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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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Philosophy in Public Schools program introduces public school students to philosophy studies

May 08, 2018

On Wednesday, May 2 in South College, Philosophy Professor Louise Antony stood in front of more than 50 second graders from Springfield ready to introduce philosophical thought in the form of Dr....

Edwards Prize Co-winners Zoey Payne and Atticus Meche

May 08, 2018

This year's 2018 Edwards Prize is awarded to two recipients for their outstanding papers from 2017.  Zoey Payne won with her paper titled "Evidence and Agency: The Collapse of the Sartrean Response...

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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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