Although we are a relatively small department, our faculty have wide-ranging interests. We have particular strengths in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and language, and meta-ethics, and in select areas in the history of philosophy (Stoic philosophy, women philosophers in the modern period, British empiricism, Kant, and early analytic philosophy). We offer teaching and supervision (at both graduate and undergraduate levels) in all these areas, as well as general ancient and modern history of philosophy, normative ethics (including applied ethics), feminist theory, and the philosophy of science.

Our faculty also have interdisciplinary research and teaching interests that intersect with those of faculty in other units of the university, especially the departments of LinguisticsPsychologyWomen Gender Sexuality StudiesEconomics, and the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance. We are currently participating in the development of a new Cognitive Science Institute.

Beyond teaching and research, our mission includes service to both the profession and the community at large. We are especially proud to have helped organize the Mentoring Project For Pre-tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy, and to have contributed, thanks largely to the efforts of the late Gary Matthews, to the Philosophy for Children movement.

Recent News

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Placement news: Juvshik, Mooney, and Soland accept TT positions
Tim Juvshik, Justin Mooney, and Kim Soland accept tenure-track appointments starting in Fall 2024.
March 7, 2024
Garcia awarded Honorable Mention for the 2024 Lenssen Prize
Garcia awarded Honorable Mention for the 2024 American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ Lensen Prize.
February 26, 2024
Ann Ferguson Named 2023 SWIP Distinguished Philosopher
Ann Ferguson Named 2023 SWIP Distinguished Philosopher by the Steering Committee of the Eastern Society of Women Philosophers. She will be honored at a special session of the Eastern Division APA Convention on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 11:00 - 12:50 (G6F) at the Sheraton New York - Times Square.
January 4, 2024

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