Examine the Big Questions

Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department is a vibrant, intellectually diverse group focused on undergraduate education and public engagement in philosophy. We have strengths in Analytic and Continental philosophy, especially ethics, political philosophy, environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion and Asian philosophy.

39th Annual Philosophy Symposium

  • Live Stream - 9:30am - 12:00pm

What: 39th Annual Philosophy Symposium 
The Laughing Animal 
When: Saturday, April 
27th , 2019 
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Where: Conway Hall (TE) 153


  • Dr. John Lombardini, William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, author of The Politics of Socratic Humor 
  • Dr. Anca Parvulescu, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, author of Laughter: Notes on Passion

Learn more about the 39th Annual Philosophy Symposium and Sign up for to view the Live Stream.

Our department embraces pluralism in our approach to all philosophical disciplines, and we pride ourselves on developing a strong sense of community with our students, faculty and staff.

Meet the Philosophy Department faculty and staff.

We invite you to stop by the Philosophy House for more information about our programs or a friendly chat.

The Philosophical Society meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Philosophy House during the regular semester.

Our Academic Programs

Our students are trained to develop their ability to think critically and to examine fundamental questions about the nature of the self and the world, and thus to establish a foundation for intelligent action in the world. Students are exposed to a variety of philosophical perspectives and asked to philosophize.

Learn more about the programs offered by our department:

The value of philosophical thinking for me resides in the possibility to see things for what they are, to understand them and to imagine new possibilities for how they could or should be.
Dr. Cristina Cammarano Philosophy Department Faculty

Let’s Answer the Two Big Questions

Student Information and Resources

  • 2 Inmates & Elementary Students Programs
  • 10 Law Schools Where Graduates Have Studied
  • 500 $K Alumni Assistantships & Scholarships

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