupation Instructor, Liberal Arts Program Biography Imagined myself as a teacher or university professor. Teaching gives me an opportunity to remain in academic environment, to put my knowledge and experience in use, and finally to inform students and learn from them.  It also enables me to continuously upgrade my understanding […]

Kate

Kate

Degree UBC Philosophy BA ’08 Occupation Archivist/Records Analyst Biography UBC’s Department of Philosophy sparked in me a lifelong fascination with epistemology, such that I was immediately taken with the way archivists explore the relationship between truth and recorded information. I think that spending four years learning to make sense of complex philosophical ideas gave me […]