Philosophy Department

Philosophy is the practice of asking life’s great questions. At its core is human curiosity about the nature of reality and the way we should live our lives. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

About philosophy

Philosophy is a quest for wisdom. Through philosophy we seek deeper meaning and an understanding of the world around us. It’s about discovery and questioning the ultimate nature of things.

As a CapU philosophy student you'll learn to ask big questions and evaluate various positions, arguments and ideas. You’ll develop keen analytical skills and a critical mind. These problem-solving skills are excellent preparation for any career.

Why study philosophy at Capilano University?

Our instructors are committed to a participatory style of teaching. This means students are given the tools and opportunity to engage with challenging and controversial philosophical issues. You’ll be encouraged to develop and express your own philosophical views. 

Career paths and further education

Philosophy helps you choose a career, get a job and be prepared for the unexpected.  How?  Philosophy doesn't teach one specific skill – it teaches you how to learn, think critically and create thoughtful answers, which will help you flourish in any career.

Studying philosophy will prepare you for careers that require problem solving and careful writing.  Students often find work in the public sector or business fields, or continue on to further education in philosophy, law or business.

Student resources

Curious to know more about philosophy? These resources will get you started.

 

Dan Hooley BA, PhD
Instructor, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 3692
Fir Building, room FR404
danielhooley@capilanou.ca
Jennifer Johnson
Instructor, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 3436
Fir Building, room FR404
Jenniferjohnson6@capilanou.ca
Kirstie Laird
Instructor, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 7392
Fir Building, room FR404
kirstielaird@capilanou.ca
Martin Godwyn
Instructor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2404
Fir Building, room FR404
mgodwyn@capilanou.ca
Michael Fleming M.Soc.Sci., PhD
Chair Sch. Humanities/ICoord.Phil., Inst
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities - Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 2429
Fir Building, room FR404
mfleming@capilanou.ca
Michel-Antoine Xhignesse
Instructor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3691
Fir Building, room FR404
michelxhignesse@capilanou.ca
Patricia Tatum
Divisional Supervisor, Humanities
School of Humanities - Art History
School of Humanities - Language Resource Centre
School of Humanities - Chinese
School of Humanities - French
School of Humanities - Japanese
School of Humanities - Linguistics
School of Humanities - Philosophy
School of Humanities - Spanish
School of Humanities - Writing Centre
School of Humanities
History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities - English

604 984 1713 ext. 1713
Fir Building, room FR404
ptatum@capilanou.ca
Sandra Bishop
DDA 1, Humanities
School of Humanities
History
School of Humanities - Art History
School of Humanities - Language Resource Centre
School of Humanities - Japanese
School of Humanities - Linguistics
School of Humanities - Philosophy
School of Humanities - Spanish
School of Humanities - Writing Centre
School of Humanities - Chinese
School of Humanities - English
School of Humanities - French

604 986 1911 ext. 7151
Fir Building, room FR404
sbishop@capilanou.ca
Susan T. Gardner BN, BA, B.Phil, M.Litt, PhD
Instructor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities - Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 3002
Fir Building, room FR404
sgardner@capilanou.ca
Yolande Mary Westwell-Roper B.Ed., MA, Ed.D, DPhil
Philosophy, Instructor
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities - Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 7309
Fir Building, room FR404
ywestwel@capilanou.ca

Contact

Have questions about this department?

Philosophy


604 984 4957
Fir Building, room FR404
humanities@capilanou.ca

Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
registration@capilanou.ca