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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.


Partee Awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal

January 31, 2020

Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emerita, Barbara Partee has been awarded the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for her "foundational...

Jason Stanley to deliver 2020 Matthews Lectures

December 10, 2019

Professor Jason Stanley (Yale) will deliver the 2020 Matthews Memorial Lecture on October 15, 2020 at the Old Chapel....

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Recent Publications

Alejandro Pérez Carballo, “Conceptual Evaluation: Epistemic”. In Burgess et al. (eds.), Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics.

Chris Meacham, “Too much of a good thing: decision-making in cases with infinitely many utility contributions”. Synthese.

Lu Chen, “Infinitesimal Gunk”. Journal of Philosophical Logic.

Justin Mooney, “An Episodic Account of Divine Personhood”. Religious Studies.

Chris Meacham, “Deference and Uniqueness”. Philosophical Studies.

Julia Jorati, “Leibniz on Slavery and the Ownership of Human Beings”. Journal of Modern Philosophy.

Justin Mooney, “How To Solve The Problem Of Evil: A Deontological Strategy”. Faith and Philosophy.

Haoying Liu, “Of Integrated Information Theory: A Philosophical Evaluation”. Philosophical Psychology.

Patrick Grafton-Cardwell, “Debugging the Case for Creationism”. Philosophical Studies.

Joseph Levine, “Consciousness is Acquaintance and Acquaintance is Consciousness”. In Knowles and Raleigh (eds.), Acquaintance: New Essays

Sophie Horowitz, “Predictably Misleading Evidence”, In Skipper and Steglich-Petersen (eds.), Higher Order Evidence: New Essays

Kevin Klement, “Grundgesetze and the Sense/Reference Distinction”. In Ebert and Rossberg (eds.), Essays on Frege’s *Basic Laws of Arithmetic*.

Sophie Horowitz, “The Truth Problem for Permissivism”. Journal of Philosophy.

Kevin Klement, “New Logic and the Seeds of Analytic Philosophy: Boole, Frege”. In Shand (ed.), A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.

Justin Mooney, “Multilocation Without Time Travel”.  Erkenntnis.

Justin Mooney, “Self-Colocation: A Colocation Puzzle for Endurantists”. Synthese.

Alejandro Pérez Carballo, “Negation, Expressivism, and Intentionality”. Philosophical Quarterly.

Peter Graham, “Avoidable Harm”. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Phil Bricker. “Composition as identity, Leibniz’s Law, and slice-sensitive emergent properties”. Synthese.

Joe Levine. "On Phenomenal Access". In Pautz and Stoljar (eds), Blockheads!.

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

Peter Graham, “An Argument for Objective Possibilism”. Ergo.

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

Ned Markosian. “Sideways music”. Analysis.

Justin Mooney. “From a cosmic fine-tuner to a perfect being”. Analysis.

Joe Levine. “Bruteness and Supervenience: Mind vs. Morality”. In Mekios and Vintiadis (eds.), Brute Facts.

Vanessa de Harven. “The Resistance to Stoic Blending”. Rhizomata.

Joe Levine. Review of Brian Loar, Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays, Katalin Balog and Stephanie Beardman (eds.), NDPR.

Kevin Klement, “Russell’s Logicism” In Wahl (ed.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Bertrand Russell.