Explore metaphysical, epistemological, moral and political questions about selves, agency and communities. Our Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy is the only program of its kind in Canada to have a thematic focus that explores questions about the nature of the self, its relation to others, and the nature and significance of human agency.
Philosophical questions about the self and human agency cut across traditional core areas of philosophy. So, while our program is distinctive in its special thematic focus, our small graduate seminars and student research projects span a broad range of the traditional philosophical fields. Our program draws students who want to work within metaphysics, epistemology or philosophy of mind (for example, on narrative theories of self, epistemic agency, or free will) as well as students who want to work within political philosophy and ethics (for example, on multiculturalism, climate ethics, or moral psychology). The thematic focus means that students working in diverse fields, and from different philosophical perspectives, can productively engage in discussion and learn from one another’s work.
The synergy of our thematic program is evident in the MA Research Seminar, where students share their work in progress while developing their major research papers. Discussion of student projects and research questions in the early stages enables more rapid development of research skills. Peer interaction and philosophical exchange fosters a vibrant graduate community, culminating in our annual MA Conference, where students present their work to a broader audience.
Our small department is noted for its friendliness and the approachability of faculty. Our students get to know our faculty and work closely with them, both in seminars and beyond. Each MA student works particularly closely with a faculty mentor on the major research paper. Our program is welcoming to persons who have often experienced marginalization in the traditions of philosophy, such as women, LGBTQ+, and visible minorities. Moreover, our faculty are supportive of philosophical projects investigating identity and difference in society and in the practices of philosophy itself. Come for a visit and see for yourself.
Our faculty are active scholars and have a number of ongoing research projects, including:
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