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University of Western Ontario

Academic Year: 
2016 - 2017

Department Name

Department of Philosophy

Department Chair

Andrew Botterell,
Associate Professor

Degrees Offered

Ph.D., Terminal Masters

Areas of Specialization Offered

Value Theory, Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Psychology, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Science Logic and Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Decision Theory, History & Philosophy of Science (HPS), Logic, Philosophy of Biology, Early Modern Philosophy (17th & 18th Century), Continental/European Philosophy (including Kant), History of Philosophy, 19th/20th Century Philosophy

Financial Aid

Teaching Fellowships:
Non-Teaching Fellowships:
Teaching Assistantships:
52
Scholarships:
80
Students teaching their own classes:
0
Other Financial Information:
$750 per year of travel funding to present papers at conferences (students must apply); some research assistantships. Students beyond the four years of funding may apply for part-time teaching.

Faculty


Members

Michael Anderson, Professor
Gillian Barker, Assistant Professor
John Bell, Professor
Andrew Botterell, Associate Professor
David Bourget, Assistant Professor
Louis Charland, Professor
Eric Desjardins, Assistant Professor
Robert DiSalle, Professor
Corey Dyck, Associate Professor
Lorne Falkenstein, Professor
Helen Fielding, Associate Professor
Devin Henry, Associate Professor
Benjamin Hill, Associate Professor
Tracy Isaacs, Professor
Dennis Klimchuk, Associate Professor
Henrik Lagerlund, Professor
Carolyn McLeod, Professor
Angela Mendelovici, Assistant Professor
Michael Milde, Associate Professor & Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Wayne Myrvold, Professor
Kathleen Okruhlik, Associate Professor
Anthony Skelton, Associate Professor
Christopher Smeenk, Associate Professor
Robert Stainton, Distinguished University Professor
Jackie Sullivan, Assistant Professor
John Thorp, Associate Professor
Christopher Viger, Associate Professor
Charles Weijer, Professor
William Harper, Professor Emeritus

Demographics

Ph.D.


Program Strengths

Western is a well-respected philosophy department with an international reputation in philosophy of science and recognized strength and depth in: history; moral, legal, and political philosophy; feminist philosophy; mind and language. The Department is home to the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, whose mission is to bring philosophers into productive engagement with scientists, policy makers and the public. Both the Institute and the Department are lively research communities with a steady calendar of events, conferences, workshops and visiting speakers. The Department and the Rotman Institute collaborate with the Brain and Mind Institute, affording graduate students an opportunity to become part of the Lab Associate Program. Graduate students at Western receive part of their funding from Graduate Teaching Assistantships. In addition to teaching opportunities, TA-ships may also be as editorial assistants for The Feminist Philosophy Quarterly and as assistants in the Centre for Digital Philosophy and PhilPapers. The range of possibilities for student involvement and training at Western provides many exciting opportunities appealing to broad interests.

Student Demographics

Degrees Awarded

Ph.D. Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

In State: 
$6,740
Out of State: 
$16,612
Number of Required Courses: 
7
Additional Information: 
Students in the regular program (who come with a Masters) take 6 courses plus a prospectus course. Students who are admitted into the direct entry program (from their undergraduate degree; 5 year program) must take 11 courses plus a prospectus course.

Ph.D. Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts: 
Yes
Writing Sample: 
Yes
Minimum GPA Required?: 
Yes
GPA: 
3.30
Letters of Recommendation: 
2
GRE Required?: 
No
TOEFL Required?: 
No
Other Requirements: 
Though unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the on-line applications, students who are admitted must supply official transcripts to the University before registration.

Master's


Program Strengths

Western is a well-respected philosophy department with an international reputation in philosophy of science and recognized strength and depth in: history; moral, legal, and political philosophy; feminist philosophy; mind and language. The Department is home to the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, whose mission is to bring philosophers into productive engagement with scientists, policy makers and the public. Both the Institute and the Department are lively research communities with a steady calendar of events, conferences, workshops and visiting speakers. The Department and the Rotman Institute collaborate with the Brain and Mind Institute, affording graduate students an opportunity to become part of the Lab Associate Program. Graduate students at Western receive part of their funding from Graduate Teaching Assistantships. In addition to teaching opportunities, TA-ships may also be as editorial assistants for The Feminist Philosophy Quarterly and as assistants in the Centre for Digital Philosophy and PhilPapers. The range of possibilities for student involvement and training at Western provides many exciting opportunities appealing to broad interests.

Student Demographics

Master's Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

In State: 
$6,740
Out of State: 
$16,612
Number of Required Courses: 
6
Additional Information: 
Students must also complete a summer research project following their course work.

Master's Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts Required?: 
Yes
Writing SampleRequired?: 
Yes
GPA: 
3.30
Letters of Recommendation: 
2
GRE Required?: 
No
GPA Required?: 
Yes
TOEFL Required?: 
No
Other Requirements: 
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the online application but students who are admitted must supply official transcripts before they may be registered.

Types of Master's

Terminal Master's: 
Yes

Placement


Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2011 - 2015