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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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Beth Grybko receives the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Staff Award

April 09, 2018

Beth Grybko is being honored by the Graduate School Dean Barbara Krauthamer for her outstanding work in support of graduate students and graduate education at UMass Amherst. She was chosen from...

In Memoriam: Lynne Rudder Baker (1944-2017)

December 28, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lynne Rudder Baker, Distinguished Professor Emerita in Philosophy. Lynne received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1972.  She began...

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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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