Department of Philosophy

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Mark MercerDr. Mark Mercer

Office Hours: 
Room: MN524
Phone: 902-420-5825
Home Page: markmercer

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Teaching: Epistemology; Ethics; Philosophy of Mind; Plato and the Presocratics

Publications: “The New Old Atheism,” Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review (2011); “In Defence of Believing Wishfully,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2010); “The Significance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism,” Christmas: Philosophy for Everyone (2010); “Folk Psychology’s Epistemic Credentials,” Facta Philosophica (2007)

Dr. Robert Ansell

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
Room: MN530
Phone: 902-420-5819

Degrees: B.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Glasgow)

Teaching: Human Freedom; Philosophies of Life; Business Ethics

Publications: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Multinational Corporations in the Third World” (co-author: W.L. Archer), University of New Brunswick Law Journal (1998)  

Dr. Todd Calder

Undergraduate Advisor & Graduate Coordinator
Associate Professor
Office Hours:
Room: MN529
Phone: 902-420-5826

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Dalhouse), M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (UWO)

Teaching: Ethics; Evil; Sex and Sexuality


Dr. Shelagh Crooks

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Office Hours: 
Room: MN526
Phone: 902-420-5824

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Saint Mary's), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

Teaching: Argumentation Theory; Philosophical Foundations of Education; Honours Seminar (The Philosophy of David Hume); Critical Thinking; Theory of Knowledge: Ethics of Belief

Publications: “Teaching for Inquiry,” Paideia (2010); “Teaching for Argumentative Thought,” Teaching Philosophy (2009)

Dr. Scott Edgar                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Scott Edgar
Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
Room: MN523
Phone: 902-420-5820

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D. (UPenn)

Teaching: Early Modern Philosophy; Kant; Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Critical Thinking

Publications: “The Limits of Experience and Explanation: F.A. Lange and Ernst Mach on Things in Themselves,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2013); “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and a Cognitive Interpretation of the first Critique,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2010); “Hermann Cohen,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010); “Logical Empiricism, Politics, and Professionalism”, Science and Education (2009); “Paul Natorp and the Emergence of Anti-Psychologism in the Nineteenth Century,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (2008)

Dr. Carmel Forde

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
Room: MN525
Phone: 902-420-5818

Degrees: B.A. (Hons), M.A., Ph.D (York)

Teaching: The Empiricists; Bioethics; Business Ethics; Ethics and the Law; Environmental Ethics; Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking. 

Research: Developmental change; learning; philosophical anthropology; critical psychology; development of consciousness and self-consciousness in ontogeny; philosophy of nature; labour and union issues

A photo of Dr. Lisa Gannett.Dr. Lisa Gannett

Office Hours: 
Room: MN522
Phone: 902-420-5822
Home Page: Lisa Gannett

Degrees: B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (UWO )

Teaching: Scientific Method; Science and Society; Philosophical Issues in Feminism; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Biology; Feminist Philosophy


Dr. Hendricus A. Van Wilgenburg
Hendricius VanWilgenburg

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
Room: MN525
Phone: 902-420-5818 

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Acadia), M.A., M.E.S., Ph.D. (Dalhousie) 

Teaching: Critical Thinking; Democratic Theory and Cosmopolitanism; Environmental and Agricultural Ethics; Human Freedom; Philosophies of Life; Law and Politics 

Publications: “Atlantic Canada: A Story of EIA Adaptation,” in Kevin S. Hanna (ed.), Environmental Impact Assessment: Practice and Participation [3rd Edition] (Oxford University Press; 2016); “Hopelessness and Excessive Drinking among Aboriginal Adolescents in Aboriginal Schools: The Mediating Roles of Depressive Symptoms and Drinking to Cope” (co-authors: S. H. Stewart, B. S. Simon, M. N. Comeau, C. J. Mushquash, and P. Collins), Depression Research and Treatment (2011)

Dr. Peter Heron
Peter Heron

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
Room: MN520
Phone: 902-491-6229

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Brock), Ph.D (Ottawa)

Teaching:  Theory of Knowledge; Early Greek Philosophy: Pre-Socratics and Plato; 19th c. Existentialism, 20th c. Existentialism; Ethics for Modern Life; Ethics and the Law; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking; Introduction to Philosophy.

Philosophical interests: Existential metaphysics and phenomenology; philosophical aesthetics; deconstruction; history of philosophy (esp. Greek and German thinking). 

Publications: “Fictionality of the Absolute: On truth and lie in the metaphysical and aesthetic sense,” Fiction and Art (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Dr. John E. MacKinnon

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Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
Room: MN532
Phone: 902-420-5821

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Toronto), M.Phil. (Exeter), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Teaching: Aesthetics; Aristotle and the Hellenists; Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Art; Kant; Philosophy and Literature; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Language

Publications: “Frank Sibley,” in Michael Kelley (ed.) Encyclopedia of Aesthetics [Second Edition] (Oxford University Press; forthcoming); “The Road to Wellnessville,” Philosophy and Literature (October 2013); “Spells of Trauma in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (2010); Review of Douglas Walton's Abductive Reasoning, Review of Metaphysics (2006); “Risk and Resilience in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2006); “Law and Tenderness in Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader,” Law and Literature (2004); “Crime, Compassion, and The Reader,” Philosophy and Literature (2003); “Aesthetic Supervenience: For and Against,” British Journal of Aesthetics (2001)

A photo of Dr. Sheldon Wein.

Dr. Sheldon Wein (on leave until Dec 31/16)

Office Hours: 
Room: MN531
Phone: 902-420-5797

 Degrees: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo)

Teaching: Ethical Issues in International Development; International Justice; Critical Thinking; Philosophy of Law

Professor Emeritus

A photo of Dr. Wayne Grennan.

Dr. Wayne Grennan

Degrees: B.Eng. (NSTC), B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Dalhousie), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Publications: Informal Logic: Issues and Techniques (1997); Argument Evaluation (1984)

Department Secretary

Kathleen Jewell

Phone: 902-420-5823
Fax: 902-491-6286
Room: MN508

Office Hours:

September 1 to May 30 - Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

June 1 to August 31: Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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