The Department of Philosophy has a core focus on analytic philosophy, with special strength in the philosophy of mind, history and philosophy of science, value theory, and history of philosophy.
At its most basic, Philosophy can be framed by two deceptively simple questions: What can we know? and How should we live our lives? At UBC, students of Philosophy will harness their curiosity and learn how to use logic to go beyond face-value assumptions and challenge accepted wisdom. It is an opportunity to become more rigorous in your reasoning and learn to express your views persuasively and concisely. Students have the opportunity to study Philosophy from a variety of approaches and perspectives. We offer courses in many historical periods, including Ancient Greek Philosophy, early Indian and Buddhist Philosophy and 17th and 18th century European Philosophy. We also offer courses that cover a variety of contemporary issues (some of which draw on the historical materials), such as philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics and political philosophy. The UBC Department of Philosophy offers various degree options in conjunction with Cognitive Systems, Economics, Political Science, and Science and Technology Studies. The Department features BA, MA, and PhD programs.