Skip to main content
KPU Surrey Campus

You are here

News

Latest entries added at top of page. 

STUDENT SUCCESS

The department congratulates former KPU Philosophy major Michael Labelle, who is in the midst of his first year at University of Calgary Law School.  Way to go, Michael!
 

Philosophy Awards 2013

The philosophy department is pleased to announce awards of up to $1500 to individual students who show excellence in the pursuit of philosophy.  The awards are open to students in the Bachelor of Arts, or Associate of Arts, program.  Preference will be given to those who have declared philosophy as their major or minor, and to students enrolled in the Associate of Arts - Philosophy program. All qualified students are automatically considered for these awards.

The department is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's philosophy awards:
 

James Spettifore   Aaron Huebert    Ovanes Sohomonyan


Get Your Program Planning Questions Answered:

Plan your courses, find out whether you have met requirements for graduation, declare your Major in philosophy, or just come and say hello to one of the BA advisors.  See Susan Black in Fir 3427, or Naomi Ben Yehuda in A2110, or just call (604) 599-3068, or e-mail:  BAAdvisor@KPU.ca
.


 

VISITING SPEAKER
 
Dr. Beth Dixon, of SUNY Plattsburgh, will be giving a talk to the department on Thursday, March 7, Cedar Building 2110, 4 to 6 p.m. The topic is:

Learning to See Food Justice: Stories about Food, Freedom, and Politics".  All are welcome. You can see an abstract of her paper here

  

 

JOIN THE CLUB:  Philosophy is Growing

We now have a complement of 74 students pursuing philosophy at KPU. We are excited to see the numbers going up: 24 students have declared philosophy as their major for their BA, 25 are minoring in philosophy, while 25 are enrolled in the Associate of Arts program. 

2012 PHILOSOPHY AWARDS  

The philosophy department is pleased to announce awards of up to $1500 to individual students who show excellence in the pursuit of philosophy. The awards are open to students in the Bachelor of Arts, or Associate of Arts, program. Preference will be given to those who have declared philosophy as their major or minor, and to students enrolled in the Associate of Arts - Philosophy program. All qualified students are automatically considered for these awards.

The department is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's philosophy awards.

Steven Button   *   Eric Mah   *   Sarah von Wermeskerken  

DEAN RESCUED  

Found uninjured and in good spirits

The department is pleased to welcome back Mazen Guirguis. Mazen served several years as interim Dean of Humanities. Like Cincinnatus, he returns to us, after nobly and ably completing his task. He will be teaching courses in the Spring semester. 

PHILOSOPHY MAJOR OFF TO A PHLYING START

We are absolutely delighted to see how many philosophy majors we have after only one year. We are 19 strong as of this writing. It appears we are doing something right. We are excited to continue expanding our offerings of third and fourth year courses in support of this critical mass of students.    

 

PAST YEARS  

VISITING SPEAKER
 

Professor Rahul Kumar, from Queens University, is visiting our campus to give a talk on Monday, April 2nd, at 2:30 in the Surrey Conference Centre. Professor Kumar specializes in ethics, and his talk is entitled "Why Reparations?". Everyone is welcome.


VISITING SPEAKER IN CELEBRATION OF THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW DEGREE


Dr. Thomas Hurka, Chancellor Henry R. Jackman Distinguished Chair in Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto, will be giving a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 3 pm, in Cedar 1205A/B.  The talk is based on his book, The Best Things in Life.  Everyone is welcome!


IT'S OFFICIAL!!!   Beginning Fall Term, 2011, you can major in Philosophy.    {C} 

Check with Educational Advising to declare your major. If you plan to declare a major, it is to your advantage to do it sooner rather than later.  As a major, you will become eligible for various awards and competitions, and you will receive the benefit of special information sessions for majors.


PHILOSOPHY AWARD

The philosophy department is pleased to announce awards of up to $1500 to individual students who show excellence in the pursuit of philosophy. The awards are open to students in the Bachelor of Arts, or Associate of Arts, program. Preference will be given to those who have declared philosophy as their major or minor,  and to students enrolled in the Associate of Arts - Philosophy program. All qualified students are automatically considered for these awards.

The department is pleased to announce the recipients of first Philosophy Awards:

Edmon Kelaita
Nicholas Meyers
Robert Munro


have each received $1000,

[Philosophers know that one cannot live on bread alone--but a little extra does not hurt...]

STUDENT SUCCESS

Congratulations to Nicole Pernat, KPU graduate in philosophy and psychology!  Nicole is pursuing graduate work in philosophy at SFU starting next fall.   

Brown Bag Lunch Series 2010-2011

The philosophy department wishes to thank Evan Tiffany (Philosophy, SFU), Andrew Irvine (Philosophy, UBC) and David Silver (Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC) for the engaging talks they have offered this year. 

ETHICS IN BUSINESS

In the fall term of 2010, KPU was represented at the University of Arizona's Eller School of Management Collegiate Ethics Case Competition and DBECC - Dalhousie University's Business Ethics Case Competition. Team members Brett Samson, Nick Meyers, Mina Sadat-Hosseini, and Tom Johnson defended their evaluations admirably. Philosophy faculty member Michaela Lucas served as the team advisor.

Student Philosophy Club Update

Grey Matters is an association of philosophically minded students from all over KPU.  Frequent discussions are held on a range of amazing topics.  Look for posters announcing events. For more information, contact Sophia or Kari at greymattersdiscourse@gmail.com.  Everyone is welcome. 

STUDENT SUCCESS

Congratulations to our student Leland Harper, who has been accepted at Ryerson to pursue Graduate work in Philosophy as an M.A. student. Leland has received funding from Ryerson to support his studies.  All the best, Leland! Stay in touch.


We are very proud of Shelley Coburn, who has received the President's Outstanding Graduate Award for 2010.  Shelley did a double minor in Philosophy and Political Science.  We are convinced she will continue to shine as she works on hard social issues in the community. 
 

ESSAY CONTEST WINNER

The winner of the Philosophy Essay Competition has been announced:  Congratulations to Leland Harper. Well done!  
 

SPRING PHILOSOPHY ESSAY COMPETITION

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2010

This competition is open to any student who completed a third or fourth year Philosophy course at KPU.

The paper you submit for the competition may be of any length (not exceeding 20 pages).  It should have been originally written for a 3rd or 4th year Philosophy course at KPU. (It may be revised, but should be basically the same as the paper submitted for the course.)

The paper should be emailed to Doran(DOT)Smolkin(AT)kpu(DOT)Ca as an attachment in Word or PDF format. The contest winners will be determined by a committee of several professors.

The paper should have your name on it; the course you wrote it for; the Professor who you originally submitted the paper to; and the term in which it was submitted.

The subject line of your email should be “Philosophy Essay Contest”.

The winner will receive a letter of congratulations from the Philosophy Department, and a copy of the acclaimed reference work, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Visiting Speakers in March 2010. Brown Bag Lunch series.
Dominic Lopes (UBC) will give a talk entitled "Are Video Games Works of Art?" on Tuesday, Mar. 16th, noon to 2, in room G1205A, Surrey.

Scott Anderson (UBC) will be visiting the campus on Monday, Mar. 29th, to give a talk entitled "Promises, promises: Can you obligate yourself to have sex with someone?" The talk will be held noon to 2, in room G1205A.

Everyone is welcome.

Instructor Changes
Mazen Guirgus won't be teaching his usual courses 2009-2010 as he has been appointed as Interim Dean of Humanities.

Congratulations to Warren Bourgeois, Patrick Findler and Doran Smolkin! Their uniquely designed and thoroughly absorbing book, Debating Health Care Ethics, is now published.

Visiting Speakers Series
Several times a year the Philosophy Department at KPU hosts a talk by a visiting philosopher.  Look for posters announcing these events.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Contact Patrick Findler or Michaela Lucas for more information.

Past speakers include Michael Kubara (University of Lethbridge), Steve Savitt (UBC), Evan Tiffany (SFU), Sam Black (SFU), Paul Russell (UBC), Alan Richardson (UBC) and Kai Draper (University of Delaware).

Student Club
KPU Student Philosophy Association is a student run organization that meets approximately once a week, usually on the Surrey campus. The association gathers to share information and talk about philosophical topics over pizza. Sometimes students invite faculty from various departments on campus to speak on special topics. Thanks to David Froc, Wayne Podrouzek and Farhad Dastur of psychology, and to Doran Smolkin, Wayne Fenske, Bill Barthelemy, Melinda Hogan and Jonathan Katz of Philosophy for recent presentations to our club!

You do not have to be enrolled in a philosophy course to take part. Contact Puqun Li, Patrick Findler or Melinda Hogan for information.

KPU Offers a B.A. Minor in Philosophy!
We are excited about our new upper division course offerings which include: Great Philosophers of the 20th Century (PHIL 3100), Life and Death (PHIL 3105), The Possibility of Knowledge (PHIL 3110), Free Will and Determinism (PHIL 3120) and Philosophy of Mind: Consciousness (PHIL 3430). Our newest additions are Empiricism (PHIL 3220), and Personal Identity (PHIL 3320). Recent additions numbered at the 4000 level include Topics in Ethics, Topics in Social and Political Philosophy and Topics in Philosophy of Religion.  Click on program details for more information and for a full list of course offerings.

 
Logic News
Philosophy 1150, Formal Logic, is recommended for the philosophy minor. It is possible to take a more advanced course in logic, numbered 3150. If you are interested in doing advanced work, you should contact Bill Barthelemy or Jonathan Katz (Logic Committee), Patrick Findler (Chair of Department) or Melinda Hogan (Departmental Student Advisor).