Department of Philosophy

Philosophers ask big questions, critically explore a vast range of topics, and call into question many of our established assumptions. Our mission is to advance our discipline by producing innovative research, teaching, and service. Our department offers both undergraduate (major, double-major, minor) and graduate (master’s) degrees.  The Philosophical Gourmet ranks our M.A. program among the best nationwide. The high rating of the M.A. program ensures that the undergraduate program is also very strong.  Some of our undergraduate majors are currently pursuing philosophy Ph.D.s in programs every bit as excellent as those in which we have placed our M.A. students. Investigate the Career of the UMSL Philosophy Major
Latest Departmental research and news:
Jill Delston has won the 2016 Legendary Triton Award for outstanding faculty or staff member.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Student Award: William Bell (Graduate) and Laura Miller (Undergraduate).
Andrew Black & Ronald Munson’s Elements of Reasoning has appeared in its 7th edition.
Ronald Munson’s Intervention and Reflection, the most widely used bioethics text in the U.S., has appeared in its 10th edition.
Gualtiero Piccinini's Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account, has appeared with Oxford University Press.
Jon McGinnis & Anthony Ruffus co-authored “Willful Understanding: Avicenna’s Philosophy of Action and Theory of the Will,” is appearing in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.
Billy Dunaway's "Supervenience Arguments and Normative Non-naturalism" has appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Dunaway's "Ethical Vagueness and Practical Reasoning" is forthcoming in The Philosophical Quarterly.
Jill Delston & Larry May's Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach has appeared in its 6th edition.
Eric Wiland's "Peer Disagreement and the Dunning-Kruger Effect" is forthcoming in Episteme.
Lauren Olin's "Questions for a Theory of Humor" is forthcoming in Philosophy Compass.
Olin's "Is Every Epistemology a Virtue Epistemology?" is forthcoming in Epistemic Situationism, Oxford University Press.
Stephanie Ross's "Criticism" has appeared in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Literature.
Philosophy Tutors @ SSB 222:
Patrick Bajier - Mon 2-5, Tues 11-1:30, and Thurs 12:30-5.   
Blake Davenport - Mon 11-12:30 and Wed 2-8:30.
The Department of Philosophy is home to the following interdisciplinary programs: Bachelor of Liberal StudiesNeuroscience CertificatePhilosophy of Science and Technology Minor, and the Certificate of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.