Department Colloquium: Shane Hickey, "Painfully Good: The Moral Dimension of Aquinas' Pain," Friday, January 30th, 3:30 PM, Edwards School of Business (ESB) Room 112.
Philosophy in the Community: Matthew Dean, "Free Will and Moral Responsibility: What Does It Mean to Be Free?", Wednesday, February 11th, 7:00 PM, The Refinery (Emmanuel Anglican Church basement), 609 Dufferin Ave.
The 2015 Edwards Family Lecture in Business Ethics: Professor David Dick (Department of Philosophy and Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary), "The Hobbesian Approach to Business Ethics," Friday, February 27th, 3:30 - 5:00 PM, Goodspeed Theatre (Room 18), Edwards School of Business.
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Philosophy has been a presence at the University of Saskatchewan for fully 100 years. Dr. Walter C. Murray, first President of the University, taught the first philosophy course here in 1909. The first Department Head was Ira MacKay and there have since been eleven more. Fr. Basil Markle began teaching scholastic philosophy in the Department in 1926; in 1936 he moved to the Department of Philosophy at the newly founded St. Thomas More College, the Catholic liberal arts college federated with the University. In the 1960s the main Department expanded to nine members under Dr. Leonard Miller (Head from 1961-1978). Recent changes have seen many new faces in the faculty, with four of the eight current members of the Department having been hired since 1999.
The Philosophy Department has a thriving graduate program, in 2010-2011 numbering 15 Masters Students and one interdisciplinary Ph.D. student. Current and recent students in our programs have secured 14 scholarships, including 4 prestigious SSHRCs; in a typical year we have a further 3 to 6 students holding Graduate Teaching Fellowships. The graduate program brings together 13 Philosophy faculty members from our Department and St. Thomas More College, and an additional 5 associate and affiliated members from U of S faculty.