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.  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.

Looking for Philosophy classes for Spring 2017?  Look through this undergraduate course listing.

Latest Departmental research and news:

Billy Dunaway's "Luck: Evolutionary and Epistemic" is forthcoming in Episteme and is available online.

Jill Delston collaborated with Huei-Wern Shen, & Yi Wang on “Does Sense Of Benevolence Influence Volunteering and Caregiving Among Older People?” in Social Work Research (in Press).

Eric Wiland's "Peer Disagreement and the Dunning-Kruger Effect" is forthcoming in Episteme and can be found online, while his"Moral Testimony: Going on the Offensive" will appear in Oxford Studies in Metaethics, volume 12 (2017).

Lauren Olin's "Questions for a Theory of Humor" is forthcoming in Philosophy Compass, and her "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.

Jonathan Roberts presented "John Davenant's Thomism" at the Davenant/Refo500 Conference on Hooker and Zanchi.

Thomas Ames will present "Intentionality and Aesthetics as Art in Nature" at the Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference, and "The Population Desideratum" at the Southeast Philosophy Congress.

More Philosophy Department news can be found on the News page.

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.