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Are you interested in the most significant questions of the human experience, like the existence of God, the standard of right and wrong, or how knowledge is possible?  Do you find yourself drawn to debate and rational analysis, or ask questions about how things work or why things are done the way they are? Are you interested in questions informed by a variety of academic disciplines?  If so, you might want to consider majoring or minoring in philosophy.

Philosophy is a creative and critical exploration of the meanings and values by which we live our lives.  Philosophers inquire, in a disciplined yet free and unrestricted manner, into matters indispensable to the flourishing of human persons, society, polity, and culture.  To enter into philosophy is to find a new way of wondering and speaking about those things that matter most to us as human beings—love and friendship, work and creativity, suffering and death, identity and diversity, God and the mystery of evil, freedom and responsibility, the possibility of living a good and meaningful life.

Department News

Welcome to Michael Kates, Ph. D.

July 18, 2017

The Department of Philosophy would like to welcome Michael Kates to our team of full time faculty. Michael comes to us from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He was also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at MIT and earned his Ph. D. from New York University. Dr. Kates’ research and […]