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? Make sure to look through this undergraduate course listing!

Latest Departmental research and news:
Ronald Munson’s Intervention and Reflection, the most widely used bioethics text in the U.S., has appeared in its 10th edition.
Billy Dunaway's "Luck: Evolutionary and Epistemic" is forthcoming in Episteme and is available online.
Dunaway will also spoke on "Epistemological Motivations for Anti-Realism" at the Language, Epistemology, and Metaphysics seminar at the Institute of Philosophy in London, 29 November 2016.
Jill Delston & Larry May's Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach has appeared in its 6th edition.
Delston also 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.
Wiland's "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.
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.
MA graduate student Jonathan Roberts presented "John Davenant's Thomism" at the Davenant/Refo500 Conference on Hooker and Zanchi.
MA graduate student Thomas Ames will present "Intentionality and Aesthetics as Art in Nature" at the Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference.
Ames will also present "The Population Desideratum" at the Southeast Philosphy Congress, where it will also be published in its proceedings.
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.