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PHILOSOPHY 2030G: Philosophy of Science

PHILOSOPHY 2091G: Philosophy in Literature

PHILOSOPHY 2350G: The Darwinian Revolution

PHILOSOPHY 2370G: Science and Values



Carolyn McLeod is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Affiliate Member of the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research. Her philosophical interests lie in the areas of health care ethics, feminist philosophy, and moral philosophy. The majority of her research focuses on moral dilemmas that arise in the area of reproduction or parenting, and the moral concepts needed to understand and resolve these dilemmas (e.g., autonomy, trust, and commodification). 

Carolyn has had a long-standing interest in reproductive ethics, beginning with her book, Self- Trust and Reproductive Autonomy (MIT Press, 2002). She has published on various topics in this area, including the commodification of women's reproductive labour and conscientious refusals by health care professionals to provide reproductive health services such as abortions. 


GRADUATE ADMISSIONS NOTICE (February 6, 2017): In response to the recently imposed US Travel Ban, the Department of Philosophy at Western is extending its graduate application deadline and also waiving the application fee for anyone directly affected by the ban. We especially welcome applications from citizens of the seven countries affected by the US Travel Ban: Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. To apply, log in to our online application here! (Application will re-open February 7th.)

Samantha Brennan speaks with Western News about her recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Read more here.

Corey Dyck participated in the founding of the 'Christian Wolff Society for the Philosophy of the Enlightenment' in Halle, Germany. Read more here.

Ph.D. students, Nicole FiceCory Goldstein, and Austin Horn, write in the Western News about the response to the Zika virus and the effect on women's reproductive rights. Read it here.

Winter 2017 Departmental Newsletter: recent publications, presented papers and upcoming events. Read more here

Samantha Brennan comments on the difficult position team physicians face when dealing with sports team injuries. Read the full article here.  

2015-16 Teaching Honour Roll featuring nine instructors for their teaching excellence: Andrew Botterell, Lorne Falkenstein, Dennis Klimchuk, Angela Mendelovici, Rodney Parker, Ryan Robb, Anthony Skelton, Christopher Smeenk, Jackie Sullivan, John Thorp. 

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