Students learn through multi-media, practical exercises and lectures, developing their critical thinking skills through in-class debates, small discussions and philosophical essays.
Philosophy at AC focuses on helping you learn how to think and communicate in a serious in disciplined way about things that matter, regardless of your ultimate career and life path.
We foster a respectful, open environment where students can explore, contemplate and debate the “big questions” of life as they develop their academic and critical thinking skills.
Philosophy grads’ ability to analyze, evaluate, construct, and articulate reasoning opens careers ranging from law to teaching, to business, to non-profit organizations and government.
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Lindsey bat Joseph (MA, MAHL, BEd, BA)
Associate Dean of Arts and Science
Associate Dean of Arts and Science
Currently the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Lindsey has been teaching philosophy at Alexander College since Fall 2012. Her main areas of interest are Ethics and Metaphysics and she is looking forward to developing more courses in these areas.
In addition to teaching philosophy, she is the former department head for Humanities and Social Sciences and manager of Alexander College’s Writing and Learning Centres.
Lindsey has a B.A. Religious Studies and Applied Ethics and B. Ed. degrees from the University of Calgary, and M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, an M.A. in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University, and a Journalism Diploma.
Lindsey is a self-professed “post-secondary junkie” who is always looking for new things to learn. Her philosophical interests mainly focus on contemporary moral issues (applied ethics) and philosophy of religion.
Lyle Crawford (MA, BA)
Lyle has taught Philosophy and Critical Thinking at Alexander College since 2012.
He has a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, and is All-But-Dissertation in the Philosophy Ph.D program at Simon Fraser University, where he also teaches.
He will be Curriculum Director at the new Teaching and Critical Thinking Integration Centre at SFU. Much of his professional life is devoted to helping people think clearly.
He has presented papers and commentaries at the Canadian and American Philosophical Association conferences, and has been published in the journal Ratio.
His research has focused on metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Outside of philosophy, his interests include world cinema and early (pre-19th century) music. His student course evaluations frequently praise his beard.
Carl Mandy (MA Gender, Sexuality, Women’s Studies; MA Philosophy; BA; Post Graduate Certificate of Education)
Richard Anderson (PhD, MA, BA)
Richard holds a PhD (Philosophy) from the University of Connecticut, an MA (Philosophy) from Simon Fraser University, and a BA (Philosophy and Pure Mathematics) from the University of Calgary.
Prior to teaching at Alexander College, Richard taught philosophy at the University of Connecticut and at the University of Saint Joseph.
His current research interests are in philosophical logic and the foundations of mathematics, in particular proof theory and its applications. In his spare time he enjoys riding his bicycle.
Ayda Niknami (MA, BA)
Ayda Niknami holds an MA in Philosophy from UC San Diego, as well as a BA in Philosophy (with a minor in English) from Simon Fraser University. Her primary areas of research have included ethics, history of philosophy (particularly 18th and 19th century German philosophy), and more recently, topics in the philosophy of love. Her MA research project explored the relationship between jealousy, relational norms of exclusivity, and secure attachment. Ayda is also continuing her education as an MFA student in the Creative Writing department at the University of British Columbia beginning in Fall 2023.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP)
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