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Event #1272

Philosophy Outside of Philosophy Departments


Monday, June 3, 2019

14:00 - 17:30
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Buchanan Building - BUCH D314
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Graduates in philosophy sometimes have surprising career paths. Their expertise opens unexpected doors for them in government, the civil service, industry, and beyond. It also makes them attractive to a wide range of faculties and departments within universities. Yet the training of our graduate students often focusses on access to traditional academic positions within philosophy departments. Without questioning the importance of such positions, how might we better prepare students for the multiplicity of positions potentially open to them, and how do we alert non-traditional employers to the pool of candidates produced by our graduate programmes?

The participants in this round-table, who have pursued careers in an impressive range of professional contexts, will reflect on these questions and others, based on their own personal experiences, but proposing paths that might be of general interest. While we will be focussing on philosophy, it is not much of a stretch to imagine the relevance of their reflections for other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

  • François Blais , Professor, Political Science, Laval University
  • Andrew Potter, Associate Professor, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University
  • Nancy Salay, Associate Professor, Continuing Adjunct, Dept of Philosophy and School of Computing, Queen's University