Why Philosophy?

Obtain a strong perspective on the importance of ethics, how humans think, and the need for clear and consistent thinking with TWU’s Philosophy Degree.

Why Philosophy?

Obtain a strong perspective on the importance of ethics, how humans think, and the need for clear and consistent thinking with TWU’s Philosophy Degree.

With a faculty of dedicated and experienced professionals, our Philosophy program aims to challenge and improve your logical and critical-thinking skills.

You will learn about historic thinkers and influential writings that have shaped the world, while creatively engaging in solving some of the most significant problems facing contemporary culture. You will develop the skills to understand and evaluate ideas. Through our philosophy courses, you will refine your perspectives on the importance of ethics, how humans think, and the need to think consistently and clearly. A Philosophy degree prepares you for many career opportunities including law, business, and government.

OUR PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM OFFERS:

  • An major in Philosophy leading to a BA (Honours) degree
  • A major in Philosophy leading to a BA degree
  • A concentration
  • A minor

ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE:

“At TWU I was able to ask any question and be taken seriously by my professors. More than that, they gave me the tools to pursue answers for myself and then encouraged me on that journey. The training in philosophy I received at TWU helped to shape and prepare me for my graduate studies at Oxford.”

CARL HILDEBRAND, PHILOSOPHY D.PHIL., OXFORD


SAMPLE COURSES

PHIL 103 • Introduction to Logic

An analysis of the use of reasoning in ordinary language. Students are introduced to deductive logic by learning how to recognize arguments by identifying some common fallacies and by learning several methods of assessing the quality of arguments.

PHIL 384 • Suffering and Belief in God

This course explores ways in which the existence of suffering intersects with the concept of an allknowing, all-powerful, perfectly good God. Topics include the logical problem of evil, evidential arguments from suffering, original sin, everlasting suffering, divine providence, and human freedom.

PHIL 490 • Philosophy of Mind

An exploration of mind-body problems through consideration of various philosophical theories on the nature of human consciousness. Why does our most successful means of accounting for the existence and behavior of everything else in our world, namely, the natural sciences, come up short of accounting for our point of view on everything else in our world?


AFTER GRADUATION

Philosophy graduates are prepared to continue post-graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanties focusing on English, History and Philosophy including as a stepping stone to doctoral studies, or a variety of other career options often in the areas of law, research, politics or journalism.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Honours
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Minor
Concentration

Important Dates

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Liberal Arts Core

Our graduates have an education that gives them expertise in their fields, and tools and resources to be thinkers, influencers, and leaders in society.

Careers in Philosophy
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Philosophy graduates find careers in:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • International work
  • Missions
  • Public service,
  • Christian ministry
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Research

Faculty Profiles

Tyler Chamberlain, M.A., Ph.D.

Instructor in Political Studies and Philosophy; Campus Liaison for the Laurentian Leadership Centre

Robert Doede, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Grant Havers, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy and Political Studies

Myron Penner, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Director
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities
Director, Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning

Phillip Wiebe, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy; MAIH