Fields of Research

The research interests of faculty members in the Department of Philosophy can be sorted into five main fields, as follows. Applicants to our graduate programs are asked to identify the field(s) in which their interests fit.

Feminist Philosophy

Feminist philosophy includes work in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of science.


History of Philosophy

We have one the largest contingents of scholars specializing in the History of Philosophy in North America, studying a wide range of topics, figures, and historical periods.


Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy

Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy at Western investigates historical and contemporary issues within each of these three areas as well as the close relationships among these areas.


Philosophy of Mind and Language

Philosophy of Mind and Language tackles issues in the cognitive sciences, such as the emotions, modularity, innateness and perception.


Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science is the study of conceptual and methodological issues arising from scientific theories and scientific practice.