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Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!

What is Philosophy?

All of us make assumptions that profoundly influence how we live--assumptions about what's valuable, what the world is fundamentally like, and what we know. When we do philosophy, we critically examine these assumptions in an attempt to clarify for ourselves what we should believe and why we should believe it. In pursuit of these goals, philosophers cultivate precision of thought, clarity of expression, and sensitivity to multiple perspectives.

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Studying and tutoring in Tilghman lounge

Fall 2018 studying for finals and tutoring in the Tilghman lounge

Congratulations Kate and Amelia!  Kate Brull, a double major in Life Sciences and Mathematics (Pre-Med), has won the Grand Prize in the Freshman category of the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award. Kate’s research project is on the ethics of antibiotic prescription.  Completed during the Fall of 2019 in Dr. Amelia Hicks's PHILO 130 (a First Year Seminar), Kate's research project produced an illustrated bullet journal, exploring ethical dilemmas from the perspectives of both patients and physicians.

Thinking about becoming a philosophy major or minor? Visit our Future Students page.

Are you a current student looking for helpful resources? Visit our Current Students page.

Curious about upcoming department events? Visit our News and Events page.

Looking for contact information for a particular staff or faculty member? Visit our Faculty & Staff page.

Department News

Congratulations Kate and Amelia!  Kate Brull, a double major in Life Sciences and Mathematics (Pre-Med), has won the Grand Prize in the Freshman category of the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award. Kate’s research project is on the ethics of antibiotic prescription.  Completed during the Fall of 2019 in Dr. Amelia Hicks's PHILO 130 (a First Year Seminar), Kate's research project produced an illustrated bullet journal, exploring ethical dilemmas from the perspectives of both patients and physicians. 

Department Events

Rationali-tea: Every Thursday at 4pm throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, the faculty, staff, and students in the Philosophy department meet for tea and cookies in 201 Dickens Hall. (Rationali-tea is canceled when the department hosts a speaker.)

 

Philosophy Club: Follow the Philosophy Club on Twitter!

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Support the Philosophy Department!

You can support our mission by contributing to any of three philosophy-specific funds:

  • the Philosophy Scholarship Fund (fund ID: Q12400),
  • the Philosophy Faculty Development Fund (fund ID: F91990), or
  • the Tilghman Fund (fund ID: F35415)

At this link. If you enter the fund name and/or ID in the "Special Instructions" box when prompted, the KSU foundation will direct your contribution accordingly.

Thank you for your support!