• 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.

Professor Antony's Presidential Address is now available online

January 09, 2017

The American Philosophical Association has made available, for a limited time, Professor Louise Antony's 2016 Presidential Address to the Eastern Division of the APA. The talk, titled "Things Ought...

Inagural Matthews Lecturer Professor Charles Mills interviewed in Amherst Public Access TV

January 02, 2017

Professor Charles Mills (CUNY), who recently delivered the Inaugural Gary Matthews Lecture, was interviewed by professor Amilcar Shabazz (Afro-American Studies) for his show Difficult Dialogues: Vo...

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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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