• 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 at the college level are valuable whatever one's ultimate career turns out to be.

  • Statement on Immigration and Travel Ban

    We stand together with our Chancellor and with the American Philosophical Association in affirming our commitment to the welfare of all of our students and colleagues, regardless of their religion or country of origin. Restricting visas based on religion or country of origin undermines intellectual freedom and violates the most fundamental American values.

  • Mentoring Workshop for Early Career Women in Philosophy

    The Department of Philosophy is proud to announce the 2017 Mentoring Workshop for Early-Career Women in Philosophy, which will take place on June 11-13 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.  The deadline for applications is March 1. For application instructions, and complete information about the Mentoring Program, visit the Workshop's website.


In Memoriam: Eileen O'Neill (1953-2017)

December 04, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we report the untimely death of Eileen O’Neill, Professor of Philosophy. Prof. O’Neill was a historian of early modern philosophy whose scholarly breadth, philosophical...

Dr Louise Antony - Keynote Address Duquesne University Symposium: Resurrecting Truth in American Law and Public Discourse: Shall These Bones Live?

October 24, 2017

On Nov.16,2017 Professor Louise Antony gave the Keynote Address for the symposium at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh, PA, Resurrecting Truth in American Law and Public Discourse: Shall These...

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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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