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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 are valuable whatever one's ultimate career turns out to be.

Kourken Michaelian (PhD 2009) wins Fast Start Grant

December 07, 2016

Kourken Michaelian, who received his Ph.D. in philosophy from UMass in 2009 with a dissertation on memory and testimony, has won a Fast Start grant from the Marsden Fund.  This fund is administered...

Louise Antony to deliver 2016-2017 Sanders Lecture

September 23, 2016

Professor Louise Antony will deliver the 2016­-2017 Sanders Lecture at the 2017 APA Pacific Division meeting in Seattle, WA. The Sanders Lecture was established in 2013 to honor a distinguished sch...

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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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