Department of Philosophy

Philosophy has been a presence at the University of Saskatchewan for fully 100 years. Dr. Walter C. Murray, first President of the University, taught the first philosophy course here in 1909. The first Department Head was Ira MacKay and there have since been twelve more. Fr. Basil Markle began teaching scholastic philosophy in the Department in 1926; in 1936 he moved to the Department of Philosophy at the newly founded St. Thomas More College, the Catholic liberal arts college federated with the University. In the 1960s the main Department expanded to nine members under Dr. Leonard Miller (Head from 1961-1978). Recent changes have seen many new faces in the faculty, with all of the current members of the Department having been hired since 1999. 

The Philosophy Department has a thriving graduate program bringing together 10 Philosophy faculty members from our Department and St. Thomas More College, and an additional 5 associate and affiliated members from USask faculty.

USask student finalist for prestigious global scholarship 

Political studies / philosophy student Lauren O’Reilly is a finalist for Canada's largest leadership-based scholarship for master’s and professional studies

USask to host first Saskatchewan High School Ethics Bowl

Six teams of high school students will gather for the first event of its kind in Saskatchewan

Award-winning Arts and Science graduates honoured in virtual ceremony

The College of Arts and Science’s top graduating students of 2019/20 were recognized at a special online event at the end of June