Department of Philosophy

While the pursuit of knowledge is now compartmentalized according to specialized disciplines, philosophy continues to address larger questions about the nature of truth, goodness, beauty and reality.

Interested in Philosophy?

Studying Philosophy at Lakehead University you will learn:

  • fundamental concepts in Philosophy (from Ancient Greek to modern Continental)
    and what's philosophy without a bit of Freud?
  • apply ethical reasoning to contemporary life
  • analyze and interpret arguments
  • ...and much more. Check out all the Learning Objectives for a degree in Philosophy.

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is concerned with the most fundamental questions: "What is truth? What is knowledge? What is the good? What is justice? How should we live?" However, philosophy is not just a subject of study but a discipline involving the practical skills of thinking.

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Philosophy will Include:

  • study of assumptions and concepts in science and society
  • examination and criticism of fundamental ideas
  • critical and practical thinking


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In Memoriam Dr. Ryan Anthony McInerney

In Memoriam Dr. Ryan Anthony McInerney (1987-2021) It is with profound sadness the Department of Philosophy announces the passing of Dr. Ryan... full story

Dr. Ryan McInerney Publishes Book with Bloomsbury Academic

The Department of Philosophy congratulates Dr. Ryan McInerney on his publication, Philosophy and the Metaphysical Achievements of Education,... full story

Listen to Dr. Todd Dufresne’s Ideas lectures now

Last week, Dr. Dufresne provided three lectures to the CBC’s Ideas, which build on his 2019 book, The Democracy of Suffering: Life on the Edge of... full story

Interview with Dr. Todd Dufresne about his new book, The Democracy of Suffering

BW: What can you tell us about your new book? TD: In The Democracy of Suffering I examine climate change in the light of philosophy and... full story