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  • 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.

  • 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. 

    You can learn more about the philosophy major here.

News

Placement updates

August 13, 2019

Another year, another job market season. While some of these appointments are already reflected on our placement page, we want to highlight the most recent news from last years' job market season. ...

Kornblith's latest book out with Cambridge University Press

August 12, 2019

Professor Hilary Kornblith's latest book is hot off the press.

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Events

Oct
04-05

Homecoming conference

South College W245
(All day)

Oct
18
Nov
01

Speaker Series: David Chalmers, NYU

South College E470
3:30 pm

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Recent publications

Chen, Lu. "Do simple infinitesimal parts solve Zeno’s paradox of measure?Synthese.

Kornblith, Hilary. Second Thoughts and the Epistemological EnterpriseCambridge University Press.

Markosian, Ned. "Sideways music". Analysis.

Mooney, Justin. "From a cosmic fine-tuner to a perfect being". Analysis.