• Philosophy at UMass

    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.

Haley Schilling is First UMass Amherst Student to Receive Prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

April 22, 2016

Haley Schilling, a junior philosophy and mathematics major and member of Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship. The Fitchb...

Antony to Deliver Presidential Address at American Philosophical Association Meeting

December 16, 2015

Professor Louise Antony, who became president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in July, will deliver the presidential address Jan. 8 during the 2016 Eastern Divisio...

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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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