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    “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” – Immanuel Kant
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    There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one;... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. – Charles Darwin
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    Why anything? Why this?... No question is more sublime than why there is a universe: why there is anything rather than nothing? –Derek Parfit
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    O my friend, why do you care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? – Socrates
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    The perspective of eternity is not a perspective from a certain place beyond the world, nor the point of view of a transcendent being; rather it is a certain form of thought and feeling that rational persons can adopt within the world. – John Rawls
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    "For there are never two beings in nature that are perfectly alike...." – Leibniz

Graduate Program in Philosophy home

The Graduate Program in Philosophy at York University specializes in the following areas of philosophy:

  • Ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law
  • Philosophy of cognitive science, mind and language
  • History of 19th and 20th century philosophy
  • Philosophy of science and epistemology
  • The Graduate Program in Philosophy offers rigorous training in the core areas of philosophy, and accommodates diverse approaches in the exploration of philosophical problems.
  • Philosophers in the Graduate Program draw on a wide range of resources for their research and teaching, including empirical, conceptual, and applied approaches. They are also engaged in ongoing discourse with researchers in other disciplines, including law, psychology, the cognitive sciences, the neuro-sciences, and the clinical sciences.
  • Graduate students in the Graduate Program are an integral part of a lively philosophical community, hosting their own annual conference as well as regular philosophical and social events. They also take an active role in the three concurrent speakers series that are hosted by the Program.

Graduate students are eligible to take the graduate–level diploma in Value Theory & Applied Ethics.

Dates & Deadlines News & Events
The Graduate Program in Philosophy will be accepting applications starting:
early October 2014.
The application deadline for the MA and PhD in Philosophy  is:
January 28, 2015.  Please apply online and order your transcripts as soon as possible.
Apply now online.
Students applying to the JD/MA program,  please use the drop down menu and click on JD/MA.
The application deadline for the JD program is November 1, 2014.

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Updated on August 22nd, 2014.