Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Professor David Boutillier makes a point during class

The world is complex, and the Department of Philosophy uses the tools of logic and reason to analyze the ways humans experience the world. 

Associate of Arts, Philosophy Emphasis

Associate of Arts, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Emphasis

Courses

The department offers a range of courses covering philosophical topics covering ethics, contemporary moral issues and logic.

Faculty and instructors

Dr. Bruce Howes

Philosophy - Chair
Office: Business Building 224
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4264
Philosophy instructor Bruce Howes

I came to Okanagan College in 2005. I teach a range of philosophy courses including Knowledge & Reality, Logic & Critical Thinking, Ethics, as well as courses in applied Ethics. My research interests are Wittgenstein, Epistemology, Ethics, and the History of Philosophy. When neither teaching nor researching, I enjoy watching animated films about princesses and magic. Sometimes my seven year old daughter joins me.

Credentials:
PhD, Philosophy, University of Ottawa

Dr. David Boutillier

Philosophy
Office: Business Building 123
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
Philosophy instructor David Boutillier

Dr. Ruth Lowe-Walker

Philosophy
Office: Business Building 233
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4392
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I began teaching at Okanagan College in 2016. I have a background in moral theory and teach variety of courses in applied ethics – Business Ethics, Computer Ethics, Bio Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Professional Ethics. I also teach courses in Logic, Cosmopolitanism, Social and Political Philosophy. Current research focuses on the challenges of pluralism in liberal democracies involving the intersecting fields of multiculturalism, minority rights, deliberative democracy and legal theory.

Credentials:
PhD, Philosophy University of St. Andrews
MA, Arts, Queen’s University
BH, Arts, University of Winnipeg

Dr. Rod Watkins

Philosophy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 113
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126
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Credentials:
PhD, Philosophy, University of Toronto

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