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    Our department has a long and distinguished history of producing cutting-edge research and academic excellence. Our community includes scholars at all levels who engage with each other and the world outside to produce philosophy that is rigorous and meaningful. We believe the skills acquired through philosophical training at the college level are valuable whatever one's ultimate career turns out to be.

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Graduate alum Luis Oliveira receives $1.3 million grant from Templeton Foundation

February 19, 2019

Luis Oliveira, who earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from UMass in 2015 and is now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, just received a $1.3 million grant from the Templeton...

In Memoriam: Vere Chappell (1930 - 2019)

February 04, 2019

    It is with great sadness that we report the death of Vere Chappell, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Philosophy.  Vere Claiborne Chappell, born in Rochester, New York on March 22, 1930 died ...

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Events

Mar
01

Speaker Series: Roger White, MIT

South College E470
3:30 pm

Apr
26

Speaker Series: Sally Haslanger, MIT

South College E470
3:30 pm

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Why Philosophy?

Whatever your career aspirations, the study of philosophy can help in strengthening your preparation, through developing your capacities to think and reason well, to deal critically and analytically with the ideas, the concepts, the problems, and the methodologies central to your chosen profession. Yet the study of philosophy equips you not just with skills for a trade or profession; it equips you with an important skill for living.

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