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Joseph Conrad Wins 2017 Adam Smith Prize

He has won the award for his essay entitled “Distributive Justice and the Needs of the Poor in the Writings of Adam Smith.” The Adam Smith Prize is given each year for the best research paper submitted in Philosophy 362/Economics 318: History and Philosophy of Economics from Aristotle to Adam Smith. Many thanks to the […]

The Metaphysics of Love Workshop 2. December 4th, 2017

What? A day of talks and an evening of art exploring romantic love   When? Talks: 9am-4.30pm Screenings: 7.30pm December 4th   Where? Talks: Buchanan D324  Screenings: The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street   How much? It’s free!   —For email to past attendees— Dear XXXX,   Last year you attended Carrie Jenkins’s workshop on […]

Instructor in Logic: Position

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Department of Philosophy.  The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Logic at the rank of Instructor, in UBC’s educational leadership stream. Start date: July 1, 2018. This is a full-time tenure-track appointment. A PhD in Philosophy prior […]

UBC Department of Philosophy Colloquium – Kelin Emmett

  Kelin Emmett, University of British columbia October 20, 2017 / 4:00 – 5:30 pm / BUCH A103   Refusing to Will the Means   Abstract: Many Kantians believe that hypothetical imperatives depend on categorical imperatives for their normativity. I argue that this view stems from a prevalent, but mistaken, understanding of hypothetical imperatives as […]



Degree UBC Philosophy BA, ’06 Occupation Research Analyst and Consultant for HR Biography Philosophy allows me to take my training and interest in ethics and apply it in a challenging context: helping HR professionals to advocate for employee wellbeing in various business contexts. It provides the opportunity to take theories and ideas that have a […]



Degree UBC Philosophy BA, ’01 Occupation Real Estate Professional/Entrepreneur Biography What attracted you to your current career? The flexibility of my own schedule because I am also a full-time mother.  Fascinated by the real estate market and love working with people. Looking back, what role did philosophy play in your personal development? – Critical thinking […]

Go Global with UBC philosophy and sociology in Guatemala.

Go Global with UBC philosophy and sociology in Guatemala.

Can Philosophers do Field Work?   Come and find out!  Study Power and Oppression and Theories of Civil Society, on location in rural Guatemala, summer term One 2018!  Earn six credits of upperlevel Arts coursework (Philosophy 335, Sociology 430), while experiencing the impacts of poverty and globalization firsthand, through a UBC Global Seminar.  Open to […]

Congratulations to our recent MA and PhD Graduates

Three of our MA students, Bianca Crewe, Sophia Sideris and Jo Wong, have completed their program at the end of the summer term. Doctoral student Jiwon Byun successfully defended her thesis, “Thomas Henry Huxley’s Agnostic Philosophy of Science,” on July 31, 2017. All will receive their degrees at Congregation in November. Congratulations and we wish […]

Congratulations to Dominic Mclver Lopes, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

LOPES, Dominic McIver – Department of Philosophy, The University of British Columbia Dominic Lopes has proposed new theories of images and their value, the nature of computer and digital art, the nature of art in general, and the special place of aesthetic value in the human experience. In six books and many articles, he has […]

Welcome Back, Returning Philosophy Undergraduates – Reception/Panels on Imagine UBC Day

Dear philosophy students,   Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 5, between 2-4 p.m., for a welcome-back reception and light-hearted panel discussions of subjects of potential interest to philosophy undergraduate students.   You’ll have a chance to query some of our faculty (including the undergraduate majors advisor) who will be impaneled to discuss:   What […]