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Discover our programs

Our undergraduate programs encourage critical thinking and help you effectively communicate your thoughts about challenging and inspiring questions.

Undergraduate programs
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Events and announcements

View our schedule of colloquia events and read our latest announcements.

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How philosophy can guide your career path

A degree in philosophy can give graduates transferable skills that can be applied to any career.

Possible careers
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What we're writing

Browse our faculty members' latest publications.

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What we're reading

Take a look at what our faculty members are presently reading.

Faculty reading list

Ask the big questions. Think the big ideas.

Philosophy explores, in a rational and critical way, the complex and ever-evolving questions that we face in our everyday lives. Issues such as the nature of truth, knowledge, justice, meaning and beauty are central to its inquiries.

Join the conversation and find your edge in philosophy

The big questions of philosophy are universal and relevant to issues facing humanity and the ethical dilemmas we each face every day. What you study in philosophy you can apply to any discipline such as medicine, science, politics and law.

Philosophy places a distinctive emphasis on students’ critically reflecting on their beliefs and values, thoughtfully engaging with others’ positions, and articulating good reasons for their own. In this way, the value of philosophy extends far beyond its subject matter.”

—Patrick Rysiew, Chair

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The Philosophy Department is committed to providing an environment for all students, staff, and faculty that is safe, inclusive, and respectful.  We affirm the diverse identities of persons and the rights all individuals have to be treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, class, or national origin. This basic commitment entails, among other things, specific recognition and support for trans, queer, two-spirited, and non-binary people and we respect individuals’ rights to self-determination and self-description.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.