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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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Joseph Levine publishes oped in the New York Times

September 04, 2018

Professor Joseph Levine publishes oped in the New York Times series The Stone here:...

Philosophy in Public Schools program introduces public school students to philosophy studies

May 08, 2018

On Wednesday, May 2 in South College, Philosophy Professor Louise Antony stood in front of more than 50 second graders from Springfield ready to introduce philosophical thought in the form of Dr....

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Speaker Series: Roger White, MIT

South College E470
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Speaker Series: Sally Haslanger, MIT

South College E470
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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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