School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Philosophy

Head
Mozersky, J.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Sypnowich, C.A.

Professor
Bakhurst, D.J.1, Fairfield, P., Kymlicka, W.2, Leighton, S.R., Schüklenk, U.3, Sismondo, S., Smith, M. (Mick)4, Sypnowich, C.A.4

Associate Professor
Babbitt, S.E., Gordon-Solmon, K.5, Knight, D.4, Kumar, R.4,5, Laycock, H., Mercier, A.4, Miller, J.6, Mozersky, J.2

Professor Emeritus
Bickenbach, J.E., Fell, A.P., Fox, M. Maclachlan, D.L.C., Macleod, A.M., Overall, C.D., Prado, C.G.

Adjunct Faculty Professor
Davies, J.M., Salay, N., Smith, M. (Mark)

Cross-Appointed
Cline, C., Duffin, J.M., Farrelly, C., Lister, A., Moore, M. Murty, R., Pratt, M.

1 - Charlton Professor
2 - Canada Research Chair
3 - Ontario Research Chair
4 - Queen's National Scholar
5 - On Leave 2016-17
6 - On Leave Fall 2016


Departmental Facilities

The Department of Philosophy has, in John Watson Hall, a seminar room and a lounge in which faculty and students can get together for informal discussion over coffee. Philosophy holdings in the Stauffer Library are excellent with respect to both books and periodicals.

A student-faculty ratio of approximately 2 to 1 provides not only for small formal seminars but encourages informal contact between students and faculty. The Department also maintains a weekly Colloquium in which graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars present papers for discussion.

Financial Assistance

The Department provides remuneration to selected students in the form of Queen's Graduate Awards and teaching assistantships.

Concentration and Research

The Department offers concentrations in most major areas of philosophy. More details on this and other matters may be found in the Handbook for Graduate Students in Philosophy, issued annually by the Department.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts

Applicants for the degree of Master of Arts are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies provided that they also satisfy the admission standards of the Department. Those whose average grade in philosophy is lower than A-minus (80 percent) have little chance of admission.

For those entering the program with an Honours B.A. in Philosophy (or equivalent) the Master's program normally requires one calendar year (three terms) of full-time study. A student whose preparation in philosophy is inadequate for acceptance into the regular one-year program may be accepted as a preparatory student if any previous work in philosophy is deemed sufficiently good.

NOTE: No student admitted to a Master of Arts program in philosophy should assume any commitment on the part of the Department of Philosophy to acceptance into its doctoral program.

Requirements for the M.A. are:

  1. Six one-term courses (or equivalent); at least one course must be in the subject area of epistemology and metaphysics and at least one in the subject area of value theory. Each year all graduate courses offered by the department will be classified as falling into one (or both) of the two subject areas. In special circumstances, the course distribution requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.
  2. A Master's Research Thesis (PHIL-899) of approximately fifty pages.

Master of Arts Collaborative Program, Specialization in Political and Legal Thought

Master's students seeking this specialization will be required to

  1. take four graduate-only courses on different aspects of political thought; and
  2. take two electives in other areas of Philosophy, Political Studies or Law; and
  3. write a Major Research Project (PHIL-898).

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants for the Ph.D. degree are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies provided that they also meet departmental admission requirements. Normally, an applicant with less than a first-class standing in a Master's program in philosophy (80 percent average) is not accepted for admission.

Course Requirements

Candidates must take six one-term courses (or equivalent*). At least one course must be in the subject the subject area of epistemology and metaphysics and at least one in the subject area of value theory. Each year all graduate courses offered by the department will be classified as falling into one (or both) of the two subject areas.

Area Requirement

No later than the end of the first week in June of the first year of the Ph.D. program, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the candidate and relevant faculty, will form a committee of three faculty members, including one as chair, who will constitute the student’s Ph.D. supervisory committee to assist the student in identifying an area of research and mastering an appropriate reading list in preparation for the writing of the thesis. The second year is devoted to this preliminary process of research, focusing a dissertation topic and writing a dissertation proposal in conformity with procedures described in the Handbook for Graduate Students in Philosophy. At the end of the second year, no later than June 30, students will be orally examined by their committee on the dissertation proposal and research work preparatory for writing the dissertation. Details on proposal submission and the oral examination are also in the Handbook for Graduate Students in Philosophy.

Research Tool Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that students acquire one of the following research tools, as decided upon by their committee, in relation to their area of research: Reading capacity in a language other than English, expertise in a discipline other than philosophy (e.g. English, biology) or a skill set, such as statistics. Candidates who propose to submit a thesis in an area for which knowledge of a particular language or languages other than English is deemed essential must pass an examination set in this language. Other students are encouraged to acquire such a research tool, as well as evidence that they have done so, in order to enhance their research capacity and employability.

Dissertation

The defence of the dissertation will be an oral examination conducted by an examining committee in accordance with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. The examination will focus upon the dissertation, but may extend to the general field in which the dissertation is written.

* Two one-term courses are equivalent to one full (two-term) course.