Welcome to 2013-14 at the department of philosophy, which promises to be a vibrant year with many returning faces among faculty, students and staff.

Our newest faculty member, Julia Nefsky (assistant professor in ethics) enters her second year and will teach again her highly successful version of PHLA11-Introduction to Ethics. Kelin Emmett will return as lecturer in political philosophy and ethics. Professor Emeritus Ronnie de Sousa will revisit our new course in the Philosophy of Sexuality in the winter term. Our chair Philip Kremer will return from his sabbatical in January 2014, and until that time William Seager will serve as acting chair. We also welcome back from sabbatical in September both Benj Hellie and Jessica Wilson. The people section of our website has updates on all faculty and the courses we are teaching.

And check out the new information posted by the Association of Philosophy Students, which is planning fun activities for this year as always. Graduating students who are applying for post-graduate studies should keep in mind the SSHRC and OGS deadlines for scholarships that are coming up in October and November. Please speak to our undergraduate assistant Jason Ferreira if you have any questions about the scholarships or application process.

2012-13 saw our move into our new home in portable 102. The move was less painful than it might have been and the new space is wonderful. Our department now has its own lounge (and coffee machine!) and a dedicated seminar room, which is great for small courses. The  Association of Philosophy Students has its own office in the portable as well.

As always, we are interested in your views, please let us know about your student experience. Best wishes to all for a terrific year!

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